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How do you rate on the Life Happiness and Contentment Scale?

March 26, 2017
Life happiness and contentment

Life happiness and contentment

How do you rate on the Life happiness and contentment scale?

Do you ever take the time to assess how your life is tracking in the happiness and contentment department?

My 3 month report card – I need to check in to see if my quest to Simplify my life for increased happiness and contentment working.

It was my Word for the year – ‘Simplify’.  After a hectic year where I did not achieve ‘Balance’ (my word for last year), I realised I needed to simplify areas of my life, because I wasn’t happy or contented.

I took up the #oneword365 Challenge and selected ‘Simplify’ as my word for the year.  I would love you to read my original post #oneword365 – My word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’  as it explains why I chose that word.

3 months of the year has now passed (can you believe it?) and it is time to take stock and review my progress of Simplifying my life.  Regularly checking in with your life and how you are tracking on the happiness and contentment scale is so important for our health and well-being.

How am I tracking?  Will it be another year where I just can’t quite achieve the changes I want to make in my life?

Simplify your life

There were 3 areas I wanted to simplify in my life:

  1.  My thoughts – reduce worrying and concentrate on yoga and meditation
  2.  My connections – reduce my social media ‘addiction’
  3.  My time – guarding my time and being more selective on how I use my time

The results?

My thoughts

Being a born worrier this has been hard to conquer but I am regularly doing yoga and this has helped me to allow myself to clear my mind of worries and concerns.  I would give myself a ‘B’ for my report card – room to improve

My connections

Oh Social Media you haunt me!  Being a blogger means using social media to connect with my readers which I love.  However, I have consciously used Sundays to withdraw from technology and also have almost conquered reaching for the phone to check messages or facebook as soon as I open my eyes.  I would give myself a ‘B’ for my report card – room to improve.

My time

This is my best result I believe.  I have started being more productive each morning by following my morning ritual of easing into the day with coffee, yoga and gratitude (not necessarily in that order).  My mornings are for blogging, visiting my MIL, and any other ‘jobs’ I need to do.  My afternoons are now spent doing things I enjoy – such as reading or spending time with my husband and family -without feeling guilty!  I would give myself an ‘B+’ for my report card – still a little room for improvement.

 

Do you regularly check in and assess your life happiness and contentment scale?

Are there ways you can Simplify your life and really make the most of each day?

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42 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris March 26, 2017 at 22:00

    Nicely put Sue! You are obviously trying hard to improve and making progress. Good work!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:24

      Thanks Debbie! I’m someone who needs to work towards something and I like to measure my progress along the way. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 27, 2017 at 05:27

    I’m pretty good on the contentment and happiness scale, but I need to roll back on my SM too – I look in my phone too much. It’s not good for my memory and recall, I’ve decided….so I’m working on that….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:23

      You aren’t alone on the SM Lydia, that is something I think everyone struggles with. We just have to try. Have a great day and maybe do a crossword instead LOL:)

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 27, 2017 at 07:15

    I’m a solid B on the worrying scale too, Sue. Room to improve for me there as well.

    I’ve been more mindful about social media over the last few months and have stopped myself many times from commenting when I clearly wasn’t coming from a good or constructive place. I think winding back has been a good course of action for me.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:23

      It appears there are quite a few of us who would be a solid B for worrying SSG. You are very wise to think before commenting, it is a pity others don’t treat SM the same way. I think they take it all a little too seriously don’t they. Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 27, 2017 at 08:28

    My life happiness and contentment is measured on how eagerly I spring out of bed each day. I struggle to stay in bed past 5am most mornings because I’m that eager to get my day started. So I think my life happiness and contentment is pretty good. Not sure that’s the best measure though.
    As for health and wellness … that’s another thing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:22

      I think if you have that ‘jump out of bed ready to go’ feeling Leanne, life must be pretty good. I know you have your challenges, like we all do but a positive attitude is what is most important in our Happiness and Contentment scale. I think you are working on your health and wellness for your trip to Thailand aren’t you?

