Your Voice: A Wonderful Sense of Time and Place

Happy Living | Blog | Your Voice“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
(Alexander Graham Bell)

The Your Voice series is a celebration of you, our awesome readers all around the globe. We know you aspire to a better life for yourself and for those you love. You believe, as we do, that a better self is always possible, today, every day, for the rest of your life.

We celebrate you by bringing your voice to life on our pages at Happy Living. Whenever you feel inspired by one of our posts, books, blog theatre, talks, or podcasts, we want to hear from you. And when we do, we hope your voice will inspire others, so that together, we can improve the health and wellbeing of the world, one person at a time.

Today, we are excited to feature the voice of  Amazon customer, Roses, who writes about, The Greener the Grass, that “California and the 49ers are only the beginning of a story…”


Happy Living | Blog | Your VoiceScott Barry brings a light touch and self-awareness to the serious business of football and “making the team.” He provides a wonderful sense of time and place. 1985. California. Well-known names come to life – sometimes skewered, sometimes idolized, always clearly delineated. If a person can be grounded and awestruck at the same time, Barry is! But California and the 49rs are only the beginning of a story about growing up a quarterback and becoming a man.
-Roses


You, dear reader, inspire us to write and to live by the words we write too. You are our purpose at Happy Living, and we are so grateful to you. It is fantastic to hear the voice of readers like Roses. Thanks to Roses, for sharing the journey of Happy Living with us.

To lend your voice to Your Voice at Happy Living, just click here to share what inspires you!

Click to get your copy of Scott Barry’s, The Greener the Grass.

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Happy Living Archives: My Philosophy on Love

Happy Living | Blog | Philosophy on Love“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”
(Nicholas Sparks)

Happy Living Archives presents… Love!

Matt works to create his life doing things he loves, with people he loves, in places he loves. Love gives meaning and purpose to his life!

Matt’s Philosophy of Love

Happy Living Archives presents… Love! Matt works to create his life doing things he loves, with people he loves, in places he loves. Love gives meaning and purpose to his life! Read article: http://bit.ly/2yf8eya

Posted by Happy Living on Monday, October 30, 2017

Read the post : My Philosophy on Love

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Creativity and Innovation Can Turn Boring to Fun

Happy Living | Blog | Book Publishing“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
(Theodore Levitt)

In my business career, the most significant successes have come from seeing what everyone else sees and then thinking a different thought. This strategy has helped me create unique, innovative solutions to improve tired old business practices and to make them a lot more enjoyable.

In this seven-minute video—excerpted from my talk at the World Domination Summit: The Happy Living (FUN) Way of Book Publishing—I show you how we’re applying the same kind of creative thinking to make book-publishing fun.

When Will Your Book Be Published?

From cover contests to cooperatives, from fundraisers to theater nights (and Dry Farm Wines tasting), from launch teams to dinner parties, the Happy Living Way is adding tons of fun to publishing and marketing books.

Posted by Happy Living on Sunday, October 22, 2017

If you’re interested in becoming an author or a publisher, or if you’re just looking for ideas to inject new life into any tired old industry, I think you’ll love this one. From cover contests to cooperatives, fundraisers to theater nights (and wine tasting!), and launch teams to dinner parties, the Happy Living Way is adding tons of fun to publishing and marketing books.

Get your holiday shopping started with inspiring books and delicious bottles at Happy Living Books and Dry Farm Wines.

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Top 10 Reasons I Love Dry Farm Wines

Happy Living | Blog | Dry Farm Wines“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
(Dean Martin)

When I first met the man known as “the healthiest wino on the planet,” he claimed that unlike many other wines, Dry Farm Wines do not cause headaches or hangovers. He further explained that he started his company because 99%+ of wine consumed in the U.S. is a highly processed factory product, loaded with additives and unnatural things. Just like most processed food: it’s toxic.

Back in my hotel room that night, I made a big decision: toxic wines out, natural wines in. My first shipment of Dry Farm Wines arrived in June, and my old supply of boxed wine went straight into the garbage can. It’s been six months now since I made the switch, and I feel great!

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Here are the top ten reasons I love Dry Farm Wines:

#10
They’re sugar-free, additive-free, and low in alcohol, so they are much better for my health than commercially processed wines.

