Did You Take Your Happiness Shot Today?

I’m Beta Testing the new site, “Happify” which offers scientific research and behavioral adjustments to diminish stress and hopefully give us coping mechanisms and a different outlook to feel more balanced  and joyful overall. Well, that’s my take on it since I don’t believe in cure-alls (whether it be chemical additives, sex, religion, big-ticket consumer goods, a better-than-thou lifestyle or reckless thrill-seeking) or even think we’re supposed to be “happy” 24/7.

There is no universal happiness in my opinion, because we are all individuals and wired differently. What satisfies one person, would incite another to jump off a cliff. Having support mechanisms in place help tremendously whether the person has a positive outlook or not. Biological and hormonal predispositions cannot be discarded either, nor the medicine that seeks to address some of these imbalances.

Since we seem to be operating under the assumption of free will and certain privileges being granted to us, then wouldn’t the logical progression be that we can be a fixed port during the storms of life  to a certain extent? Ignoring certain active circumstances that can have a negative impact or offer great benefit would be too dogmatic.

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Inspirational Quotes Series: C.S. Lewis

I loved books and reading growing up. I would walk one mile each way to the public library and  come back with as many as my lending limit allowed: 12 books. This was in addition to my required schoolwork. I didn’t mind because skilled wordsmiths allowed me to go on so many amazing journeys. I definitely count The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a lifelong favorite.

I don’t know how many of you have seen the film, An Education (which is all at once charming, disturbing and poignant), but the scene where David gets Jenny’s parents to agree to a weekend away at Oxford to meet “Clive” nee C.S. gets me every time.

Did you know C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met and became friends while studying at Oxford? I wish the film adaptations for Narnia were as good as LOTH. What would the world be without Narnia and Middle Earth?  Luckily we won’t have to find out!

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