I often think I won the lottery in life. Which, for those of you who know me, you’re probably wondering how I can say that after all the challenges life has presented me with. Through both nature and nurture, I have always been an optimist and after many years of training and effort, I choose to control the things I can and let go of what I cannot control.
Recently, I’ve been having a difficult time with all this “happiness” conversation. It is not that I don’t want to be happy, or think most people do too, it’s that in my opinion, (yes, this is just an opinion :), happiness is not a prerequisite to a fulfilled life and we will not always be happy. But that does not mean we cannot have a healthy, meaningful life with all of its ups and downs.
As this has been a perpetual thought, it was with such appreciation that my dear friend Patrick McNamara gifted me the book, Flourish, by Martin Seligman, Ph.D, where he revisits and develops a new understanding of happiness and well-being.
Martin goes on to explain, in easy-to-understand terms, how you can thrive in life by looking at the possibilities rather than the constraints and details how optimism, motivation and character play such an important role in obtaining that.
Having spent the last 30 years in the health and fitness field, I feel so grateful to work with clients and share this understanding of how, with training (it only works if you practice!) and optimism we all can have a beautiful, fulfilling, peaceful and productive life.
Thank you to all of the people that have worked with me or my peers in the brain fitness field that are agents for change. It takes a village!
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