#9
They’re lab tested for purity. None of the seventy-six chemical additives approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in wine making (including ammonia)[1] make it into the wine I drink.

#8
They don’t cause me headaches or hangovers (really!), so I can indulge my love of wine without feeling negative effects the following morning. Dean Martin would have loved these wines.[2]

#7
Their Friends of the Farm Wine & Social Club is awesome. I set a budget, chose my varietals, and now delicious, healthy wines are delivered right to my doorstep every month.

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#6
They curate the highest quality natural wines for me from organic, small family farms all over the world.

#5
It’s fun to open a different bottle of wine every night.

#4
With Dry Farm Wines, the wine I drink every night is just as clean, natural and wholesome as the food I eat every day.

#3
They support our Happy Living events like Night of Theater & Wine Tasting in Sacramento, California and One Thousand Clinks Of Love and Happiness in Portland, Oregon, which we held during the World Domination Summit.

#2
They let me offer you, our Happy Living family and friends, your very first bottle of Dry Farm Wine for just one cent. Claim your penny bottle here and also get their free Natural Wine ebook.

Drum roll, please.

#1
They made my holiday shopping super easy this year. I set a budget, chose the varietals, and now, delicious, natural wines are being delivered right to the doorstep of all my loved ones in time for Christmas. And they’ll do the same for you! Just click here to share the gift of healthy, organic wines with your loved ones too.

I’m wishing you and yours the very happiest of holidays!

[1]  Are You Drinking Toxic Wine?

[2] Dean Martin Original Release LITTLE OLD WINE DRINKER ME

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#22 – Coasting Through My Life in Neutral

Happy Living | Podcast | Blog Theatre

Scott wonders if it’s possible to coast through life. | Read the post that inspired this Blog Theatre®

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Happy Living Archives: A Thankfulness List Can Make You Happy

Happy Living | Blog | WellnessI am thankful for1 nights that turned into morning, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality.”
(Unknown)

This year we celebrate Thanksgiving with a post from the archives and a thankfulness list.

I am thankful for the Seven Wonders of My Life… my Second Half Purpose… and our Happy Living friends, team, and talent… What are you thankful for?

Read the post: A Thankfulness List Can Make You Happy

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Celebrating Inspiring Women With a Free eBook for Five Days

Happy Living | Inspiration “I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”
(Oprah Winfrey)

I didn’t set out to write this book. It was given to me to write. Let me explain.

In May of 2014, I sold a company that was focused on helping large, multinational corporations and started another one dedicated to helping individual people. My new company, called Happy Living, is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the world, one person at a time. Within the first few months I had an idea for an interview series called Something Significant. I believe significance is the big secret to happiness and purpose, in fact I’ve written a whole philosophy on it. We add meaning to our lives through the pursuit of significance. It comes from a daily practice of prioritizing those things that are most important – to you! Significance is dedicating your time, work, and life to something of great meaning to you, and which provides value to others, too.

On July 23, 2014, my daughter Kaileen interviewed me for the first in the series to introduce me as the founder of Happy Living. Between us, we have now conducted twenty-five interviews, and recently changed the format from a written interview to a podcast[1]. It wasn’t planned but during the first two years, men, eleven men to only five women, heavily dominated our interviews. Then, in June of 2016, I came upon a long streak of particularly interesting women.

First up was Liz Nierzwicki, a single mom, entrepreneur, author, and a self-described life warrior. Then, I interviewed Sarah Kaufman. She’s an author who fears that grace has been nearly exterminated from the face of the earth. She wrote a brilliant book which is a manifesto for bringing grace back. After Sarah came Tiffany Shlain, an award winning filmmaker who is on a mission to bring about social change. She loves exploring big, challenging issues, diving into moral dilemmas around technology and humanity, and investigating the meaning and purpose of life. And then Kate Galliett, a woman whose life purpose is helping others to do great things and feel great doing them. Kate created her business because she’s “fascinated by all the things that can make us better humans”.

Inspiring women, right?

Happy Living | Books | Inspiring Women

That was enough in itself – but there were more things happening in the Universe bringing my attention and interest to inspiring women and laying the groundwork for me to write this book.

