Habit #5 – Prioritize your own health & happiness

Here is a fundamental one.

Many people sacrifice their own health & happiness in order for their loved ones to be happy.
How can they not see that in order for your loved ones to be happy…. you need to be happy?

Do you want your children to be happy? Do you want your parents to be happy? To you want the people who love you at home to be happy? Do you want the people who respect you at work to be happy?
You go first.
You be happy.
Marshall Goldsmith


  1. Start physical exercising – don’t postpone.
    I will create a “habit post” on this subject later.
    It’s fundamental.
  2. Activate better eating habits – eat slower, Hara Hachi Bu (eat until you are 80% full) & eath healthier food.
    I’ll have at least 3 habit post on this subject
  3. Take responsibility for your own happiness.
    There are some easy hacks, and some “not-so-easy” tricks.
    I’ll write many “habit posts” on happiness.
You have to PRIORITIZE this.
Don’t fall into the “great western disease trap…. 
The great Western Disease lies in the phrase, “I will be happy when…
–Marshall Goldsmith
Try to be happy “every” day.. not only in weekends/holidays…

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
~ Seneca

Wake up (early – I’ll come back to this one as well) with a smile.. a good start always makes the rest easier.

Dan Gilbert – Why are we happy ?

From Wikipedia:

Daniel Todd Gilbert (born November 5, 1957) is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research (with Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia) on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases such as the impact bias. He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books.

His ted talk on happiness is a classic: