What's Up Wednesdays: Pursuit of Happiness

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked a rather poignant question: Are you happy? It seems like no matter how many ducks we get in a row, happiness can be fleeting. We must continue to chase it. With that, we start this week’s blog post collection with Brian S. Turner . He outlines eight inspiring habits of happy people that differentiate their outlook on life from less happy people. Live every moment, make friends, and celebrate the successes of others.

One of the greatest challenges to achieving happiness is that the grass always looks greener on the other side and sometimes we forget about the good things that we have. Jessica Blumel shares a particularly personal post, describing the new perspective she has now that she is a single parent. Don’t take anything for granted, because “having an extra set of hands, even if they don’t seem to be doing all that much” can still come in handy. We don’t need to perpetuate the myth of moms who have to do everything.

Treasure every moment. We capture so many incredible moments with your phone cameras, but what do you do when your phone runs out of space? Or worse yet, what if you lose your phone entirely? Tyler Ingram offers a straightforward guide on how he backs up his family photos using the WD MyCloud. It’s like having a personal cloud storage solution that you keep safe and secure in your own home. I have one too and I love it.

Becoming a parent completely and utterly changes your perspective on everything. The intense sense of responsibility and obligation can be a bit much. Mark Brodie-Wray talks about his first weekend away from his daughter since she was born a couple of years ago. He had a great time catching up with old friends, but he couldn’t help but to think about what was going on at home. He missed his wife and daughter. He wanted to go home and be a family man.

Kids ought to know where their food comes from. If you’re looking for a fun and educational adventure for the little ones, Tamara Goyette recommends you head out to Willow View Farms in Abbotsford. Admission is free and you have the opportunity to explore the orchard to pick your own apples, as well as visit the petting zoo and shop in the country store. With Halloween right around the corner, this could be a good opportunity to pick up your pumpkin too.