About a year before I interviewed Tiffany, I saw her award-winning documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology. I was so completely blown away by her movie and her message that I was inspired to write a post about it called Has Man’s Left-Brain Created a Woman’s World? A few months later, she debuted another film, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, Again, I felt compelled to share her message, and I wrote Badass Ladies Blazing the Path to Gender Equality. You will find both of these posts at the back of the book.

Shortly after writing Badass Ladies, I received this message on Facebook from a person I did not know. It read:

“Hey Matt! So nice to meet you. Let’s talk! I’m doing a series called the Unstoppable Woman. I’m talking to people to interview them on this topic…let’s see if it may be a fit …? Do you do interviews?”

The message came from a woman named Hemalayaa Behl (she wrote the Foreword to our book). Hemalayaa empowers thousands of people internationally with her unique blend of traditional and modern lifestyle programs, workshops, and videos. She facilitates her work globally and stars in numerous DVDs. She also hosts her own TV show, ‘BollyBlast’. I was surprised that she was asking me, a man, to be a featured guest for her series called The Unstoppable Woman[2]. She wanted me to talk about overcoming challenges with inspiration, selecting the best inspirations for the life YOU want, and creating enough personal power to overcome the forces holding your life in place. Of course, I said a great big yes!

Can you see what I mean when I say this book was brought to me? It felt like the Universe was conspiring for me to write it. Perhaps it has been brought to you for a special reason too!

Before it was through, the Universe connected me with twelve inspiring women (Liz, Sarah, Tiffany, Kate, Hemalayaa… plus Karen Conover, Elise Blaha Cripe, Dr. Jocelyn Dunn, Leah Jones, Megan McDonald, Martha van Duren, and Stephanie Dunne) on very different journeys (authors, martial artist, entrepreneurs, surgeon, educators, filmmaker, and nutritionist). As divergent as their fields of work were, a pattern emerged to me; they were all courageous, dedicated, disciplined, and creative, and listening to their hearts led each to the particular work they love. While the work they do is different, they are all doing work that both feed their souls and is for the benefit of others. The women in this book inspired me because they are on inspired and significant journeys themselves. They are deeply immersed in creating something genuinely connected to who they are and bringing value to others while they do it. I am grateful to each of them for sharing the real, raw, intimate details of what drives them to do what they do. In their sharing, I hope they inspire you.

I wrote Inspiring Women because I paid attention as the Universe was sending signs that it was my book to write. I wrote this book because twelve women inspired me with their dedication, discipline, and creativity. Most importantly, they inspire me with their courage to pursue paths of their choosing. It is my sincere wish that these women will serve as inspiring role models for girls and women the world over to do the same. For it is on that path, your unique and distinctive journey, that you’ll find the way to make your significant mark on the world.

I wish you every success in life that you can imagine.

Love,

[1] Listen to the Something Significant interviews with Liz Nierzwicki, Hemalayaa Behl, and Tiffany Shlain:

Something Significant

[2] Watch the Unstoppable Woman Summit Interview with Matt Gersper

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Something Significant Podcast: Dr. Lauren Noel

Happy Living | Podcast | Dr. Lauren Noel“Every ceiling when reached becomes a floor.”
(Aldous Huxley)

As a teenager, Lauren Noel began looking for answers to treat her skin condition when conventional medicine was failing her. She found a solution only after beginning to work with a naturopathic doctor who healed her “from the inside out.”

“The main thing that was causing my acne was food allergies. And never once did my dermatologist tell me that. I remember asking him, ‘What can I eat to improve my skin…or what should I not eat?’ He looked at me and said, ‘There is no connection between your diet and your skin.’ I just knew in my heart that was not true—that was a moment that really shifted me into looking for other answers…”

Lauren recalls her first experience with a naturopath: “The first thing she said to me was ‘Tell me your life story.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ No doctor had ever asked me that!” They then spent two hours talking about Lauren’s life.

Now, Dr. Lauren Noel is all grown up—a licensed naturopathic doctor and expert in natural medicine who is dedicating her life to supporting others in natural healing.  In working with her clients, she looks for answers that help them heal without the use of medications; she spends the time necessary to truly get to know each patient as a whole person rather than seeing them as a set of symptoms needing diagnosis; and she teaches her clients how their bodies work, guiding them to wellness, naturally!

