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Find Your Happy Place

| September 01, 2016
Life, Money and the Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Gillmore is one of my all-time favorite comedies.  A fun movie about a hockey player turned golfer.  In that movie Happy’s coach, Chubbs, urges Happy to find his ‘happy place’.  Happy then has a daydream about a place where everything seems to be well in the world and, when Chubb’s asks him how he feels, Happy replies, ‘better’.

Where is your happy place?  That place where all your worries seem to melt away, that place where you get lost in the present moment and all outside distractions are gone, that place that you love to be there seems to be no work involved because you enjoy it so much. 

I would say I have a few happy places.  One is certainly when I meet with clients.  I love to talk about finances and how we can help them reach their goals.  I feel blessed to enjoy my career. 

Coaching Pee Wee baseball is also something I enjoy.  There are certainly times when I would not look forward to going to coach these rascals, sometimes it’s like herding cats.  Then when I get there I get lost in the moment and just enjoy the heck out of it, not noticing parents, not worrying about score, just enjoying the game of baseball in one of its purest forms.  These are 1st and 2nd grade kids who have a wide array of baseball experience and ability.  They are full of energy and joy for just playing a game (or chasing that butterfly that made its way on to the field).

Happiness is a different definition for everybody.  I truly believe that happiness and enjoying something has to come before we reach our full potential at that craft.  Of course in order to find something we enjoy we have be willing to try new things.  Look for those opportunities to try something new, you might find your happy place in a spot you’d never expect.