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It’s one of the most difficult questions I’ve been asked recently. The answer is yes. And the answer is no at the same time. Let me explain: πŸ‘‡

Imagine buying a brand new car. The car you always wanted. It has the exact color. The exact amount of horsepower with the EXACT accessories. Everything you wanted for so long – is right there for the taking.

You sign the papers and get handed the key. What an extraordinary moment. You feel exhilarated. 😊

You show your car off to all of your friends and family. You post pictures on it online.

You spend as much time in the car as you can. Sometimes, you sneak into the garage into the night to take a quick glance on that glorious vehicle.

Then, the initial pleasure wears off.

Everyone is used to you having that new car. Both online and offline. You do not get as many likes now as you did a few months ago. Your friends do not yell anymore β€œWhat a nice car man!”, instead, they silently enter.

You no rather sneak into the garage to take a look at that vehicle. Instead, you rush into it and speed off for work. Barely noticing the details.

The details which once fascinated you.

Not only that, a friend of yours has recently bought a different car. That car is newer than yours, has a shinier color finish and god forbid..

..is even slightly faster than yours!

He’s becoming the new sensation of the group. And you’re sitting in your 6 months old car, which now feels like a vintage vehicle.

Sitting in that car you feel sorry for yourself. You take out your phone and scroll to your newsfeed. Stumbling upon a social media influencer..

.. which just recently bought a private plane!

Now you really beat yourself up. β€˜Why have I not bought a plane?’ β€˜How come I never though about that?’ β€˜What is wrong with me?’

Then you suddenly stop.

You take a deep breath. You manage to take a step back.

You realize that the social media influencer you just followed is NOT you. You neither have time to focus on the upkeep of the plane – and if you’re really honest – you also do not really have a big use for it.

You also realize that your friend’s car is nice. But it isn’t YOUR car. It has not all the details that YOU like.

You start noticing all the details again of your own car. It doesn’t feel like a vintage vehicle anymore. It also does not feel like the best car ever.

Instead, it feels like YOUR car.

You start the engine – enjoying the unique sound. And then drive off into the scenery.

What is the moral of the story? Did buying your dream car make you happy?

The answer is yes, and the answer is no.

Buying a new car made you happy if you:

  1. Were shamed for driving a very old, dusty vehicle.
  2. Were afraid of getting into a car crash, because your old vehicle was not well maintained.
  3. Just wanted to have a better vehicle, because you wanted to reward YOURSELF and you UNIQUELY liked it.

Buying a new car made you unhappy if you:

  1. Wanted to have the best car on social media.
  2. Wanted to have the best car in your friend circle.
  3. Wanted to base your happiness solely on a car – and the perception of you it might generate.

Your body is your vehicle for life. And similar rules do apply. BUT..

..getting in shape and buying a new car is not the same. Getting in shape is better.

Your body is closely related to your self esteem. Your self confidence. Your self worth. More than a car will ever be.

A well-functioning body also minimizes the chances of illness or bodily pain, which is a clear cause of the absence of happiness.

So getting in shape creates a great fundament for happiness. It is one of the things that you can do to INCREASE the probability of you experiencing more happy emotions.

Here’s 6 things that you can do right now that increase your happiness:

1. Meditate daily πŸ§˜β€β™‚

The biggest benefit of meditation is being more mindful of your thoughts. Unhappiness and happiness are not created by exterior events, but by your thoughts about exterior events. Better control your thoughts and you can start to better control your emotions.

2. Have goals 🎯

Meditation will teach you to be more present. But it’s vital to have something to look forward to. Setting goals and achieving them will give you a sense of satisfaction and purpose.

3. Create a well-functioning vehicle πŸ‘Œ

Be at a healthy BMI. Drink enough water. Manage existing injuries and prevent future injuries. Eat healthy. Avoid drugs. Life is too short to be living in a vehicle you don’t like.

4. Avoid toxic stuff ❌

Avoid social media. Avoid constantly comparing yourself to others. Avoid the news. Avoid toxic people in general. Be around positive, uplifting people that want the best for you.

5. Sort out your financials πŸ’°

Have no bad debt. Create enough income for yourself. Keep your living expenses low. Educate yourself financially.

6. Give back 🀝

No matter how little you have, there’s always a person that has less. No matter how bad you feel, there’s always a person who feels worse.

Start getting into the habit of sharing with people less privileged. It’s one of the few things you can do that will make you instantly happier – while making the world a better place in the process.