Monday, September 28, 2015


by Kate Collins

We all want to be happy, successful, and have good health, but can we have all three at once?

I came across this list on the website “mindbodygreen” ( and found it interesting enough to prompt a little self-evaluating. Happily, I discovered I’ve got a handle on most of them, and I’m especially strong on #2, 10, 15, and 19, but there are a few areas that need work, such as #6, #20 and – well, let’s just leave it at that.

How do you measure up?

25 Habits of Happy, Healthy, Successful People

1. They don’t hold grudges.

2. They think outside of the box.

3. They go by a routine and make exercise a part of it. It takes practice to develop healthy habits and stick with them. Once you do, your internal foundation will be strong.

4. They have a supportive tribe, thereby not wasting time with negative or toxic people.

5. They don’t care about what other people think. Does a tiger lose sleep over the opinion of sheep?

6. They don’t people please.

7. They see difficult and challenging situations as opportunities for personal growth.

8. They consider handling rejection a skill and are resilient.

9. They make time for themselves. Whether it’s getting eight hours of sleep every night, finding 15 minutes to read the newspaper in peace or an hour to go to the gym, they make it a priority — just like everything else. When you take care of yourself, you have a bigger impact on others.

10. They are spiritual. This doesn't necessarily mean religious. It could mean setting aside time for reflection through yoga or meditation.

11. They practice deep breathing.

12. They know there isn’t such a thing as “having it all,” and they’re happy about that. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place for them otherwise?

13. Fear doesn't hold them back. They're ready to take risks.

14. They know how to say “NO,” and don’t hold back. These people have learned to set boundaries. Plenty of them.

15. They learned a great deal from other people whom they admire. Either they had a great mentor, or they took note of how those they aspired to be like handled various situations.

16. They follow their inner guidance. Not only do they have a vision, but they follow it.

17. They give without expecting anything in return.

18. They aren't pretentious or conceited.

19. Passion is what drives them. They authentically believe in what they're doing. 

20. They don't complain.

21. They live by their core values in both their professional and personal lives.

22. They're happy to swim against the tide.

23. They finish what they start.

24. They don't compare themselves to other people.

25. They want you to succeed, too.

Now it's time to 'fess up. Do you have areas that need work?  Do you think being all three is possible?


Grandma Cootie said...

Thinking all three is possible is what keeps us going. But it's so easy when things pile up and start to overwhelm that we need to step back, take a breath, and read something like this to reset a bit. And oh yeah, I definitely have areas that need work!

Kate Collins said...

You're right. We get so caught up in our lives that we lose perspective. Lists like this one is like taking the car in for a tune up. Let's you know what needs a little maintenance and what just needs some more fuel.

Lynn in Texas said...

I so agree with you and Grandma Cootie! I really used to be a bit better before life threw me a lot of curves (ha!) but I definitely plan on working on putting things into perspective. Thanks, Kate!

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