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:
- Were shamed for driving a very old, dusty vehicle.
- Were afraid of getting into a car crash, because your old vehicle was not well maintained.
- 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:
- Wanted to have the best car on social media.
- Wanted to have the best car in your friend circle.
- 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 🧘♂
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 👌
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 💰
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.