How would you describe Happiness? Do you know what brings about those blissful moments in your own life? If not, maybe it's time for a little bit of self-examination of your thoughts and feelings.
Christopher Columbus went on a journey of discovery and didn't know where he was most of the time. Hopefully, your search will yield more immediate answers.
What did you enjoy doing as a youngster? Did you like entertaining friends and classmates with your talents or were you a person who enjoyed solitude and found delight in books and silence? The answer speaks volumes about your past, but not your future.
Here's the real shocker. Your true bliss might be found in doing something you've never done before. In fact, if you feel a bit lost and uncertain nowadays, small changes and new experiences might be the perfect prescription for happiness.
If you've always gone to the movies on a Saturday night, you might try attending a sporting event, buying tickets to a musical program or playing cards or board games with friends. Does that sound too weird for comfort? Well, that's the whole point! Maybe, it's time to get out of your comfort zone, unless it brings you joy on a regular basis.
When we're younger, the purpose of dating is to find out what we most appreciate in other people while learning a little bit more about ourselves. So, why not treat life the same way? Do you like watching NASCAR races, dancing, listening to audio books, going to swap meets, county fairs or camping in the mountains? If you haven't tried it, how do you know? If you only ate cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and spaghetti for dinner every night, life would get pretty boring. So, experiment and create a list of things to try.
Have you ever played golf, gone bowling, fishing, or walked through a parking lot at a car show? Have you ever volunteered at a hospital or offered to mentor a student in your area of expertise? Are the wheels turning yet? Put that brain to work and list several things to try in the next few months. With the holidays coming near, you should have a basket full of options. And, best of all, you might start the New Year ahead with a broad smile and a feeling of happiness that you've never known before.
When it comes to favorite vacation spots, many of my personal choices include a beach. This is kind of funny, since I’ve always lived near the best beaches of southern
For anyone who hasn't been to Carmel-by-the-Sea in northern
next door to
In the summer months, the 17-mile coastal drive is gorgeous as you watch the sunset over the Pacific. In the wintertime, the smell of crackling campfires and the brisk
coastal air is inviting. But, fair warning. It can get very cold in
There are dozens of reasons to fall in love with
cuisine anywhere on earth. Prepare yourself for a difficult
decision. Restaurants offer dishes that will make your mouth water, just from the meal's description alone.
Do yourself a favor and enjoy some time along Highway One with the pleasures of a landscape that is truly unequaled in beauty. There are several places to hike, camp or for everyday sight-seeing. Just keep in mind, some of the mornings and afternoons can become foggy in a quick moment. It's can be beautiful, but not simple to navigate if you're driving on the coastal highway.
If you make the drive north from
Check local web sites and hotel accommodations before making the long journey north. Occasional weekends have events that sell-out every hotel, motel and B&B in sight. But, on the quieter weekends, you'll feel in a world of your own.
If you're looking for a destination that's romantic, away from the big city rush and just perfect for a combination of relaxation and adventure,
When you're a famous actor or actress, you can change your look many times during a few short years. In fact, it's considered a good idea. That way, you won't be stuck in a specific groove. If it's good enough for actors, why not the rest of us? So, why not change your look frequently?
When was the last time you went from short hair to long or vice versa? Maybe your spouse or partner wouldn't like the change. Some people like same-old-same-old. Familiar is comfortable.
It's believed that styles and fashions change more often than most people would like. Again, we're all creatures of habit and generally hate change. But, just consider the possibilities. You might actually like the "new" you a lot better.
Keep those before and after pictures. They'll remind you that sometimes change is good.
There's a lot of Dodger history in Los Angeles. And, even before Los Angeles, the Dodgers were playing ball in Brooklyn, New York. Kids everywhere have always loved to play baseball in the streets, in an open field or anywhere else while pretending to be a famous Dodger. I was no exception.
When I was a kid, my father took me to watch as crews built Dodger Stadium. I think we used "Angel's Flight" from a spot somewhere near Chinatown. What a great view for a kid who dreamed of playing in the majors one day.
Whenever we went to a Dodger game, like so many people, I wanted a souvenir to take home - anything. Once, for my birthday, my parents surprised me with a kid's Dodger uniform. Wow! Did I love that gift. I wore it to the real Dodger games and when playing my own baseball games in the yard at home.
Then, when I turned eight years-old, it was time to try out for our local Little League. While everyone else was in tee-shirts and Levi's, my parents suggested that I wear my new Dodger uniform. Really? I didn't want to do it, but they insisted. "You'll get all the attention from the coaches and you'll look like a real ballplayer", they said. So, I wore the uniform. And, boy, did I get attention. But, instead of the coaches, I was heckled by the other kids. "Hey, Dodger!" was the best of what they yelled at me all afternoon. I was so completely embarrassed.
I got the last laugh, though. When I was finally chosen for a team, my first season went rather well, hitting over .800 as I recall. And, I won every game that I pitched. However, I didn't wear my Dodger uniform in Little League play. That uniform was quietly retired to my closet and later my memorabilia box in the garage.
I never made the majors or played a game in Dodger Stadium, but I did warm up in the Dodger bullpen once. No joke! I was there at the stadium for the filming of a baseball movie and had the chance to meet a few former greats including slugger Tommy Davis.
Happy endings are great!
Many of us remember the first time we saw her. It was in the movie Horse Whisperer. Now, Scarlett Johansson has been named "Sexiest Woman in America" for the 2nd time in the last seven years by Esquire Magazine. No surprise, it's a magazine designed with men in mind. Do you agree that Scarlett is the sexiest? If not, then who?
Perhaps, her recent controversial "leaked" photos helped her cause. Maybe, it was being a movie super hero or it was just her time again. In the words of one former fashion model, "Do you know why Scarlett is considered so beautiful? It's because she does a lot with the little that she has." Okay, maybe that's another extreme view. Scarlett is very attractive. No doubt about that. But, many other names come to mind as well - just as beautiful.
