It’s hard to be happy when you’re not healthy. When you are feeling physically down, it’s difficult to experience happiness. It takes a tremendous amount of work. And so, what I recommend for people to be happy is to take their MEDS. MEDS is an acronym for meditation, exercise, diet, and sleep.
See, people who meditate every single day actually engage the pituitary glad. The pituitary gland is where HGH is released into your body, which gives you all kinds of good feelings. It’s shown that people who meditate are more relaxed. They’re more peaceful, and when you’re relaxed and peaceful, it’s a lot easier to be happy.
Exercise is known to release endorphins into your body, and dopamine, both of which make you feel incredible. They make you feel high, and people just want to feel high. They want to feel up and elevated.
You have to get your diet to the right place! When you have a bad diet, you keep knocking yourself into a downer state. Too much sugar, for example, is going to cause you to go up for a moment, and then nose dive. Too much caffeine, too much fat, too much of anything, really, is what can cause problems, so finding that combination that works for you is going to be absolutely critical.
And then, sleep – you need to figure out what your sleep cycle is. There’s a great app on the iPhone for sleep cycles that helps you to understand what your rhythms are, and helps you to wake up effectively. But I’d recommend that you figure out what works right for you. For me, it’s about seven and a half hours. I have some people, though, who literally need to sleep nine and a half or ten hours for them to feel good. And so, we just rearrange life to be able to fit that kind of sleep in. Some people are lucky. They can do five or six hours of sleep. Everybody’s different. You need to find out for yourself what it is, and then, you’ve got to stick to a regimen where you are getting the sleep that you need.
Meditation, exercise, diet, and sleep.