Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
Elementary Happiness
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Elementary Happiness

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At the end of 2010, I was exhausted. I was four years into building a company from the ground up. I hadn't slept more than a few hours a night all year. I hadn't talked to my family without multitasking for years. My health was suffering. I was on the verge of (and eventually reached full) burn out.

Fast forward to 2013. I decided to make some big changes to bring happiness and health back into my life. I started by looking at photo albums of when I was young. "Why was I so happy?" I asked myself. I reverse engineered five key things that I was doing then that I had lost sight of. First and foremost, I put my family first again. Secondly, I overhauled my approach to my health, which came in the form of sleeping 7 - 9 hours a night, eating a balanced diet, and exercising in the form of weight lifting and fun classes. Third, I brought back curiosity, exploration, and expression in the form of running scientific experiments and using graph paper, legos, and markers.

Originally presented at HubSpot's INBOUND13 conference as a Bold Talk on August 22, 2013. Presentation designed in collaboration with BeutlerInk.com and their featured artist Cami Dobrin.

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