Two Ingredients for a Happy Life

Long ago, Aristotle identified two key factors determining the positive psychology of happiness. These are: [1] fulfillment and [2] contentment.

I think he’s hit the nail on the head there. I mean, he was a pretty wise guy wasn’t he?!

Living Fulfilled

Yesterday I felt fulfillment volunteering at my local athletics club, Oldham and Royton Harriers.

Today I felt fulfillment preparing for my upcoming tutorials with my tutees in GCSE English & Maths and 11+ Entrance Exam Preparation.


Because fulfillment is achieved when you are operating in your highest purpose; part of my purpose being to share my wisdom and knowledge with others so they can live better and positively-transformed lives.

Finding Contentment

Each and every day, I ensure contentment resides within my soul. How?

I wake up with a smile and thanks. I whisper, ‘Thank you, Lord God for waking me up today and for [insert specific thanks]’.

I go to bed with a smile and thanks. I write in my diary or Gratitude Journal three things I am thankful for that day. And then I take a moment to fully feel the gratitude. Doing this generally takes me back to that good moment, releasing dopamine – the happy, calm hormone – which is great to get my body and mind ready for a good night’s sleep.

What gives you fulfillment? And how do you find contentment? Do you think this is a good recipe for a happy life, or not? I’d love to know your thoughts!





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