A lot of people miss this because they're too busy serving the needs of others. Love and take good care of yourself. You'll feel good about yourself and will be more available to give love and serve others. You will be at your best for the people you love and value the most --- and will be healthy and happy as well.
To say Denmark’s not nearly as sunny and temperate as Rwanda, or even Italy, is an understatement. Yet in the Northern European country with shorter-than-average winter days and plenty of rain, policy makers and private citizens must be doing something right.
The Scandinavian nation was recently crowned the “happiest” country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, a nearly 200-page document put together by globally renowned economists and sociologists.
What We Can Take Away From the Report
All this data about world happiness is great, but how can we apply some of the lessons from the research to our own little lives? Here are six things the happiest people have in common:
A sense of purpose: You don’t have to be Bill Gates to find purpose in life. Simply having a purpose can make life more fulfilling. Maybe that’s being a mother, or a file clerk, as Cadow was in college: “There’s some satisfaction in that,” she says, “because everything’s filed and neat, and you’re helping people. If you have the right mindset, you can feel you’re important in any job.”Great relationships: Having good connections with friends and loved ones and “people who make you laugh” is a big contributor to happiness, says Cadow. “I work with so many people who have it all, but don’t have important relationships.” In other words, worry a bit less about how much you have, and invest more in who you have. Religion and spirituality: ”Maybe it’s the hopefulness, maybe it’s prayer, or maybe it’s the people in the church, synagogue or any house of worship,” says Cadow. “Believing in a higher power/God, that helps.”A less-stressful financial situation: ”You can’t work on these things like mindfulness and being in the moment if you can’t pay your bills,” she says. “I work with people who have credit card debt of $100,000 or more and are totally flipped-out. When they do something about it, when they work with a credit counselor or get rid of the high interest rates, they do feel better.”A sense of duty: Helping others is a huge way to increase happiness, says Cadow, echoing the report’s findings that generosity and happiness are linked. “It can be in the tiniest ways,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be opening a hospital.”Gratitude: Feeling thankful for what you do have, rather than pining for what you don’t, is a happiness secret of many of the most blissful people you know. “I know some people who carry [a gratitude list] around with them,” says Cadow. “You can just have a list on your phone. If you wake up every day and think of a few things, it really does change the course of your day.”
Cherrie Bautista's insight:
I guess the key is accepting where you are right now, love yourself and strive to become a better person, inspiring others in the process.
All food is for energy. But that doesn't mean all foods are created equal when it comes to their enhancing powers. Energy-boosting foods are also metabolism-boosting foods: foods that support our bodies' abilities to convert food into energy. B-complex vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most energy-boosting nutrients available, but many other nutrients and flavors are associated with increased wakefulness and alertness.
Read on and tell us in the comments: what do you eat to boost your energy levels?
1. Salmon. This oily fish is a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, which are used by the body as building blocks for muscle and other tissues, and for energy.
2. Citrus. Chock full of immune-boosting Vitamin C, these fruits help enhance energy and improve alertness just from their scent, according to Marie Claire.
3. Eggs. Thanks to their richness in choline, an essential nutrient in the B vitamin family, eggs contribute to energy in several ways. For example, choline is involved in metabolism and also helps the central nervous system to function.
4. Beans. B vitamin-rich beans also pack a punch when it comes to protein and complex carbohydrates, offering sustained energy throughout the day.
5. Walnuts. Walnuts have the most omega-3 concentration of any nut, making them a great energy builder.
6. Leafy greens. Kale, chard, watercress, and other nutrient-packed greens help promote energy with high levels of brain-boosting Folate, Vitamins C and K and calcium and beta-carotene.
7. Bran cereal. Thanks to a healthy dose of B-complex vitamins and complex carbohydrates with the sustaining effect of fiber, bran cereal is a food for lasting energy.
8. Dark chocolate. We're talking really dark here. If you're eating chocolate for energy, you want the highest cacao concentration possible. That's because cacao has nutrients that fight stress and boost energy and focus. Dark chocolate also contains a kick of caffeine, which helps to boost energy levels quickly.
9. Coffee. Speaking of caffeine: coffee is an obvious pick-me-up. While we don't recommend drinking it in the late afternoon, when it can interfere with bedtime, a cup of joe can certainly help with alertness and focus. Long-term studies show that java is a good thing for overall health, reducing risk of dementia, heart failure, and even some cancers.
10. Water. We believe in the power of drinking water for many reasons, but energy is chief among them. If you're feeling sluggish, it could be from dehydration, of which fatigue is a very common symptom. So a good first step in the fight for greater wakefulness is to drink some H20.
