My Answer is “Yes”, But You Knew That

by Joey deVilla on September 15, 2010

I’m with the bird:

are you happyComic by Tom Gauld for The Guardian. Click it to see it on its original page.

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Happiness is Like Peeing in Your Pants

by Joey deVilla on May 15, 2010

Sign: "Happiness is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth."Image from Saying Images.

Everyone can smell it, too.


The Recipe for “Happy”

by Joey deVilla on April 19, 2010

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while know that hedonics – the study of what makes us happy or unhappy – is a pet topic of mine. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I like the graphic below:

The "Are You Happy?" flowchart poster

Yes, the “Change something” part of the flowchart covers a ridiculously large amount of ground – the “something” could be “your world”, “yourself”, “how you see things” or a mix of the three — and up to several years of work, personal journeying and possibly therapy, but the procedure outlined in the poster is the basic recipe for “happy”.

Here are links to the people and/or entities that appear in the credits at the bottom of the poster:


The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

by Joey deVilla on January 14, 2010

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun is a cute little video created by Michael Bungay Stanier’s Accordion City-based work-coaching company, Box of Crayons. Those of you who know me personally might find these principles strangely familiar…


Something to Kick Off the New Year and Decade

by Joey deVilla on January 1, 2010

Here’s a graphic I found the other day while doing a little computer “housekeeping”. I thought it would be perfect for the first post of the new year and decade:

When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was they key to life. When I went to school, the asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life.

Do the assignments, but don’t forget to do life!

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Living in the “Hooray!” Zone

by Joey deVilla on June 24, 2009

Yes, the demands and schedule of my job as Sith Lord at Microsoft have kept me quite busy, but it doesn’t matter because I live in the “Hooray!” zone, as shown in the Venn diagram below:

Venn diagram showing the "Hooray" zone as the intersection of "What we do well", "What we want to do" and "What we can be paid to do"

For more information, see the LifeHacker article titled The Road to Happiness in Your Work Lies in the Hooray! Zone.

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