Part 1 of 4
In 1988 Bobby McFerrin demanded that we ‘don’t worry; be happy’. This famous, award-winning song sounded great but left me wondering how do I stop worrying and be happy. I admit that, for me, worry was a factor but more significant were depression and constant pain; I was a long way from happy and I had no idea how to change direction. I often say it is a blessing that I hit rock bottom – it gave me a solid foundation from which to climb which is exactly what I did. That said, I encourage you to start the journey to happy before you hit the pit of despair; it is simple with the following three steps. (Coming next time!)
Before I get into the how, let me explain the what. Of course happy means different things to different people; my happy cannot compare to your happy. Some would consider a hot meal or a bed the epitome of happiness while others might look for loving relationships or meaningful work. One thing we all share is that we each exist in four realms – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and in order to achieve true happiness we must find joy and peace in each realm. Without physical health it is very difficult to find peace in other areas of our lives; when I take the time to improve my physical health, I reap untold benefits in all areas of my life. Finally, we are each responsible for our own wellbeing and if being happy is important to me, I must take action to get there.
See Part 2 next time…