Happy, to me, is uniquely-sensed contentment. More effervescent than simply satisfied. Sunny with a dash of lightheartedness and fascination. When I consider the act of getting happy with my body, I sense myself and my body spiraling up with contentment and optimism. Yes, happiness is an emotion, but I believe, it is not only an emotion for me to have. I physically sense my body feels happy, too.
If you are ready to get happy with your body, we’re going to jump right in and start with a mini-version of my book’s Happy Body Assessment (HBA). The HBA is all about you checking in and taking note as to what is going on in the context of your life right now. What’s your happy? Where are you investing your time and energy? What are you placing your attention on and are you creating situations that can support your happiness?
Start by asking yourself, “What’s my happy”?
Not your doctor’s happy.
Not your spouse’s.
Not your rack of clothes, two sizes too small.
Right now, today, I ask you to consider what does getting happy with your body mean to you? Break out your journal and spend some time with these three questions:
- What do you feel like (physically) when you have a happy body? You can start this inquiry
with, “I physically feel_____.”
For example: I physically feel comfort and ease in my body. I am able to move freely. I physically feel comfort in my feet. I am energetic even after a long day of work.
- How does your body perform or act when you have a happy body? “My body is able to ____.”
For example: My body is able to bring groceries up the stairs easily. My body is able to eliminate waste without taking laxatives. Or, my body is able to run with more comfort.
- What does your body look like when you have a happy body? “My body looks ____.”
For example: My body looks healthy and right-sized for my frame. My body looks athletic. My posture looks youthful.
If you are not clear about your answers to these questions, no big deal. Hang out with the questions and make a list if you need to. It is not the answers that matter as much as asking the questions and being open to what you hear from yourself.
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