Look at that picture! Aren’t you glad you sail a laser?
Somehow this sailing business has to do with ‘fun” or just being happy. If you look down the left side bar, you will find I have 52 posts on fun. Check out the August 27, 2911 post which is a pretty good one.
Shawn Achor, Harvard Professor, tells us that if you are happy, you work faster and smarter at about everything. That is compaed to being neutral or sad. He doesn’t mention sailing. They haven’t tested that yet, but he will probably think so.
Shawn has a 21 day program that goes like this.
Every day for 21 days.
!) Write down three things you are happy about. Try and keep them different every day.
2) Journal an activity that made you happy in the past 24 hours... this will help you remember it.
3) Exercise at least ½ hour every day.
4) Meditate. To clear your brain of all confusing thoughts and multitasking Junk.
5) Record one thing that you did to help another. Open a door for them. Pick up trash that wasn’t yours. Write a note to thank someone.
I found that number one was easy except after a few days I was repeated something. Try to keep them all new.
Number two was fun to do and turn out to be mostly about sailing because I can do a little of that every day.
Number three reminded me to get the exercise in. Get the happy hormones working!
Number four was hard for me. Usually I just stopped writing, closed my eyes, focus on my breathing and spent a few minutes then. Better to do it twice a day 5 or 10 minutes at a time.
Number five required some new thinking. I do things for people, but it is random. Now I am looking for things to do to help every time I am out and about.
AM I HAPPIER NOW? I was really pretty happy before. IT WAS “FUN” ANYWAY.
AM I A FASTER BETTER SAILOR NOW? It can’t hurt.
I REALLY JUST WANT HAVE MORE FUN SAILING. Yes, maybe a little faster, but if you get really good you just have other problems.
You can “Google” Shawn Achor and see one of his videos. Worth a look and he is funny...