On my birthday back in February I decided to improve my health, stop drinking alcohol and attempt to get into better physical shape. I’ve been running consistently for years so I’m not unfit, just not totally happy with my upper body strength as well as a small recurring, nagging strain in the calf muscle, so I realized that it would be a good idea to embark upon a strength training regime.
Well now I’m a few months into the program and pleased with the results but an interesting bi-product has become apparent to me and that is the peace of mind I get from the hour long session. Plus the time to think while driving to the club and then the long walk from the parking lot all the way to the gym.
Today while I was on my way to the club I thought about some ideas I wanted to write about, must have had 3 or 4 good blog stories started in my mind, which I embellished while working out, but then when I arrived back to my office I got caught up in the work-flow, a couple of pesky conference calls and one or two mildly annoying emails, then the good stories had been ground down (from the daily grind). Note to myself – write the stories immediately after returning from the gym. So now it’s almost 10 pm and I’m getting what’s left of the ideas out of my mind.
The idea that was so imminent on my mind this morning was to share my own personal tips for happiness. The simplicity of success is to know yourself well enough to understand what it is that makes you happy. Once you understand the meaning of happiness then you can set about streamlining your life, reducing overhead, lowering expectations of outside factors, concentrating on controlling, or at least monitoring, basic fundamental factors which effect day to day living. Simplify things. Eventually you’ll reach a point of self-contentment and this energy field is what attracts a good mate into your life.
Once a good mate has been discovered don’t let her (or him) go. Learn to devote yourself to your significant other, become a better person for them. Attempt to understand and forgive any weaknesses or foibles that you find in your mate. Try to remember that you’re not perfect either, appreciate and give thanks to your partner (at least in your mind) for their acceptance and forgiveness of your faults. Consciously adore your wife (in my case) for all the good qualities that attracted you to them in the first place, and attempt to be thankful everyday that they remain in your life. Decide when you awaken that you will be happy and a good person to those around you. Be affectionate and considerate to as many people and creatures as you can.
People enter our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
These are my tips for a happy life. Today is my 6th wedding anniversary and I’ve enjoyed a total of 10 very happy years living with the same wonderful woman, my wife Paula.