IT’S OFFICIAL !
The United States isn’t especially happy. It came in 17th place, between Mexico and Ireland.
Many Copenhageners have fun on a bicycle. In Copenhagen, where half of the people pedal to work. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore. And, importantly, it is a lot of fun. So get a bike! It will be relaxing and remember: you, too, can feel young and be happy again.
Public transport in Denmark is efficient. It takes only 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the center of the city by metro, and the trains run 24 hours a day.
Copenhageners are law-abiding, a by-product of being contented with life. Even at 3 a.m. on an icy cold night, with no traffic in sight, they’ll wait for the green light at pedestrian crossings. Having law-abiding citizens contributes to being happy, since crime and victims of crime are reduced.
And Copenhagen is extra-green. The Danish capital has electric buses, recycling citizens, clean harbors and shops selling clothes made from organic materials. And over 60% of the hotel rooms are certified eco-friendly.
Unbelievably, three-quarters of the food served in public institutions is organic. Also unbelievably, you will find only ONE organic restaurant in Fort Worth, the Spiral Diner [click here to visit website]. It is also vegetarian. Our school, by the way, has made several trips to enjoy the cuisine and hear presentations on healthy eating. When your healthy, you feel better and you are happier.
Next year, Copenhagen will be the 2014 European Green Capital, an award that recognizes cities with consistently high environmental standards. This is only the beginning: By 2025, Copenhagen plans to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital. All of this is indicative of and contributes to being healthy, which results in being happy.
Creating a truly joyful person requires creating a happy society. You are much more likely to be happy, if the people around you have joy in their hearts. Like the song says, “Make someone happy, make just one someone happy, and you will be happy too”.
My Personal Recommendations:
I have been asked, from time to time, what have you done to be so happy? Well, allow me to share a personal perspective, garnered from years of reflection and digestion. (By the way, my Dad was from Denmark.) My suggestions are (and will be continued in weeks to come):
1. Get a bike.
2. Get out of town. Jericho, Byblos, Hebron, Damascus, and Susa all lay claim to being the oldest city. For about ten thousand years we have huddled together in these artificial contrivances. But prior to the invention of the town, people were not uncomfortably stuck so closely together.
I have never been more relaxed and contented, than when I finally realized that cities are no place for human beings. It took a half-century to realize this, but it did finally dawn on me (actually, I think the sun was in a beautiful retreat when this happened). My stress levels diminished considerably after a few hours, not days or weeks. The fresh air, the communion with all the beautiful birds and other life forms I had forgotten existed, the unbelievable sunsets, the sounds of quiet (you can actually hear the sounds of silence), the open spaces that open up the mind, the feel of the wind and warmth of pure sunlight are all absolute goods.
Oh yes, we need cities, if for no other reason than to remind us of what life was like. I slowly drive into one frequently and then drive faster to get out. After all, they come with frequent warnings related to air pollution and high mortality rates relative to traffic accidents, crime and general insanity that results from too many people being pushed into tight spaces with predictable psychological maladies.
But the most important reason I love living outside of metropolitan madness, relates to lowering measurable levels of unnecessary, and even unrecognizable, stress. I find myself actually looking at people I now greet and I think about what I am saying when I greet them. I have resigned from my thoughtless robotic rhetoric learned from decades of being in small spaces and around too many people and always in a big hurry.
By the way, there is a large body of research, which I recently shared with my students, that proves we can only do one thing at a time [click here to view report]. The illusion persists that we can multitask, but in truth we are only capable of merely switching our thoughts, rapidly sometimes, back and forth. I now fully realize this by having my nearest neighbor several acres away, which permits me to actually entertain a deep and prolonged thought. What a sweet and delightful freedom. Single task to live longer, stress less and be happy.
So my friends, get out of Dodge and savor the freedoms God intended you to enjoy!
We will continue our findings on being happy next week.
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Our destination for FRIDAY, October 25, 2013 is: The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania. We will depart from the school at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a self-guided tour and a LATE LUNCH in Granbury. We will return around 3:30 p.m. Please be patient if we are late.
Fossil Mania is a highly motivating science project that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Friends, family and neighbors are invited join us.
FINANCIAL: No fee required.
LUNCH: Please provide funds for lunch & snacks & fossils.
GIFT SHOP: Parents may want to provide jobs around the house to let child(ren) earn money to spend. They will want to purchase something slightly older than Dr. A.
Emergency Telephone: 682-777-1908. The telephone may be out of range. Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Tuck your shirt in & wear a belt, and you will be allowed to act normal and participate.
Please do not make references about Dr. Anderson being an old fossil during this trip. He is sensitive & not for sale, so please do not put price tags on him (especially if they are below one dollar). And thank you, Natalie, for the truth in advertising price tag last year: “Priceless”.
Students are NOT to leave the Exposition Center or eatery at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.