Adventure & Happiness

Adventure & Happiness

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Polar Bear Selfie in the Arctic

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

There has been a lot of talk of whether or not money can buy happiness.  The cliche of course is that it cannot.  However there is some research that begs to differ.  This research all points to the same thing, that buying things will not make you happy.  However, buying experiences can make you happy.  It’s the combination of the enjoyment of the initial experience, the memories and the opportunity to relive the trip through stories and pictures that you share with others.

I am a very big supporter of this idea.  Over the past year I have put this idea to the test with a vengeance.  I’ve hiked a thousand miles on the Appalachian Trail, photographed polar bears in the Arctic and swam with Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.

I can absolutely say the expensive things I’ve bought in my life have never touched the experiences I’ve bought.  My 22 days in the Himalayas, trekking to base camp on Mount Everest, was six years ago and it still brings me much pleasure and was one of the things that inspired the creation of the Ministry of Happiness.

So my friends, get out there, you don’t have to travel half way around the world to find adventure but you do have do get off of the couch and out the front door.  Do a local hike, or a river float, go snow shoeing or cross country skiing.  Heck even a walk on a frozen lake can provide enough adrenaline and adventure to stick in your head for some time.  So go have an adventure and a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

Some Other Adventure Posts You Might Enjoy!

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Trail Community

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Reader’s Favorite Posts

Quitting the Appalachian Trail

My Favorite Appalachian Trail Photos of 2015

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Precious Moments

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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