THE 10 CARDINAL RULES FOR A HAPPY LIFE
Think about it. Have you ever met a person who would prefer to go about their day in misery?
Word has it that money can’t buy happiness — so what do you do?
Try incorporating the following 10 practices, as a start!
Happiness starts on the inside, so fill your cells up with plenty of goodness.
Drink plenty of water, cook your own meals using real, wholefood ingredients.
Savour each mouthful — don’t deprive yourself.
Crowd out your more ‘unhealthy’ food habits by increasing more of the good stuff.
Good food and exercise go hand in hand, so strive to move your body in one way or another every single day. Listen to what your body needs, in that given moment.
Yin and yang, baby.
Do you need to sweat it out and ramp up your heart rate? Some cardio might be what you need, so pound the pavement or smash out a high intensity interval session.
Feeling the need to slow things down with some more mindful movement? Take a long walk or roll out the mat and lose yourself in some pilates, stretching or yoga.
Create healthy relationships
You know all those people who make you feel safe, happy and inspired? Keep ‘em close and love ‘em right up.
Spending time with the people who celebrate your highs and are there during your lows — the ones who keep you moving in the direction you want to go — are the ones you need on your team.
Cultivate a circle of people who uplift you and honour the happiness they bring to your days.
Find work you love
Do what you love, love what you do — you hear it over and over again.
But seriously — take heed.
Most of us spend a significant chunk of our days exchanging our precious time for money, simply so we can sustain ourselves. There’s no reason you need to sacrifice your sanity just so you can pay the bills and the truth is, there’s nothing worse than jumping out of bed and dreading going to work. Happiness and your life’s work can totally intersect.
A wise guy named Aristotle once said, “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” So, get out there and commit to spending your valuable time doing fulfilling work through a job that reflects your passions, talents and values.
Discover a spiritual practice
Being spiritual doesn’t mean you have to worship at an altar or spend an hour in meditation every day (unless of course, that is the discipline you choose).
Spirituality is about doing something every day that draws you deeper into who you are — and connects you to your inner wisdom. For some people, their spiritual practice comes in the form of prayer, chanting, ceremonies or rituals. Others put their spirituality into practice during ordinary, everyday activity — such as music, art, running, or being in nature.
You see? It’s not so much about how you do it, but more about the connectivity within it.
Even if it means sitting in stillness for just five minutes, designate some time each day to do whatever connects you to your soul, quiets the chatter in your mind and brings you peace and clarity amidst the busyness of life.
Push past fear
How many times in life has fear kept you from doing what you really wanted to do, or limited you in some form?
Plenty of times, no doubt.
In order to live life more fully, as opposed to watching snippets pass you by, make a conscious effort to eliminate any internal blocks and let go of limiting thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
“The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy,” Brother David Steindl-Rast says.
And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.
We absolutely agree.
Give thanks for all of the things, people and opportunities in your life, because if you focus more on what’s missing, you’ll never truly be happy.
Watch Brother David’s TED Talk here, for an inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Your money, your time, your skills, your things.
Good deeds transfer into good feelings. It’s that simple, really.
As you hustle your way toward your big dreams, be sure to acknowledge the gift of the present. Practicing mindfulness simply keeps you from getting stuck in the past or overwhelmed in fears of the future.
There’s a lot of happiness to be found in ‘being here now’.
So soak it up.
This, perhaps, is the most obvious rule of all.
To have fun is to experience joy — which is a damn good measure of happiness.
Embrace your inner child and laugh, dance and sing. Call on the creative muse. Express yo’self.
Do something wild, spontaneous or uninhibited. Every day.