My Acupuncturist Wants To Know When Was The Last Time I Was Happy

A friend texted me about an acupuncturist the other day.

“She’s amazing,” my friend said.

I googled her and she did seem pretty amazing. She has reviews everywhere and they are all raves. I made my appointment and sped 50 minutes to the next city to make it to the (possible) headache cure.

Geriana asked me all kinds of questions. Then took a picture of my tongue and pointed out the supposedly telling information it revealed. It sounded like she was reading my palm…but it was my tongue. I wasn’t sure about any of it. But I wasn’t UNSURE about any of it either. So we continued.

“When was the last time you were happy?” she asked.

My mind drew a blank, as it tends to do when put on the spot. I could tell she felt that my hesitation proved her point. But in that moment of hesitation, I was really wondering what exactly does she mean by happiness? I guess that’s why you always see that quote “Happiness is…”. Because it’s different for different people.

Gretchen Rubin has a great book on happiness habits called “The Happiness Project”. It’s interesting to note that there is no one set of habits that makes everyone happy. We are all unique in our happiness requirements.

What does happiness mean to you? How do you make sure you experience happiness in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

So What’s Switzerland Doing Anyway?

I keep reading over and over that Switzerland is the happiest country. We don’t need the Alps or the yodeling but, you know, the other stuff is kinda awesome.

The Swiss have the lowest government spending on health care in the developed world—and some of the healthiest citizens. Apparently America’s Affordable Health Care Act adopted the mandate, but forgot the rest. But I’m not only talking about health care.

The Swiss people are happy. They invest in top notch education. They have a lot of guns, but little crime. They have a drug policy that has proven results and is actually a model for many other countries. They seem to set their people up for success.

Are we just too wrapped up in thinking we’re the greatest? Do most people assume Europe=Socialism?…which is a scary word to a lot of people. I’m not saying that we suck and they don’t. But I don’t see why can’t we take a look at what they’re doing and then do more of that. If you keep doing the same thing, you’re going to get the same results. And I think our results aren’t too hot right now. But what do I know?