Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, once said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” How true. Doesn’t it seem like sometimes we stop to take a breath and realize years have passed us by?
Listening to her chat with Tim Ferriss on his podcast reminded me that the most important thing at the end of the day is being happy. Continue reading
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, said in his book Meditations, “To recover your life is in your power. Look at things again as you used to look at them; for in this consists the recovery of your life.”
When we were young, we looked at life with awe. We didn’t carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.
As the years passed, we became jaded, disappointed and doubtful. Things go wrong. Life happens. And it’s not always what we pictured.
But if we take a moment to look at the things we have that are irreplaceable. The things that money can’t buy. Our health. Our family and friends. Our dreams. We have everything.
Marcus also wrote, “It is very possible to be a divine man and to be recognized as such by no one. Always bear this in mind; and another thing, too, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life.”
Very little indeed.
No matter what life throws at you, take a moment to stop scrolling, running and fretting and think of the three things that mean everything.
In that moment, you will recover your life.
In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor talks about a study called “Very Happy People” that looked into what the top ten per cent of happy people had in common.
It wasn’t wealth, race, weight, education, gender, fitness or income. Continue reading