This email is coming to you from Lexington Virginia at a small coffee shop that’s playing country music.
Here’s what I’ve found interesting, fun, or Black Friday worthy this week!
The Best 2018 Black Friday Deals –
Click here to see my active Black Friday health, fitness, and nutrition page. By active I mean that I’m still getting deals that are coming in and I’ll be sharing all the best stuff (in my opinion) on this page.
My latest podcast(s) –
What I’m reading –
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
As we drive through the country we look for books that can tell us a little about the area, and this book was highly recommend. It’s a very eye opening story about how people that you would think you could trust (doctors and the FDA) put money before health in the Appalachian area of the county.
Top post on social –
Hanging out a Greenbelt National Park Campground, which isn’t really a National Park.
Thought I’ve been pondering –
Eye contact and smiles…
As we’ve been traveling around the country it’s been quite the eye opening experience to meet different people and see how they live their lives.
What I’ve noticed is that the people who seem to be the happiest live in small towns, but not all small towns, and in certain areas of the country… They seem to be more often in the “west”, midwest, and far north east. By “west” I mean the area that should be included into the midwest like Montana, Idaho, Nevada, etc, and far north east is… Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Almost none of the happiest people I’ve met live in cities.
Now I haven’t travelled further south than Virginia yet, so I’ll keep this experiment going, but after going to 29 states, and hanging out in many more coffee shops, it’s become a pretty good study.
Some of the attributes of the happier people (or the people that seem the most happy, and I have a very good feeling for people) are… they make eye contact and smile (even if they don’t know you). They do this across the board and without a doubt. They also make small talk and seem to value people over “things”.
You probably feel like you know this stuff already, but ARE YOU PRACTICING THIS???
In closing, I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving, and that you remember that it’s not all about you, it’s about us. Do you best for everyone as often as you can.
Let me know if you need anything I’ll be driving for warmer weather!