Sep 23rd

Happiness? It’s (way) easier than you think…

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Happiness. Most of us say that’s what we’re after.  And we slave away doing (a million things a day) and moving (through our busy schedules), seeking to fill ourselves up on that elusive feeling of happiness.

But do we spend a lot of time planning how to get more happy?

An interesting article at offers info that can make you think twice about making a plan for more happiness: “Can You Really Predict What Will Make You Happy” (Eric Barker).

Here are the top five factors that a 2000+ person survey said might predict gaining more happiness:

  1. Better health
  2. More time with friends
  3. More time with family
  4. More traveling
  5. Earning double what I do now


Does this list surprise you?  I was surprised (but glad) to see that 5. “earning double” followed better health and socializing with friends and family.  It seems that we spend a lot of time trying to “earn double” but when it comes right down to it, earning more money doesn’t inherently make us happier (as this survey, and other research shows).

A quote by Daniel Gilbert (Harvard researcher of Happiness) offers this insight:

“We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends, and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”


What are we doing to plan for more happy time? 

[I’ve got a great idea. And it’s already an activity we need to do every day just to keep living.]

Eat. With someone else.

And when you make a shared-meal plan, you are literally taking care, each and every day, to incorporate several of the top factors to help you feel happier.

  • You can create better health (#1 on the list above) by sharing nutritious meals (studies show that kids eat better when they’re eating with their family members).
  • You can plan more time with friends and family (#s 2 & 3 above) through a daily shared-meal ritual (according to the time article “having a better social life can be worth as much as an additional $131,232 a year”).


If you’re curious how to create a shared-meal plan, read my book The Shared-Meal Revolution and join me in The Shared-Meal Revolution!  If you have any questions, or want to share how shared meals make you happy, please write me at — I’d love to hear from you…

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