Today I listened to a guest on Marie TV who was informative and engaging. Marie' Forleo's guest was Dan Buettner, an explorer, a National Fellow and award winning author.
He defined the perimeters of happiness and longevity very well, based on specific scientific data after studying what elements determine happiness and longevity, relating to Centenarians living in what's called Blue Zones throughout the world.
The biggest insight for me, listening to what Dan Buettner said, was the realization I'm a pretty happy person for the several reasons he'd laid out. After watching, I took the free test he offers on his site and I got a A+. the first A+ I've got on any test that I can ever remember!
Twenty five plus years ago I came to the realization, I'm the only one responsible for my own happiness and well being. At this time, I asked myself the most important life changing question. When was I the most happy? It was when I was in the country, in Nova Scotia. And so I was blessed to have found the opportunity to purchase a place in the country, which I bought 24 years ago and it's where I live, on a river and very close to the woods and the ocean.
Our rural coastal community is very tight knit and caring. I certainly didn't arrive at this circumstance without the help and love of my family and friends. And for this I'm extremely grateful for everyday.
Gratitude for me is also what brings me happiness, appreciating the daily pleasures of life, living in the present moment, good friends, many of them life long, who I can share my heart with, and whom I can count on. This has made all the difference.
Having a sense of humour is an absolute must, remaining humble, and having a true love of humanity, for me, are the tools of life that I use to find contentment, happiness, health of body and soul.
As an artist my sense of purpose is directly related to creativity, and living a creative life. Creativity is the word repeated in the four columns, when I ask myself what is my sense of purpose based on my values, what I like to do, what I'm good at and what I can give back.
Finally, because I have long had a belief in a power greater than myself, prayer, trust and persistence are essential for my sense on well being and happiness.