Author: Ridge Personal Trainer Annie Barber
In a past issue of IDEA magazine I discovered an article emphasizing the importance of happiness. Happy people live longer and are healthier overall. Instead of trying to find happiness by eliminating the negative (stress, anxiety, weight) we need to focus on enjoyment, find meaning and purpose in life, use strengths and talents, work on positive relationships and choose activities that make you HAPPY and bring you joy. Happy people are shown to do the following:
*devote a great amount of time to nurturing and enjoying relationships
*are comfortable expressing gratitude
*are often the first to offer help to others
*are optimistic about their futures
*savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the moment
*make physical exercise a weekly and daily habit
*are deeply committed to lifelong goals and ambitions
*have stresses and tragedies, but are able to cope in the face of challenges.
Are you happy? If not, lets work on it together! When you choose to be happy, “you are not trying to create something that doesn’t exist; you are choosing to be yourself again.”
AND YOU ARE WORTH IT!
“There is no way to happiness- happiness is the way”