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Happy in Life: The Lifestyle Solutions

FAQ #20: The following is the answer to happy in life, which is the twentieth frequently asked question in our series.

A. Answering the Question

If you are currently not happy in life, you might be interested to know that wellness is part health, but also part happiness. So, what exactly is happiness. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands and jump for joy. You just might be healthier for it.

Here are five bits of wisdom that you can use to help you become a happier person now.

Tip #1:  Money Does Not Play A Major Role in Determining Happiness:  Money helps to buy happiness, but only to a degree. Our society implores us to buy bigger, newer, better things, but research shows that stuff does not buy happiness.So, the bottom line is that more money doesn't buy much more happiness.

Tip #2:  Jettison Unrealistic Expectations: The failure to obtain happiness could also be the result of a faulty imagination or unrealistic expectations. In fact, neither unhappiness nor joy last as long as we expect.

Tip #3: Give to Get: Random acts of kindness, such as opening doors for people, giving directions, or stopping for pedestrians, can fuel a sense of long-lasting fulfillment. You just feel good about helping others. Small gestures, like giving flowers or donating a couple of hours of your time to the local hospital, create what some call a helper's high, which is a good feeling that has lasting effects. Contributing to the greater good and giving of yourself adds a layer of importance to your life. Start and end your day going over what you are grateful for.

Tip #4:  Be Happy through Meditation: If you've always thought meditation wasn't for you, maybe this will change your mind. It can actually alter your brain to make you happier. A study in Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging found meditation enlarges parts of the brain related to compassion and shrinks parts related to stress and anxiety.

Tip #5:  Practice Gratitude Every Day: Just remembering to be thankful for all the good things in your life is a no-fail mood lifter. A 2011 study from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, discovered that grateful children are not only happier as kids, but also aren't as likely to suffer from depression and will have better relationships with family members later on.

I have been unhappy for a number of years. What should I do?

To be happy in life, keep reading to find out!

"Be happy with what you have. If you spend your life looking for greener pastures, you might find you're too old to climb the fence." ... by Anon

B. Discussing the Ways to be Happy in Life

Here, we have a definition of total wellness that includes both true health and real happiness, which means that to be happy in life you cannot exclude the need to remain healthy. In addition, we also have a link to our Health Tips for an Ageless Body site where you will find additional information on this subject. 

Discover the Synergy of Total Wellness

Our original definition on the Health Tips for an Ageless Body site was that wellness meant being in a state of health and happiness. You can't have one without the other to have wellness. But now we can expand our definition and say that wellness is actually true health and real happiness.

True Health + Real Happiness = Total Wellness

So, true health is preventative in nature and keeps you disease free. When you take control and command of your own health, you will experience a certain degree of wellness. And, real happiness is based on:

    learning to accept who you are,
    living in the moment,
    simplifying your life,
    cherishing each day, and
    being thankful that you are alive.

When you learn to be the master of your own happiness, you will feel another level of wellness. But, when you put true health and real happiness together, you will experience a synergistic effect called total wellness. Then, you will be living inside an ageless body.

Here is Jim's story about being happy in life ...

I am going to be perfectly honest with you about my own happiness. While growing up and well into adulthood I was always quite content and had a good attitude towards life in general. I attribute that to a sound education, being in good physical condition, and eating nutritious foods.

However, I always felt that there was something underneath the surface that lay dormant and was responsible for me not being truly happy in life. But in January of 2008 all that changed for me!

I started to delve deep into my top interests and along the way I found the number one passion I was searching for in the past. At last, I had found my true purpose in my professional life. I didn't have to coax it out, even thought it was latent for so long, because it came roaring out like a lion. The passion and purpose have energized and guided me ever since.

During this time, I began to experience true happiness in my life, at least from a professional standpoint. My personal life is still in limbo. Perhaps when I find my true purpose in my personal life, I'll come back and finish the other half of the story.

Here is a quote from Henry David Thoreau that appears to sum it up best. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." The reason people are so desperate is because most don't bother to explore their passions and fail to find their true purpose in life. It bares repeating. Find your number one passion, and you will find your true purpose in life. And, with this new beginning, you will be happy in life.         

A quotation from Plato addressing the FAQ how to be Happy in Life.A quotation from Plato addressing the FAQ how to be Happy in Life. Being happy in life extends all the way down to the cellular level. Happy cells means a happy body.

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