Category: Happiness

How to be Healthy & Happy: Do You Own the Habits of Happiness?

The one unifying principle among all folks from all walks of life, all ages, all cultures, and all around the globe is we all want to be happy.  What’s interesting is this innate drive to be happy has a huge influence on our health.  In other words, happy people are healthy people!  Do you have the habits of happiness working for you in your life or do you have the habits of restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, and depression wearing away at your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing?

In this 3-minute clinic we talk about the importance of emotional nutrition in maintaining your long-term wellbeing and what you can start doing today to develop the habits of happiness.

“Welcome to the three-minute clinic on Wellness Planning—Wellness Planning 101— where we go over strategies and themes that will empower you to stay well, be well and live a life of wellness. Now we’ve talked a little bit this week about the forces of self-care versus the forces of self-wear—in other words, what it really comes down to is positive living habits versus negative living habits or, the habits of self-care versus the habits of self-wear. So today I want to talk about the habits of happiness; your emotional living habits. You know, I don’t think that people realize how important being happy is in terms of your wellness. As a matter of fact, of all the things in life—good nutrition, exercise, happiness, I mean it’s got to be at the top of the list. So the habits of happiness are very important. I’m very concerned these days; that for those of you that study health care and medicine might know this fact—last year, 116 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressants. Now that’s a little shaky when you think about the fact that we’re trying to get people to take care of themselves and be happy. So what does depression do to people—it’s self-wear. In other words, when you have the habits of happiness versus the habits of depression, the habits of happiness invite youthfulness, the habits of happiness invite freedom, the habits of happiness invite wellness, whereas the habits of depression invite aging and disease. So it’s very important for you to understand that emotional nutrition is an important component of self-care. We talked about physical nutrition and exercise, we talked about bio-chemical nutrition of food, and today we’re talking about emotional nutrition and the importance of happiness. So the habits of nutrition are very important. Really, happiness is a very individualized thing, and what it comes down to is a lot of self-exploration, a lot of self-discovery. And bottom line, I remember writing my original book, The Del Mar Diet and people would ask, “what is that book about?” It’s very simple, find out in life what turns you on, find out in life what really floats your ship, find out in life what really excites you, what gives you a thrill, and then go after it! That’s what being happy is about. Being happy is about being involved, being interactive, about being involved with a cause, with a purpose, doing things for others and making a difference. So the key for today is that, when you look at the forces for self-care, a person that’s powerful, well adjusted and happy is going to have anti-aging forces going for them. On the opposite extreme, those that are not having the habits of happiness and are unhappy, or have chronic depression or long-term habits of self-defeating emotional patterns—these things work against your health and your lifestyle. So let’s pick out one tip; how do you stay happy, how do you sustain your happiness? Well we mentioned one thing, getting involved in things that really turn you on. Another thing is be flexible; learn the rhythm of one step back, two steps forward. In other words, it’s called emotional rebounding. If things don’t go your way, find a way to make things work. Have perseverance, have cause, have steadfastness—stick with things. In other words one step back, two steps forward. And the way you do that is by seeing things as opportunities. If things are making you unhappy, if things are stressing you—ask yourself what will it take to make you happy, what will it take to reduce your stress, and use the force, the energy, the intensity of your emptiness or your disappointment or your sadness, use that energy to propel you forward! Two steps forward! One step back, two steps forward. But keep in mind, emotional nutrition, physical nutrition, mental nutrition, spiritual nutrition and biological nutrition are the keys to self-care. Self-care versus self-wear—when you get involved with self-care you can stay young and vital, prevent the forces of aging, and prevent disease. That’s your tip for today: emotional nutrition empowers you to be well.”