Quality of life: love, happiness and health are at the top of my list for things to wish for in the new year.
Without these things, life can be very unpleasant. All of us define quality of life differently. What is important to one person may be insignificant to others. Many people make resolutions in January. Some of us want to lose extra pounds, some of us want to quit smoking, some of us want to explore new employment opportunities, and some of us pray that our life continues to be what it is today.
“Value” describes a belief system, or the worth or importance of something. Social, religious and political values are often chosen. However, personal values that are developed early in our lives are solid and less likely to change with time.
What do you value? Perhaps you value love, happiness, health, family, friends, and children. Maybe your value is defined by your job or the material things you have acquired.
The value of self often is forgotten when we speak of values. Personal value begins with validating, believing and celebrating you. Your integrity and dignity are related to the choices you make in life. I like the quote from Alexander Hamilton: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
One’s health is never to be taken for granted, as fate can change one’s circumstance in seconds. Health is relative and defined personally. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Complete is the operative word here. Have any of us ever had a complete state of health or wellness? That’s doubtful. For some of us, illness such as cancer or the death of a loved one are not easily dealt with.
Happiness is evasive and can change from moment to moment depending on your circumstance. The pursuit of happiness was defined as an “unalienable right” in the United States’ Declaration of Independence. Most of us define it as an emotional state of contentment, joy or well-being.
Positive psychology is the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. These researchers’ work includes studying strengths, positive emotions, resilience and happiness. Their hope is that by better understanding human strengths, we can learn how to be happier. Do you describe yourself as a happy person? Is your life a happy one? If so, cherish it.
Love stands by itself. It is what we all need and long for. Finish this sentence: “The one thing I need most is …” Most of us will answer: love. You see it every day in homeless shelters, shelters for battered women, rescued animals, the lost and hopeless, and others that are or were denied love. The best thing that you can give to yourself and of yourself to others is love.
Until next time, light and blessings to you.Let me know what you think or ask me a question by emailing me at email@example.com.