The golden rules for good health  are a good start for your body. How can they be expanded into a ‘holistic’ approach to that holy grail, happiness?

Some say that happiness has three ‘legs’ – mind, body and spirit. Keep those ‘legs’ equal and all will be balanced. Try these ideas!


Tiredness and stress are guaranteed to make small problems turn into big ones. We all know the feeling of lying awake worrying at 4am. Make sure you get your quality sleep by allowing your brain to switch off at bedtime. Make a list and then park the problems until the morning.

If you are developing that Monday morning dread, how about contemplating a career change? Jobs are no longer for life, so think about what you might do to improve your working week.


Your body contributes to your happiness by being as healthy as you can make it. That means two simple things, both of which will give you both health and happiness.

  • Eating the right mix of food in the right portions. Tasty healthy food is a big route to happiness. Wash it down with enough fluid to keep you hydrated.
  • Exercising to the best of your ability in a way that you enjoy. A fun workout, run, swim or whatever you like to do is a guarantee of those make-you-smile endorphins.


‘Paying it forward’ by giving something for nothing is a great way to feel good. It can also make someone else feel good, a perfect example of positive feedback. 

Random acts of kindness don’t have to be big. Allowing another driver out of a difficult junction, letting the person with just one item go in front of you in the supermarket queue, picking up and binning litter or simply holding a door open for someone will all brighten a day.

Keep those three legs of happiness balanced and there will be very little that can knock you over. 

The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Charlie M.
31 August 2017

Charlie M.

I have a friend who is a Buddhist and I think these principles are in his religion. Certainly being a bit less selfish is something to which we can all aspire.

Helen P.
29 August 2017

Helen P.

One reason I eat healthy and get enough sleep is for other people in my life. I know I am a much nicer person when I feel good, and have more energy to help other people. In my opinion it's selfish to neglect yourself!

Debra G.
20 August 2017

Debra G.

it is one of the better aspects of growing up that you realise that the answer to 'what's in it for me?' is never 'nothing'. Doing a small favour isn't hard and makes everyone happier. Perhaps we should have a payasugym 'be nice to each other' campaign?

Paula C.
18 August 2017

Paula C.

I try to do random acts of kindness when I can and it really does make me feel good. I also find you get more random kindness back from other people, then suddenly the world seems a much brighter place!

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