happy vs. healthy

Writing for Build Your Bliss has taught me so much over the past 6 months. As I’m writing, I’m learning. I’m discovering. I’m on a mission to build my bliss and inspire you to build yours.

The journey itself (no matter what I’m dealing with) always seems to lead me back to balance.

Most recently I’ve begun to understand the balance between happy and healthy and how it plays into my every day life. It’s one of the hardest things to master in our society but it’s so very important.

Happy (adjective): feeling or showing pleasure or contentment

Health (noun)the state of being free from illness or injury

I could argue that happiness and health are two of human’s greatest desires. No matter what age, gender, ethnicity, social status, etc. we are, we all want to be happy and we all want to be healthy.

So, It would only make sense that those two things work hand-in-hand. Health should bring happiness and happiness should aid in our health. Can we all agree on that? Okay, good.

Now this is where things get tricky…

What happens when one begins to take over the other? What happens when they aren’t aligned and we’re caught in a battle between being “healthy” and being “happy”? Should they be valued equally? Or should one be more important than the other? How do we find the balance that works for us?

4042c0eef572831358ae7f390e51953aIf you take a look around you (life, film/television, social media, etc.) it becomes obvious that health is a controversial topic. While the obesity epidemic is consistently rising, there’s also a ‘get fit’ obsession that has taken social media by storm. People seem to be living in one of two extremes: #foodporn or #fitspiration. We’re all striving for happiness in two very different ways.

But are either of those ‘healthy’?

In my opinion, food/exercise should never be more important than living your life. You should never feel the need to bypass an opportunity because it “doesn’t fit your macros” or it might stand in the way of a workout. Likewise, you should aim to take care of your body (inside and out) on a daily basis. It’s a fine, fine line and maintaining a balance is far from easy.

Food should nourish us, exercise should be enjoyable, and we should do things that bring us joy.

If we do those things, health and happiness should come naturally.

So, don’t obsess. Don’t fixate solely on one or the other. Live with the knowledge that both are attainable if you stay balanced and stay true to yourself. You shouldn’t ever have to choose.

Here’s to the beauty of being healthy AND happy…

-Emily

16 comments
  1. Kresnik said:

    Every morning I have to repeat to myself “today’s going to be a good day” over and over. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not…

  2. adashofmeg said:

    ahhhhhh this so correlates with what i was trying to get across on Saturday! OMG! LOVE! YOUUUUUU!!!!!!!!! can we seriously chat soon!? We are like the same person baha ❤

  3. Perfectly stated, girl! I really struggle with black and white thinking, which often leads me to jump from one extreme to the other — not good. I’ve been focusing on balance a lot more over the past 6 months or so, and I’ve found that health and happiness seem to be a natural byproduct of that. The magic happens when we just let it happen…

  4. squigglefloey said:

    It was always super tough for me to be both happy and healthy. mostly because i equated being happy with looking a certain way that , unfortunately, was not healthy. now that I’m at a healthy weight and my body is functioning properly — it is MUCH easier to be happy — however, there are still points when I have my fat days and …yeah, you know. haha, happens to us all.

  5. agreed. I have a post scheduled for tomorrow trying to find my balance. trying to find myself. I miss the days where I did what I use to love and now I just feel like I’m living life but not my life. if that makes any sense. if you get a chance to read my post tomorrow, it might make more sense. but thank you for this post. it’s nice to see others think about this too. ❤

  6. Ashley said:

    I couldn’t agree more! I’ve always felt my happiest AND healthiest when I’m balancing both things in my life. I tend to want to go to the extremes, but I know that never serves me well. The key for me to finding that balance is not overthinking things. When I just live, that’s when everything comes together.

  7. Taylor said:

    I absolutely love this post, because it so true that the key is finding that balance. I do in fact struggle with it at times because for me I love running but have really bad knee issues. This had lead me to really re think exercise and listen to my what my body needs. Finding that happy balance is key!

  8. Lisa said:

    Yes, yes. Love this<3

  9. Beautiful post! In the past, I’ve gotten too caught up in trying to be healthy – or what I thought was healthy – thereby keeping myself from actually living to the fullest. As you know I’m still a work in progress but the prospect of living both healthy and happy one day is worth any struggles on the way. Now to need on the latter …

  10. Emily said:

    Just found your blog through a comment on Cupcakes&cashmere : I’m so liking it !!! I feel it is really personal : I just started my blog and I’m having a hard time trying to find what I really want to talk about on it, how to make it really personal and close to my personality, it feels really refreshing to have found your blog 🙂

    • Emily said:

      Aw, thank you so much! I’m really glad that you’re enjoying it. I’ve taken a few stabs at blogging over the years but this is the first time I’ve really opened up and let it be personal. I think it makes all the difference! I can’t seem to find your blog through your comment but I’d love to see it if you share a link! xoxo

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