Have you ever wished you could be sharper or smarter? Ever compared yourself to others who may be more talented, richer or more popular? If you could, would you trade yourself in for a newer model? In this Olympic episode, Tony and I talk about a curler and the things that make him happy, even though all those around him would love to discredit and discard them. One man's trash is another man's treasure? Sometimes the things we think are worthless, disgusting and meant for the dumpster, are the things that are the most priceless.
The songs we use in this episode are "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and conducted by John Williams, "Classic" by MKTO and "Shoes" by Kelly. We don't own the rights to any of them.
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? In this episode, we discuss one of them and how it should be a lifestyle, not just a 30 second TV spot. You'll hear my interview with Tony Piantine, one of the directors at Camp Daniel. It's not just a camp for people with disabilities, it's a lifestyle. Check them out at www.CampDaniel.org
Growing up in the church as a Pastor's Kid, I always thought that "secular" was something scary and dangerous - something to be avoided at all costs. Secular was something that would hurt my relationship with God. However, looking back, I've seen how the opposite has actually been the case.
Listen and find out how this concept initially messed up my spiritual life and could be messing up yours as well.
It's true of our most important relationships as well as the Superbowl and it's one of the enemies of Happy. What is the difference between a game and an institution and why is it so vital?
Jesus loves movies! If He didn't, he wouldn't have used them as one of his main ways of teaching. Wait...they had movies back then? Well, maybe not movies like we know now (they probably would have except for the fact that theaters weren't invented yet). However, Jesus made and used His own movies to make a point. What in the world am I talking about?? Listen and see.
Just what do Happy Life and Camp Daniel have in common, and why does Stevo always end up there? In this episode, Stevo interviews Tony Piantine, the director of what Stevo likes to call "The Real Happiest Place On Earth". Camp Daniel is a camp for people with disabilities and holds a huge secret to living happy, which is why Stevo visits there so much every year. Listen and see what Happy Life Studios and Camp Daniel have in common and why they go together like like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. Which takes me to the songs we used in this episode.
The songs we use in this episode are "We Go Together" from the movie Grease and "Roll Out the Barrel". We don't own the rights to either.
You win some and you lose some. That's what they say anyway. However, sometimes it seems like you lose a lot more than you win. The Happy news is losing is not the end of the story, giving up is. In football there is always the post season. There is always a bowl game to look forward to. To aim at, to shoot for. This is true in life as well, not just football. Your failure is not final. In many ways it's quite the opposite. Many spouses, family or friends have told their partner, family member or friend that "Football is not life!" However, maybe it is. There is at least a great lesson we can learn from it. So listen and find out what that lesson is and help make your life happier.
If I had the secret to a HappYear would you take it?
A lot of people want a successful year because they believe it will make them happy. While this may be true, we at Happy Life Studios believe that if we have a happier year, then we will have a more successful one as well. The problem with the first scenario is I can only be happy if all my numeric goals were met. While in the second scenario, I can be happy and more successful even if I don't happen to hit all my goals. Success is about being happy not the other way around. A lot of people talk about the importance of setting measurable goals this time of year. Setting goals can be a good thing, but 1) it doesn't work for everyone and 2) we believe there is a way that goes even deeper. So, do yourself a favor and don't even try to set goals without this life hack we talk about in this episode.
Just imagine what would happen if everyone who listened to this podcast actually committed to living out Christmas all year long and actually committed to do something kind for others that they normally wouldn't do. What if even a handful of those who listened to this episode decided to be more generous, thankful or mysterious like they do at Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween? Now that is what I call a recipe not only for a HappYear, but for a Happy Life as well - for you, as well as the world around you.
The songs we use in this episode are "Christmas the Whole Year Round" by Sabrina Carpenter and "The Secret of Christmas" by Bing Crosby. We don't own the rights to either.
If only Christmas could last the whole year long! Well...why can't it? Happy Life Studios believe it's actually possible and actually give some pointers on how to make it happen. The truth in this episode will not only make your Christmas Happier, it will make your life Happier as well. There is a song that has been around since before I was born, and yet it has eluded my ears and my Christmas music library my entire life, and I can't think of a better message to complete Christmas and propel us in to the Happy New Year, than the one in this song. Check it out and make this next year your happiest yet.
The song we play and talk about in this episode, "The Secret of Christmas", was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen for Bing Crosby, who first performed it in 1959.
The song we end this episode with, is "Christmas the Whole Year Round" by Sabrina Carpenter. I do not own the rights to either of these songs.
We are so excited to hit 100 podcast episodes. Since 100 episodes is such a landmark for us at Happy Life Studios, we did something a little different. (What's new? Don't we always do that?) In this podcast Stevo is actually the one getting interviewed. We are not only excited for the last 100 episodes, we are even more excited for the next 100. Happy Life is becoming so much more than a podcast. Listen and find out where we are taking Happy Life and why we are so excited for it's future.
What do you buy the person who has everything? If you've ever struggled with buying the perfect present, this episode is for you. Listen and make your Christmas happier, more meaningful and easier.