Spending time reflecting on what will make you happy is a key step to becoming happier, and one way our happiness improves is related to our health.
Think about how your health affects your happiness. Also, consider how you can use your health as a tool to improve the overall happiness in your life with these key questions.
The Best Questions About Health and Happiness
As you answer these questions, don’t initially consider your health as part of the answer. Then, go back through the questions and consider how changes to your physical or mental health will make these things easier, different, or more enjoyable.
- When were you the happiest or filled with the most joy in the last week?
- At what point were you the happiest or filled with the most joy in the last year?
- In the event you had to spend all of your physical energy in one day helping a charity or good cause, what would it be?
- If you had to spend all of your mental energy in one day helping a charity or good cause, what would it be?
- What is something that you do in any given day/week/month that you like the least?
- When have you felt like you were having the greatest positive impact on the world?
- If you got sick or received a bad diagnosis tomorrow, is your current state of physical health set up to help you as you can fight the illness?
- In the event you got sick or got a bad diagnosis tomorrow, how is your current state of mental health set up to help you as you can fight the illness?
- Imagine your health in 10 years. What would you tell yourself to do differently today?
- If you could take any type of adventure trip in the world, where would it be? Are your physical and mental health up for that adventure? If not, what can you do to get there?
- In the event you could play in any professional sporting event for five minutes, how would you fare?
- If you could make one change to the place you currently live to make it more enjoyable, what would you change?
- What are you the most proud of health-wise from the last week?
- In the last year, what are you the most proud of as it relates to your health?
- Can you describe your ideal ordinary day?
Improving Your Health and Happiness
Consider your answers and ask yourself how improvements in your health could impact each of these. For example, has your physical health limited any of the above?
What about your mental health? Have there been days you are too exhausted, emotionally or physically, to play with your kids after work?
Imagine how much better you would feel if you had sustained energy throughout the course of your entire day.
How you are coping with stress and how much you are able to experience joy is often tied to a combination of your physical and mental health?
Then consider what you can do each day to improve your wellness to be able to better enjoy the things you already enjoy.
For example, imagine that what brought you the most joy in the last week was ice skating with your kids. What if you were in better health and could skate with them longer or more frequently.
For the deepest questions, you may need to spend more time reflecting and refining your answers.
The Bottom Line
Health in and of itself doesn’t create happiness. However, if you have good health and use your health in a way that aligns with your values and what you enjoy, you can increase your overall happiness.