I take the time to highlight what made me happy every week because I believe gratitude is the root of all happiness, and we multiply what we magnify. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; it can change your life.
This week I got to experience the magic of connection in numerous ways.
I attended a Watsky concert in Akron in Ohio with Will and Katie, two local friends I met through Twitter. Watsky is a hip-hop artist whose lyrics are profane but overwhelmingly positive, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to see him perform live. It was also really cool to meet him in person after the show; I was so impressed with how sincerely he connected with the fans (including remembering Will’s name from Twitter!).
Music has always been an important source of connection for me, and it had been a really long time since I’d attended a concert of any kind.
I actually made two road trips to Ohio this week. The day after the Watsky concert, I headed back to attend a reading and book signing that my friend Michelle had put together in the Cleveland area. I always love getting to spend an hour talking about happiness with people, and then I got to just hang with my generous hostess for a couple hours and hear more about her story. Nights like that remind me that I have the very best job in the world.
I raced home from Cleveland to do an interview for Your Inspired Truth, a podcast hosted by Donna Markussen. Donna and I talked for an hour about the book, my trip, connection, and all the things that stop people from listening to themselves. If you missed it live, you can listen to the podcast here
Friday I went to heaven.
OK, not heaven, but as close as you can get without dying, I think. I spent the day at a retreat for women entrepreneurs at a place called Choderwood. Choderwood is a private residence on the banks of the Allegheny River, where sprawling gardens and a meditation hut make it easy to forget that you’re actually smack dab in the middle of a city. I’m already making up excuses to go back.
While the environment was divine, the real treat was the gathering itself. We ended with an emotional decluttering exercise that was very powerful – the kind of experience that leaves you with goosebumps, tears, and laughter.
I woke up early Saturday to take Emma to her baseball game. While cheering on our kids, Jared and I planned an impromptu neighborhood cookout with friends who were sharing the bleachers with us that morning. A few hours later we gathered for a Latin-flavored potluck. That’s exactly the type of weekend shenanigans we’d grown accustomed to before we left our hometown six years ago, and something we appreciate much more after having moved to new cities as strangers. I’m grateful for the good luck that brought us friends right in our neighborhood, in other words.
The calendar remains full, but the opportunities to connect with good people keep me happy.
What made you happy this week?