The happiest people and the unhappiest
people of this world often experience similar things in
their day: Challenges at the office, traffic filled motorways,
the seemingly endless stream of negative news and
constant levels of change. But not all people truly live well.
What separates the happy from the unhappy is that the
joyful ones give their mental focus to different things,
because true harmony is to be found within you, not
outside of you.
Happiness is an inside job. If you base your happiness on
external objects, the moment one of those objects is taken
away from you, you lose your happiness.
Here are four simple strategies to help you live well one
day at a time:
1. Count Your Blessings
All too often, in the crush of daily life, we fail to notice all the
good things in our lives. We focus on the less than ideal job
or the endless time in traffic or on the mountain of bills.
By taking a few minutes out of your busy day to count your
blessings, you will bring a sense of perspective to your life
that might be missing.
Give silent thanks for the great country you live in, your
good health and loving family, the fact that you have a roof
over your head and food on the dinner table.
Counting your blessings will remind you of the good in
your life that most take for granted.
2. Make the Time to Think
When was the last time you sat down quietly and reflected
on how you are living your life?
Are you spending your hours on activities that are enriching
the quality of your days or on pursuits that add no value at all?
Are you growing as a person and contributing to the
world around you?
Can you recall the last time you thought deeply about
the meaning of life and the legacy you hope to leave?
3. Laugh More
The average 4 year old laughs 300 times a day while the
average adult laughs 15 times a day.
Make the time to watch a funny movie or share a belly
laugh with your child. Laughter relaxes you and ensures
that you don’t take yourself too seriously.
As William James said: “We don’t laugh because we are
happy. We are happy because we laugh.”
4. Live Well in the Moment
Life is a gift. Yet too many of us spend our lives chasing
that pot of gold on the horizon rather than enjoying the rose
garden that lies in our backyards.
To jump start your life, begin to savour life’s simpler pleasures.
Watch the sun rise. Read a great piece of literature or relax to
a great piece of music.
Write down ten things that make you laugh. Then schedule at
least one of these things into each day.
Now is the time to live well.
At Resilient Minds we help our clients grow their resilience
so they can perform at high levels on the really important
things in all aspects of their lives.
“A ship in harbour is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”
––John A. Shedd.
Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing
Jamie +64 21 772 079
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