The Epitome of a Happy Human

My favorite Happy Human.  My wife.  

Julie is the most kind, beautiful, selfless woman I have ever known. Ok, second to my mom.  She’ll kill me for posting pictures of just her, but if I'm going to do a series on Happy Humans, you, Julie are the model of that!

I have debated on whether I should feature family as Happy Humans for weeks now.  Truth be told, the quote by Jim Rohn "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." kept popping up as I contemplated the people I'd feature.  I think it's important to show that here.  Show not only people I encounter through random events or commissioned assignments, but those I interact with on a daily basis.

To touch on that fact that those whom you are close to, really close to, have an affect on us, positive or negative, I think is very relevant to the essence Happy Humans project.  So, every once in a while you'll see people I am either related to or very close to.  Welcome to my inner circle of Happy Humans. :)

"Happy Humans just happen to possess the ability to see the positives in life, not to dwell on the negative."

In my case the one person I'm the closest to and spend the most time with is such a shining positive light, she should have been at the absolute start of Happy Humans Project. The figurehead if you will ;) 

Julie is my rock, my confidant, my motivation, my constant companion.  Her smile is contagious. Her spirit is positive and uplifting, even in the most difficult situation, she always gravitates toward the positive, a solution to a tough situation, or a bright side to an otherwise dreary moment.  She pushes me to be a MUCH better person than I would be without her.  I am so blessed.  So very lucky that someone sees the real me, helps push me to focus on my strengths, helps me to recognize the traits that I possess that need to be trimmed away to be a more happy person.  

"...in an imperfect world, these people recognize it, embrace it and choose to be happy despite the imperfections..."

Julie smiles while in Bratislava, Slovakia...riding in the back of a communist era van with no A/C or shocks.  :D #HappyHuman moment

Julie smiles while in Bratislava, Slovakia...riding in the back of a communist era van with no A/C or shocks.  :D #HappyHuman moment

No one is perfect, every one of the Happy Humans I feature here don't have the perfect "Norman Rockwell" life.  The Happy Humans project is not done to feature perfect people and make you wish you had their life.  

Happy Humans just happen to possess the ability to see the positives in life, not to dwell on the negative.  The thing that I've learned over the past 6-7 months of collecting stories is that in an imperfect world, these people recognize it, embrace it and choose to be happy despite the imperfections...despite the dark moments...despite the world telling them that they are owed more.  

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Julie, you amaze me every day.  

Thank you for being you.  

Thank God that I get to share this life with you.