Day 108: Happiness is an Inside Job

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about happiness, it truly is, as they say, an inside job. It seems that every time my happiness has expanded, it’s because of something I did, something I gave myself, something I owned about something important to me, some action I took on my own behalf. Certainly others have been involved in that process, but it seems that what really moved the needle of my happiness was me taking ownership in some way for something in my life. One case in point is starting…

Day 60: The Numbers Don’t Lie

I’ve always been a big fan of numbers. As a kid, I enjoyed math. As an adult, I enjoy investing. I also enjoy tracking my runs. These all involve numbers. It’s interesting how revealing numbers are. By doing just a little bit of analysis of the numbers in your own life, you can learn a lot about what you are truly aligned with. The numbers don’t lie! Here’s a number: 704. It’s the number of blog posts published on this blog since I first started it back in April 2016.…

Day 42: Appreciating My Resilient 2020 Posts

Last month I wrote I was enjoying re-reading old posts from 2020. I have continued to be impressed by the mindset I see in my words that first year of the Pandemic. I remember I was clear that I wanted to “make my own weather” and make the best of the situation. I’m inspired even today by the clarity and resilience I read in posts from that year. Here are some highlights from April 2020, when the new Pandemic lifestyle was just getting underway. 1. “An Infinite Supply of Well-Being,”…

Day 35: Now You Know What I Care About!

The best way to know a person’s priorities is to see where they allocate their time. Personally, this is how I have been allocating my time (in no particular order): Piano Teaching Personal Growth & Self-Care Health & Exercise Creativity My Relationship Household-Related Duties Friendships & Family (Honorable Mention) Let’s go over these one by one: Piano Teaching: This priority is self-evident as my “bread and butter” for 10 1/2 years now. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping my students, seeing them progress, helping them focus on…

Day 33: Oops… I wrote it again

To date, MyHappinessObsession has six-hundred and seventy-seven published posts including today’s offering. What this means, as I have been noticing, is that I will from time to time repeat myself. I am, after all, the same man writing from day to day, with the same set of interests and topics I like to write about. Several times recently I have been thinking about writing a post, and upon searching on my blog for a similar theme, I find a post where I say something similar. In fact, sometimes I have…

Day 31: Just Keep Going…!

This feeling of forward momentum has come over me lately. And a thought that keeps going on in the back of my mind: “Just keep going. Just keep going. You’ll get somewhere good.” Maybe it’s the influence of my viral Youtube video (which today hit 3 million views!) That experience has boosted my confidence that, yes, I can and do reach people. And since that video is four years old, it reminds me to give things time to take root. It’s a variation on the slow and steady approach. It…

Day 25: Time Is Going to Pass Anyway…

Listen up, folks. Time is passing. RIGHT NOW. As you read this, seconds are ticking away. Minutes become hours, hours become days, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, years become decades. Decades become a lifetime. You might as well make your time count for something that means something to you 🙂 Not too long ago I was standing in a small cemetery next to the cafeteria of my first college in the East Coast. I had just made arrangements to leave that school. For some reason, that…

Day 21: Long Live the Weird!

As far as I’m concerned, the mantra of this blog could be “Fly Your Freak Flag.” I still feel like a weirdo sometimes when I write here. After all, I write about anything I want (and sometimes talk to “My Higher Self“), I write to no one in particular (except perhaps my supportive friend Rick, who always reads these), and I break every rule that exists for how to create a successful blog (for instance: Is this a money blog? A running blog? A Law of Attraction blog? Pick a…

Day 7: Benefiting From Slightly-Ago Me

One of the benefits of writing in this blog again is getting to review older posts. Recently, two posts from late December 2020 stood out to me: Practicing Ease and Effortlessness and I Decided to Be Happy. What’s interesting for me as I read these posts now is the positive mindset I had as 2020 wrapped up. For instance, there’s this: These days, I’m starting to look for ways to work easy, to let things happen effortlessly, to leverage the wonderful ways that things can get accomplished as if by magic, without stress…

Not Nice Chris Comes Out to Play

I’m reading a book about overcoming “being nice,” and it’s challenging me to re-think some of my own behaviors. So I decided to create a little list of some things I think. Some of these things I would normally keep to myself for fear of looking bad or offending someone. Not tonight. A Little About Me: Behaviors I respect: Reading books Athleticism Standing for what you believe in Creativity Excellence Financial Savvy Honesty Courage Being Great with People Making Friends Easily Good organization skills Making your own weather, following your…