Since receiving her doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Noel has treated over 5,000 patients using natural therapies.  Her areas of expertise are digestive disorders, thyroid & hormone imbalances, and autoimmune disease.  She has been a frequent guest/lecturer on health radio shows and at medical conferences, and she is also the host of Dr. Lo Radio, a top-rated podcast on iTunes that has attracted over 2 million listens.  Dr. Noel owns Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach, CA, through which she treats patients both locally and all over the country.

 

“As you follow your passion, so much magic can come out of it,” Dr. Lauren says.

Today, Lauren loves her job as a natural doctor, loves her patients, loves helping them heal and thrive naturally, and loves the magic of life! If you are reading this, I am excited for you, because this lady is a true delight (and a very thoughtful and inspiring person, too!). Please, enjoy my interview with Dr. Lauren Noel.

Follow Dr. Lo…

Twitter | Facebook | Website | iTunes | Instagram

Lauren’s podcast and book recommendations…

The Model Health Show: Nutrition | Exercise | Fitness | Health | Lifestyle by Shawn Stevenson

The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W Dyer

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by Danielle LaPorte

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Themes Over Goals

Happy Living | Blog “The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we.”
(Lee Haney)

It was my dream job: Chief Executive Officer of an Olympic National Governing Body. I was serving the same sport in which my doubles canoe partner and I had garnered an Olympic Gold Medal for the United States, and in this position, I had a perfect opportunity to support the medal quests of other elite canoe and kayak athletes representing Team USA. I’d also be working in service of the sport’s other stakeholders, including coaches, volunteers, officials, sponsors, event organizers, and board members.

It was an honor to support elite athletes pursuing peak performance, and I should have been accomplished. But, in the process of taking care of everyone else, I felt pulled in a thousand different directions, and I stopped taking care of myself. Two years into my job, my health hit a real low point. I had gained a lot of weight, was sleeping poorly, felt irritable with my colleagues, and was carrying around enormous stress. My work life and family life were both suffering, and I knew something had to change.

I decided to start by focusing on my physical health. I made a plan to start working out in the gym as part of our corporate wellness program, but instead of setting goals, I implemented a theme of better health. I focused on “movement, play, and exercise with friends…as much as possible.”

I believe there is a place for goals, provided you are ready for them, but the truth is: not everyone is ready for goals. What’s more, if you introduce goals at the wrong time, they can limit, intimidate, and de-motivate you, pushing you back even further from where you ultimately want to be. The problem with goals is that they draw your attention to what you don’t have rather than motivating you to move ahead with what you do. Consider goals such as:

I want to lose 30 pounds.
I want to have one million dollars.
I want to be in a loving and supportive relationship.

These statements force you to obsess over what you don’t currently have or what it is you’re trying to get. Conversely, themes support you in activating what you have right now and converting your desires into action. Consider the following themes:

A theme to serve people.
A theme to share my expertise with others.
A theme to move and play.

Themes give us an immediate directional force on which to act. Had I showed up to the gym with a declaration that “I am going to lose 30 pounds,” I would have been quickly disheartened and back to my old bad habits within a few weeks. Sticking with my themes, however, felt simple and free.

Using these simple themes, I got started, and within a few weeks, I began noticing small changes such as increased energy and a little bit of weight loss.  Slowly, as I stuck with my themes, I gained momentum. That momentum led to more curiosity and to a desire to learn new skills. Over time, I gained more energy, generated even more ideas, and became increasingly grateful for the changes I was experiencing.

Little did I know it at the time, but my themes, and the experiences they were brining to my life were actually creating a path away from my “dream job” toward a job that better fits my life and has made me a much happier human. Today, I’m thriving as I focus on a theme of small steps forward every day. I focus on executing small daily rituals that set the standard for my journey to better all-around health.

Since I set that first theme around better health, I’ve shifted so much in my life: I’ve used my improved health to pursue new challenges and adventures like running marathons and paddling a kayak from Cuba to Florida; I’ve used my experiences as the basis for creating a performance coaching and training business that serves leaders and executives; and I’ve shared the mindsets and life lessons I’ve learned with my family, and together, we’re pursuing a dream of selling most of our possessions and moving to Spain.

Let go of the goals. Empower yourself with themes. Take small steps forward. Every day.

With gratitude,

-Joe

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