Everyone just wants to be happy – isn’t that what we all strive for? Sure, many people equate money with happiness, lust with happiness, and so forth, but the reality is that happiness is a complex, subjective experience that involves the mind, body, and spirit. Perhaps you’ve spent copious amounts of time on one particular aspect of your life, thinking that it will make you happy – once your goal is accomplished, you find that suddenly the happiness disappears, and sadness, anger, guilt, or another unpleasant emotion arises. Although social media will tell us or show us) that happiness means we need to be smiling all of the time, it’s simply not that feasible. What we can and should be doing, however, is taking control of what we feed our mind, body, and spirit each day so that we can enter into a beautiful state of flow, which is a form of happiness many fail to reach.
First, what is flow? A book published several years ago, titled, “Global Learning Communities”, describes several characteristics of being in a state of flow, such as feeling:
- In effortless control
- At the peak of their abilities
More specifically, the authors of the book defined flow as, “a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity.” They state that flow is the closest thing to happiness, and it makes sense. When we’re in a healthy state of absorption, we’re not focused on anything else but the here and now. But how do we get there? In order to live your best life, you must hone in on the things that restore, strengthen, and challenge your mind and body, while making your spirit soar.
Mindfulness and meditation are amazing practices to help train the mind, but much of living our best life means doing what we know what should be doing but don’t always do, such as:
- Eating more nutritious food
- Getting adequate exercise each week
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Seeking help for mental illness/physical conditions when it’s needed
- Maintaining health through routine checkups
- Connecting with others in meaningful ways
- Contributing to our community, and more
In order to live your best life, you have to take the reigns on all of the decisions you make. Think critically about your actions, and don’t allow yourself to live on “autopilot”. Make the choice today to place your happiness, health and total wellbeing as top priorities.
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