How Being Happy Can Help You Make Healthier Choices
At Bodyism, we’ve found that when it comes to health, there is nothing more effective than consistency. We adopt the approach of making lots of small changes to your lifestyle that require minimal effort and planning rather than a few big ones that can seem scary and unsustainable.
Choosing a positive driver behind the small changes you choose to make could help to keep these changes consistent and maintainable. For example, a negative driver would be “I don’t want to be fat”, whereas a positive driver would be “I want to look and feel amazing in my swimsuit.”
When it comes to making changes to your life, our suggestion for success is to first adopt a positive mindset. At Bodyism we call this, ‘feeding the good wolf’.
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “my son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace love, hope serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson though about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “the one that you feed.”
A clever way we like to feed our good wolf is by writing a happy list – a list of all the small things in life that make you happy on a daily basis. We’re not talking about holidaying in Italy or buying a new car, but the everyday things like the feeling of sun on your back, a hug from your kids, the cool side of the pillow or a relaxing herbal tea before bed.
At the end of each day, rather than dwelling on small occurrences that made you feel frustrated or annoyed, talk with a loved one or even out loud with yourself and recall all the things that made you feel good and happy. If you think of something that’s not already on your list, add it on.
Discussing your happy moments will do two things – it will give you a second dose of happy just from recalling the memory and it will also train your brain to start scanning your world of things on your happy list.
Writing and recalling things on your list might require a little bit of work initially before it becomes part of your everyday life. Try looking at your list when you wake up every morning to remind yourself to keep an eye out for happy moments during your day. The list can be as long or as short as your like but in our experience a happy list should be every growing.
In a short time, your positive thoughts will far outweigh the negative. With a positive mindset, you are more likely to maintain your healthy lifestyle choices and look and feel amazing in your swimsuit!