So, the burning question remains ... WHO is your choice? Let us know here in the blog or via our Facebook page.
Which do you remember more, the great dates or the disaster dates? Hopefully, you haven't experienced many of the latter. But, all of us have a horror story of a date gone badly.
Far from being disasters, I've had a few rather unusual nights in my distant past. Once, I dated a girl that I had been wanting to go out with for several months. She was only allowed to double date because she was just beginning that "dating thing" and was only a sophomore in high school. Fair enough. We went to a movie with friends. But, when I took her home, to my surprise she couldn't find her house keys! So, she simply broke into her garage from the side door. Once inside, still no luck getting into the house.
"When will your parents get home?" I asked. "I'm not sure," was her reply. She convinced me that the garage was a safe place to stay (hide) until her parents got home. Do you see anything wrong with that picture? I sure did. This was a girl who told me her father was strict. Somehow, the garage didn't seem like a good answer. "Anybody up for a late night snack at the local Denny's?" It's a whole bunch safer when you have several adults to witness your after-curfew activities. Agreed?
Thankfully, most of my dates (especially early in a relationship) went much better. Do you have any unusual date stories? I know what you're thinking. With most of them, we're still a little too embarrassed to share. However, if you have a good one, feel free to share it with us on our Facebook link. It will stay between you and me and three million other KOST listeners. :)
When it comes to celebrations, WHERE is often as important as why. That's one reason Disneyland holds so many great memories.
On the ride to work today, I spotted a caravan of SUVs that had "Disneyland or Bust!" written all over the windows in paint. I had to wonder, were they out-of-towners for a weekend visit? And, if so, how many hours did they spend on the road for their weekend pleasures? Aren't we lucky that we have places like Disneyland to celebrate special times? Southern California is a great place to live!
When I turned twelve years-old (a rather auspicious age) my parents told me I could go to Disneyland to celebrate my birthday. "Can I drive the car, too?" was my quick reply. Sorry, it's just my sense of humor. They did allow me to take a friend, though. So, my best friend and next-door neighbor joined me for an entire day and night of amusement park rides, hamburgers and Main Street popcorn.
Here's the funny thing about it. Despite what I'm sure was a real blast of a birthday party, I remember only one thing the best. I remember the song that was playing on the radio as we entered the Disneyland parking lot. Perhaps, that was a prediction of what much of my life would include - the radio and great songs.
Disneyland would later be our home to other memorable moments. I stood on the bridge outside of Cinderella's Castle and gave my class ring to my first high school sweetheart. More recently, I've hosted the nighttime KOST "Love Songs" show from Main Street with your requests and dedications until 2am. That laughingly happened, despite the park and Main Street closing at midnight. Hey, the janitors and street sweepers were great companions.
Disneyland has always been a wonderful host. Each night of my Love Songs broadcast, they provided a table full of colorful, fresh flowers. At the end of each evening they said, "Ted, be sure and take the flowers home. We'll have some new ones for you again tomorrow." So, I spent two weeks filling our home with so many huge bouquets. One guest who dropped by our home admired all the flowers. Then, they got a real serious look and a frown on their face. "Who died?" was their question. My family burst into laughter. "Nobody died," was the reply. "We've just been to Disneyland."
You never know what to expect when you travel the L.A. freeway system. Not only do we deal with traffic jams almost daily, some days we get an even bigger surprise!
This morning, on my way to work, I came upon a traffic stop unlike any other I had ever encountered in decades of living here in southern California. Police had completely surrounded a vehicle with their guns drawn, pointed right at the stopped vehicle. As we slowly approached the area, it became obvious that all of us should have been somewhere else. Five police vehicles had cornered a large van that was full of suspects. At quick glance, I would say there were six to eight people minimum.
I suppose my first thought should have been, "Hey, it's Hollywood. They're probably filming a TV show or movie." But, then I realized. There were no cameras anywhere in sight. Oh, my. Real bullets.
By quick estimation, eight officers were circling the vehicle at a distance with their guns drawn. Just another day here in paradise. And, as expected, everyone passing in their own truck or car slowed down and stopped to take a really good look. They used to call that "rubber necking" which doesn't include the word idiot. Maybe it should. I always wonder why people are so darn curious and why they must completely stop on the freeway to take a look for themselves. Do they think they might know the suspects?
The episode may or may not pop up on the 11pm newcast tonight. Just know that I was happy to see the sunshine of the outdoor courtyard at work. And, I definitely stopped to smell the roses before heading into the building.
All of us have many bright spots in our life. Sometimes, it's hard to recognize them while they're happening. But, it's true. I've been so fortunate in this crazy entertainment business. I've met some of my idols, worked with many others and I've come within six inches of a few legendary performers. Hey, at least they said hello and flashed a big smile. Paul Newman did more than that. We had a nice conversation and later shook hands.
As I'm doing my radio show this afternoon, I'm watching the early Emmy telecast on the flat-screen TV in our KOST control room. I'll watch a bit closer when I get home and rewind the home DVR. But, I'm proud to be a member of Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA and so inspired by the work of those who face almost daily rejection, enormous struggles and huge disappointments and they STILL go back into the ring for another round. To me, you're all winners!
Thank you to the Emmy and Oscar winners who have worked with me, mentored me and been my friend. In the last few years, I've lost a favorite TV employer, my favorite screen writing teacher and a few peers to that Heavenly cast above. It's hard to say goodbye, because the words "thank you" never seem to be enough.
Sometimes, the music cuts us off before we're finished. So, this year, take a little time to say how much you appreciate the special people in your life. It will mean a lot to both of you.