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The H Factor: Three Ways To Find Inner Strength, Peace, And Happiness

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Achieving peace and happiness is something we all strive for. From being content in our jobs, friendships, marriages and personal lives, we are all looking for that “secret formula” for success.

And, experts agree that in order to be happy in other areas of your life, we must all first be happy with ourselves, who we are and the type of lives we lead.

1. Honorable Mention: Make sure you honor yourself and your environment.
Experts remind us to follow principles of proper nutrition and fitness. Besides letting go of poor or bad habits and/or practices, they suggest healthful eating followed by a daily regimen of routine activity and exercise. And, it can be as simple as choosing brown toast over white, skipping the bacon with your eggs, or walking up the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator….maybe even doing some gardening. But, they add, that if you do decide to join a more “structured” program, make sure you pick something you enjoy doing so that you’ll be more inclined to stick to it and with it. And, don’t forget to consider bringing along a friend for additional encouragement and motivation.

Furthermore, experts assert that your environment encompasses more than just the great outdoors. It, in fact, includes your home, your car, your office, your yard etc. And, while no one is suggesting you live extravagantly or beyond your means, they are suggesting that you treat yourself and your surroundings with respect, especially since it all contributes to bringing you a sense of satisfaction and peace of mind. They suggest filling your home with some of your favorite “affordable” items such as portraits of family and friends, comfortable, inviting furniture and make sure to keep your surroundings neat, clean and free of clutter, as it will help your mind and disposition feel less confounded as well.

2. Express Yourself: Most people in an effort to be politically correct and polite bottle up their emotions so as not to come across as argumentative or harsh. But, experts assert that part of learning to cope means more than just brushing off your feelings. Surely, they note that you want to pick your battles wisely and refrain from sweating the small stuff, but you don’t want to suppress your feelings or ignore them, because bottling up emotions will only resurface to bite you and your loved ones. Instead, the key is learning how to effectively communicate your wants, needs, and feelings, and that means something as simple as allowing yourself to feel them, to acknowledge and accept them, and to do things that take the stress and the pressure off and make you feel good inside and out. Just make sure that what makes you feel good is good for you, or you’ll be defeating your own purpose.

3. Listen, Really Listen To “The Voices Inside Your Head”: We all have an intuitive side, but because we are human and our intuition has been wrong on occasion, we tend to dismiss it more often than not. But, according to experts, we need to learn to listen to our gut more often than just when it’s grumbling about food. Experts suggest tapping into this often “atrophied” ability and muscle by tuning into meditation (or prayer) and tuning out all other distractions, and while ideally you want to set aside some time for a little R & R, experts suggest that you can just as effectively develop your gut (feelings) while driving, working around the house, gardening, working out, or taking a stroll through the park. Just make sure you are enjoying what you are doing, and what you are doing nurtures you physical, emotional, and spiritual side.

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