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Happiness Blog August 26, 2019

One of my favorite summer activities is to take a road trip. I feel very lucky to have grown up in California and to now live in Japan. Both places have really beautiful road-trip destinations. I also love that in Japan and California I did not need a car to enjoy the road because both places have great public transportation. Getting out and on the road can remind us how beautiful simple things are. The road trip does not need to be long. It can be a single- or several-day trip. The key is to travel a road that makes you feel happy. It can be about the view or about the journey itself. (read more…)


Happiness Blog August 19, 2019

I like to beat the summer heat with a staycation. It helps that I absolutely love my home. If you do not love your home, you can still have a staycation. Back in the days when I did not love my home, I would often stay at a bed and breakfast or small cottage inn near my home. Nowadays, this has gotten even easier with home hosting websites and apps that allow people to rent out their homes or rooms in their homes to have a staycation. It doesn’t need to be your home to be a staycation, just someplace local that is low cost and where the focus isn’t on going out. The intent of a staycation is that it is low cost and low impact. (read more…)


Happiness Blog August 12, 2019

Despite the sweltering heat, the world is still a beautiful place, and being alive is a gift, even if it does not always feel that way. One way to connect to the beauty of life on this earth is to seek out places of beauty. How to define places of beauty is deeply personal and need not be what is popularly referred to as a place of beauty. For some, it will be places in nature, for others it will be places of art, and some may think of recreational locations, such as arcades or indoor rock-climbing facilities. It doesn’t matter what or where the place is, just that it is a place you consider to be beautiful and that evokes positive emotions. The goal is to be somewhere that reminds you that there is beauty in the world and that life can be beautiful. (read more…)


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