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happy#062 – depth

Financially there is one advice for happiness.
Have no depth!

LINKS: 
www.youneedabudget.com/
Your money or your life: amzn.to/2lrn3DX

happy#059 – say no!

It might happen, that, while trying to be and stay a nice person you say yes, when you are asked for a favor.
Doing that it can be quite hard to stay focused on what you really want. It might even be difficult to even serve those you promised to because you keep getting distracted by other who you also promise a yes.

Sometimes it might be helpful to say no in order to keep your yes.

happy#060 – 100 days

100 days in Zanzibar and 100 days of daily meditation.
It helped me through some frustrated days. I am still struggling sometimes but overall it seems so much easier…

happy#061 – keep your promise

I believe that you will not be truly happy people if you are not a trusted and reliable person, to yourself and others. If you keep letting other people down on your promises. If you don’t keep the promises you make to yourself you won’t honor yourself, you won’t like yourself. 
The bet think about being honorable is that is 100% up to you wether you are or you are not.

happy#058 – a culture of learning

What do you think? How hard is it to personally grow without learning.
I see how different, kids, teenager and later even grown ups behave when they never learnt how to learn.

So do yourself and you kids the favor and create a culture of learning.

Stay young, stay curious, stay foolish!

happy#056 – powercut

I have the chance o experience quiet often how dependent we ar on regular power supply. Last weekend we had no power for three days which makes us have some troubles even here.

That is when I realized that it is not having or not having something that give you freedom but options that do.

To learn to go without (fill in yourself 😉 increases your options. Increased options can increase your freedom. Increased freedom can increase your happiness.

happy#057 – upsite down

When I was a kid I dreamt about sailing without having it tried ever.
2012 I decided that I will start to sail around the world before I turn 40.
Now I am about to buy my first boat which will be a traditional arab dhow.
That brings some problems with it, but hear yourself:

happy#055 – mikumi

Driving on a normal road in Mikumi, I saw Zebra, Buffalo and Elephants next to road and started to wonder. What can we do to preserve the last beauties of the earth. Is it even up to us what happens on the other end of the world?
You decide with your consumption and maybe its about time to fund some rescue the world projects.

happy#054 – when you lose a wheel

The other week when we visited Ruaha Nationapark everything went wrong one day. Our car was about to fall apart. Wouldn’t start, battery down, break broken… then we fixed it and lost a wheel in the middle of the park.
Also had to fix it and drove home knowing that we could lose again at any time…
In the end we had a remarkable trip to be remembered for the rest of our lifes.

It always depends on you how you will view things in life.

happy#053 – the lion in us

On our way back from an adventurous game drive in Ruaha national park, we first met a whole family of African elephants. Later, outside the park shortly before the village that we are camping in, a lion crossed our street. About 100m meter in front he appeared from the woods on the right, stepped on the road, stopped, looked at us and disappeared in the woods on the left.
This picture made think a lot about danger, nature and balance in life.
This is also a very good picture of what we are doing to our own life and our own body. 
What is it that we can do to be better in balance with life and nature?

happy#052 – democracy

Nowadays I often hear say that we don’t really live in a democracy because there is no real choice. I very clearly want to disagree. 
Just the other day we had to American guests at the lodge and they were pointing out thing that are not going right in America. With a lot of their concern if not most they were right.
But I absolutely did not agree with the consequence they drew from their frustration.
They believe that the USA are not a democracy and that your vote doesn’t count because there are multinationals and media who influence you in their own interest.
I can understand that tendency but in the end, it is always up to yourself. You decide what you believe. You decide what you buy and you decide who you vote for.

happy#051 – craftmanship

Technology can make your life easier but often it doesn’t make it happier. Happy comes from doing the right thing. So learn to do something right.
Get a hobby or a job or a mission were you produce something with your own hand and it will be one step towards your happy life.

happy#050 – technology

Do you think it is a blessing or a curse that our life is dominated by electronics.
How do you use it, or does it use you?
Think about the episode of yesterday. Today you can chose so much. You can also choose to which degree you will use technology.
I think what helps most is when you arrange your life without technological gadget and make yourself clear that you don’t need them, maybe once a week or once a month. Or one week per month or every second weekend. It is your decision. But make sure that you maintain a mindset that lets you be independent from your phone, your computer, facebook, google and the internet.
Once you created and maintain that mindset you will always be able to decide yourself to which degree you are dependent.

happy#048 – control

Have you ever looked for the save solution?
Often safe means to be and to stay in control ut there is only one thing certain about control. Control is never safe. It’s never certain.
Control is just an illusion.

