On Being Good Enough To Yourself: Treating You Better Is Not Selfishness

I think that often our lives are more about others than ourselves. But, we need to think about us, too. This doesn’t mean we are being selfish. And, if it does, a little bit won’t hurt.

Living a healthy lifestyle is being good to yourself. If we are overweight and have ailments, conditions and disease, we most certainly won’t be happy. And, being unhappy is not treating oneself good.

I know I am much happier eating plant based whole food. I don’t think there’s anything else I can do to improve my health, although I always search for ways to become happier. We have the right to pursue our own happiness as long as it doesn’t hurt another.

‘Live by the golden rule bringing no harm to another’

Being good to oneself will create happiness. For example, we need to get enough sleep. But, in this world, that doesn’t always happen. Life is stressful and we worry about this and that. Bad things happen to good people, that’s just the way it is. But, it’s better to try to keep a positive outlook, because how we think will bring either more good or more bad.

It’s a good thing to surround yourself with uplifting people, not those who bring you down. Hobbies help. For example, although writing is not my hobby (but it does bring me joy like one,) that’s what I do everyday for hours on end. It tends to keep me ‘centered’.

Ones own happiness can be achieved by practicing common sense. When one thinks happy thoughts, he will feel happy. The reverse is also true in that negative thinking can actually make one feel depressed.

Physical activity is a good thing. In other words, after I type, I make sure I go outside and do something physical. And, if you do own your own home, you know there’s always a list of things that need to be done around the house.

‘Being physically active may help you start feeling better right away. It can help

  • boost your mood
  • sharpen your focus
  • reduce your stress
  • improve your sleep [1]’.

Source- 1 “Health Tips for Adults.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Oct. 2019, www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/healthy-eating-physical-activity-for-life/health-tips-for-adults.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet. If you have mental or emotional issues, be sure to consult your marriage and family therapist.