Dr. David Myers, author of Pursuit of Happiness, identified a number of qualities shared by many people who tend to be happy. From that research, eight concrete characteristics of happy people have emerged.
Happy people like themselves. They see themselves as emotionally and physically healthy. They believe they are more ethical and intelligent. They believe they are less prejudiced and better able to get along with people.
Happy people feel a sense of personal control. They feel empowered. Because of that, they tend do better at work and school and cope better with stress.
Happy people are optimistic. They expect good things to happen. They feel upbeat. The glass is half full. They try to make sense of events in an optimistic and positive way.
Happy people are extroverted. We do not know if happiness makes people more extroverted or if extroversion causes happiness, but statistically, they correlate.
Happy people have close relationships. That shows up most obviously in surveys, which tell us that married people are usually happier than unmarried people. But it’s not a question of marriage; close, trusting relationships of any kind tend to help people be happy more readily than they would be without.
Happy people have a spiritual foundation. Spirituality is a belief system that focuses on intangible elements that add meaning and vitality to life’s experiences. Whether that is a belief in God, a dedicated prayer life or communing with nature doesn’t matter. Studies show highly spiritual people are twice as happy as people who are not.
Happy people tend to have balanced lives. The time in their lives dedicated to work, play and spirituality is sufficient for each. They make time for reflection and relaxation.
Happy people are creative. They look at problems from as many viewpoints as possible and find creative ways of handling those problems. They follow sparks of interest. They don’t let life become sedentary. They keep producing new ideas and learning new things.
Cherrie Bautista's insight:
Happiness is a choice. Start by liking yourself and be happy with what you are, who you are, and what you have. It starts from within. Once you are happy within, it will reflect and radiate to the outside. Appreciate the people around you and this positive energy you give off will bounce back to you, and sooner than you think, happiness becomes a cycle in your life.
I wish I had known this when I was a kid. Most of the people I know when I was a kid attributed happiness to some external factor. Like it’s a state that will happen only after certain conditions (either self-imposed or imposed by the people around you) have been met.
One of the things I've learned from a lot of empowerment books I've read is the importance of the relationship you have with yourself. How much do you love yourself? The more you have love for yourself, the more love you are capable of loving others. How you treat yourself will be the extent of how you will get treated by others. If you keep looking for love from other people and you keep getting disappointed, it’s time to have an internal check.
Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think,” spent nearly three decades interviewing millionaires around the world to find out what separates them from everyone else. It had little to do with money itself, he told Business Insider. It was about their mentality. ”[The middle class] tells people to be happy with what they have,” he said. “And on the whole, most people are steeped in fear when it comes to money.”
1. Average people think MONEY is the root of all evil. Rich people believe POVERTY is the root of all evil.
2. Average people think selfishness is a vice. Rich people think selfishness is a virtue.
3. Average people have a lottery mentality. Rich people have an action mentality.
4. Average people think the road to riches is paved with formal education. Rich people believe in acquiring specific knowledge.
5. Average people long for the good old days. Rich people dream of the future.
6. Average people see money through the eyes of emotion. Rich people think about money logically.
7. Average people earn money doing things they don’t love. Rich people follow their passion.
8. Average people set low expectations so they’re never disappointed. Rich people are up for the challenge.
9. Average people believe you have to DO something to get rich. Rich people believe you have to BE something to get rich.
10. Average people believe you need money to make money. Rich people use other people’s money.
11. Average people believe the markets are driven by logic and strategy. Rich people know they’re driven by emotion and greed.
12. Average people live beyond their means. Rich people live below theirs.
13. Average people teach their children how to survive. Rich people teach their kids to get rich.
14. Average people let money stress them out. Rich people find peace of mind in wealth.
15. Average people would rather be entertained than educated. Rich people would rather be educated than entertained.
16. Average people think rich people are snobs. Rich people just want to surround themselves with like-minded people
17. Average people focus on saving. Rich people focus on earning.
18. Average people play it safe with money. Rich people know when to take risks.
19. Average people love to be comfortable. Rich people find comfort in uncertainty.
20. Average people never make the connection between money and health. Rich people know money can save your life.
21. Average people believe they must choose between a great family and being rich. Rich people know you can have it all.
In essence, wealthy people believe in abundance... that there's enough (or more than enough) for everyone. They don't focus on lack and fear, but would rather spend their time and energy looking for opportunities to create more of what they enjoy. It's about being present by loving and enjoying what they have, and also looks into the future by wanting to create more of what they have. It's also about taking care of yourself, so that you are available more to the people you love and be able to enjoy spending time with them.
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