Giving up control can give you freedom!

happy#049 – master or slave

150 years ago it was on you to decide to decide on which side of history you were standing. You were born a slave or a master and there was almost no way to change that. Fortunately that changed and most people in modern society are able to chose were and how they work.
Today often I hear people that they are treated or feel like slaves…

They think, they don’t have a choice in jobs, in private or life altogether.

WRONG! Wake up and use your freedom.

happy#047 – start at the end

Often we learn to be realistic. We analyze status quo and try to figure out what we can do with what we already have. Sometimes and I think most of the times companies and entrepreneurs act the same. The invent a product or have an idea, produce and then find somebody to sell it, instead of thinking about the consumers needs first. I learned in marketing to start with the needs of the customer instead of the product that I want to sell. The results will be so much better.
Actually the same applies to reaching your greatest goals. Think big and start at the outcome. Imagine it as realistic as you can and then start thinking backwards
To make a plan how to reach your biggest dreams.

happy#046 – expectation management

Clear language can make a huge difference. In your communication with others as well as in the communication with yourself. The way you talk, you direct your mind and the way you think. Your behavior will follow your thinking and you will talk accordingly.
If you talk clearly other people will know what they can expect. You might risk a direct no but you can react immediately and prevent misunderstanding which would lead to frustration at a later point any way.

happy#045 – natures beauty needs no plastic

Driving through the most incredible landscape I realized once again that we need to be careful to preserve the world that was given to us. It is not ours, we just borrowed it from our kids and grandkids. We should take care about it.

happy#044 – don’t try, do

Thinking is a way of directing your unconscious mind. Be careful what and how you think. There are words that direct you mind in one or in another direction. The word try is one of them. Be careful when and if at at all you use it. Better you do it, than to try it.

happy#042 – principles, not rules

So many rules are hard to follow. Sometimes it’s almost impossible. For example the rule to not cross a red light. Even at 3am and completely alone. Wouldn’t it be so nice to change those rules into principles. More like a: You have no priority when cars are coming… We could also apply more principles instead of rules to our own life. Principles offer a variety of possibilities instead a simple yes or no.

happy#043 – million is just a number

I so much wanted to be a millionaire when I was young. Now that I am, I had to to find out, that I forget to specify the currency. Since then i keep asking myself what the currency means anyway. It is just an agreement build on trust that a million here is more worse than over there. And still, a number can always be taken away from you.
What does it make sense to invest in after all? Maybe time?
Wanna be a time millionaire?

happy#041 – life’s a rough road

When life feels like a rough road and you neither know why you are on it nor if it will ever end you might discover a surprise once it does. The roughest road lead to the most remote and beautiful places.

happy#040 – surprises make happy

If someone really surprises you with something that you really like that can make you happy, right?
To be surprised it needs to be something that you don’t usually have and something that you don’t expect. Because I reduced so much over the last years and am happy with so little that I just had the situation of total surprise in the middle of nowhere in Southern Tanzania.

happy#039 – risks worth taking

The bigger the risk is the bigger the change can be. Big change can lead to an immense improve of your situation. What are the risks that you fear to take?

happy#038 – trust

Dealing with people always comes down to trust. You trust somebody or you don’t. Even more important: do others trust you? Investing in your consistency and therefor reliability will lead to more people trusting you, which would be a very good investment in you future.

happy#036 – no shortcut to success

Wouldn’t it be nice and easy to know the shortcuts in life? You can find tons of books out there that try to teach you how you can systematically learn and train the shortcuts to more success and/or happiness. Unfortunately that is just not working on a sustainable level. Especially with happiness you will have to get into the doing. Without action there is no body reaction. Without body reaction there is no emotion, no feeling, no happiness. 
Spent the same amount of time finding the shortcut with things you really like to do and you are already one major step closer.

happy#037 – accept now

What would happen if you’d wake up tomorrow and live the life of somebody else? Would you regret decisions made in the past? Or would you examine the situation and try to take the right decision from on? Imagine you had the freedom to take just the situations that you think re right now and make life better?
Guess what? That’s what you will do tomorrow!

happy#035 – medicine

Normally I am not sick very often. Now I was. Three times in a row and I was so thankful to have the possibility to rely on modern medicine although I mostly look for another solution.
It showed me, that so many of the modern inventions actually are good and make our life easier one or another way. It only becomes difficult when we rely on them so much that we think we can’t go without. What are you dependent on?

happy#034 – freedom

What does freedom mean to you? Is it only your own freedom or do you also think about other peoples freedom. And what can you do to increase both?

