Happiness Tip #3 – The People in our Lives

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I grew up in an Army family.  We moved every three years whether we wanted to or not.  Where my Dad went we followed.  It was just life and to my siblings and I it was totally normal.  Everyone in our friendship circles were in the same boat.  We all had to make new friends every three years and with few exceptions we never saw one another again.  We moved about half way through my Senior year of High School.  I won’t lie, it sucked. Because of our rotation I had actually been at the same High School since I was a Freshman.  Needless to say, when we got to our next place, we made some new friends, I graduated from High School, then I left again, this time for the Army myself… where I started the process all over again.
In 1988 I finally settled down, met my new best friend and made the decision that this was it, I was planting roots.  The Army took me away a few more times, but by and large we had settled down.  After we got married and made the decision that we wanted our kids to grow up in a “hometown”.
It was fun to watch them grow up and make friends, friends that they still have today.  It all seems so normal.  And as we settled in, we made friends, friends that we love to be with and share our lives with.  These people add to our happiness.
Our friends, family, and people who come and go from our lives all add to our happiness.  True friends that we laugh, cry, and share with are all part of what makes us happy.  We have many friends, few close friends, and lots of people that make up the circle which brings happiness to us.  Through Scouting, I have a ton of friends, many of them I consider family, others I just love to be around.  Through other aspects of our lives we have made friends that are always there and we love to be with.  And our family, maybe because of the way we grew up together is close.  Our family had to circle the wagons every three years and start from square one.  So we adapted to being close to one another.  My Sister (she’s the blonde in the picture) is now one of my closest friends… and we RV together all the time.
So the Happiness tip… make great friends and keep your family close.  The people in your life make a huge difference in your happiness.
I could not be more happy with our friends and family and hope that you have people in your lives that make you just as happy… and never forget the impact that you have on them.  You make them happy too.
Dennis Prager shared this;

“For much of my life, I, like most people, regarded the pursuit of happiness as largely a selfish pursuit. One of the great revelations of middle age has been that happiness, far from being only a selfish pursuit, is a moral demand.
When we think of character traits we rightly think of honesty, integrity, moral courage, and acts of altruism. Few people include happiness in any list of character traits or moral achievements.
But happiness is both.
Happiness — or at least acting happy, or at the very least not inflicting one’s unhappiness on others — is no less important in making the world better than any other human trait.
With some exceptions, happy people make the world better and unhappy people make it worse. This is true on the personal and global planes.”

You can read the whole article here.

I’ll leave you with this.  Baden Powell the founder of Scouting shared this:
“But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”

Be Happy and be the person that brings happiness to others.  You will get more back than you can imagine.
Thanks for hanging out with us on our Journey.
Have a Happy Day!

The Good, The Bad, and the …

LOVE and HATE__As we sit around in our RV we can’t but get into those conversations that ask…
What would we change if we did it all over again?  What is it that we absolutely love about our RV and what do we hate?… we hate is kinda rough.. what, if we had a magic wand would we change in our RV or what would we like in our next RV?
So here are some of the Good, the Bad, and the.. well we really don’t have anything Ugly.
The Good.
We Love the layout and the space of our RV.  It gives us lots of room to hang out with friends, play games, and relax.  I love the fact that when you walk around in the trailer you don’t have to walk sideways or wait till the other person moves.  There is plenty of space.  With the Rear Lounge layout we have great seating for socializing and relaxing in the RV.  I love the big rear window and the views it affords.
We love the two rocking chairs that are in the rear lounge.  They are comfortable and are in the perfect place for relaxing and being social.
We love the Bedroom, or specifically the queen size bed.  With the added memory foam the comfort is incredible.  We also love that the bedroom is completely apart from the main living area and has a pocket door that allows for privacy during much-needed nap time.
The restroom is a good size, but the feature I love the most there is shower.  There is plenty or room in the shower and we don’t have to hunch down to get wet.
The kitchen area is serviceable.  It does what it is designed to do.  The stove top is nice with its three burner cook top.  The oven is small, but works for what we need it to do.
There is not a lot of counter space, but the dinette is right across from the galley, so prep work can be done there.
Where we do have a lot of space is in storage.  There is a ton of cabinets and storage space in this trailer.  We love to have a place for everything and have everything in its place.
The Bad.
There is nothing so bad with this trailer that you can’t live with.  But as we are always looking for the next best thing, or things that can be better here are the things that we would change if we had a magic wand.
First, and what will more than likely be our next project is the bathroom sink, specifically the faucet.  It is positioned under a medicine cabinet that does not allow for you to really get over the sink.  This makes even washing hands and brushing teeth a bit of a challenge.  A faucet with a longer arm or corner placement would have been better.
The space around the bed in the bedroom.  This is a tight area and makes walking around the bed tough,  Another 4 inches or so would be nice.  But then we would sacrifice the Queen bed… that’s not an option.  Maybe in the next RV we get a slide out in the bed room too.
The couch in the living area.  It is a fold out bed and seats two.  It’s not the most comfortable, but then again, it’s not terrible.  I would replace it with recliners or two more rockers though.  It would be a better use of seating and space.
The table at the dinette.  It is a good size table as is… but when we get in the trailer to play cards or board games with our friends, it can get tight.  A table with about 6 more inches in width would be perfect.
And that is it.  We love our Passport Trailer.  It is our Happy Place.  While we can dream and wish and fix things up, at the end of the day this trailer is a gem.  We love it.
If you could change just one thing in your RV… what would it be?  Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.