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What?! Happiness homework? What’s that? Assignment #1

At the USANA convention in Salt Lake City yesterday, Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, did a training and gave us a homework assignment. We choose one of 5 things. I choose journaling. We have to do our choice every day for 21 days. Today is day 1.

Celebrating with the Japan team

Journaling in this context means writing about a positive experience that happened recently, perhaps in the previous 24 hours.

This morning is easy. I just completed the 5 K run to raise money for the Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). It happens every year at the USANA convention and its a blast. I don’t normally run for exercise. Just once a year at this event. I wasn’t sure I was going to run this year, on account of having a lot of stiffness in my spine because of lyme.

So I started out racewalking & quickly began running & ran to the end.

It’s hard to describe the ecstatic energy this event delivers every year. I run the entire event with a big grin on my face. Everyone is out there to support CHF, which spends 99 cents of every dollar feeding children around the world & in the US.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

With Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, CHF founder & president Dave Philips & team member Donna Zucchi at last years run.

Since USANA has partnered with CHF, USANA Associates have assisted in building an orphanage in Ggaba, Uganda, and in funding several orphan homes. In addition, Dr. Wentz, founder of USANA, has personally funded the building of two Wentz Medical Centres—one in Uganda and one in Cambodia—which treat infections, malaria, malnutrition, and much more.

So we are really REALLY proud of this partnership & this morning over 2,000 of us came out to run and raise money and have a great time! Because whatever I’ve learned being around USANA, is, if it’s worth doing, it’s gotta be FUN & HEALTHY!!

With Dr. Wentz in 2008

So after we finish our personal race, everyone makes a gauntlet for the rest of the runners to run through. It’s a hand slapping, cheering gauntlet to the finish line. Everyone is screaming, smiling and laughing. Everyone is sweaty and smelly and hugging.

CEO Dave Wentz is there and beginners all together. I get to see all my buddies from our trek to Mt Everest Base Camp last year.

I’ll be high for the rest of the day over this. Except there is more to come!


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