Happiness

Training for Life

Training for life took on a new meaning for me last summer. I put racing on hold as I tried to figure out the next steps in dealing with my injuries. There was no point in subjecting myself to extra pain that would only result in a poor outcome. However, I still ran almost every day. My “training” wasn’t regimented as per my usual protocol. It couldn’t be. I was never certain, on any given … Continue reading

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Are you happy?

What is happiness? It is a subjective emotion that Wikipedia has defined as “a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.” The other day, while shopping at Safeway with a friend, I asked him if we polled everyone in the store, how many would say they were happy? When I got home, I looked online to determine whether people, in general, are happy. Polls indicate that Americans are 49-81% … Continue reading

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Exercise and endorphins

Among the long list of benefits of sports and exercise are the opportunity to test oneself on a regular basis, improved health, a social outlet, a general sense of well-being, goal setting, and improvement in self-esteem. I would be remiss to omit endorphins from this inventory. Indeed, an endorphin surge might even top the list. Exercise and endorphins seem to go hand in hand. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, “Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid … Continue reading

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