Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy Mother

and yet not me :-) . I am currently flying my family to Germany, one at a time....now it was my mother's turn...for the last three weeks. And she is very very very happy :-) Didn't expect such success on this family happymaking as she doesn't speak German and I was afraid she'll get bored in less than one week. But no, she is enjoying this city as much as I am, especially checking each street, store, grocery, park and coffee shop. She loves them all....and exploring the Altstadt is her favorite day time job.

I would mention here seven things she liked most (except being with me of course):
  • visiting Hamburg especially the harbor and the Alster
  • visiting Bremen - we stayed 2 hours in Schnoor :-) and going to Starbucks for the first time
  • going to the Zoo (Germany's most beautiful I think),
  • having cocktails during the Caribbean nights at Celone (a nice place across the street-they organize this each Thursday) and attending the salsa & merengue lessons they organized,
  • drinking Smoothie Champagne (champagne+ smoothie :-) clever explanation)
  • eating Leberk√§se & Spargel - as she loves meat :-)
  • and of course shopping ...on me :-)
I'm not sure what you'll learn from this....maybe to spoil your parents now and then, involve them more in your life and cherish each moment while you still have them around.
Anyway looking forward to having my father here :-)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Top 10 -Happymaking Food

So guys/girls :-) here is the food some say you must eat in order to be happy. I eat only few of these but yes, fibers make you happy :-) - Corina, this one is for you :-)

1. Wild salmon (rich in omega 3 fats and vitamin D)

2. Spinach - (rich in folic acid and soluble fiber)

3. Skim milk - (rich in Vitamin D and B12)

4. Ground flaxseeds (rich soluble fiber, omega 3 fats and folic acid)

5. Blackberries (rich in soluble fiber and folic acid)

6. Omega 3 fortified eggs - (rich in omega 3 fats, Vitamin D and B12)

7. Sardines ( rich in omega 3 fats and Vitamin D)

8. Soybeans - (rich in soluble fiber, folic acid and omega 3 fats)

9. Beans (rich in soluble fiber and folic acid)

10. Brussels sprouts (soluble fiber and folic acid)

11. Sunflower seeds - (rich in soluble fiber and folic acid)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Happy location, happy people, happymaking


Since I moved to Germany I am considerably happier, more relaxed and enjoying even the mornings when I have to go to work:-). I noticed it's because of the beautiful location I am living, in the heart of Hannover - Altstadt. Seeing these beautiful buildings and people laughing and playing music in the small cafes makes me smile back, go upstairs and open the windows so that I can hear them more and more until late in the night. Far away from the stressed people running like crazy to catch a tram, looking through you when they meet you or discussing alone about work related issues...that's the place where I live nowadays... happy Italians discovering German beer, French people arguing about prices and romantic couples walking hand in hand.

Wouldn't you be happy to see this when you walk away from home? To meet these people late in the evening when you come back from work? And just put a shirt on and join them?

Now that's something that would make each one happy....happy building, happy surroundings, happy people, happymaking :-)

PS: rent costs more but after all it's not me who is paying for it :-)