One simple way to make happiness easier (lessons from an octogenarian marathon runner!)

One simple way to make happiness easier (lessons from an octogenarian marathon runner!)

I don’t believe there’s ONE secret to happiness but I do believe there’s ONE thing you can do to enjoy more happiness, more easily…

…and that is something I learned form an 80 year old marathon runner!

I interviewed Frank Dearn for a book I was writing on positive ageing (“Live Happier; Live Longer”). Among the many aspects of his life that I found inspirational the one that really stood out was that he was, at the age of 82, still running full marathons. That’s 42 kilometres for those of you who aren’t familiar!

Anyway, at the time I interviewed Frank it was the middle of winter and it happened to be a cold, dark morning. Yet he’d already been for his daily run. I remember asking him how he managed to get out of bed every day; how he kept running. And his response was both simple and profound…

…”It’s just what I do!” replied Frank.

And that was it. But I took so much from that simple statement.

In short, if you believe something’s important for you to live a happy, healthy and/or successful life then make it non-negotiable. It doesn’t, then, require a decision. It is, rather, just something you do.

I apply this principle to several activities I consider to be pillars of my health and wellbeing (e.g., exercise, meditation, making time for family and friends).

How about you? What do you know enhances your happiness and health? And how can you make it/them integral, non-negotiable parts of your daily life?

…So that’s today’s mailing. Take some time to reflect upon the message and how it might apply to you. Check out, also, the links below for some additional readings and resources.

I hope it helps you enjoy some more happiness. Until next time…

Keep well & keep smiling
Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)