Goodness Equals Happiness: The Trick To Knowing Where To Start

Mar 2, 2024 | Mind-Body

When it comes to achieving optimal wellness, you need balance in two worlds: the physical world and the emotional/mental/spiritual world.

After working with many clients, I’ve found that it’s difficult to achieve balance in the physical side of health when the emotional/mental/spiritual side of health is turbulent.

Consider the phrase goodness equals happiness.

What do I mean by GOODNESS?

What I mean by goodness is that I want you to be GOOD with yourself. If you are GOOD with yourself, then the NESS will follow.

The NESS stands for nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep. Achieving balance in those four physical pillars is easiest when you are good with yourself.

How do you know if you’re GOOD with yourself?

You know that you’re good with yourself when your MESS is in order.

What do I mean by MESS?

Well, MESS is your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.

Where are you right now?

Is your life feeling a little MESSY right now? Do you have to clean up your MESS a bit before you can work on your NESS?

Or are you feeling happy, balanced and grounded enough in your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual life that you have enough energy leftover to focus on the NESS?

Gratitude: Thank you, Dr. Shilpa Saxena, for sharing this framework in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Course.

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