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Saint Nicholas taking on new experiences by exchanging reindeer and sled for a goat. Image: WikiCommons (

Investing in shared experiences increases happiness

A friend rings me in December every year and warbles, “Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me.” Her sometime-Eartha Kitt, sometime-Madonna Material Girl imitation morphs into one of a 10-year-old requesting a hippopotamus for Christmas. Then she moves onto the greedier lines of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Read more →

Parks like East Sooke Park help make nearby residents happier and healthier. Photo by Logan C (flickr's LoganTech)

Parks make for happy, healthy people

Back when Nature Boy worked at a big California museum, I flew down to visit on a semi-regular basis. I remember looking out over the city as the aircraft made its final approach to L.A.’s airport. Below me stretched mile upon mile of concrete: buildings, roads freeways, parking lots. Few Read more →

Anticipating a vacation extends the period of happiness a vacation causes. Photo by Ralph Daily

How to wring the most happiness from a vacation

A friend started a long-planned vacation last week. I interrupted her last-minute preparations with a phone call to wish her a happy and safe journey. “You must be really looking forward to this.” “Umm, well…. I am…. Now.” “Just now?” “You know, I’d booked the essentials almost a year ago, Read more →