Archives: Happiness

The Jumping Project

Jumping 8

My mom always loved photos of people jumping.  Her favorite picture with my dad was of them jumping in the air at their wedding.

I’d always rolled my eyes at the idea, so maybe this is just one more step in the inevitable progression toward becoming my mother…but I have started to love jumping photos, too. It is virtually impossible to be sad when jumping.  Seriously.  Put down your egg & cheese, and try it!

So I was excited to stumble upon the “Jumping Project” on Flickr – an album with more than 55,000 submissions of people jumping.

My favorite sampling of Jumping Project photos (and a throwback music video) …AFTER THE JUMP!


The Meaning of Life

Grace Kelly



Hot Sauce Science

Hot Hot Hot

I like hot stuff – men, sauces, and dogs.  Turns out one of those things is actually good for you.

According to hot sauce science, a little sriracha (does anyone know how to pronounce that?!) on your lunch can mean a big mood boost for your afternoon.

Just as I always suspected: Hot Sauce = Happiness.

Check out more about the natural high of hot sauce …AFTER THE JUMP!


The Sound of Happiness

Retro Cassette Tapes

Do you have a favorite sound?  Something that just makes you happy?  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the sound of men’s dress shoes clacking on a gritty sidewalk.  And the sound of turning thin dictionary pages.

Today, I add to that list, the sound of 16 baby goat hooves on a living room floor.  Check out this video from farmer Nadia Jarreau – I guarantee you will watch it at least 300 times.  (My favorite is the speedy goat who races across the screen at the 5-second mark.)

…the video and my top ten happiest sounds – after the jump!


Catching Magic

Mickey and Minnie

A lot of how I live my life is about choosing to see things with a childish sense of wonder – like the rush of being pushed really high on a big swing.  And the older we get, the harder we sometimes have to work for it.  Can you remember the last time you felt it?  What were you doing?  I’d really love to know in the comments below!

This quote below got me thinking about it this morning.

“…every life has at least one fairy palace in its span. Usually these miracles happen when a person is young, but still wide-eyed enough to catch the magic that older people have forgotten or pushed away. For countless children, Disneyland has it…For both tourists and natives, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does well…prancing horses, flashing sabers, plumes and capes and trumpets in the fog…the Palace is in safe hands, a solid dream.

Sometimes people can know two palaces before Lady Luck calls it quits, but of course they are never of equal enchantment…[For me] the lesser of the two palaces was the Pig’n’Whistle, a stylish ice-cream parlor in Los Angeles.”

- M. F. K. Fisher

*Photo Source: Flickr Member Miehana*

(Quote via The Happiness Project)


Hitchcock on Happiness


Alfred Hitchcock would have celebrated his 114th birthday and 73 years of terrifying American audiences last week.  I have to admit I’ve never seen any of his films – I am way, way too chicken (as in, I don’t even like Elmo’s voice because it’s too sinister).  But when asked by an interviewer for his definition of happiness, Hitchcock’s answer completely surprised me… …READ MORE!


Picture This: The Happy Show

Photo Source: Stefan Sagmeister

Photo Source: Stefan Sagmeister

Hello!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I did 41 lbs. of laundry – an Olympic sport when you live in a 4th-floor walk-up.

Well, it’s Monday folks, so let’s try to kickstart the week properly (read = one of these links will contain nudity – happy hunting!).

Stefan Sagmeister is an Austrian-born, NYC-based graphic designer with a mega-hip following – he’s designed album covers for Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and The Talking Heads, among other projects for HBO and the Guggenheim Museum.  Basically, he’s one cool dude.

On display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, his current project, “The Happy Show,” works with several personal themes of happiness (what it is, how we get it, how we keep ourselves from feeling it), and is filled with interesting statistics, cheeky typography, and lots of interactivity (one installation asks viewers to climb to the top of the museum stairwell and sing their favorite pop songs as loudly as possible – one brave soul wrote, “Yes, I did it. Got weird looks but I did it. It was great.”).

Stefan was motivated by the question of whether we can train our minds to be happy the way we train our bodies to run.  What do you think – can we?  How would you do it?  I would start with lots and lots of these.

One part of the exhibit asks museum-goers to draw their symbols of happiness on slips of paper (no smiley faces allowed) – you can see selections made by Sagmeister and his colleagues on Flickr.

Sagmeister has also issued lots of questions to his followers via twitter:

What is the happiest word? (My Answer: Cozy)
What would you do if you had a year off? (My Answer: Explore)
What food makes you happy? (My Answer: Sugar)
What have you done to make someone else unexpectedly happy? (My Answer: A lady doesn’t kiss and tell.)

Here are more great looks at the exhibit, as well as some of the really eye-catching work he does as a designer, and a link to his TedTalk: 7 rules For Making More Happiness.