About a year and half ago I was invited to join a small neighborhood group of women wanting to explore and find out more about our growing and booming regional wine industry. Well what an adventure this has turned out to be. From where I live there are 160 wineries with in a 50 mile radius. There are over 600 wineries in the state with the majority of those facilities with in a couple of hours from my house. Nearly all the grapes in the state are grown here in our semi arid region. Now if I lived in England for sure I would be doing castles and garden tours, but this is still a very cool thing to explore.
It has been a most informative and enjoyable experience. I have met a large group of wonderful women. We have explored wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms, cheese bars, and all sorts of dining and shopping experiences along the way. Because of our large group status we are able to make special appointments with most places and get guided tours and special tastings. We have had many a delightful picnics, luncheons, blind tastings in our homes during winter weather..all sorts of outings and explorations from some large industrial plants that are moving up here from CA to some very special boutique designer wineries.
The newest adventure that has come our way has been the oppourtunity to blend and bottle our own special Super Tuscan blend of wine. I am not going to go into all the details here. If you are interested I have another whole team blog for the group that has our latest adventures documented on there. See... Women Who Wine. Let's just say it came about as a complete surprise to all of us. When the opportunity was presented this group of ladies jumped on it and the final results was truly a unique and fun experience. We ended this adventure last Saturday as we and our husbands all pitched in to bottle the finished product.
You know I recently read about a study that was done a few towns away from my home town in New England that showed that happy people can influece people up to three degrees of separation...
Results Clusters of happy and unhappy people are visible in the network, and the relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends). People who are surrounded by many happy people and those who are central in the network are more likely to become happy in the future. Longitudinal statistical models suggest that clusters of happiness result from the spread of happiness and not just a tendency for people to associate with similar individuals. A friend who lives within a mile (about 1.6 km) and who becomes happy increases the probability that a person is happy by 25%
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My conclusion to this article and what I know about life itself is to get involved and get out there. Find some upbeat folks that love life and know how to go out and tackle it. You will be glad you did, and you yourself will have opportunities to spread the joy around :)