June 1, 2012
Over the last few days, my articles have focused on happiness and investing in your emotional wellbeing. “Just flip the switch” has already started helping many of my patients and readers. Unfortunately, there are times when flipping the switch just won’t do.
I just received a call from the local coroner. “Hello, this is the coroner’s office. I’m calling to inform you that one of your patients died yesterday.” The coroner flipped my switch. I started the day in an excellent, upbeat mood and now am saddened and heartbroken. A young, vibrant, healthy and happy patient is gone.
The coroner’s call reminded me of how precarious and precious life can be. It also reminded me that happiness requires work and that sometimes we can’t just flip the switch; we’d certainly like to, but what is done is permanent.
Please make sure that you make the most out of your day. Yes, you have to work. Yes, you have to pay the bills. Yes, you have to straighten the house and do the laundry. But you also have to take the time to enjoy your life, your friends, and your family.
Make happy memories! One day, those who love you may need those memories to survive the unthinkable. While some regrets are unavoidable, they can be counteracted by memories of happier times.
Join my “90 Day Plan.” Every 90 days, take a three day weekend away with your loved one. Have fun, laugh, and be a little less responsible. Join the “200 Club” and invest 200 more seconds a day calling someone you love or hugging someone. Walk 200 additional steps today. Spend 200 seconds reminding yourself how precious life is. Learn to be “Wellthy!”