Happy, healthy, wealthy and wise
Learning to be Grateful: the Key to Happiness
I’m not a lifestyle guru; I’m not trying to sell you a set of CDs that promise great wealth or a longer, more fulfilled life. I’ve written this post just because I wanted to share with you what makes me happy. If there is something in your life that is blocking your path to happiness, I hope that this might help you in some way – no charge!
I’ve got a mantra that I say to myself every day: happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. Just that, just those four words. Why do I say that? I say that because that is what I’m aiming for in my life, what I am trying to achieve and it makes me feel good inside.
Happy: Finding joy in the smallest of things.
Healthy: Living and breathing.
Wealthy: I’m not talking mega rich; this is simply about having enough.
Wise: Learning something new every day.
This is important stuff; too many people are suffering from stress. I should know, I used to suffer with its ill-effects myself. Their lives are being made less tolerable and even cut short by stress. Stress is a killer.
Don’t worry, be happy.
By making just a few adjustments to your outlook, you can change your whole life. Here’s how I did it:
I stopped worrying about everything. I used to worry if I had nothing to worry about. The late comedian Bob Monkhouse once said:
“Worrying is like paying interest on something you might never own.”
I don’t know if he made that up or was quoting someone else but it made me sit up and think. Bob’s right! All these stupid little things that I worry about may never happen, so why am I wasting my time and energy on them?
A friend of mine always says to himself: “What’s the worst that could happen?” If he can deal with the very worst case scenario then why worry about it happening?
I made a list of everything I was grateful for. I included obvious things like my wife, family, friends, pets, house, car etc. But I also included things like having plenty to eat, having a creative talent, having the chance to better myself.
If things are tough at the moment, why don’t you make your own list? Think about what you could include, what you have in your life to be grateful for. Write it down, I think you’ll be impressed just how long your list is.
Do you have a mantra? Something that helps you through the day? Drop me a comment and let me know what it is.
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Hi, my name is Danny Breslin and I am a writer.
Admitting to being a writer is no easy thing; people look at you in a funny way, as if they are thinking, “Oh really? How come you haven’t got a proper job?” This is my proper job, I write. I have been ghostwriting blogs for the last couple of years and I’ve just finished writing my first book: Me & Gus on the Roof of the World (you can get in on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com or your local Amazon site by typing in Danny Breslin). It is the true story of a journey I took from Nepal to China across the Himalayan mountain range and how it all went totally wrong. It tells of my severe altitude sickness, paranoia, organ harvesting Tibetan gangsters, evil mind control experiments and facing a Chinese firing squad. But apart from that it was great!
This blog is the story of the journey from start to finish of the writing process. I hope that what I write here might inspire other new writers and first time novellists and maybe, just maybe, save me from having to get a proper job.
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