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?
If 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…