Staying happy is a workout
Staying happy is a workout. I say this because the last few days, I’ve been super busy with a Project Management bootcamp, my kids and also, got a flu bug so am physically wiped out and would not define myself as happy. As someone that has been living in the happy zone for months now, what am I doing wrong? The good news is I’m not unhappy either, all the work I’ve been doing on my attitudinal muscles still help but in comparison to how I feel when I’m happy and in the flow, I know it’s not the same.
So what am I doing differently?
Well, for starters, I’ve really cut down my morning ritual and bedtime ritual because of sheer exhaustion. I believe this makes a big difference, instead of taking the time to connect with who I am, I have been rushing through them because of lack of time and fatigue. I can definitely manage this better and it’s worth it to do because of the obvious advantages of keeping myself in check. It is really easy to get caught up on being busy and forget who we are really about.
I also realized that I had overcommitted myself this month and was trying to do too much. I was going to sign up for another 6 week course that would have started this week but good thing, I connected with my higher being and decided it wasn’t such a great idea right now.
I would say that I had overcommitted myself due to thinking too much about the future. I had anxiety how I was going to proceed with my next steps when really I have enough on my plate to focus on right now. Staying connected with my authentic self, I know there is more than enough that I could be doing today and that I didn’t need to add more to my immediate future. Every big dream starts with lots of little steps so there is no need to worry about the future as long as we are taking the little steps today.
Since I got this flu/bug, I’ve been dragging my body around. I caught myself thinking about the past and realized that as soon as I was doing that, I was no longer living in the present peace. When I start thinking of the past, then I am living on emotions that no longer true to who I am. As soon as I stopped myself, I could feel the peace fill my heart. I would describe living on old emotions as unnecessary ‘noise’ in your mind.
Last but not least, I dropped any kind of physical exercise. Getting outside and connected to our world helps us stay grounded and physically healthier. Any kind of movement is good to keep the blood flow going. I just haven’t had the time to get out for even a long hike with the dog.
Happiness is a state of mind. The more you focus on those attitude muscles, the more they become a part of who you are. In neuroscience, they can actually see your brain rewiring new paths of thinking and it becomes you. I believe it’s no different than going for a physical workout everyday… if you workout everyday, you can miss a couple of days and still feel physically fit, but if you slide and forget to do your workout, then your body will eventually soften up from atrophy.
Why is it important to build those ‘happy’ muscles? Because as the ‘Law of Attraction’ states, the more happier you are, the more happiness you will attract… now that is a good enough reason for me! Also, being happy is a natural state of who we are authentically before we were told we were doing it all wrong.
Do you have a happy routine? What are some rituals that work for you to stay in the happy zone? Please share your happy stories as it may help someone else stay in their happy zone as well!
Keep loving and learning and making a difference, however big or small!