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What Makes You Happy?

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

There’s a lot we could be talking about right now.

Covid-19 resurgence.


Vaccination rates.

Peak earnings.

The markets.

Instead, how about we talk about something nice?

What makes you happy?

What does “happiness” even mean?

Is it a temporary state? Is it a long-term thing?

I’ve heard happiness called being mindful of small moments of joy.

I like that definition because it implies that happiness is a practice that we can cultivate.

Is there a special recipe for achieving happiness?


I’ll start. My personal recipe for happiness might be:

My faith in God + gratitude + family + friends + fulfilling work + nature = happiness!

If I can get some of that into each day, I can call it a happy one.

I’ve also found that simple things bring me joy, even when I’m stressed or not feeling my best.

Smiles and laughter from my family.

Time spent in nature, peacefully breathing in the air and hearing the wind, birds, and running water.

Losing myself in an old black and white movie.

A relaxing break with my wife.

What do you think?

What’s your personal recipe for happiness?

What simple things feed your soul?

Has it changed over time? Has it changed over the last year?

Be well,

John M. Piershale, CFP®

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