It’s my birthday week, and I’ve been reflecting on the past 30 (HaHa) years and all of the life lessons I’ve learned (mostly the hard way because I’m stubborn). I can say with certainty that I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and I’d like to share the secret sauce to happiness compiled from all the wisdom I’ve accumulated over my lifetime. Life hasn’t always given me a reason to be “happy.” I am human, and like everyone, have experienced devastation, bad days, and stressful times. But in all of those moments, I’ve managed to have happiness, too.
Even as I type this, I am approaching four months away from home, my wife, and my dog, Clooney, and spending the time with my Mom and Dad, caring for my Dad as he fights cancer. And yet, I’m working to be the healthiest I can be. I stopped making excuses or looking for the perfect time. And so, I use resistance bands in the tiny guestroom, I go for walks once the sun tucks in for the night, I watch the food I eat, and I cook for myself even when there are Mom’s chocolate chip cookies in the oven. And this is one of my keys to happiness. I am finding exercise and healthy eating brings joy, even when things are murky. My friends, sales team, business partners, and family all ask me: “How can you be happy when you are going through so much right now?” I’ll admit. 5 am comes very early each morning, and there are many times I’d much rather pull the comforter over my head. Often I find myself trying to talk myself out of a workout and into taco bell. But I snap out of it very quickly. I’m committed to a lifestyle of happiness and health and leading others, motivating others, and inspiring others.
Here are ten things you can do every day to embark on a journey of happiness, no matter what you are going through:
There you have it—ten things you can do even when things are hard or sad or heavy. Choose to put these habits first, and you will have joy wherever you go. Do a self-check and see if you have someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to. Sometimes it’s a matter of using the word “and.” Life isn’t either-or. It’s not either being happy OR stressed. It’s the opposite. You might be grieving AND have joy. You might be having a terrible day AND enjoy your night. Allow yourself to be happy in the dark times, and when the sun comes out, you will feel joy in the best way possible.
Success is a choice!