A subject very close to my heart – happiness. It’s such an integral part of my life and something I try really hard to maintain. For me happiness is everything. If you are happy you are the richest person in the world.
But why should this be part of the PT life hack series?
It’s because in my opinion (and from my reading), its absolutely fundamental to overall wellness and wellbeing, your whole being, and interestingly enough has major effect on your overall hormonal status.
Knowing this, you realise that it can have a profound effect on your health status, body composition and obviously mental health.
Il make no secret about it that I have suffered with periods of depression in my life, and I think that’s why I work so hard to ensure I don’t go that direction again.
Here’s what I’ve learnt about happiness that shapes my world;
That challenges/setbacks/problems can actually make you stronger than before. You are forced to either crumble or in fact deal with it and rise above it. 2 people can look at the same situation with different eyes and see totally different outcomes. I make sure I learn from it and grow.
Find your purpose/meaning in life and let that direct you. I love my job and I love helping people. I’m also lucky enough to have a beautiful family and supportive wife who I couldn’t live without.
Develop a positive mindset – be optimistic, have gratitude for life and surround yourself with positive people. Looking at life with gratefulness in your heart is hugely powerful and not to be underestimated.
I’ve learnt that those that criticize and put you down, is more a reflection of themselves than me. It’s my toughest one but I’m learning it’s impossible for everyone to like you. Just be yourself. If people are not nice you generally have something or are something they wish they were!
Have strong family relationships and friends around you. This can mean more to some than others. Some people need lots of friends others need a select few. Me personally it’s critical I have a strong marriage and I try my hardest work on that.
Have realistic expectations of yourself and others. Sometimes we expect a lot from others and are disappointed. We can expect others to think like we do- we are all different and think accordingly!
That happiness doesn’t just happen – it needs to be worked on.
Rest, recuperation and good sleep makes a huge difference to my happiness. It’s easy to get things out of perspective when tired.
Be reflective and enjoy your past but still focus on the now and what’s ahead.
Movement – it doesn’t have to be formal exercise although I get a greater endorphin rush from harder exercise. For me, being outside, like I am in taking this picture, on our local beach, just strolling or running makes me happy.
I hope this brings food for thought for you.