Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's in a Title?

My daughter's boyfriend was visiting. He is a monster football player. Believe me, you do not want to be holding the football when this guy is running towards you (although if you see him with his helmet off, you notice the dimples and he looks more cuddly than intimidating). I walked through the livingroom where they were sitting on the couch. His shoulders were slumped and he had the most forlorn expression on his face. My daughter was sitting next to him patting his back. He looked so sad, I paused mid-stride, wondering whether I should say something. My daughter looked up at me, her brows furrowed with concern, and said softly, "Emanuel is looking for his happy place."

I walked on through the room, trying not to laugh at the thought of this tough guy looking for his happy place. I couldn't stop thinking about the phrase. We've all been there, looking for our happy place. Then the title just came to me--10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There).

Since then, I have spent a lot of time thinking about those 10 steps, reflecting on things I've learned over the years, seeking to delve deeper into the core practices and habits that lead to happiness. That's what this blog is about.

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