I recently saw this quote on Facebook and thought to myself how pertinent this is to life today. Above all, happiness is the new rich, because if you’re not happy every part of your life is impacted upon. This is the reason that this quote resonated with me a lot.
How many times have you seen wealthy people and celebrities suffering from ill-health, drug addiction and mental stress? I can name at least twenty or more people that despite wealth and fame are among the most unhappiest people in the world.
If we take a look at each aspect of our lives separately, then it all makes sense. The happiest people I know aren’t rich, but they’re generally healthy, live peacefully and simply, are kind and giving and are grateful for the blessings that they have in their lives.
If we can’t find peace and forgiveness within ourselves, then we will spend the rest of our lives feeling resentful, bitter and vengeful. I used to waste a lot of time dwelling on past wrongs in my life and feeling bitterness towards the people that I thought caused it. I would spend hours and many sleepless nights going over and over in my head how I was wronged. It eventually reached boiling point and I realised I had to start letting this torment go. So I did something about it and I spoke to the people closest to me about my feelings and sought counselling.
Fortunately I was aware of my problem, took positive actions to resolve it and eventually let it all go. I found that I had to rid myself of a few toxic people in my life and learnt to forgive others. It was a little like spring cleaning, but instead of material objects it was a cleansing of feelings and memories.
So my advice is to try to find inner peace in your life. If you have to make drastic changes in order to find peace then by all means make them. Let go of the past and focus on the now. Believe me it will make a big difference to your happiness and wellbeing.
Isn’t this the truth? Without good health, it impacts on everything else in our lives. I can’t imagine having bad health, a chronic illness or relying on drugs to help me get through the day. Maintaining good health is probably the number one thing that we can all do that assists us in having a happier and better life.
A healthy diet and regular exercise not only keeps our insides working at a premium, but it also helps us feel better about ourselves mentally and emits all those ‘feel good’ hormones. I honestly feel much happier if I have eaten healthy food, exercised and taken time out for me every day.
Make your health your number one priority and start that new healthy food regime, join a gym or get up an hour earlier in the morning to go for a walk and start taking care of your body. After all this body is the only one you’re given – so take care of it!
Have you ever noticed how good you feel about yourself if you show kindness to others? Even doing something small like helping a little old lady with her heavy groceries or offering to help out at a fundraiser, can leave a footprint. Kindness is one thing that I feel is totally lacking in today’s society. Everyone is so busy and self-centred that they have forgotten about core values of kindness and compassion.
That’s why showing kindness is very cool. It not only contributes to making the world a better place, but it helps tremendously with retaining good relationships with those closest to us. Kind people are very high on my list and I like to surround myself with compassionate soles that I know will have my back in times of need.
If we could all learn to be happy with one another and with the blessings we have been handed in life then we would all be filthy rich. This sounds ideal in theory, but in reality I can only count on one hand how many people I know are genuinely happy. Mostly we all like to whine and whinge about our jobs, our spouses, our kids, our aches and pains and our government!
It is said that: “a negative mind will never give you a positive life”. To be honest I’m inclined to get together with my friends and whine about all types of issues and at times I do get a negative mindset. But mostly I like to seek positive company and talk about future aspirations, holidays, the latest fashion finds and what my kids have been up to.
I believe creating happiness is a juggling act. You only occasionally get all of your balls in the air at once. The rest of the time you might drop one of the balls, but that’s ok – none of us are perfect. There will be times in our lives when sadness, resentment, anger and frustration creep in. That is how life goes – a series of bumps and hurdles that have to be negotiated.
To sum it all up here is one of my favourite quotes about happiness:
What do you think are the main components to happiness? Do you agree with these?
For more great reading about happiness take a look at Leanne’s blog – Cresting The Hill.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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