My Top 10: Ways to Stay Happy

This was one of the easier lists to create.  I’ve thought a lot about how to be happy throughout my life.

  1. Spend time with Sarah and Logan (This one is pretty clear.  My wife, and my son, make me happier than anything else.  The amount of happy I get from the rest of my family radiates outward from there, but being with several of my family members makes me happy.)
  2. Reading (This does a lot for me, it helps me to feel like I’m learning, inspires me, centers me somewhat.  Reading is an essential part of my life, and makes me happy.)
  3. Writing (I want writing to be my livelihood, so right now, when it is a major hobby for lack of a better term, it makes me happy.  Writing allows me to express a lot of the chaos in my brain.)
  4. Watching good movies (Before I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker.  I’d do both if I could.  But watching a film that is well made still gives me a thrill, and inspires me.  On the other hand, my love for good movies does make me resent some bad movies, when everyone thinks they are good, so in this way it doesn’t completely keep me happy.)
  5. Go for a long drive (Sarah and I, have gone for long drives nearly every weekend that we haven’t had plans for years, and it’s great.  We very often don’t have a destination in mind, just a direction, and off we go.  One of the great things about Massachusetts—trying to stay positive—is that in one direction is the beach, in another direction are farms, and the mountains, and the woods.  There is a vast array to see in New England, and a weekend drive is a fun way to explore it.
  6. Eating good food (I’m gonna combine two things into this one, because I love cooking with Sarah, and we have a lot of fun doing it.  But unlike reading and writing, they aren’t completely separate tasks.  I wouldn’t say I’m an adventurous eater, I don’t eat fish, I’m not good about trying new types of meat, but in the last few years, I’ve pushed myself outside my comfort zone with foods, trying Indian and loving it, trying falafels and realizing it totally depends on the rest of the meal.  I love eating, and it does make me happy.
  7. Travel (You probably know, if you have been keeping up with this blog at all, that I’m not crazy about living in New England, so when I get to go other places, I really enjoy it.  My favorite places are California, and Italy, but I have found that I do enjoy traveling in general.)
  8. Comedy (Watching stand-up comedy, is a great way for me to stay happy.  I’ve been really into stand-up since I discovered George Carlin when I was 13.  Stand up taught me a lot of great life lessons.  I actually learned how to deal with bullying from comedy, and that social change can happen through comedy, and so when I’m dealing with something heavy, I watch something deep and funny.)
  9. Music (I’ve mentioned on here before that I probably have the worst taste in music ever, but I still really like it.  Singing along with music that expresses a similar emotion to what I’m feeling, can either prolong it if I want like with euphoria, or romance, or can exorcise it like with rage.)
  10. Playing with camera equipment (People like toys, for me cameras are my toys.  I like my Rebel t3i, my GoPro Hero 3, my iPhone 6.  I like playing with the different functions.  I try really hard, to not look at the footage I’m taking when possible.  I find it’s fun to not know what you’ve got until you’re back to your computer.  I think its one of the things that really sucks about digital, is that we’ve become a society of immediate editors.  I don’t mind getting a bad picture, or a bad take, because I take more because it’s digital, but I don’t look at them when I can avoid it.)

So that’s my list.  I tried not too rant too much, but as you know, I’m a ranter.  So let me know what are 10 things that make you happy?

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