A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

Happiness is having a strong sense of place. Where am I? Who is also here? How did this place come to be? What is the history of the natural world in which I inhabit? What have the people done before me to co-create this place?

Something changes when we claim a place as our home. We build emotional roots and want to care for the place. It can be a place of any scale such as a home, a forest, a region, a state, the globe, and even our place in the Universe. This connection seems integral to my happiness. The more attention I give to a sense of place, the happier I feel.

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A Sense of Order

A Sense of Order

I have a strong desire for order in my environment. There are many intricacies to running a national nonprofit that inspires and equips communities to invest in a complex intervention to address poverty. A sense of order offers a counter balance. I have a colleague who once told me that most people’s minds are like a country road. My mind, he says, is like grand central station. This can be both a gift and a curse. Keeping my environment as an Ally helps me to remain happier and calmer as the complexity of this work steadily grows.

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What is True Freedom?

What is True Freedom?

A sense of freedom is fundamental for happiness. We all want to be free and that is why so much emphasis has been placed on it in our US Constitution and American values. We want to be able to make choices in our pursuit of happiness. The pillars of freedom for me are, in order of priority:

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