It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

~ Epicurus ~

Happiness Tweaks

July 17th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 28 secs

Happiness isn't all attitude.

Happiness isn’t all attitude, you know.

Okay, I want to talk to you now as if I am your best friend. Yes, I know that’s being cheeky. But I feel compelled to tell you a few things you already know but need reminding about, if that’s okay with you. After all, your happiness needs a few key basics to really hum.

First off, go to bed early! Yes, I know you know. But, truthfully, are you getting enough sleep? It’s hard to feel content and capable when you are dragging your hind leg all over the place from sheer exhaustion.

So switch off the TV an hour earlier than usual. Make sure there are no screens or phones in your bedroom and make your bedroom cozier than usual with some fresh linen, plumped up pillows, and some soft lighting. If you are too alert going to bed an hour early read a book as the non-backlit nature of paper means it has a wonderfully soporific value (i.e. it makes you sleepy).

What else? Oh yes, skip the junk. In case you feel inclined, consider the illusion of junk food. It looks appetizing (sometimes) and might taster fine. But it’s not called junk for nothing. Hollow food has a whopping big hole in it where the nutrition got stripped out. So eat fresh wholesome food, as much as you like, and enjoy it.

Now do something physically sociable and go for a stroll. Whether you are a fitness fetishist or a couch comfortist, plan a few strolls this week with someone you know. Go for the conversation and don’t come back until you’ve talked yourself out. Ruth and I call our walks “Going out on the mobile couch”. Everybody benefits from a sociable stroll.

Happiness isn’t just cerebral. There are inherent benefits in routines that promote your wellbeing. So… rest….  eat real food and enjoy it… and walk yourself into deeper relationship. I know you know these things, but as your friend, I felt I needed to remind you.

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