We had a request by "Joe Happy Lifer" (Joe is his actual name lol) who wanted to know more about our co host Tony Piantine. I loved that idea because I know how life changing powerful his story really and sometimes I forget that it's a story most Happy Lifers aren't familiar with. We've said a few facts about Tony in podcasts past, but have never really gone deep in to who Tony is and why Camp Daniel. So, here you go. A powerful man with a powerful story.
Is it even possible to be a WINNER and a LOSER at the same time?!? Some say no. We say yes. In fact, oftentimes LOSING is the BEST way to WIN. In this episode we talk about Felix Loch, the German Luger, who not only lost, but was expected to take the Gold...for the 5th time. So, if he lost, just how did this Luger win? Glad you asked. Have a listen and find out. You may be winning a lot more than you think.
Shaun White's 4th place finish in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and his nasty crash and injury last October in New Zealand, set the stage for a great story because he didn't quit. In this episode, we talk about failing, not quitting, and what those things set us up for.
The songs we use in this episode are "Gonna Be Worth It" by Rita Springer, "Respect Me Respect You" by Steve Hays and "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and conducted by John Williams. We only own the rights to "Respect Me Respect You" (because I wrote and performed it).
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.