Today marks the start of a new year, a clean slate, a fresh start, a new chapter for most. My resolution for the New Year is to look at each day this way. To rid my mind of judgment, fear, and/or expectations about what course the day will take. It is my hope, in starting this blog, that I can share this resolution and help others continually rediscover true happiness each day.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”


The Wizard of Oz so poignantly demonstrated that although we go searching for happiness through others, geographical cures, material possessions- the happiness that we are looking for and can truly depend on, is what is on the inside. How can we expect to depend on something that is constantly changing (the external, or our environment)?

“There’s no place like home.”   -Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)

I have devoted most of my studies to what key factors go in to making the human mind happy. During my studies, I developed a seven factor acronym for this: B.A.L.A.N.C.E which stands for the components I have found to be the most effective in leading us to authentic happiness and fulfillment. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my professional website.

This is a picture of a small Buddha figurine I bought during my travels in Japan. It did not cost very much money and is very small in size. Yet, it brings me so much joy. Each day, I rub the little Buddha belly and remind myself to choose happiness and fun over fear and want. It is kind of silly, I know, but for some reason, this ritual continually reminds me of my commitment to happiness.

Today, think about what traditions or rituals you have in your day that bring you happiness. If you don’t have any, what routines might you bring into your day to remind you that today is a clean slate and to choose fun?

Happiness and Misery are but a daily choice…the effort is the same

“The reality of life is it is nor heaven or hell, but only as one imagines it.”   -Shakespeare