Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for Health and Happiness

Sure you can be healthy, but not happy or happy, but not healthy. Me though? I'd rather have both - call me greedy. Although, I also think it's easier to have one if you have the other.


To keep the body 

in good health is a duty - Buddha

Improving your health has nothing to do with being fit. Healthy comes in a lot of different sizes and there are some issues that you can't do anything about. All you can ever do is your best to take care of your health. Being healthy is important in my opinion. Nothing is can bring you down more than knowing you could do something if only you had taken better care of yourself.

Health is important and if it's not on your self-improvement list, maybe you ought to consider it? Be as healthy as you can be - whatever that may be. Take care of yourself. As cliché as it is - your body is the only one you've got.


Happiness doesn't 

depend on any external conditions - Dale Carnegie

The other quote I really could have used is "Remember happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." by Roy Goodman, but I figured most people have seen or heard that one before. It's true though.

A lot of people out there, myself included, want to be happy. The problem with being happy is that we think that it's a permanent thing, but happiness is as much an emotion as it is a mental attitude. We do tend to think of happiness as something that needs to achieved, but I am a strong believer that the secret to being happy is already inside of each of us.

I mentioned in my post about goals how I find some of my happy. I broke down finding my happy into thinking about the things that make me happy and looking for those things in every day. It was how I started my journey, but I'm generally a happy person now. No lie. I do have my bad days, but I turned happy into my attitude towards life.

I decided one day that I was just going to smile. That's it. I wasn't just going to look for the little things that made me smile, but I was just going to start smiling. Believe it or not, even on a bad day, once I start smiling I start feeling happier. It was strange, but I kept it up and kept finding those happy points. Sometimes I forget to smile, but happen less and less now.

Happiness make the self improvement journey a lot easier. You can find the necessary kindness towards yourself if you're happy. And happy will come and go, but when I find myself getting angry or sad or just blank, I force that smile on my face and sooner or later my emotions catch up with my face. And I'm not the only one.


  1. I'm relatively healthy. Still working on wealthy and wise...

    1. Weathy and wise are too very hard attributes to attain as well!

  2. For me health and happiness go hand-in-hand! When I feel healthy, I'm mush happier! Great post! Thanks for stopping by my blog, also! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

  3. I, too, often write about self-improvement. I like your attitude about health and happiness, why not have both if we can?

  4. Ugh...must. Start. Diet. I know it will improve my mood etc but sweat pants and cupcakes are sooooo awesome. Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

    1. Well I can't agree with the sweatpants, but I do love cupcakes. lol

  5. I just read through your whole A to Z so far, quite addicting! Really enjoyed the happy, healthy post though. So many simple truths - and if we can just remember not to sweat the small stuff, as they say, we can have a lot more of both! Wishing you the best during your A to Z journey!
    Jess / Blogging on the Brink