About Feel Happiness
There are tons of blogs in the “self-improvement” niche. It’s easy to spend entirely too much time surfing the internet and reading some good and many useless posts on these sites. Before you know it, 3:00 AM rolls around and you are even more confused than when you started. Now you have ten mental health issues that “need” fixing.
I know, I’ve been there. Hell, I still do it.
If you are like me, you can start with a Google search for something like “how to write an about me page” and end up on the Wikipedia article on Esperanto within a few clicks.
Why does this happen? When I want to learn about a personal development topic, I’m looking for a thorough, well-researched answer. Unfortunately, the first page of Google often doesn’t have what I’m looking for, so I waste hours trying to piece it together from many different sources. Usually I end up way off-topic.
What I’m doing here is taking all the best information that I find both in scholarly articles and around the web on a given subject, throwing in a whole load of my own insights and experience, and combining everything into a single post. If you are interested in that subject, you will find what you are looking for in its article here. No need to spend countless hours searching for it.
But the fact of the matter is, none of the information out there (or here) is worth anything if it doesn’t help you to live a happier life. And that’s ultimately the point of Feel Happiness.
Well, actually, there is a little bit more to it than that. Have you ever heard of the “Happy Life-Expectancy”? It’s defined as the number of years a person lives happily. THAT, my friends, is what this blog is about.
Who wouldn’t want to maximize the number of years of happy living they have on this Earth?
If you want to get a sense of what the mission of this blog is in more detail (and come to the realization that I am a huge nerd), you should read these two posts next:
The Meaning Of Happiness - Here I explore the idea of what it means to be happy. Happiness is not a clearly defined term, so I decided to dive into the philosophical concept. It’s necessary to understand what happiness is in order to increase it (or write about it ).
A Mathematical Model Of Happiness - This is a simple mental framework including some key factors and insights for maximizing your Happy Life-Expectancy.
Hello everyone! My name is Michael Davidson. I’ve always been a fiend for personal development, and it’s about time I threw myself into the mix of self-improvement authors out there.
This blog originally began as a class project. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it was going to continue once the class ended, but after my experience at Rutgers’s Dance Marathon 2012, I felt inspired to write even more.
Now that some time has passed, I know that I enjoy writing and I am benefiting from the experience of writing about happiness.
I can assure you that if I ever feel as though writing is making me less happy I will stop immediately, just as I would advise you to stop reading if the information isn’t making you feel happier. But I have a good feeling that both of us will continue to benefit.
“What should I read next,” you say?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Personal Development And Happiness:
How You Can Achieve Anything You Want In 3 Simple Steps (simple, but still over 5000 words)
107 Habits And Behaviors For A Healthier Lifestyle (over 16000 words, to be used as a reference)
I also want to direct you to the 30 Days of Happiness page. Each day in this program corresponds to an exercise that will help increase your Happy Life-Expectancy. Check it out.
What I would love is for people to view this blog as a community. I have at least as much to benefit from your input as you have from reading my posts. I welcome you to contact me with any questions you may have, and please leave comments if you have anything to say!
You already know that my name is Michael Davidson (but you can call me Mike, Michael, Mikey D, Big Papa Smurf, etc.) and that I like reading things on the internet.
While those two details alone surely make me a compelling individual and one whom you would love to get to know, I’ll go a step further and reveal a few interesting facts about myself:
Interesting Fact #1: I love dark chocolate. A lot. The darker the better. I’m probably eating some at this very moment. Some haters might even say I have a problem. But as I’ve argued before, dark chocolate has a multitude of health benefits. If you have any good chocolate recommendations, please contact me.
Interesting Fact #2: I have hitchhiker’s thumb. To a disgusting degree. Like, it bends back and makes a 90 degree angle. And yet I’ve only ever hitchhiked once, and my thumb didn’t help.
Interesting Fact #3: I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of the first 12 seasons of The Simpsons (you know, before it lost it’s brilliance). I will often sneak Simpsons references into my writing. If you can catch them, you get serious brownie points. If you thought you might have seen one in this section already, you did.
Interesting Fact #4: My favorite beverage (besides water, of course) is green tea. At one point in my life, I was drinking ten cups per day. Now I average closer to three or four. Luckily, green tea is almost disturbingly healthy.
Interesting Fact #5: I’m currently trying to learn both Spanish and Hebrew at the same time. It’s fun, but also ridiculously hard. If you can speak either of these languages and would like to Skype with me or help me learn in any way, please contact me.
Interesting Fact #6: During college I studied math and economics in order to become an actuary. So far I’ve passed three of the exams! But after graduating I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in Israel for ten months teaching English, and that’s where I am right now.
Interesting Fact #7: Apparently, I’m a celebrity.
Interesting Fact #8: My favorite color is cerulean. It’s not blue.
So there you have it. All of my cards are laid out on the table. I’d like to get to know you too, so I encourage you to email me, comment, follow me on Twitter, etc.