An idea about well-being: Reject materialism and comparison. Choose habits and behaviors that reflect your values and enhance your sense of well-being.
We used to compare ourselves to our neighbors, and that was certainly the old stereotype of the American dream, keeping up with the Joneses down the road. But now, we compare ourselves to the people we actually often feel like we know better, which are the people we know from TV. In the film, my own son says he feels like he knows the Kardashians better than his own neighbors. The research shows that the more we see those images of luxury and affluence, which have become much more dominant in the media, the more we think that's normal and the more we want those things.
Application (how this idea plays out in my life): Most Americans feel a tension between how our society defines fulfillment and our personal definition of fulfillment. I am no exception. At times, I can give into the feeling that I don’t have enough or that I am not doing enough. Such a lie pulls me from the thoughts, actions, and habits that help me feel fulfilled (i.e. time in nature, physical activity, time with friends and family, healthy food, serving our community, and time with God). When I reject our culture’s lies and focus on what I value, I feel an enhanced sense of well-being. Gratitude shifts my perspective as well. A sense of gratefulness for all the good gifts I have enhances my well-being.
Challenge Question: Our culture will continue to proliferate the lie that we need more to be happy. This week’s challenge is to closeout the chatter. Listen to yourself and what makes you feel well. What habits and behaviors help you to feel well and how can you choose them more? Bri Harrington, Founder of Seek United, offers excellent discussion of the components of wellness and how to build habits around these components.
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