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Deliver Happiness in a Note: Lifestyle Practice

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This Week, We’re Writing a Happiness Note

Your Lifestyle Practice is to write and send via “snail mail” a personal handwritten note to someone in your life.

  • Every day, you will write a personal, handwritten note of support, acknowledgement, gratitude, thank you, birthday, or love to a friend, family member, colleague, client, co-worker, teacher, or anyone else you know personally.
  • This practice ALSO requires you to take the time to address, stamp and deliver the note in person or drop it into the mail

In today’s fast pace world of email, texts, Tweets, Facebook, Snapchats and other forms of electronic communication where conversation happens in short blasts of abbreviated text, art of handwritten letter writing may seem totally outdated. But there is nothing in any other electronic form of communication that compares to sitting down and writing a handwritten note. And while the information that is exchanged in a text or email can be both important and beneficial, it is incapable of communicating the heart-felt emotional energy that is contained in the ink on the paper.

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I remember reading on the Art of Manliness blog that sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door. I couldn’t agree more. The time, effort and thought that goes into putting pen to paper somehow gets transferred into the letter itself, making the correspondence that much more meaningful. Surprisingly, the benefactor of the written word is often the writer himself. It’s as if simply taking the time to communicate that way opens up a direct channel to the heart and soul, and regardless of the recipient or response, the act of writing to another, out of generosity and goodness, like a boomerang, sends the message right back into the writer.

While convenience often trumps connection in today’s world, this week’s Lifestyle Practice represents an opportunity for you to re-connect with both yourself, and the people that are important to you in your life via an oft forgotten art that allows you to practice putting all of you into your communication with thought, feeling, time, effort, and ink on the page.

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Andy Petranek
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.