Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

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Salem State University

Creating a Happy Life: Empirically Proven Ways to Happiness

Today's speaker was James P. Gubbins, Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Salem State University. He spoke about happiness. Happiness can be built or created. Positive Psychology was inaugurated by Martin Seligman. Studies of this discipline are designed to understand human flourishing.  The two main objectives are to create a description of what correlates to human happiness and to research into what activities increase human happiness. World religions and philosophical traditions have had ideas of what a good life looks like. Ultimately happiness comes from living a flourishing life. This type of life can be broken into three sections- Physical Being, Social Being, and Transcendent Being. 

First and foremost, we are physical beings. Studies have shown that there are many positive effects of exercise. This is not limited to physical benefits, as there are improvements mentally and emotionally as well. Exercise can be done alone or with others. We do need to learn to savor and enjoy the moment. When our minds wander it can induce unhappiness. Savor nature as well, like walking in a forest, in a park, or on a beach. You can also have a plant or pets. Interestingly, Professor Gubbins said that entertainment is ok but art is much better for us. We should savor the past and future as a celebration of what was or what will be. 

We are also social beings. Good relationships with others make us happy and may be the most important contributor to a happy life. There are many ways to nurture relationships. To nurture relationships, people should have conversations instead of arguments, focus on others, and not be egocentric. In other words, we should just generally behave well towards others. The best social interactions are face to face. Social media is depressing and physically unhealthy. Finally, we should share in others' joys and sorrows. 

Lastly, we are transcendent beings. We are capable of transcending whatever habitual and conventional thinking and actions we happen to follow. We can take charge of our lives. We can pursue intrinsic goals which are inherently meaningful, and provide structure and purpose in life. Pursuing extrinsic goals is less fulfilling. Studies show that we can create new habits or break old habits. We can also reset our expectations and do new things. It turns out that having a spiritual life makes us happy. This is not limited strictly to religious and philosophical traditions. You can be in awe of reality. For example, we can be grateful for the good we found, and we can also grieve and celebrate the good we lost. Ultimately this gives people hope, nurtures compassion for self and others, and provides a stable sense of purpose. There are certainly positive benefits of religion and spirituality. Studies show people who have a spiritual life tend to be happier, healthier, and recover faster from traumas. Unless it is a hateful group, of course. We can all focus on meditation and prayer. There are two main kinds of meditation. One is blocking all thoughts and feelings. The other is mindfulness meditation which allows thoughts and feelings to come in, then you let them go, which is much more common. 

This was a very detailed and interesting presentation. You can reach Professor Gubbins at his email address: He does send out a monthly email with reflections on what contributes to a happy life. You can sign up for this email as well by contacting Professor Gubbins. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement

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We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Jack Kiernan our resident A/V guru was present as always

CAlendar winner!

Nancy Petraglia
Sold by Patricia Pace who has sold the winning calendar the last two weeks!

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $380
Players: John DiPiano and Adria Duijvesteijn
No winners this week!
WHat The four way test means to me
Jason Consalvo spoke about the 4-way test this week. He spoke about the second tenet of the test: Is it fair to all concerned? Like all parents, Jason has heard the "That's not fair" refrain from his kids constantly. Of course, their reasoning was that they could not have something that they wanted. Jason learned about fairness early in his management career. He pondered what  we say or how we treat others, and how it impacts everyone's perception of being treated fairly. Bill Henning is set to speak next week.  

Yours in service

A reminder that the Rotary Club of Salem has volunteered to host Lifebridge Dinner the second Wednesday every other month. The next event is November 10. Four or five more volunteers are needed to cook at home and bring the food to Lifebridge, or possibly even cook on site. It's easiest for any members who volunteer to select a course to help make, and to plan on serving about 80 people. Please contact Claire Kallelis or Liz Bradt if you would like to volunteer. Liz can be reached at her NEW email address:!
We are once again collecting money for the North Shore Moving Market's Turkey Collection. You can donate at next week's Rotary meeting or through PayPal, which you can access here. Just be sure to toggle to a general donation and leave a note that this donation is for the Turkey Collection!
The Calendars are beginning to take shape. Gerrit Bradley distributed forms at Rotary today for those wishing to sponsor this year's Calendar. If you know of anyone who would like to advertise in the Calendar, please send their contact information on to Gerrit. 
Salem High School's CTE Department has reached out to the local business community seeking volunteers to join one of the Program Advisory Committees. To learn more about this opportunity, there is an informational meeting at the Black Cat Restaurant at Salem High School on November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30. For additional information, contact Rinus Oosthoek.
The team at Burba Dental Partners is partnering with Notch Brewery to fundraise for Plummer Youth Promise. They will be collecting donations of the most needed items on Thursday, November 4 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be raffles as well! For more information, contact Randy Burba


No Happy Dollars this week

The International Committee is meeting during Rotary on November 16 at the Hawthorne Hotel during our next Committee Meeting week. 

Club Announcements

November 5 
Don't miss out on the laughs with our very own Bruce Whear's improv troupe! This Pay Your Way (PYO) event with Accidently on Purpose (AOP) is a two-part event in Peabody. First, Rotarians will meet at La Siesta at 3 Main Street, Peabody, where you may purchase and enjoy beverages and snacks of your choice at 6:15 PM. Second, we will head around the corner to the Black Box Theatre at 22 Foster Street when doors open at 7:30 PM for an 8 PM show. Half of the proceeds from this performance will support the Northeast Arc. Tickets are $22 (including service fee). Click here to purchase your tickets. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space at the restaurant and save seats at the theatre so we can laugh together. RSVP here.
Holiday Party
December 3
Save the date! More details to come! It will be at Tabernacle Church in Salem, and both Joe Amico and Adria Duijvesteijn will be cohosting the event. 
Dickens Classic Trolley Ride
December 15 at 7 pm
December's social calendar is filling up, so save the date. We will begin the evening with appetizers and drinks at Finz before this classic ride!
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Upcoming Speakers
Nov 02, 2021
Nov 09, 2021
Veteran's Day talk / Don't Ask Don't Tell
Nov 16, 2021
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Mark Shaw
November 5
David Wescott
November 10
Robert Lutts
November 16
Richard Lutts
November 19
William Henning
November 23
Marie Cardillo
November 25
Christopher Casey
November 27
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