Happiness and the Epic Wave.

Via David Romanelli
on Dec 3, 2011
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Great moments in life only happen once.

That being said, It’s one thing to be present when you are riding an epic wave on a surf trip to Nicaragua, as is this case in the above video of my friend Hunter.

But in the bump and grind of everyday living, having the wherewithal to be present and own the moment is hard to do.

Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world, according to brain scientists. Scans of Ricard’s brain showed the most significant level of “positive emotions” in the left pre-frontal cortex of the brain, which is associated with happiness while Ricard is also able suppress negative thoughts on the right-hand side.

Ricard, who is a Buddhist monk and French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, says it’s all about training the brain. Like fielding short hop ground balls or surfing a wave, we are slowly realizing that having a sculpted, “fit” brain is even more important than a ripped core or supple ass.

As Ricard said, “Our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.”

Here are 3 quick tips on starting to get mentally fit, happy, and more present:

1. Surround yourself with positive people. A wise one said, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, just make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.”

2. Recognize the basic precept of happiness: focusing and appreciating what you have rather than what you want.

3. Listen to this amazing Grateful Dead concert. 

And if you are really hellbent on 2012 being the happiest year ever, check out my Livin the Moment 2012 Experience.



David Romanelli




About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


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  2. Jeffrey says:

    Great article, but if I'm not mistaken, Ricard or any Buddhist meditator wouldn't suppress negative thoughts (or emotions.) It would be more opening to them as they arise, but without attachment. Most meditation teachers specifically emphasize in their teachings that it is never about suppressing, but instead the instruction is to allow things (including thoughts) to be just as they are in the present moment. This, without grasping on to or pushing them away. Perhaps in the article, it is simply a matter of semantics, but nevertheless, it is an important distinction to make.

  3. Alan says:

    1. Surround yourself with positive people. A wise one said, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, just make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.”

    Sounds great to me…

  4. Tran Samms says:

    Wow, it works. Was not expecting it to. My home button would intermittently stop working and it was so frustrating. Was about to replace! Thanks!!