The Purpose of “The Art of Living. Live” Website:
One summer morning I headed to work thinking that, since I was only teaching one class, it would be an “easy” workday. However, when my wife called me 6 hours later, I reported to her that I had not been alone in my office a single time during the entire day. I had been visiting with students and parents non-stop from the second I arrived at work until that very moment. Sadly, each of the students that came to visit were experiencing significant unhappiness. I wish I could report that this day was unusual, but it is actually quite common. Joseph Smith, the Mormon Leader, once said, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence.” I believe what he said to be true. Nearly every thought, word, and action we take is calculated to bring us happiness. However, for one reason or another, many people are not happy. Somewhere along the line I began to notice that many people were expressing similar problems, even though their stories were quite different. Before long I found that there were many other commonalities among unhappy people. I also found that I was using the same 7 or 8 ideas to help.
Over many months (that turned into years), I tried to identify and categorize the commonalities of happy and unhappy people. I became particularly interested in the common qualities and practices of “happy people.” This website is the result of my 20+ years of working with people and the research I have done professionally and personally. Here you will find ideas, born out of evidence (both anecdotal and empirical) intended to help you live your best life. To this end, the format of this site will be as unusual as the content. Instead of a chronological dialogue, you will find a series of “articles” that can be referred to in any order based on your personal needs and desires.
Additionally, I found that for many people their personal happiness was significantly affected by the level of happiness they found in their marriages and families. As an instructor and lecturer on marriage and family relations, this was no surprise. Therefore, I decided to include articles about marriage and family relationships.
How did I decide on a website? About a year ago, some close friends of ours approached me with the idea of writing a book. After careful consideration, my wife and I felt that taking time away from our growing family during these formative years would be unwise. However, we felt that perhaps a blog or website, where we could post once or twice a week, would be possible. Angela (who learned all she knew about computers in the era of DOS) began researching how to build a website. Through tremendous effort, she was able to get our site up and running—for which I am so grateful and amazed. She is still learning daily about the process of running a website and is determined to stick-with-it the best she can.
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope that something you find here will help in your personal quest for happiness. We know that we do not have all of the answers, but are happy to share what we have learned over these few decades of learning. Please feel free to comment or post questions to any of the articles. We will try to respond to each of them in a timely manner.
Ryan and Angie Eggett
Ryan Eggett received his bachelor and masters degrees in Music Ed. from Brigham Young University. He received his PhD at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology. He teaches religion classes at the Orem University Institute, where he also directs the Orem Institute Singers. Ryan also directs Provo Missionary Training Center Choir, the Utah Valley Children’s choir, and the Lex de Azevedo Millennium choir. Ryan and his wife, Angie, have six children, four girls and two boys. The Eggett’s are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.