Happiness in All Seasons

By: Scott McMahon

As the holiday season nears, we are bombarded with commercials and print advertisements stressing the importance of life, health, and togetherness. Many of us—including myself—make a long trek to our individual hometowns to be with the people that embody these qualities in our lives. We visit old friends, distant relatives, and acquaintances that we may only see once or twice a year, all in the spirit of the holidays.

I have always believed that we use the holiday season to highlight who and what we have in our lives—the good and the bad—and how lucky we are to have it all. It is our time away from work and school, and a chance to give ourselves a metaphorical “reboot” of our priorities—look no further than New Year’s resolutions. Most of all, the holidays are opportunities for us to think about what truly makes us happy.

But why should these opportunities be limited to a certain time on the calendar?

They shouldn’t, and for many people, they aren’t. But with our busy schedules, it can be hard to step back and put things into perspective. The holidays let us do this, but we should try our hardest to keep this viewpoint throughout the entire calendar year—not just one month.

So how can we achieve this goal?

Live your life to the fullest, and enjoy what you have. At the same time, don’t be afraid to try something new. Routines don’t have to define our lives unless we want them to. Think about donating either your time or resources to those less fortunate than you—take time out of your day to make someone else’s better.

We try to accomplish these goals everyday at Outdoor Athlete. Our number one priority has been and always will be to deliver the most exciting and current information about outdoor sports in our great state. We strive to help you live a full life, with enough excitement to keep you looking forward towards the next adventure. With any luck, seeing an Outdoor Athlete at your favorite running store or bike shop is enough to brighten your day (we like to think so). Regardless, we take pride in our work and the product we deliver to athletes across the state.

Most of all, we put this magazine together to help you achieve your own happiness goals.

So whether you end up atop a mountain, in front of a warm fire, or anything in between, this winter, think about why you do it and what drives you to be an outdoor athlete. And if you celebrate the holiday season in places or with people that are special to you, take a little time to absorb what it means and why you feel the way you do. Take that feeling and never let it go—through good times and bad, you’ll always know what makes you content. Maybe make that a New Year’s resolution of yours—happiness in 2013.

Best wishes and happy holidays from all of us here at Outdoor Athlete.

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  1. […] Okay, so this is one of those resolutions that are “vague and can be difficult to achieve.” But who doesn’t want to be happier? Check out Marie Morgan’s “Run Happy” Fitness Other piece from our October/November issue, as well as one of my own recent blog posts. […]



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