There’s a project on KickStarter right now that I’m pretty excited about called StoryTeller Cards.
Part game, part creative inspiration.
As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of Rory’s Story Cubes. I like storytelling, especially spontaneous, improvised storytelling that involves other people.
So you take the idea of Rory’s 54 dice images and expand that to 54 cards in a deck with all kinds of imaginative hooks, and you have me wanting to throw my money at you.
As I finished typing the main body of this post, news of the Boston Marathon explosions started streaming into my feeds.
At first, I didn’t think it appropriate to publish a post about happiness. But then I thought… what better time?
We will experience pain, suffering and catastrophe in our lives. Filling our tool belts with more ways to find happiness can’t be a bad thing.
Last night I had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Mark Holder PhD, regarding the topic of happiness.
He and his team are studying hapiness in a way that has seen very little light in modern psychology. See, most of psychology seeks to diagnose what is wrong with you and then fix it.
Positive Psychology and specifically Dr. Holder’s team, is looking to determine what is RIGHT with us and how to promote it.
And they have found scientifically proven ways to enhance happiness.
Since happiness is a key component of my legacy of fun, I want to share some of what I learned from Holder’s talk in this and a few future posts.
I say “learned”, but really there weren’t a lot of surprises. But many things of which I needed to be reminded.
Keep in mind that Dr. Holder’s study of happiness involves both the short-term joy of say, enjoying an ice cream cone on a summer day, as well as in terms of enduring well-being.
For today’s post, let me just share some reasons happiness is something worth thinking about… you know, besides the fact that we all crave it…
This short video of my daughter reminds me of a few things I regularly forget…
(It also let me try out a new intro and exit for my videos!)
- Joy is contagious
- Sometimes we need to run, not to win, but just for the fun of it.
- No matter how busy we are, sometimes we need to stop and do a funky dance.
- The best feeling in life can often be to encourage others to run and cheer them on
Who can you encourage today?
What does your “funky dance” look like?
Do you even remember last summer?
If you’re like me, not really.
I do remember it being busy.
Wondering where the time went. Not seeing my friends as much as I’d hoped.
Saying no to cool stuff because my weekends filled up faster than I could think… with maybe other cool stuff. Maybe not.
I don’t remember because my summers tend to just… happen.
But not this year my friends… no way.
I want to get a word in on what my summer is going to look like before the steamroller of weekend activity hits me so hard I don’t know what to do with myself.
I’d love to say I have a sure-fire plan… I don’t.
But I DO have a plan… and that’s better than last year.
If you have a plan, awesome! Please share it in the comments!
But if not, come with me (and bring the rest of your family, because we need their input too)… here’s what we’re going to do…