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Letter From the Publisher

May 31, 2016 10:36PM
Dear Friends,

As I was reviewing the articles for this month’s magazine, I re-read the feature on happiness. Now I have an ear worm (that sometimes little annoying tune that can’t seem to get out of your head) with the Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy. It is not surprising that the song made such an imprint on our lives. You just can’t sit still when that song pops up on your playlist. Even the esteemed Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) had a YouTube video of him dancing to the song.

Happiness has been a hot-topic of late, with a wealth of research being conducted and published. I am quite certain that every generation feels that they are in the midst of a transitional period but this moment that we are now in may be offering the most profound fractures in generations.

Spend time on any of the news channels with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 election and you will hear that a revolt is taking place among the disaffected (in other words, unhappy) public. Without getting too political here, the analysis from every point of view reveals that there is angst and lowered expectations for much of the middle class. We are making less and working more. Young people can’t find jobs that pays a living wage and quite likely will have a shorter life span than their parents. Neither government nor business seem capable of solving the great problems of the day. So what is there to be happy about? Plenty.

The science of happiness, with reams of research to back it up, shows that creating and recognizing happiness in our lives is vital to our health and to those closest to us. This is not manufactured happiness but real happiness that is cultivated by rising above the swirling negative thoughts in our brains. By simply focusing on what is good, fresh, clean, lovely—we can add more happiness to our lives and be healthier for it.

Another thing that makes me happy is fathers. We also spend a bit of time this month honoring the men who have shaped our lives in so many ways. I lost my father when he was quite young, only 56, but the happy memories are permanently etched in my memory. Fathering is an important job and one to be cultivated. Enjoy the feature this month on “How to be the Father Kids Need.”

Finally, we are thrilled to present an exclusive interview with Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, Krishna Das. He has stopped touring for the moment except for headlining at the LoveLight Yoga and Arts Festival the last weekend in August, which is taking place in Darlington, Maryland (near the Pennsylvania state line). I had the great fortune to spend some time with KD as he shares his wisdom on how to weather the storms of life (or to be happy).

Have a happy month and plan for a wonderful summer. Don’t forget to be happy and “clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do!” Not only will it bring a smile to your face, it will make you feel better every time.




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