Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what makes me happy from the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
I’ve visited Vegas multiple times and have had incredible, triumphant experiences there, but I thought it was a horrible idea to take my kids to a place proudly known as Sin City. What, I thought, would we do with two kids in Vegas?
As it turns out, Las Vegas and the surrounding area can be an incredibly fun place to visit as a family.
We took the kids down the Strip to see the larger than life hotels and neon lights. They were, naturally, awed, and seeing it all again through their eyes added a freshness and excitement that so often fades when you revisit somewhere. But the casinos and hotels were a tiny part of what we experienced.
We rode in helicopters and landed on the floor of the Grand Canyon.
We discovered the hidden gem of Lake Mead, which is itself a worthy and largely undiscovered vacation destination. (Hint: check. it. out.)
We rafted to the base of the Hoover Dam and then down the Colorado River, stopping for lunch on a beach inside Black Canyon.
Where did you find happiness this week?
(Updated: At reader request, I’ve added links to where you can find out more about doing these things. In most cases, these vendors provided free or discounted services so that I could write about these experiences on other travel websites.)