happy#033 – no body, no chocolate

All our feelings and emotions are reactions of our brain to our body. If you don’t take care of your body you won’t make it to a happy life.
My advice, watch your body. Be ware of what you put in and train it as much as you can.

happy#032 – inbox zero

One of the most annoying things in busy peoples life is often the hundreds of email they receive everyday. One of the most successful strategies you can use to reduce the stress of a full inbox and even countless unread emails is INBOX ZERO.

happy#030 – focus on one task

African time 😉 After posting episode 28 after 29 I went straight to 31 and today the missing 30. I’ll work on my counting:

Distraction, procrastination, whatever you might call it. Staying focused seems to be one of the major issues nowadays. This doesn’t get better when you are a busy person. Although some might argue that they are good multitaskers that will most likely not be true. You might be able to do two different things simultaneously, but both results will be worse than had you focused on only one.

happy#031 – convincing

Whenever you try to convince anyone of one of your plans or if you try to speak about a problem you have or had it helps to follow some simple rules.

happy#028 – scheduled events

Sitting on a rooftop in Marrakesh I recorded this episode about my plans for 2017 and then the whole episode got lost and was rediscovered just now.

happy#029 – happy new year

Happy new year to all of you and welcome to my 100 days of daily podcasting with the tip of the day.

happy#027 – sahara

After the 4th day of walking through Sahara with my SAHARA experience IV group I recorded this episode covered in the shade of one of the few trees around. I caught a cold just before I left to Sahara which you might be able tell. Apart from that I was at peace with myself and the earth. If you ever feel, that you are too distracted in life and it hard for you to focus on what matters most to you, think about joining me. Maybe in April?

happy#026 – mindpalace

I recorded this interview a while ago with two amazing young women who run their own podcast called „the mind palace podcast“. Their show is dedicated to minimalism and the joy of less. The English-American team talked about podcasting, friendship, and shaping the future.

JESSICA LYNN WILLIAMS is an artist and I am a lover of written word, both in reading and writing.
She works as a freelance web designer and minimalist mentor in Maui, Hawaii where she spends her days going swimming in the ocean with her dog, Arrow and snorkeling with her husband.
She is inspired by Colin Wright and The Minimalists.

MELISSA CAIN has got a degree in English Literature and Fashion Journalism which is where she cultivated her interest in style, culture, and writing. She spends her days working with children, and in her spare time she loves hiking around the wild English countryside, travelling, watching documentaries and reading. 
Her journey into minimalism started four years ago when she came across The Minimalists website and it transformed her life.

If you do take the time to listen to any of the mind palace podcast shows – don’t be a stranger! Reach out and share your thoughts with me via social media.

happy#025 – live or die

So often I just get caught up in stuff I didn’t mean to do before. I don’t know how it is with you, but often that kind of stuff doesn’t do me any good. When I recognize that, I often think that… well, tomorrow is just another day.
Now I had to realize that no matter how old you are, every day can be your last and I try to live up to best person I can possibly be. As I have been traveling with nomads in Sahara for a week again their understanding of life makes so much sense: You live or you die, it’s not in your hands!

happy#024 – love people, use stuff

It makes so much sense to say things like: love people and use stuff, but every now and then it happens be quite hard to act accordingly. To get what you want it seems to be the easiest to manipulate and use other people. Isn’t that what everybody is doing. 
And the new car, new phone, new stereo, new snowboard you just bought and spent so much time working for the money to buy. Isn’t it normal to love these things?
I am giving you an example today of something that I tend to love and what solution I found for myself.So often I just get caught up in stuff I didn’t mean to do before. I don’t know how it is with you, but often that kind of stuff doesn’t do me any good. When I recognize that, I often think that… well, tomorrow is just another day.
Now I had to realize that no matter how old you are, every day can be your last and I try to live up to best person I can possibly be. As I have been traveling with nomads in Sahara for a week again their understanding of life makes so much sense: You live or you die, it’s not in your hands!

happy#018 – open borders

I am traveling a lot and I see how much traveling helps my mind and my understanding to develop. When I open the news or even facebook I read about people whose biggest desire it seems to be to shut down the borders and isolate them from the rest of the world. As if this would change anything for the better.
Therefor this episode is a pledge to open the borders. Not only in your heads 😉

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

When more is too much, it could mean it’s just right now. This show is about simplicity and ideas for more happiness. Interviews with people who have something interesting to say and personal stories by and from Florian Hornig (Floh).

happy#019 – failure

One of the events that can make the biggest difference for the positive in your life is a decent FAILURE. Fail often and fail early. And then? Keep learning from it. What makes a failure a failure is yourself. You could also regard it as a feedback from the universe and develop further.
Failures can become your life’s greatest learning experiences.

