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I love listening to podcasts when I’m working out or walking the dogs. The little productivity geek in me loves to learn new things.
Last night, I listened to Kimberly Wilson’s podcast on a new book called Rethinking Depression. Her conversation with author Eric Maisel brought up some interesting ideas about how we perceive feeling depressed, and whether or not it’s a biological illness versus just a natural state of sadness.
I’m not sure what the right answer is, but I loved what he said about avoiding sadness and living a happy life.
It’s really kinda simple.
- Define what matters to you
- Become aware of your self-talk and actively reject thoughts that don’t support what matters to you.
- Align your daily behaviors so that they support what matters to you.
Now, I realize this isn’t rocket science, but how often do we actually do this?
If you were conscious of the way you talk to yourself and made the effort to reject mean thoughts that do nothing but make you feel crappy about yourself, wouldn’t you be happier?
If you intentionally spent time on the things that are important to you, wouldn’t that make you feel better about your life?
This is something I definitely strive for. I spend a great deal of time on my relationships, preparing (and enjoying) great food, working out and chipping away at my business. (okay, that one needs more time).
There’s a lot of talk about “finding balance” these days, but I’m not sure we spend enough time defining what that really means to us personally and actively focusing on it. Consequently, happiness is often something that’s always just out of reach.
Maybe it’s just not that complicated after all.