MANDY'S FIVE M'S

The Five M's to Happiness

Every day add to your life a little MOTIVATION, MINDFULNESS, MOVEMENT, MEANING, AND MEALS that energize, for ultimate happiness!

1. MOTIVATION

People often say that motivation does not last.  Well neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily - Zig Ziglar

Small bits of positive motivation through out the day can lead to big results.  


Here are a few suggestions:

  • Download podcasts to listen to in your car.   My favourites are Lewis Howes and Tim Ferriss
  • Read a page from a book every morning.  Try "365 days of positive thinking", or "The Daily Stoic"
  • Follow someone you are trying to emulate on Instagram or Facebook. One of my favourite locals is Becky Overbeck for fitness and healthy eating

2. MINDFULNESS

Calmness brings clarity and with clarity we can enjoy life.  Being mindful throughout the day is to eliminate all the extra noise in our brains.  It is when we are not thinking about our past, and we are not thinking about the future (including things to do or where we need to be), but being fully and completely present in this moment.


Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take 20 minutes to sit in complete quiet with no distractions
  • Take a 10 minute walk, noticing everything around you
  • Consciously throughout the day bring your mind back to the current moment.  (nothing else matters)

3. MOVEMENT

Moving our bodies has an unbelievable impact on kickstarting our brain into positive action.  Usually when we feel stressed or tired, the thing we need most is to move.  One of the best books that explains this is "Spark - the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain" By John Ratey.  


Here are a few suggestions:

  • Before leaving for work everyday, exit your house 15 minutes earlier and do a quick walk
  • Before brushing your teeth in the morning do 20 pushups, 1 minute of plank, and 30 kettle ball swings
  • Instead of meeting a friend for a drink, meet for a hike instead

4. MEANING

Our lives need to have meaning, or else what is the point?  the meaning is different for everyone, and only ourselves can create it. It can be on a large scale to end world poverty, or a smaller scale to care or a loved one.  The meaning in our life can constantly be changing as we see fit. 


Here are a few suggestions:

  • Ask your self if you could be doing anything you wanted with no restrictions, what would it be?
  • What can you do today that gives you purpose? A call to an old friend, a project around the house, a romantic dinner date with your spouse?



5. MEALS

We have all heard "you are what you eat!"  so make good choices.  The healthier the food you eat, the healthier you will be.  


Here are a few suggestions:

  • Concentrate on making sure you eat vegetables, instead of concentrating on what you shouldn't eat
  • Every Sunday plan the meals for the whole week
  • Make a bunch of healthy food on one day and freeze them in individual containers for easy healthy meals