Look at at what you thought were failures and start learning! Now!

happy#020 – control

Neither are kids in control of their life nor do they think they are. Often they decide based on the situation and their feelings. And then they grow up. They learn, that mankind is dominated the nature and that we are in control. That it is just a question of right technique. Not being in control is soon regarded as a weakness and failure. The fear to lose control can become so great that some people forget or fear to live the life they dream of.
So let me tell you this: There is no such thing as control. Be a kid again! Control is only an illusion!

happy#021 – paperless

Have you ever thought about all the paper stuff that is in your cupboard? I talked so often about stuff you own and mentioned mostly clothes. But when you draw you attention to all the papers you own it can easily add up to several 100 pounds. Why do you keep it? Emotions? Important information?
You can enjoy all of that when it is digitalized as well. I am going to present you some tools that can help you become paperless…

happy#022 – two chairs

Today I am sharing a coaching tool with you that can help you to to change the behaviors of other. At least it can help you change your interaction you loop you experience with the person you have a problem with. You might even go further and solve problems that only exist in your mind or even pain might be reduced or disappears afterwards.

happy#023 – hello & farewell

The realization that you will eventually lose everything that you ever value in your life might either lead to a depression or can make you enjoy every moment in life.
Everything material object, even our bodies have a beginning and an end. Some things just last longer than others. One day either they or you are broken and it s up to you wether you suffer or the enjoy the time that you have.

happy#014 – are you god?

„Are you god?“ is not the question that I ask myself but the character in a short story I recently read. Since I wouldn’t consider myself a religious but more of a spiritual person. Sometimes it might help to see yourself as part of something bigger, to start treating everybody else as good as you would like to be treated yourself.

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

happy#015 – LAURENT BURDIN | the interview

Laurent Burdin is founder of Space and Lemon GmbH, mixing two activities of startup mentoring and innovation agency. In Hamburg, Berlin and soon in London. The agency activity targets at larger corporations focusing on business development two years ahead, on predictive analytics and always has a startup dimension.
This „something new“ company was launched in 2016. In 2015 Laurent Burdin toured the tech and startup world from San Francisco to Shanghai. Before that he managed digital agency SinnerSchrader and SinnerScharder Mobile Berlin (8 years) and well-known ad agency Springer & Jacoby (8 years).
He is passionate about „how technology is stirring up marketing, business models and complete industries“.

LINKS: 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/burdin 
SPACE AND LEMON: www.spaceandlemon.com 
Twitter: @laurentburdin

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

happy#016 – sleep

Whatever your goal is to achieve in life, you wont reach it if you don’t have enough energy. No matter how hard you train, you will refill energy when you are asleep. You pay more attention to your sleep, you’ll sleep better and you will reach more of your goal in a shorter time with less effort.

LINKS: 
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson amzn.to/1W2XSol 
Meditation App I: headspace.com
Meditation App II: calm.com

happy#017 – fear

What is the single most limiting emotion that you have? Mine was fear!
When I started changing my life I started to face one fear after another. I learned to deal with them and eventually got rid of most of them. That increased my personal freedom more than anything else. 
You can’t blackmail me anymore because I don’t fear and I am not attached to stuff anymore.
Ged rid of your fear as well.

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

happy#013 – BEN LEE | the interview

The first interview partner of the show is Ben Lee, an Englishman in Australia. Ben could be the co-host of the show, such a nice and friendly guy who is always in a positive mood. It was fun to interview him, as he did quiet some changes in his life and learned along the way to never regret.
Enjoy listening to this courageous guy who went from tree surgeon in England to beer brewer in Australia and meeting the love of his life along the way.

LINKS:
facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=618385936
www.facebook.com/2brothersbrewery/ 
Email: 

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

happy#012 – health

A healthy mind needs a healthy body and only a healthy mind can experience true happiness. My conclusion is that you need to watch you body and keep it healthy to live a happy life. Unfortunately we don’t recognize until it is almost too late that we are treating our body bad. I tried to some up some of the most important aspects to watch.
– sleep
– body strength
– body flexibility
– nutrition
If you are interested in learning more about that, have a look at the podcast of Shawn Stevenson or my Webinar. See below. Until then, enjoy and stay healthy.

