More and more it seems like raising your happiness is a long term ambition.
So we all want time to exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with family, read more books and so on. I was just chatting with a girlfriend and she was saying how she would love for there to be an extra month during the summer. She feels like there is never enough time to get everything done. I go up and down on the issue. There are days when I feel completely overwhelmed and days that I manage to multi-task very well.
How many of you are excited that Spring is right around the corner? When we have beautiful warm days here in Denver, it completely lifts your mood and outlook. With daylight savings, the kids can now play outside longer and everyone is in a better mood. Part of feeling your best is taking care of yourself emotionally, physically and mentally.
When you first hear the word “tribe” what do you think of? I think of a group of people I can rely on when I need to vent or lean on someone or share my deepest secrets. I think of a very small exclusive group that supports me unconditionally.
When is the last time you took inventory of your happiness? I mean really looked at your life as a whole and admitted how happy or unhappy you were? Life experiences and our environments constantly force us to re-examine how happy and fulfilled we are feeling in the moment. Do you feel like your happiness is something you constantly have to strive for? Do you feel like it is out of your reach? Or do you believe that it is your birthright – something we all deserve?
So last week was a very difficult one for my family. My daughter was diagnosed with a pediatric disease we had never heard of. Luckily, it is a very mild case, extremely treatable, and one that will not affect her long-term. The experience however was very emotional and eye opening. Whenever something happens to your children that is out of your control or power, it brings up feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness. We went to the doctor thinking it was something minor, and left feeling shaken to the core and unsettled.
We all have stories from our past that shape our future. Some are heartbreaking and sad. Others are wonderful and enriching. Maybe you lost a loved one too early. Maybe your heart was broken over and over. Nobody is immune to life’s challenges and curve balls. My mother passed away at the very young age of 56, and it would have been easy to harden up and assume the worst in life. That was not how I dealt with difficulties though, nor would my mother have wanted that to happen.
How many of you made resolutions to get up in the morning to exercise and be productive? It is easy to get into a slump during the winter months, and of course being in a slump only adds to the sluggist feelings and downer days.
So we have all had lousy days, right? Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or everyone at work was dumping extra tasks on you, or a spouse was constantly pointing out your faults. Whatever the situation, and we all have them, there are ways to turn the day and your mood around.
I wanted to start by saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in my survey last week. The top two challenges you are all facing are career and money. This does not surprise me. Many of you are stuck in careers you dislike or are out of work and having a difficult time finding something in alignment with what makes you happy. Forty-eight percent of you struggle financially and would love to be out of debt.