Due to the fantastic response my last post generated, I’ve decided to reach out again and ask some of my favorite bloggers and wellness experts another loaded question… A question that nearly everyone on this planet craves the answer to.
Here are the answers they sent me. Hope you find something useful and inspirational in their generous words.
When you’re done, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this question in the comments!
So here it is, from some of today’s recognized experts in joyous living…
What is the key to optimum happiness?
“Let go of expectations,
be content with little,
realize happiness is in every moment,
savor life slowly.”
-Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
“For me, happiness comes from connection on many levels; with others, with something greater than us, and with oneself. Finding my own truthful balance is the key, not some fantasy or “should” about how many friends I need to have to make me happy or how spiritual I must be to feel true joy, but a truthful balance that suits my temperment, my needs, my world – a balance where my connections are few and deep, meaningful and real and where I’m at the centre of my joy, alone, but content. That feels like optimum happiness to me.”
Katie Tallo, Momentum Gathering
“I firmly believe that physical health greatly influences one’s ability to experience happiness. However, it’s far from being the only factor. I think the ability to effectively manage thoughts is equally important, if not more. For example, being able to see positivity in bad situations and avoiding excessive regret or worry about the past or future can allow people to be happy even despite poor health. In my opinion, being present as often as possible is the foundation to feeling pleasantly content and at ease, and good health contributes by providing the energy and sense of wellbeing to make it a more satisfying experience. I’ve dealt with chronic fatigue syndrome and am confident that I wouldn’t feel as well as I do today if I didn’t put a significant emphasis on both health and perspective.”
Vin Miller, Natural Bias
“Align your expectations and goals with your reality. Ultimately, to have what you want, you must truly want what you have. Only then can you be happy.”
Mark Sisson, Mark’s Daily Apple
“For me, happiness is a choice. That’s been key for me – the conscious awareness that I have a choice – always – in my attitude. When I keep that focus, I just see more of the good in each of the moments of my days.”
Lance Ekum, Jungle of Life
“While living with poisonous snakes and jellyfish, crocodiles and stinging trees in the Australian rainforest I learned that embracing and exploring my fears brought abundant freedom and joy into my life. When we face our fears we experience liberating self-confidence. Our world becomes vaster as we garner courage, clarity, lightness and freedom of spirit, and we fall madly in love with the great adventure of life. We begin to move through life happier people because we know what we’re made of and can choose how we respond to even difficult situations. We no longer wait for happiness to happen to us; we simply create happiness everywhere we go. “
Robin Easton, Naked in Eden
“The most important thing for me was to realize that happiness is a process, not a goal. As such, it may be different each time, it may have a different quality, speed, texture and taste each time. We’re travelers, not bystanders. “
Dragos Roua, Brilliantly Better
“To me total happiness is a combination of a number of things, but the one thing that underpins everything is being in alignment with your values. If you take the time to understand your own core values and then align with them on a regular basis you will be happy a lot more than you are not. Of course happiness will always ebb and flow depending on external circumstances, but if you are being true to yourself you are far more likely to be able to deal with lifes setbacks and bounce back to feeling happier sooner rather than later.”
Tim Brownson, Life Coach
“The key to optimum happiness is to make this moment optimum. Life is happening in this very moment. If you want a happy life, make the choice to enjoy and savor what you are doing right now.”
Barrie Davenport, Live Bold and Bloom
“When people are unhappy, they are mostly preoccupied with fears, regrets, and doubts. A simple way to dissolve these preoccupations -and instantly feel happier – is to find your feet in the present moment and see the big picture of life (not just your personal struggle). Here’s a simple way to do that: whenever you feel stressed, walk to the window or step outside and gaze at the sky. At the same time, notice what you’re feet feel like on the ground. Then take one slow, deep breath. You’ll instantly feel calmer and happier.”
Mary Jaksch, Good Life Zen
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this post. I Hope you found it as inspiring as I did :)
Decide to better yourself, your relationships, and the planet by making a positive shift in your life today.
To your health and happiness,