The Ultimate Route to Happiness
We’re often bombarded with ideals about how to live our life. Lose weight now. How to land your dream job. How to find the perfect guy (and keep him). And on and on. It’s hard to know what we should focus on and what our priorities should be.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you’re not sure what to do next, take a step back. Shut out all the external noise and listen to what your body is telling you. Follow our simple steps to a happy and healthy life.
What Do You Want?
In her book, The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte encourages us to think about how we want to feel. Before defining goals and strategies, it is important to think about this. How do we want to feel in our relationships? How do we want to feel when we walk into work each day? Identifying those feelings and emotions can help us to determine what we want to do with our life.
It’s so easy to allow ourselves to be pigeonholed. And we can fall into the trap of following a path because this is what we’re good at. Or worse, because it’s what other people want us to do. What do you want to do? And how do you want to feel?
Think carefully about each area of your life and decide how you want to feel. This may change over the years, which is fine. It’s a good idea to repeat this process regularly.
Look After Your Health
We don’t appreciate our health until we become ill, or someone around us becomes ill. It’s something that we take for granted, especially when we’re young.
Don’t take your health for granted. Eat a healthy and balanced diet and plan a regular exercise regime. If you need to lose weight, don’t put it off. Consider a simple plan like the 3x fat loss James Barbour program.
Consistency is key. Follow these simple tips to staying healthy.
Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep each night. Lack of sleep has countless negative side effects. Some of these include loss of focus, stress, depression, weight gain and illness. At the absolute minimum, you’ll feel groggy and sluggish.
A happy life is often a balanced life. Sometimes it’s easy to pay too much attention to one area of our life. Unfortunately, this may be to the detriment of other areas. For example, we put all our energies into our career and our relationship slips. Or vice versa.
Many articles and books have been written on the elusive work-life balance. It is difficult to do it justice in a few lines. For some tips on how to achieve this read this article in The Guardian and this one in webmd.com. Identify your areas of focus and areas that need some attention. Come up with strategies to fix this.
Work Out What is Important to You
This is the part I can’t tell you. The trick to a happy life is to work out what is important to you. This will be unique to everyone. Once you have figured that out, you can put the necessary steps in place to achieve it.
What matters to you? If money wasn’t an issue, what would you want to do with your life? If you could do anything at all for the next year, what would it be? I know you can’t drop everything and do this, but it will give you an insight into what is important. If you want to be happy, listen to what your body is telling you.