  • Reply inthegoodbooksblog March 27, 2017 at 11:29

    I am a big worrier too, and having an anxiety disorder definitely doesn’t help. So I like to try and eat as healthy as possible, exercise when I can, and try to stay positive but I find it to be quite a challenge sometimes!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:19

      I’m sure it is a challenge but you seem to have a good handle on de-stressing with exercise and eating a healthy well balanced diet. Sometimes life is touch and it is hard to stay positive all the time. Have a beautiful day and do something lovely just for you. xx

  • Reply Kat March 27, 2017 at 11:34

    I like your social media ban Sundays idea! I get the feeling that I might have to institute something like that, but I’d probably struggle with it so very much.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:17

      Kat, I struggle so much with SM. I think I’m going to make it my April Challenge to really give it a good try at having at least one day a week SM free. I’m going on a cruise so that might help as well. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 27, 2017 at 14:47

    I think you’re doing really well – to be able to look back and see intentional progress is a real accomplishment! I think I’m doing quite well on the happiness and contentment scale atm – although little things like to sneak in to try to unsettle that. Ultimately it’s our choice what we do with the annoyances – and that’s how we improve on our happiness!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:14

      Life will never be perfect Leanne but as you say it is our choice how we cope with the ups and downs. I do like to see how I’m progressing although I’m trying very hard to perhaps lower my self-expectations a little more. Have a lovely week xx

  • Reply Shauna March 27, 2017 at 15:01

    My report card isn’t looking all that crash hot I have to say but I have made progress in some areas. Gosh I can relate to what you say about social media addiction. I’ve just started a kind of ‘Internet sabbath’ on a Sunday. First time was yesterday and I was amazed at how often I had to resist the urge to pick up my phone to check FB or Google something. My day was so much better for it though. It helped to clear my head!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:13

      I know Shauna, I think I need therapy for my SM habits!!! I love your term ‘Internet Sabbath’ – may I use it? I’m going on a cruise in a few weeks so hopefully I can wean myself away although I will probably be thinking about blog posts!!! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama March 27, 2017 at 15:03

    Like you, I need to work hard on the “connection” side of things – as in, a digital disconnect. I try to have one day each weekend away from the computer/social media etc. Don’t always manage it but I definitely feel refreshed when I do!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:11

      It does make a difference Janet but OMG it is so, so hard to get out of the habit of checking the iphone and SM. We need a therapy group I think! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs March 27, 2017 at 16:22

    Very interesting. The worry gene is within me and I am sure exacerbates both my anxiety and IBS. Nevertheless I do take cognitive and mindful steps to ensure I do not go too far into the future (my biggest issue) and stay more with what I know. Have you tried any of the mindfulness meditations at all? I can tell you that they are not for ‘throwing out thoughts’ because our thoughts continue anyway but they give us at least 10-15 minutes of time for us. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 13/52 Next week: Daylight Saving is Over.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:10

      I think I have the worry gene too Denyse and I’ve been following your posts with interest on how you are making changes in your life. I haven’t tried mindfulness meditations yet but they sound interesting and something everyone could benefit from. Thanks for the link up and have a beautiful day Denyse xx

  • Reply Jacq March 28, 2017 at 07:31

    This was a lovely read. I’m planning to lessen my social media time as well but I have no idea how to do it. #bloggerprobs But I’m also keen on starting yoga. I think that would be an awesome activity as I too am a worrier by default. xx

    jacq
    jacqwritesworld.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:00

      It is so hard Jacq! You will love yoga. At first I found it a bit daunting as I tried to come to grips with poses and clearing my mind at the same time but I’ve grown to love it. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Shirley Corder March 28, 2017 at 23:26

    Well done Sue on both your choice of word and your B+ score card! Keep up the good work!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:48

      Thanks Shirley. Last year I did not find Balance (which was my word) so maybe this year I will do better. Have a lovely day won’t you?

