How to be happy so you’ll lose weight, feel better and live longer

If you are not happy, chances are you won’t be healthy. And, if you are not healthy, you are probably not losing the weight you should to become healthier. Therefore, you have no option but to begin seeking your own happiness.

How do you do this? You do it by getting to know yourself better than you do now. If you are lonely and in pain, you will likely do things to temporarily soothe yourself like eating the wrong foods. Snack and junk foods are usually culprit.

If you are not a happy camper in life, you will most likely be suffering from some ailment, condition or even disease. People who are happiest in this world are usually healthy, too.

They are active, have family and friends to be around. If you don’t have this, you have to seek out an environment that is you. Taking the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) [1] can help you learn more about you. Very useful assessment I took in the career center in college.

If you live day-to-day in an environment that is pleasing to the kind of person you actually are, there will also be those like-minded people gravitating to you who have the same attitudes and think like you do.

We thrive better with people who support our viewpoints and are similar in nature to us. ‘Birds of the same feather should flock together’ (I think this is close enough to how the old saying goes.)

I will share something with you about me. I like to write (obviously!) So, I popped up at about 5 AM because this article I wrote was on my mind. Furthermore, writing is my form of therapy. I do it because it makes me feel better. It keeps my head on straight and feet planted firmly on the ground. I also hope my articles help others, too.

But, what also makes me happy is when one of my cats snuggles up close to my pillow and lays his fuzzy little head on my neck. Yes, he wants something else, too. He wants his food! So, I get up and feed him. I am extremely grateful to have a cat like him around the house.

That’s precisely why I am up writing this right now. He woke me up, but I forgive him! He, like my other pets, add a vital element to my life which makes living wonderful and fulfilling.

He is very affectionate (especially when he wants something!) So, I thank the forces above and am very grateful someone like him is in my life. I express gratitude often for things like this in my life that make me feel better.

I am grateful because I write, and grateful for my cat (I have a dog and two other cats,) and grateful for my health and that I met the right woman to marry seventeen years ago. So, what I am saying is we have to be happy to reap the benefits of good health.

So, to start off, no matter how little or how much you have in life, be grateful and sincerely feel that. You don’t necessarily have to be spiritual or religious, but be thankful for the good you have.

It would also be a good idea to become more positive. We tend to self medicate ourselves when we are depressed or unhappy through various bad habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, eating unhealthy food, being around the wrong people who take advantage of us, and many other things that are bad for our psyche.

It just might be the right time to begin a good sweeping of dirt out of your life and begin to change some self-destructive things. Negativity breeds even more negative circumstances and situations.

There’s no better time than right now to become the new you. Begin thinking more positive and accept you the way you are right now. This is a starting point for constructive change.

Accept yourself as OK the way you are. Believe in you. We certainly can be our own worst critics. Be easier on you and others will want to be around you. Begin doing those things that make you feel better that are good for you.

Find a new hobby or interest like go bowling, go to the local animal shelter and buy a pet and save a precious life, change jobs, go to church, pray, find more positive people to hang out with, take a class at night, quit smoking and drinking, challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, even learn to meditate.

You get the idea. You can change your life for the better, and you should. For example, you can also eat healthier foods. There are a lot of choices eating plant-based whole foods.

Here’s a few recipes I eat everyday. I pretty much practice what I preach, but I am not perfect and don’t try to be, because that state is unattainable. We all fall to bad food temptation once in a while and we pay the price, like on the holidays.


Website Title The Myers & Briggs Foundation
Date Accessed April 12, 2018

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