This may come as a surprise to you… but not everybody is happy.
You may encounter these people on the road, at the store, at work… or maybe when you’re looking into the mirror.
Nobody is happy 100% of the time… but we could be.
I think it was Will Rogers who said, “Every man is about as happy as he decides to be.”
And it’s true… happy, sad, angry, amused… any mood you feel is chosen by you.
Sure some people may have an effect on the way you feel… but it is you allowing them to do this…
And as you can tell by now I’m certainly in a good mood a large majority of the time… but that wasn’t always the case… because a few years ago, I was probably one of the most miserable, out of shape old fogies you could ever meet.
But I made the choice to reclaim my health… now I’m doing things people in their 20’s are doing… and I feel great about doing it.
I go running in the park, I go for long bike rides and I can swim a mile… I can do all of these things because I chose to change my life and be healthy and more importantly… happy.
I got my health back, which certainly has an effect on my daily mood… and there may be more to this than it seems.
According to Reuters.com,
“Exercise can help to increase your brain’s production of the feel-good neurotransmitters – endorphins – they’re behind the “runner’s high”, though the effect comes with any form of exercise.”
Or to put it plainly… exercise makes you feel good.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner or champion weightlifter to get the feel-good benefits of endorphins… you just need to get moving.
And if something makes you feel good… you’ll do it again.
The more you do it… the better you’ll feel… and that’s not Doc talking, that’s science!
It’s a circle… and all you have to do is take that first step to that good mood.
It’s difficult to enjoy life if you’re not feeling good… but who knew the remedy to that was exercise?
The decision I made to exercise was only to improve my health… I had no designs on my attitude… but the more I exercised, the more my mood and overall outlook on life improved as well.
Some of the very first choices I made were the most important…but none more important than taking that first step out the door on my first walk.
Sure… the decision to stop smoking and visiting the drive-thru, fast-food joints was important… but getting my body moving, getting those endorphins pumping, that trumps them all.
So with that first decision made… I was on a path… the other changes I chose to make just sort of followed in line.
But after I was done with that first walk… I was surprised by how good I felt… I had accomplished something, I knew I was going in the right direction.
I walked every morning for a while… and every time I looked for that feeling of accomplishment… and found it!
The walking led to jogging… and before long… I reversed a lot of self inflicted problems I had dropped on myself.
I stopped feeling terrible the day I decided to change my life… but I felt great after I put that choice into action and take that first step out of the door.
The funny thing is… the choice was always mine… just like it’s your choice on what you do with your life.
You can feel better and be happy… it’s up to you… and once you take the first step, it’s hard to go back to feeling miserable.
And why would you?
Felling good is way better…
But make the choice… take that first step.
Want to see what I’m talking about?
Try this… tomorrow, before you start your day… wake up a little early and take a walk.
You don’t have to go far… but you should feel like you did something.
I guarantee you’ll feel better throughout the day than you would not exercising… and not just because of the endorphins… but research also states that morning exercise can improve energy levels for the rest the day.
So you get to kill two birds with one stone… one morning walk…and you get to feel great and have more energy to boot.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
And remember…never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”… because you’re not and you can.