I think it was Will Rogers who said that, “Every man is as happy as he makes up his mind to be”, and quite some time ago, that’s exactly what I decided to do…
But I also believe that we have to be the creators of our own happiness or architects that also contribute to our family’s joy as well.
Here are some of the things I’ve found helpful in creating happiness.
Be thankful Be thankful for what you have. I got my health back and that is certainly something to be thankful for. I found out first hand that without good health, happiness isn’t an option.
Be thankful for your family, your job or that you have somewhere to live. Go for a walk, look around and appreciate life.
Connect. Connect with your spouse, family and friends.
Let them know you love and appreciate them. Participate with your family; be there for your loved ones and they’ll be there for you.
Say “thank you”, say “I love you” and give hugs.
Be passionate. Believe in what you do, and strive to be the best you can be in whatever you do.
When I get involved in something, such as triathlons or Jiu Jitsu, I compete against myself not others, always trying to improve, trying to be better.
In such matters, status quo doesn’t exist, you’re either moving forward or falling behind. I challenge myself and I love it.
Learn something new. Challenge your mind. With all of the ever-evolving technology today there’s plenty to learn and I’m up for the challenge.
And the results are rewarding.
There are classes to attend for your smart phones and classes for the lap top computers, so much to learn and so little time.
Keep your ego in check. That monster will put you on the treadmill to nowhere and get you in trouble in more ways than you can imagine.
Relax. Sometimes it pays to just take a step back, relax and be at peace with yourself and the world around you.
Quit being so uptight!
We all make mistakes, no one is perfect so accept that fact and get on with life.
Exercise. My fitness is essential to my overall sense of well being and happiness. No matter what the age, exercise is something we should all try to do.
Many of us have to sit while working so we need to exercise to maintain flexibility and muscle tone.
I have a friend whose wife doesn’t walk well so we set her up with chair exercises.
He happily reported that the chair exercises have made a wonderful difference. His wife feels better and that has helped their relationship.
As a Police Officer, I spend a lot of time sitting, so in addition to my morning routine, when I get home in the evening, I do about 45min. of yoga and various exercises.
Some nights I’ll go for a run or a bike ride. Hey! It keeps me happy and able to keep moving.
Make your daily exercise routine a priority; vary the routines to eliminate boredom but make sure you exercise.
Often times when training a client I’ve had them say, “Doc I’d feel foolish doing that. What if someone sees me?”
My answer to them?
“If you’re worried about what people think about you, you’ll be disappointed about how often they don’t think about you.”
Just exercise and don’t worry about what others think.
These are a few of the things that make me happy, but please remember,
It is a conscious decision to make!
Be happy and stop saying “I’m too old” or “I can’t”… because you’re not and you can!