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I guess this is what it’s all about, how we can be happy. When we’re striving for our goals, our money, our new house, our perfect partner, our adventurous world trips, we have an idea that by having or doing these things, we will be able to have more happiness in our lives. But, in the end, it’s not in the things or the doing anyway. It’s in ourselves. As some like to point out: “Happiness is a decision”. It’s actually up to you in every situation to choose if you want to focus on your feeling of happiness or on something else. This might not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but just knowing that I can choose how I’d like to relate to the world around me, has at least helped me a lot towards a happier life.

Kava ceremony in Fiji. It really both looks and tastes like muddy water

Kava ceremony in Fiji. It really both looks and tastes like muddy water


I remember listening to a tape (yes, it was a while ago) with Anthony Robbins (for you who don’t know about him, you can get acquainted here, but be prepared, he’s pretty intense). He was talking about one of the first times he visited Fiji, where he now has his own center (which I’d love to visit some day). Anyway, he talks about when he was sitting with all these Fijian men, having a Kava ceremony and singing and clapping and he then asks them what the meaning of life is. They all look at him as if he just arrived to this world and doesn’t know anything, and all say with one voice “to be happy of course”!

When we visited Fiji, we really got the feeling that happiness was part of the Fijian spirit. People were always singing and playing ukulele, sitting together in the evenings singing more, no stress, just being happy. Of course I realize, there are difficulties and hard times there as well, but I’m talking about a general attitude.

Nowadays, I’ve heard many different teachers of wisdom pointing out that “the meaning of life is to be happy” and I think it’s an interesting idea.

Anyway, I found this video with super coach Michael Neill where he talks about this subject, how we can be happy. I thought it was rather good. And even here they talk about “taking time out” and “go away and have a bit of fun”, but for a shorter time. Just imagine doing it for a longer period!

So watch it and Be Happy!

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We recently read a travel book where it said something about “visiting exotic Sweden”. We suddenly realized that our own well known, sometimes even “boring” country, is actually as exotic as both Fiji and Tanzania. Just not to us.

This weekend we have been celebrating one of the most “exotic” customs that we have – the Midsummer. It’s obviously one of the few western world pagan celebrations (if not the only) still being celebrated.

Everything here in Sweden closes down. The cities are empty of people because everyone wants to spend this day out in the country (preferably in a typical small red cottage) together with their family and friends. You’re supposed to eat pickled Herring with sour crème and new potatoes and fresh strawberries for desert.

You make a Midsummer pole which you decorate with lots of flowers and then dance around it. The most important song is the one about the little frogs. The little frogs with no ears and no tails. You dance around the pole singing this song and everybody participate, young and old. All Swedish people know it! And we think it’s very fun (and funny).

Yes, it’s true! When we have been visiting different places around the world and people have asked us about a traditional Swedish dance or song this is the one we show them and it usually puts a rather quizzical look on their faces;-).

So, this time we filmed the whole thing just to make it possible for you too to participate a bit in this exotic custom!

Happy Midsummer!

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