I’m a loud and repeated advocate for the supreme power of happiness in a healing journey. Such feelings are crucial for generating endorphins and other biochemicals and are opportunities to get away from inflammatory stress responses from one’s thinking and the biological processes of chronic health problems. I’ve continually experienced health breakthroughs when I’ve achieved significant values. These values include deciding to write a book, becoming a health coach, and moving out of my parents’ house after fifteen years of disability.
Most importantly, happiness is the spiritual fuel of life. Feeling it comes from seeing the achievement of your values either by you or, secondarily, by others or in art. Regularly experiencing this satisfaction is a necessary contributor to a successful healing journey due to the biochemical effects. Of further importance, feeling the pleasurable confirmation that life and betterment are possible stokes your motivation to set up benevolent cycles of self-improvement in every area of your life that you can. These are the seeds of possibility that, when nurtured, can lead to flourishing health that allows you to escape the vicious cycles of symptoms and pain.
I’ve cultivated this framework for value-achievement for the last 15 years. It’s what drives every choice I make. I think it’s as important to a health recovery as the nuts and bolts of diet, exercise, and so on from a lifestyle or Functional Medicine protocol. In the coming months, I’ll have more to say about this vast subject in some articles soon.
I saw a great deal of payoff from my mindset approach this month. To set the stage for why it was so powerful recently, I’ll give a bit of context about my general direction in life. Becoming healthy enough to write, speak, and apply coaching techniques that I help others with has led me to feel a profound sense of satisfaction. This satisfaction comes from seeing my efficacy in action and the benefits it leads to in the improved health of others. These feelings greatly surpass the pleasure I could attain when I was disabled and could only appreciate the achievements of others in their work and consume art. This proof of one’s efficacy is at the deepest root of self-esteem.
This month, I had many such feelings and am happier than ever for several reasons. First, I had a large influx of new clients and continue to see the concrete improvements of everyone I’m working with. Seeing this improvement deeply satisfies my central purpose of inspiring people to be their best. Fulfilling part of this vision on an ever-widening scope is bringing me more satisfaction. Having many warm moments of pleasure from seeing their progress while attached to my highest value brought about the most intense happiness I have ever had from work. I had several moments after calls with clients where I felt minor pain melting away from the pleasure I was feeling.
In all, I generated a ton of endorphins just from my achievements that had an impressively beneficial impact on my health.