Ever wake up after weeks, months, years wondering where the time went? When the busyness of life began to become the business of life. It’s like when you’re on your morning commute, and you realize you’re half way to work but you have absolutely no idea or recollection of how you got there. Scary stuff.

That must be why some folks (trying to not be gender-specific here) buy expensive sports cars in the midst of a mid-life crisis. The prettier and more luxurious the car, maybe the ride will be more memorable.

This week Dan Buettner went on “The Oprah Show” touting his latest book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, sort of a follow-up to The Blue Zones. Thrive (here’s an excerpt) is about the happiest places on earth (not Disneyland), and The Blue Zones looks at longevity “hot spots” where folks wait longer to keel over and have a better time doing so–the waiting, not the dying. Thrive is a very natural progression of Buettner’s work as while we all want to live longer, what we really want is to be happy while we’re here and for our days to matter.

While on the program (which also featured the effervescent Goldie Hawn who has made it a bit of her life mission to help others find happiness), Buettner talked about the correlation between money and happiness. Basically, the writer/explorer debunked the myth of happiness being influenced by money. If your household income is $75,000, you’ve got just as much of a chance at being happy as a millionaire. And, in fact, if you simply join a club of some sort that meets just once a month, the positive outlook and resulting happiness is equal to doubling your income. Mama say what?

So, if I were to say, join a club, either glee or book or (whathaveyou), which meets at least once a month, I could majorly start to get my happy juices flowing. Well, I have joined a (book) club. It is fab. It makes me happy to have a designated time to chat up intellectual women on a regular basis.

No, I haven’t checked my Quicken account, but I feel richer already.