Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Happy Place



Happy Gilmore is a classic comedy. The film features Adam Sander as Happy Gilmore, a mirthful struggling hockey player who finds his way on the PGA golf tour. Gilmore qualifies the tour by having an impressive 300+ yard drive, but ultimately struggles with his putting game.

In the film's major setback, Gilmore desperately tries to win money to purchase his grandmother's home. As he struggles to perfect his put swing, he is told to go to his own happy place, a place where everything is perfect and happy (Spoiler alert) Ultimately, Gilmore envisions his own happy place, perfects his short golf game and is able to win enough money to save his grandmother's home from foreclosure.

Although most of Happy Gilmore is ridiculous, the concept of going to "happy place" is refreshing in today's era of hyper-connectivity; where social media updates and text messages keep us connected to all of life's twists and turns. To give an example of how connected we are to one another, it's estimated that over 50 billion text messages are sent every day. That's over 8 text messages per person per day! That may not sound like much, but that's factoring in every single human on the planet.

As we are constantly connected to each twist and turn, it's important to take time to unplug -- and go to our own happy place!  It's more than just taking a few moments to envision a happy place, but it involves actually going to our own happy place! My happy place is paddling out on the water -- getting away from all electronic distractions and being surrounding by the open space of the mighty Pacific.

Going to our own happy places helps reinvigorate the mind, body and soul! It may take a little effort to break out of your daily routing and find 20-45 minutes to venture to your happy place, but the investment will pay dividends for your life!

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