Is Your Lack Of Happiness Causing Health Problems?
When I lived in Dallas, I used to listen to the Dennis Prager radio program. On Wednesdays he had an hour dedicated to the subject of happiness. He called it, “The Happiness Hour.”
The thing that I remember him saying over and over again was that “happiness is a moral obligation.” In other words, you owe it to your loved ones to “BE HAPPY.” You owe it to yourself to, “BE HAPPY.”
Turns out Dennis was on to something. You see, my thinking has always been something too the tune of: when I graduate from school, I will be happy. When I make x number of dollars, I will be happy. Whenever I (fill in the blank), I will be happy.
Perhaps you can relate.
But it doesn’t actually work that way. In fact . . . it works just the opposite.
In 200 studies of 275,000 people worldwide: HAPPINESS leads to success in nearly every domain, including work, health, friendship, sociability, creativity and energy.
Did you catch that?
Success does NOT lead to happiness.
HAPPINESS leads to SUCCESS at just about every endeavor under the sun. Health. Work. Friendship. Creativity.
Well, crap! If, success won’t make me happy, WHAT WILL?
Turns out there are a number of things that push you towards a more happy state of being and to tell you the truth, I feel like I am on to something big here so this won’t be my last email or communication on this topic . . .
But here are 3 exercises that you can . . . and SHOULD do every day to improve your happiness and thus your likelihood of success at . . . WELL . . . . EVERYTHING! (Yes that include Improved Health)
1. Exercise – Exercise makes you happier. Exercise gets blood to your brain and your brain loves blood. So exercise. You should do it every day.
2. Eat Produce - Research from the British Journal of Medicine, a prestigious medical journal demonstrates that people who eat fruits and vegetables are happier than people who do not. People who eat 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day are the happiest.
3. Practice gratitude every day – Grab a notebook and every morning before you get on with your day, sit down and think about the day before and write down three things that you are thankful for. Here is the catch. They can be big deals or small deals but they have to be specific. What I mean is, you can’t be thankful for your son but you can be thankful that your son gave you a hug before he left for school because it made you feel loved.
Over time doing this little exercise will train your brain to see all of the great little events that happen in our lives instead of just the typical garbage that we see on the news and on social media.
So there you have it. Happiness is not only a moral obligation, it also helps you achieve success at almost everything else in life and it turns out to be a lot easier to cultivate than you have been MIS-led to believe.