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Beer and running make you happy

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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy – Ben Franklin

Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.” – Running guru George Sheehan

I read a great post on The Happiness Project about how anticipation is key to our happiness.

I am happy because I drink beer

Photo by Anders Adermark

I couldn’t agree more, and thought about how much anticipation contributes to why I enjoy craft beer and the running lifestyle.

When I’m training, I look forward to how each run is going to make me faster, stronger or give me more endurance bit by bit. I also like the act of running, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t think about the moment of finishing with each run. Especially how that first post-run beer is going to taste.

On a larger scale, my runstreak gives me the excitement of extending my record each day, and I have my sight set on the feeling of accomplishing 365 days in a row of beer and running. The whole act of goal setting is all about anticipation.

It’s a no-brainer how beer can offer the excitement of anticipation. Craft beer drinkers know the world has almost unlimited styles, tastes and brands of brews to discover. Exploration is anticipation of the unknown.

So beer runners have no shortages of reasons anticipation should make them happy. Even better, it makes savoring, the next phase of happiness, all the more sweet.

 

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Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.

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