1. I had the most amazingly delightful time with my Alpha group tonite. The Alpha course is over, and we all rather liked each other so much that we decided to get together again for dinner, and so Tracy invited us all to her house for dinner, and served us mega scrumptios appetizers and giga scrumptious din dins and yotta scrumptious wine and dessert. Oh, and the company was good too =). That went well because my wife dragged me to alpha, and Tony bribed me to keep coming with beer, and then I started to really like the people at my table, and then we decided to get together again.
2. I was reminded today of my old friend John, whom I like rather enormously and hardly ever get to see. Last time I was hanging out with him, he was talking about how he’d been coming to realize that he wasn’t in control of lots of things and that therefore somehow a lot of things didn’t matter in quite the same way, and so he could relax a little. That has been so helpful for me multiple times since then, and again especially today in a certain situation that arose–just remembering and realizing that I can’t fix other people’s problems or conflicts, and that it’s okay for me not to able to fix them–very relaxing! That went well because John rocks, and because we are both sort of out in the tails of the distribution in certain similar ways, and we like each other.
3. I’m sitting here eating dumpstered light cheddar and sour cream ruffles potato chips and drinking the last of the coooper’s pale ales, and feeling enormously mellow and … happy. I realized yesterday that since I made it my goal about a year and half or two years ago to work on being happier, I’ve actually made measurable progress. That’s yotta stokish! That went well because my brilliant Hungarian intro to psych prof introduced me to Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi and co., and thus I realized that there is a research based way to work toward greater happiness. very kewl. (bet you can’t say Csikszentmihalyi five time really fast =) (Here, let me help you out–here’s the IPA pronunciation: [:tʃɪ:k’sɛntmiha:ɪi]) 😉