this is 50
and, boy, do I feel better than ever.
I’m happier now.
I’ve figured out a few things. Big things and little things.
Some of this stuff I’ve always known but needed a bit more evidence before I trusted it.
Below are the 50 things that have made me happy at 50.
I’ll be adding 5 each week over the next 10 weeks.
Tell me know what you think in the comments below.
1. Tell the truth.
Perhaps you’re thinking, duh, but people lie all the time. They say YES to things that feel like NO WAY.
What if telling the truth about ourselves makes us available to receive the life we really want?
2. Leave food on your plate.
I used to eat until there was nothing left on my plate or in the pot on the stove.
There are so many strategies to help over-eaters: chew 600 times before you swallow, don’t eat over the sink or, in my case, the stove, only eat when you’re hungry. Rubbish.
As a fitness professional who had a real eating-too-much disorder, I couldn’t honestly tell my clients to do something I believed was impossible to maintain (except for the not-eating-over-the-sink one… I still do that!).
But learning to leave a few uneaten morsels on my plate then saying I’m finished has trained my mind to be comfortable with abundance. You see, I had a scarcity mentality; a belief that if I didn’t finish ALL the food, I’d miss out on something.
I’ve trained my mind to believe there’s plenty. Now, I’m not anxious when I eat.
If we all ate less in general, we’d not only lose weight, we’d help eradicate the food shortage around the world.
3. Laughing and smiling often works miracles on your health.
If I go one day without laughing, I must be in the wrong environment, around the wrong people, or doing something that sucks.
It doesn’t happen much anymore.
4. Tell every human customer service provider who creates a pleasant experience for you that you appreciate their help.
I know it’s their job, but some folks are super awesome at doing it. It’s not an easy-breezy effort for customer service people who’ve had to suffer all the hostile folks before you called or stepped up to the counter.
Tell them they’re awesome when they treat you like you’re special.
It’ll make you feel good, too.
5. Ask questions.
Find out if what “they” are telling you is true, healthy or valid for you.
Question things you hear from the FDA, pharmaceutical claims, and from people offering advice about things they’ve never experienced themselves.
Trust yourself and trust your body.
Till then, live above ordinary.