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) March 29, 2017 at 00:25

    My word for the year is “communication”. There’s a reason for it because I struggle with it. Despite, or because of it, social media, simple clear communication between those I love most seems to have gotten messier. However, when I set up my word and my plan, I didn’t set up a way to assess my growth. It’s going to take some thought but thanks to you I’m on the task today. Beth

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:47

      Oh that is good to hear that my post was helpful Beth. Communication is a big issue isn’t it especially in this day of Social Media and I agree we have lost the art of simple communication. I’ll look forward to hearing about your progress. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Helena March 29, 2017 at 07:27

    I’ve heard a number of people turning to yoga to improve their health. My own experience is of having my feet up a wall and not particularly enjoyable. Perhaps I should try again with another teacher. #mg

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:42

      Oh Helena I’ve never had to do that! I have found a great app called Yoga studio which has classes for all levels. I do this in my own home and at my own pace. I would definitely try another teacher and also be mindful that you don’t need to compete with others. I used to try to do more than I was capable of because I felt embarrassed that I couldn’t do what others did. Once I gave way to that feeling and concentrated on what I could do it made the sessions much more enjoyable. Let me know how you go.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville March 29, 2017 at 15:21

    I felt like I had so much energy in Jan, I was rearing to go, then at the end of Jan I got really sick and I feel I’ve been struggling since. This past week I have been so emotional and my anxiety has been high. I feel a little lost. I love your post today, I always do Sue, thank you for linking up and for always making me feel more positive on my not so good days xx #mg

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:39

      Oh you poor dear I wish I could give you a big hug! Sometimes life just gets too hard doesn’t it and I think if we blog we feel we have to be ‘on’ all the time don’t we? Take care of yourself and enjoy some ME time today. xx

  • Reply Donna March 30, 2017 at 00:09

    Thanks, Sue. This is an excellent reminder to check my own progress for my word ot 2017 (‘nutrition’). I appreciate your modeling above to help me along in this process.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:28

      Oh you have a great word Donna ‘Nutrition’ I must check out your post. I find that if I try to do a regular check up it helps me keep on track or bring me back to focus on my goal.

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 30, 2017 at 06:21

    If we’re not happy then life sucks but lots of people in this world aren’t happy. I feel so bad for them 🙁 Thanks Sue for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 30, 2017 at 08:26

      It is a shame so much unhappiness in the world. Some is out of a person’s control but mostly we are in charge of our own happiness. It really is our choice. That sounds a bit cut and dried and I know there are people in this world less fortunate than I. However, in my world someone living a similar life has nothing to be sad about really. Have a beautiful day and thanks for the link up and sharing. x

  • Reply Michele March 31, 2017 at 03:44

    Hi Sue, you are making nice progress. It is good to assess where we are compared to where we want to be. I do it regularly and it does help me keep on track with my goals. I have tried yoga and disliked it ( too slow for my taste, I like Zumba) but I am rethinking it and maybe I will give it another try. I am in a different place now, so perhaps I will appreciate it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 31, 2017 at 12:19

      Oh Zumba is fun Michele, my friend just loves it! Exercise and relaxation are all about doing something you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy yoga then it isn’t for you, simple as that. I find it relaxing now that I have made some progress with the poses but I also need my running and cardio workouts. I like variety. Have a lovely weekend xx

  • Reply Sara @SaraDuggan.Me March 31, 2017 at 15:59

    Sue, what a lovely way to keep yourself accountable. Simplify is a great word. I think you did well for the first three months. Most goals or resolutions tend to fall by the wayside by February so you’re way ahead. ^_^

    I need to do a check in as well. My words are Commit, Family, and Balance. My efforts haven’t been perfect but I have made progress.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 08:56

      Oh I love your words Sara and just remember no one is perfect. We just keep trying and that is the main thing. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle April 1, 2017 at 12:03

    You are doing great progress, Sue. I think at this stage of life it is so easier to organize and make choices without little ones or even big ones that need our time. On the other hand, like you, we still have to watch the areas that you mentioned.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 09:00

      It is all about just moving forward Kathleen and accepting that sometimes life can get in the way. Thanks for hosting Bloggers Pit Stop.

  • Reply Jan Wild April 14, 2017 at 15:53

    Well done Sue, any progress is good progress and you have moved forward. Are all women born with a worry gene (not to suggest that men don’t worry too).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2017 at 09:13

      Hi Jan, yes I think I inherited the worry gene from my Mum! I know men worry too but I do think women take on more of the worries of the world. I am really trying to take a step back and not take on things that don’t really affect me. Have a beautiful day Jan and thanks for stopping by. x

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