SSR Curt Christiansen’s Happier, Healthier Me: Week Fifteen

by | Apr 10, 2014 | Blog, What's New | 1 comment |

This blog is supposed to be about a happier and healthier me.? A Happier, Healthier Me.? I have spent a lot of time talking about trying to get healthy. But what about happy? I guess it?s just assumed that the healthier I am, the happier I will be.

I am sure there is some truth to that. If you feel good about yourself, you are happier. And exercise has been proven to elevate your mood.

I watched a video this week of Tony Hsieh discussing his book of 2010 called Delivering Happiness. Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos, the on line shoe and other products company.? Zappos is all about happiness; happy employees and happy customers. In his book, Hsieh shows how using happiness as a framework can produce success in life and in business.

So, I thought well, if I am going to write about being happier and healthier, I better get some coaching on the happiness side as well.

So I ordered the book.

I have mentioned my dad in a few of my blogs.? My dad doesn?t think there is anything he can?t do.? As I have written previously, he skied; he still sailboards; he snowboarded; and he hiked the Appalachian Trail.? He volunteered his time to stateside War efforts during World War II; Boy Scouts; Volunteer Fire Departments and First Aid Squads; Masons; his Church, his friends, and his family.? He is a veteran of the Korean War. He is a carpenter by trade.? He built houses on one end of the scale, and is still crafting fine pieces of furniture on the other.? He worked a drill press for Bendix; was a union carpenter; a roofer; he retired as an elementary school custodian; he then became a waterman on Maryland?s Eastern shore as commercial crabber; and is still working as the local handy man for his neighbors and his church (and occasionally me).

He still does the 4 mile loop on his bicycle to get his mail.

I didn?t get all the good genes as I have said, but I think I got a lot of them (I think he gave me a double dose of the work ethics ones).

I tell you all this today because today, April 11th is my dad?s 85th birthday.

Tony Hsieh says in the video about his book that happiness is about four things:

Perceived Control

Perceived Progress

Connectedness (number of relationships and the depth of those relationships)

And, most important, being part of something bigger than yourself

When I think about my dad and I think about Tony Hsieh?s four things, I think my dad has to be pretty happy.? He most definitely made sure he was an active part of something he knew was bigger than himself all his life, and along the way built many strong relationships, and progressed as he wanted to, and he did it his way.

So Happy Birthday Pop!? Sorry I am not there with you to raise a Coca Cola with you.? I owe you one!

And speaking of more happy stuff, if you saw my video from the weekend, you know Kim and I ran a 10K last Saturday.? I want you to know, that was the first 10K I have run with my wife in 12 years, and that makes me very happy!? I got my wingman back!

And we followed SSR?s Dr. Patrick Engracia?s advice on Active Recovery and went out and did some biking this week.

Thanks for letting me share and have a great weekend!

Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Curt Christiansen
Chief Operating Officer
Sport and Spine Rehab
[email protected]

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