Have you ever wondered what your
purpose in life is why you're really here? What if I told you
the real purpose of your life is to enjoy it? Therefore your destiny
is simply to have a happy life. I know that sounds like a fairy
tale, and unless you're a Disney princess, it seems impossible, but
if you watch any TV these days, you know anything is possible with
the right makeover. A happiness makeover, however, is a little
different than the extreme TV makeovers because it involves not only
the physical but the emotional and spiritual parts of you as well.
Physical well-being is anything that improves the physical: your
body, your surroundings. It's what you can see. Emotional well-being
is anything that makes you feel good inside. And spiritual
well-being is anything that connects you with your true self ‑- your
inner goddess. Here are three easy ways to improve these areas of
your life so that you can get well on your way to achieving a
happier new you:
Respect your body and your
The environment you live and work within ‑- your
home, your car, your office, your backyard ‑- is a reflection of
you. Fill these places with things you love to look at, like art or
flowers; things you love to use, such as a CD player or colored
markers; or things you love to be reminded of, like pictures of
loved ones. At the same time, keep these places spacious and neat so
that positive energy can always flow around and to you. This is one
of the basic principles of feng shui. Besides that, you'll just feel
more in control and clear-headed without so much clutter to distract
You must also remember to take care of your body. Honor
it with nutritious food and exercise. Make exercise an integral part
of your everyday life. This doesn't have to be a regimented program.
It could be as simple as running up the stairs in your house instead
of walking or gardening or playing with your kids outside. Think of
exercise as a little extra movement you incorporate into your daily
schedule. If you have time for a regular class, make sure to pick
something you love to do. If you need motivation, team up with a
friend, partner or personal trainer.
Your feelings are part of who you are and you must
acknowledge and feed them. This means not burying your negative
emotions in an attempt to be happy. They'll only stir more deeply
and longer if you don't accept them. You need to see them in order
to release them. This also means doing things that make you feel
good, inside and out. Maybe it's spending time with people you love,
dancing, talking over your problems with a friend or even eating
your favorite chocolate ice cream. Sometimes you need to do
something totally indulgent to feel good, and that's perfectly okay
once in a while. Give yourself permission to indulge in whatever it
is that makes you happy. You must believe that you're worth it,
whether it's time, money or calories. Do it completely guilt-free,
knowing that the benefits of nurturing your innermost passions will
make you a happier, giving and loving person.
your inner goddess
We've all heard the phrase "women's
intuition," but what is it really and how can that make you happier?
Intuition is that little voice inside of you that tells you things
like "take that job," "stay away from that guy" or "go this way." It
can save you time, or in some cases, save your life ‑- either of
which should make you happier. Intuition gives you information
without your having to think about it. It allows you to just "know."
Unfortunately, in our modern society, we don't learn how to develop
our intuition, and we lose it like a muscle in atrophy.
There are a number of ways to connect with your inner
goddess the easiest being some kind of meditative practice.
Meditation could be different for everyone. Not all of us like to
sit cross-legged on the floor while burning incense and chanting.
Meditation can be as simple as taking a walk through the park,
inhaling and exhaling deeply or listening to soothing music. It's
anything that helps quiet your mind, opening a space for you to
connect with your inner voice.
Focusing on and nurturing all three parts of yourself the
physical, emotional and spiritual will make you look and feel much
healthier and happier. So go ahead and break open that box of
chocolate truffles. Just remember to take a nice long walk.