Why I Attend Journey to Happiness Meetings.

I am often asked, “What is the Journey to Happiness Group that meets on Wednesdays at the hospital all about.” I smile and say, “Well, I am not sure, but I know we laugh a lot.” I also always say, “Come and see for yourself. It is great fun.” Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Habits of Happy People Conference in Valencia with Journey to Happiness leader, Darrell Price.

The conference opened my eyes to the great, but subtle way that each Wednesday’s meeting brings us along further on the Journey to Happiness. I learned from the presenter, Dr. Brian King that happiness is fifty percent genetic, ten percent circumstances, and forty percent intentional activity. I quickly became aware of exactly what the Wednesday meeting are all about. They are all about intentional activity leading to the habit of happiness.

With all the changes in standard of living, Americans are no happier than we were fifty years ago. One of the advantages of being a senior is that it is easy to remember fifty years ago, and although filtered, I remember that happiness well. This is because happiness is not based on wealth, convenience, or appearance. It depends more on our ability to maintain a level of happiness during times of turmoil and times of triumph. It is based more on experiences than possessions. In other words, my happiness comes more from sharing life with others, than owning a Porsche. Travelling and adventure bring more happiness to many than a larger home, and positive memories bring joy and love.

No one is happy all the time, and some people are happier than others. Frankly, I bobble all over the charts, but the habit of being happy helps me to reduce my stress and to be aware that happiness is a choice helps me through the bad times and gives me confidence and more resilient attitude. When I am feeling happy, I feel healthier, more social, energetic, and ready to face whatever life sends my way.

And this brings me back to Why I love the Journey to Happiness meetings. As a senior, I was beginning to feel I was living on old laurels. I had had a great teaching career, was often meeting students who told me how I influenced their life, and I was enjoying travelling. Then as happens in life, the stories, praise, and adventures begin to fade, and I thought “Is this it? Am I becoming one of those invisible old ladies?” Along came Darrell Price and the Journey to Happiness and after attending a few meetings, my outlook rose significantly. I think I already had the tools and the habit, but with the changes in lifestyle that come to us over 65, I need a boost or a gentle reminder. That is what Journey is all about. Can’t wait for the next person who asks me why I attend those Happiness meetings.I have often been asked What is the Journey to Happiness Group that meets on Wednesdays at the hospital all about. I smile and say, “Well, I am not sure, but I know we laugh a lot. I also always say, “Come and see for yourself. It is great fun.” Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Habits of Happy People Conference in Valencia with Journey to Happiness leader, Darrell Price.

The conference opened my eyes to the great, but subtle way that each Wednesday’s meeting brings us along further on the Journey to Happiness. I learned from the presenter, Dr. Brian King that happiness is fifty percent genetic, ten percent circumstances, and forty percent intentional activity. I quickly became aware of exactly what the Wednesday meeting are all about. They are all about intentional activity leading to the habit of happiness.

With all the changes in standard of living, Americans are no happier than we were fifty years ago. One of the advantages of being a senior is that it is easy to remember fifty years ago, and although filtered, I remember that happiness well. Happiness is not based on wealth, or convenience, or appearance. It depends more on our ability to maintain a level of happiness during times of turmoil and times of triumph. It is based more on experiences than possessions. In other words, my happiness comes from sharing life with others, than from owning a Porsche. Travelling and adventure bring more happiness to many than a larger home, and positive memories bring joy and love.

No one is happy all the time, and some people are happier than others. Frankly, I bobble all over the charts, but the habit of being happy helps me to reduce my stress and to be aware that happiness is a choice helps me through the bad times and gives me confidence and more ability to be resilient. When I am happy, I feel healthier, more social, energetic, and ready to face whatever life sends my way.

And this brings me back to Why I love the Journey to Happiness meetings. As a senior, I was beginning to feel I was living on old laurels. I had had a great teaching career, was often meeting students who told me how I influenced their life, and I was enjoying travelling. Then as happens in life, the stories, praise, and adventures begin to fade, and I thought “Is this it? Am I becoming one of those invisible old ladies?” Along came Darrell Price and the Journey to Happiness and after attending a few meetings, my outlook rose significantly. I think I already had the tools and the habit, but with the changes in lifestyle that come to us over 65, I need a boost or a gentle reminder. This is what Journey is all about. Can’t wait for the next person to asks me why I attend those Happiness meetings

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