When we think of success, we think of Mansions, Bentley’s, Private Planes and Yachts. What good is material wealth if you are not happy and enjoying the view from the top.

I recently saw the following quote on Social Media and it got me thinking.

Happiness is the new rich
If we could all learn to be happy with one another and with the blessings we have been handed in life then we would all be rich. This sounds ideal in theory, but in reality I can only count on one hand how many people I know are genuinely happy. Mostly we all like to whine and whinge about our jobs, our spouses, our kids, our aches and pains and our government. It is said that: “a negative mind will never give you a positive life”. I like to seek positive company and talk about future aspirations, holidays, the latest fashion finds and what events to attend. There will be times in our lives when sadness and frustration creep in. That is how life goes. “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything”.

Inner peace is the new success
If we can’t find peace and forgiveness within ourselves, then we will spend the rest of our lives feeling resentful, bitter and vengeful. I used to waste a lot of time dwelling on past wrongs in my life and feeling bitterness towards the people that I thought caused it. I realized I had to start letting this go. So, I did. Fortunately, I was aware of my feelings and took positive actions to resolve it and eventually let it all go. I found that I had to gracefully accept what was not meant for me. It was a little like spring cleaning, but instead of material objects it was a cleansing of feelings and memories. So, my advice is to try to find inner peace in your life. If you have to make drastic changes in order to find peace then by all means make them. Let go!!  

Health is the new wealth
At the peak of my career I just wanted more and more. I worked longer and longer hours, feeling drained at times. Without good health, it impacts on everything else in our lives. Maintaining good health is probably the number one thing that we can all do that assists us in having a happier and better life. A healthy diet and regular exercise not only keeps our insides working at a premium, but it also helps us feel better about ourselves mentally and emits all those ‘feel good’ hormones. I honestly feel much happier if I have eaten healthy food, exercised and taken time out for me every day. I started prioritizing work, making to do lists and scheduling “me time”. Make your health your number one priority and start that new healthy food regime, join a gym or get up an hour earlier in the morning to go for a walk and start taking care of your body. After all this body is the only one you’re given – so take care of it!  

Kindness is the new cool
Have you ever noticed how good you feel about yourself if you show kindness to others? Even doing something small like helping someone with their heavy groceries or offering to help at a fundraiser. Everyone gets so busy that they have forgotten about core values of kindness and compassion. That’s why showing kindness is very cool. It not only contributes to making the world a better place, but it helps tremendously with retaining good relationships with those closest to us.

Successful people have one thing in common, they are the happiest people.