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Why do we overlook the keys to our happiness?

July 18, 2010


I once read the the key to happiness lies in three aspects of our lives: health, wealth, and relationships. While some might argue that there more characteristics that contribute to our overall happiness, I tend to believe that this covers most of it.  After all, if you are lacking in any one of these categories, […]

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A dramatic shift in priorities

June 21, 2010


As I come to the end of my three years here in Hawaii, I realize how much my priorities have shifted from even a few years ago.  Inspired by the such blogs as Early Retirement Extreme, Almost Fearless, and The Art of Nonconformity; the books of Henry David Thoreau (Walden) and Rolf Potts (Vagabonding); and […]

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The beauty of simplification

March 30, 2010

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In the book Walden, Henry David Thoreau went into the woods to live by himself and document his experiences there.   First published in 1854, Walden still remains a great piece of American literature which still has application to life today.  Thoreau was the type of person who was able to fully appreciate nature in all […]

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Transitioning away from the idea of traditional retirement

February 8, 2010


For many people, the idea of retiring is the ultimate goal.  You imagine your days spent like a Corona commercial, on the beach and enjoying the freedom of having nothing to do.  However, I believe the reality of retirement is quite different from the way people imagine it to be.  As anyone who has taken […]

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Money Can Buy Happiness

September 24, 2009


I fundamentally disagree with the notion that money can’t buy happiness.  Don’t misconstrue what I’m saying.  If someone is not happy with his life and wins the lottery, that person will not instantly gain long-term satisfaction just because he now has a lot of money.  The elation will be short-lived and most end up going […]

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