The Most Important College Course Ever: Happiness 101

Peace from Panic

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Last night I was making dinner and half listening to the NBC Nightly News. I rushed around the kitchen, browning the chicken, dicing the red rose potatoes, and making a salad, when I heard a story that literally stopped me in my tracks.

The reporter was talking about the increasing mental health problems on college campuses. More than ever before, students are anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed.

There’s a course at Yale that teaches kids how to be happy. Ingenious.

Psychology professor Laurie Santos developed the class. She teaches students how to live a more satisfying life.

“Psychology and the Good Life” is the most popular course in Yale’s 316-year history. Nearly one-fourth of Yale undergraduates students are enrolled.

That statistic speaks volumes.

Millennials, also known as “the anxious generation,” desperately want to know how to be happier, less stressed, and more fulfilled.

“Psychology and the Good Life” focuses on:

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Turn, turn, turn…

Who's My Favorite Today?

Some of you may be familiar with the Byrd’s song, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” (Lyrics here)  It is based on Ecclesiastes 3.  To paraphrase, there is a time for every season, a time love, a time for peace, a time to be born, a time to die, etc… (full verses listed at end).  Well, this week our time came.  Our time to fulfill one of those rights of passage – dropping off our first daughter at college.

Of course we are extremely proud of Avery and so excited about her future!  We are so blessed that she lives in a country where girls are afforded an education and that she was accepted into a wonderful university.  I know it is a great place and we have been so impressed each time we have visited and know that the staff will “take care of her,” both academically and emotionally.

However, there is…

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Peace from Panic

I don’t really like to be surprised. I’ve always secretly hoped that no one ever throws me a surprise party. I don’t know why. I love having fun and going to parties. I guess I don’t want all the attention focused on me.

But this past weekend I was totally and completely surprised, and it was wonderful!

Here’s what happened. My husband and I talked about how we’d spend the long President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day with low-key plans. I was looking forward to getting some things done I’d been putting off. Like starting our taxes, paying bills, and working in the yard. I knew I’d be making chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day (my husband’s favorite!)

On Friday my husband and I were out checking on our businesses, and decided to get a Filet-o-Fish sandwich (we don’t normally eat at McDonald’s, but it’s Lent… we don’t eat meat on Fridays, so why not?).

We walked up to the front of the restaurant…

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Dear Future Self

Who's My Favorite Today?

Brooke was a cheerleader for two years in middle school.  However, she decided that in high school, she would try other activities and not do cheerleading.  So as her friends tried out for the cheerleading team, she chose to play golf in the fall.  However, when golf season was over, the cheer team had some open slots.  There were some girls who were no longer on the team and the cheer coach asked Brooke if she would join the Varsity Cheer Team for basketball season.

Brooke struggled back and forth for a couple of days as to whether she wanted to do this.  It is her first year of high school and her courses are more challenging than she has ever had before – she is taking an AP class as a freshman.  I told her that I would support whatever she wanted to do.  (Our oldest daughter had been…

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I Just Applied to College…..Kinda

This is Who’s My Favorite Today?!!

Who's My Favorite Today?

Our oldest daughter Avery is in her senior year of high school and with that comes lots of “senior events” – buying cap and gown, senior pictures, applying to colleges.  Lots of stress.  LOTS.

Each college has its own application – of course.  The Common Application that many colleges now use has made this process infinitely easier than before – thank GOD!  However each college has its own essay questions and a few other requirements.  Some have interviews.  Then there are the scholarships to apply for and their endless essays and interviews.

Yes, I know we are very fortunate to have a daughter eligible to attend college – many others don’t and we are very thankful for that.  (not the “many others don’t” part, but the “thankful that she does” part : )

With that said, Avery has applied to several colleges already: UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Duke, Brown…

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I Don’t Like Adulting – In Between Moderation



Do you just ever feel like there is way to much to do as an adult. Way too many responsibilities pushing…

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I Remember When…The Journey of Lost Memories


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I want to try something new and requires your interaction or it dies.  It is a “I remember when…” segment.

It goes like this…

Recently my mom bought me a tub of mixed nuts.  And in that tub were pecans which are not my favorite, but I ate a few of them and the taste caused a lost memory to come flooding back into my mind.  I remember as a small boy cracking pecans so perfectly so as to extract the entire pecan out without it breaking apart.  I also did the same with walnuts.  I would have to be so delicate with the nutcracker and then surgically remove the entire nut.  For some reason I experienced great joy from accomplishing this task.  I might have been 9 or 10 years old.  I had not eaten pecans in so long and it was amazing that that memory hit me like a fastball to the gut.

Now your turn.  What memory has recently entered your mind that had been lost for years, but is now found?  Please keep it clean, after all, my momma reads this blog! lol  (Hi Mom!)  You can leave your thoughts in the comments to the thought or even a post, whichever works.


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