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International Day of Happiness: 8 Things That Make Me Happy

Mar 19, 2015 BY Walker Jordan

Did you know that today, March 20th, is the United Nations International Day of Happiness (IDOH) - day?  Neither did I, and at first it struck me as a bit of a weird occasion to mark. Since when did we as a general population need a marked event to celebrate being happy?

A little about me first... My (first name) is Walker  and I'm a business partner with Joy at Joyous Health. My official title is Director of Possibilities / Operations and I'm in charge of all the business-y stuff,  but my official title is Hubs, because I'm also Joy's partner in life.  We work together and we live together and I couldn't be any happier.

In fact, if you were to ask my friends and family they would generally say that I'm a pretty happy guy. Perhaps it's this natural disposition that led me to question the need for such a day, but after taking a broader perspective (and actually researching what the day was about) it became crystal clear why it's so necessary.

IDOH recognizes that as a modern society, we are establishing fewer and fewer personal connections with each other, and argues that in a world of email, text messages, social media and the like, the basic element of human connection is being lost.  I personally experience this on a daily basis given the online nature of Joyous Health. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have a meeting with a real person when I'm swimming in a sea of digital communications.  I'm not alone in my observations - researchers have long established the relationship between human connection and happiness and have concluded that it is ESSENTIAL for our survival as a species.

So now I get it.  I understand the need for an International Day of Happiness and the need for a reminder to stop, take stock of what makes you happiest and reach out to those who mean the most.  When putting together my happy list, one thing became very apparent - most of the items are rooted in memories or experiences with other people.  It just goes to show the importance of these connections...so without further adieu!

8 Things That Take Me To My Happy (or Joyous) Place:

1. Sunday Morning Oldies

For as long as I can remember, Sunday mornings were made for Oldies.  To this day, there are few things in the world that make me happier than waking up on Sunday and listening to Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Beach Boys, Jackson 5, The Supremes, Franky Valli ... the list goes on and on!

2. Finger Puppets (recently discovered)

Ok, so I know this sounds weird but let me explain.  I recently acquired a finger puppet and have been having so much fun with it!  Maybe because it let's me play a completely different character, maybe it's indulging my childish need to play.  Whatever the reason, it's been the source of lots of laughs and smiles in the Joyous HQ over the last few weeks.

3. Making a Delicious Sandwich

Making a sandwich makes me feel like an artist with a blank canvas who's imagination and ingredients on-hand are the only limiting factors.  While there's obvious satisfaction in eating the sandwich, the real pleasure comes from the process of constructing my gastronomic masterpiece. 

4. Making Music

Back in the day I used to dabble in DJ'ing.  I do it far less than I would like to these days, but every time I do I'm instantly transported to my own world of bass drops and Beyonce.  My favourite part? Watching people's reactions as the set progresses.  I've recently started to learn the guitar as a musical outlet - reactions aren't as memorable thus far.

5. Quiet/Alone Time

I personally think it's essential for everyone to indulge in some alone time. If given even just a few minutes, get lost in your own mind, reflect and get re-acquainted with yourself.  In a world with more distractions than ever, it's even more important to maintain a strong connection with YOU.

6. Exercise

Exercise is obviously a great mood booster, but for me I often double it up and take advantage of the alone time that comes with the type of exercise I do most often.  While I usually have my headphone on at the gym, more often than not it acts as a type of white noise, allowing me to catch up with myself (I'm an only child, can you tell?).  For me, exercise hits the holy trinity of body, mind and spirit, which is why it's such a priority for me.

7. Cars

If you were looking for the superficial item on my list you've found it.  I've always had a passion/interest in cars and even indulged that passion when I worked at Mercedes-Benz prior to officially joining Joyous Health.  They're fast, shiny and noisy - what's not to like!?

8. My Family

Last but certainly not least, nothing make's me happier than my family.  I include my whole family and close friends in this statement, because as we discovered earlier genuine human connections are key to happiness.  But let me give a little extra love to Joy (and our two kitties) - I think the happiness they bring me can be adequately summed up by the eloquent Ms. Alicia Keys "They offered the world just to have what we got, But I found the world in you...".

Your Turn!  What takes you to your happy place? Comment below or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using the hashtag #joyousplace

Happy... well Happy Day everyone! 

(first name) Walker

Mar 19, 2015 BY Walker Jordan
7 Comments
Mary   •   March 27, 2015

Walker I love this list! While cars is not on mine (I would swap in "buying books" in there), I love that you started w the oldies and especially Fats Domino! I used to keep my classmates in high school and undergrad entertained (or not!) with my silly rendition of this. Going to listen right now!

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Walker Jordan   •   March 27, 2015

Glad you enjoyed the post Mary, and it's always great to meet another Fats Domino fan!


Brittany   •   March 27, 2015

All of my very happiest moments have happened while traveling the world, indulging in my creative outlets, cooking and making my loved ones smile. Those really do it for me! And for my materialistic item, I love me a designer hand bag ;)

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Rita   •   March 29, 2015

I agree that cars would not be on my list either....sorry

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Walker Jordan   •   March 29, 2015

Don't be sorry Rita! What would you list there instead?


Elena   •   April 3, 2015

This was great! Thanks for sharing. It served as a reminder of all the many things that make me happy. I love that you're so silly and funny...so full of life. You guys are the best! Thanks for all that u do.

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Carol   •   March 20, 2016

Walker, I too love the oldies music. It takes me back in memories. My other happy places include thinking of my kids, remembering the snuggles we had when they were little and spending time with them now that they are older, cuddling with my 20 yr old pussy cat Cosmo. I love reading - I love books - you can't have too many, listening to the birds, I love the smell of evergreen trees and just marvelling at the beauty of nature - the portrait it paints is amazing.

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