Can You Really Eat, Pray, Love Your Way to Happiness?

I recently traveled across three countries on a delicious quest for enlightenment, purpose and passion. Actually, my journey took place from the comfortable seat in my local movie theater.  I tagged along with Julia Roberts, as Liz Gilbert, as she took me along on her search for spirituality, love and adventure in the movie, Eat, Pray, Love. It was quite a journey!

Without giving away too much, the movie revolved around Liz, a woman desperately looking to find out who she really was and what she wanted in her life. I enjoyed watching this incredible woman evolve over a period of 12 months but couldn’t help but wonder, Can You Really Eat, Pray, Love Your Way To Happiness?I’m not so sure you need to traverse across three countries to find happiness.  But, I do believe that joyfulness comes from within and opens your eyes to the beauty of infinite possibilities and an amazingly fulfilling life. In lieu of taking a journey across the world, here are some things you can do on your pilgrimage to happiness:

  • Take responsibility – Realize, at the end of the day, you are the only one responsible for you own happiness.  Allowing others to dictate how you life is orchestrated, makes for unhappiness and restlessness. Make choices based on what you desire most, not what you think you “should” do.
  • Be honest with Yourself – If you honestly don’t want to do something – then don’t.  Don’t say things that aren’t true to yourself or others.  Speaking truthfully builds integrity and a foundation for cultivating confidence.
  • Self-Explore – What are your values?  What do you really want? How do you want to live your life?  These are questions that will get to the root of your happiness.  Ask them of yourself often until you’re comfortable with the answers. Some people find prayer and meditation helpful when they are seeking answers.
  • Do what you love – I once heard someone say, “Just because you can do anything doesn’t mean you can do everything”.  Engage in activities that bring you joy. Dust off a hobby that you put on the shelf eons ago and start being creative again.  If, it’s adventure you crave, plan one and go for it!  Nothing is outside your reach if you are passionate about it.

How will you start to Eat, Pray, Love your way to happiness! And, in the meantime, if you are serious about setting strong boundaries, clearing more time in your busy schedule for self-care and want to live a harmonious life then I invite you get my FREE Special Report, Building Strong Boundaries to Give You More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist,  writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, teachers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, and energy to devote to self-care.

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