Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.Thomas Jefferson. (Whew, boy. There’s a lot to unpack in this quote from a slave owner, huh?)
A quick internet search for “health and happiness” returns dozens of people who equate and pontificate about the importance of happiness for good health and good health for happiness.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.Ingrid Bergman
These two things coexist so closely it is seemingly impossible to determine if one could exist without the other. If you are in peak “physical” health, but depressed and miserable, are you truly healthy? Certainly not in a holistic way: spiritually, emotionally or mentally.
Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.Joseph Pilates
If you are full of bubbly giddiness, inner peace and contentment, but have a life-limiting illness or facing a terminal illness, can you be truly happy? Working with people who are aging, dying or facing health challenges, I unequivocally believe so.
I have chosen to be happy, because it is good for my health.Voltaire
But happiness doesn’t just happen, anymore than physical fitness/health just happens. Both require practice.
A sad soul can be just as lethal as a germ.John Steinbeck
This week, let’s look at some things that increase our happiness and some helpful ways to practice being a happier person in the lead up to National Happiness Happens Day on Monday, August 8. Check back for updates all week and an announcement about the return of Laughing Yoga.