Happiness is something that everyone strives for, yet not many talk about the act of actually wanting happiness in their lives. Happiness is not something ready-made that you can pick up from the store – it happens from your own actions. Often times, you have to make a conscious effort to do things that will make you a happier person. Exercise and eating right is an EXCELLENT kick start to your happiness. My dad always says it best, “The key to happiness is good health and a bad memory” and he couldn’t be more right.
Here are some suggestions for you (and me) to live your very best HAPPY life!
- Set little goals for yourself. When someone tells me to set goals for myself, I always think the big picture, the end goal…I want to get promoted, start my own business, strike it rich etc…and when I don’t meet those goals at the end of one week, one month or one year, I find myself sitting there in the same spot, disappointed and frustrated. Instead, make little goals for yourself each day like: “today, I am going to make my bed” or “today, I am going to exercise for 10 minutes” – whatever your goal might be, make it small and celebrate the fact that you made a conscious effort making a goal and achieving it! You go, Glen Co-Co!
- Take it day by day. I am going to take a page out of the ‘Wear Sunscreen‘ bit and quote this, “the race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself” – just plan on focusing on TODAY. Nothing is more crippling to your happiness then projecting what the next day is going to bring. Every day is a new opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.
- Surround yourself with good. Good people, know good people. My parents always told me growing up, that you become the company that you keep. If you surround yourself with constant negativity, you will have a constant negative mindset. Instead, keep good company…Positive energy is contagious. CrossFit has been a good place for me to be around like minded people and has become an important safe zone for me.
- A bad memory. Forget yesterday’s sorrows. Don’t dwell on things that happened in the past. Dwelling on the past can be even more crippling than projecting the future. Forgive. Let go. Move on.
- Control only what you can control. From one control freak to another, I can confidently say that you will drive yourself NUTS by trying to control things out of your control. You cannot control everything that happens, but you CAN control how you react (and adapt) to it.
- Never stop learning. Strive to learn something new every day. Even if it may be small. Even if it means trying a food you would never consider trying yesterday. You never know when you might stumble upon something or someone you enjoy!
- Quit judging. It’s important to be kind to people that you meet. Don’t allow any extra space in your brain for negativity, so cut out the judgments of others. Judging other people doesn’t do you ANY good. Plus, you never know when you may cross paths again in the future…
- Say sorry. The moment you completely let go and take accountability, is the moment you set your soul free for a fresh start. No more heavy burdens are weighing on you. You acknowledged your wrong doing and you are on the fast track to living a positive life.
- YOU. Focus on you. Don’t focus on the constant success of other people. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
- Cut out the junk. This could probably be the hardest task for people to cut out the junk food, but I can honestly say that eating a ton of processed foods + sugar + junk can affect your mood…So I have to throw this one out there! CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman captures what your diet should be perfectly in a few words: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
What are some things that you do to make you happy? Comment below!