SHOWNOTES: 
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson: amzn.to/1W2XSol
The model health show: theshawnstevensonmodel.com/podcasts/

happy#011 – declutter

When you thinks about living a happy life, it makes sense to think about what brings value and joy to your life and what doesn’t. Do more and get more of what does and get rid of what does not. That is the simple underlying message of simplicity. Keep it simple and focused on what matters most. Your mind, your stuff your life.
In this episode I give you a very brief overview on 10 simple rules that can help to declutter and focus on the the things you love.

SHOWNOTES:
Coutney Carver: courtneycarver.com/
The Minimalists: www.theminimalists.com/
Becoming Minimalists: www.becomingminimalist.com/

happy#010 – motivation

This is the first episode of the podcast that doesn’t deal with the story of me but gives some real advice. I start with the tool that caused the initial change in my life that keeps changing to the better ever since. It is called the ReissProfile and deals with basic desires of human psychology.
I am introducing the tool and give you an overview, about the 16 desires so that you might get a first feeling about them and may already be able to find out which is most dominant in your life, so you can understand yourself better and get a first idea how different others might feel in the very same situation, which can dramatically change your communication with them.

SHOWNOTES:
The Analysis: reissprofile.eu
Who am I, Steven Reiss: amzn.to/1TJcDur

happy#009 – caveman lodge & snowboarding

After living a lifestyle that really seems to fit the story continues in East-Africa. Having seen the African wildlife and places of my childhood dreams was not enough. I stumbled upon a lifetime chance while sailing on the Indian Ocean. I went for it, enjoyed my first full summer in the swiss mountains, dealt with individual tragedies, learned a lesson about the important things in life and continued to view life positive.
I also explain the story of why this podcast is recorded in Zanzibar.

happy#008 – swiss mountains & stone town

Having moved to Switzerland my story continues with an adventurous trip to Sahara and East Africa, which was going to have a huge impact on my future. 
I learned that it is easy to lose the positive focus no matter how positive your life may look to the outside. Once again it shows, that it is not important what happens to you, but you think of it. Look at the bright side of life. That concept proved to be true in drowning Sahara as well.
I also experienced that it’s sometimes better to know the direction you are heading than having a goal itself. You might end up finding some wonderful places.

happy#007 – EMMA

Having experienced so many things I loved in 2013 I wanted more of it in 2014. Together with Judy we took the crazy decision to move out and hit the road with our 1971 Mercedes Bus called Emma. Eventually we kept on traveling for eight month and ended up in the Golden Village in Switzerland. In between we had seen some of the most beautiful places ever and learned some lessons for life.Having moved to Switzerland my story continues with an adventurous trip to Sahara and East Africa, which was going to have a huge impact on my future. 
I learned that it is easy to lose the positive focus no matter how positive your life may look to the outside. Once again it shows, that it is not important what happens to you, but you think of it. Look at the bright side of life. That concept proved to be true in drowning Sahara as well.
I also experienced that it’s sometimes better to know the direction you are heading than having a goal itself. You might end up finding some wonderful places.

happy#004 – on my own in sahara

I leave the desert village M’Hamid EL Ghizlane to be on my own in the middle of that giant dust bowl one day later. Instead of being afraid I am at peace with myself. While doing the adventure of my life I realize that all I do is not so special after all. I loose my fear but have to discover other limits to my journey and stumble yet into another adventure.

happy#005 – the adventure continues

On my personal route to happiness, I had to travel some stoney roads. Today I am talking about how a failure could turn out to become the biggest adventure.
Life taught me, that is is not about what happens to you, but what you make of it.
I ended up, sitting on the roof of a truck for two weeks, saw more than I could have imagined and found enough time to think.

happy#006 – wanderlust & redefining work

Back in Berlin I had to fit in again. That didn’t work out and I started questioning it all. I was searching for something else than the normal routine and came to the conclusion that I had to do it my way. Sometimes frustration can lead to the most powerful changes, if you are able to look at it from the bright of life.

happy#002 – changing my life

This second Episode is about the first part of finding myself. Have I always been happy? No! Did I always do it my way? No! Did I even know what I wanted to do 10 years ago? Once again NO!
I am giving you an overview, on decisions I took that didn’t make me happier back then and what happened that helped me start changing my life? What led to the change and when did I take the decision to go on the adventure of my life?

happy#003 – preparing for the desert

After finding out about my passion I was tracking it down looking for a way to live it. I came up with the adventure of my life. I had to prepare for more than half a year, but the important thing was doing something just for myself and nobody else. Furthermore I had to leave my comfort zone so far I could barely see it anymore. And this was still the prep time. Even more important to me was finding my smile again.

happy#001 – intro

The introduction to the new simplicity of happiness podcast.

It is the simplicity of happiness that matters most.

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