Today we chat (via email) with Matthew Stanford, one of our awesome Happier users from Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about Matthew, check out his About.me page.
So, what makes you happier, Matthew?
Beautiful skies, non-fiction literature, children, relaxing music, intellectual discourse, design, bright colors, laughter, my niece and nephew, being outside, seeing my own progress, seeing my family and friends happy and healthy.
Have you realized something about being happier that maybe you didn’t when, well, you were younger?
I certainly have! Just as there is always a reason to complain, there is also always a reason to smile. Happiness relies heavily on how we direct our attention.
Happiness can not depend on other people, possessions or circumstances. Things change; I want happiness to be a constant in my life.
Say you’re having a rough day. What are your go-to ways to feel better?
Some days all it takes is a shower, some meditation, hot tea, and a chat with my grandmother about nothing in particular. Other days it takes a long walk through the park during the daytime until sunset, observing and appreciating nature at its finest.
Favorite happy food of all time?
Northstar (veggie) Burger!
What do you dig about using Happier?
The community! While none of our lives are perfect (nor do any of us try and pretend they are), we make sure to focus on the good aspects and maintain healthy attitudes. Happiness is definitely contagious so I can read a few happy moments and they automatically lift my spirits.
If you’d like to take part in our ‘What makes you happier?” interview series, just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org