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THE HAPPINESS WITHIN
11/30/2008 - Mary Allan Mill

In my home office I have a TV.  It's often just a droaning sound, other times it warns me, as today, of potentially dangerous weather.

Reading through an article from AARP about what makes us happy, they refer to a professor "...who spent his lifetime studying our capacity for deep enjoyment, moving the focus of the field of psychology from mental illness to well being."

I love to sail, and nothing removes stress more than hearing the flap of a sail, inhaling salt air and letting the wind blow through my hair.  To me, it's immediate gratification.

In the background on TV they are making an annuncement about a large group of dogs found in deplorable conditions, deaths of people in India, a man mudering his wife and taking off for Louisiana, further declines in housing sales and foreclosures plus the homeless numbers increasing.

Outside my window palms are swaying furiously in the breeze, and I wish I was sailing, but Charlie (my son) is away and the weather is slowly turning bad.  I realize that, at least today, I'll live in my own world, clean, cook, start getting ready for the holidays and create my own area of happiness and satisfaction.

Professor Csikszentmihalyi refers to the fact that many athletes emerge from their sport feeling good despite aches and wanting to have more such "flow" experiences.  These experiences help us to lead a more fulfilling and happy life - working in our gardens, writing blogs and accomplishing goal-oriented jobs.

In my job search I've said "no" to work I didn't want to do - no being a square little fox in a rectangular box.  Let the life-enriching experiences we've had flow into your and my being and happiness must follow.


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12/1/2008 Anne Mudd from Wheat Ridge CO wrote:
My television flashes, but it is mostly on mute. I don't do well with the racket, or bad news (who does!) Been sailing enough to understand the freedom there and I can picture your stress disapating in the salty air. I love to walk, it takes my mind away from even mundane chores. Walking in fresh fallen morning snow is my favorite.

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