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The Link Between Healthy Sacrifice, Inner Wisdom and Happiness

Posted on 17. May, 2017 by in Wellness

The Link Between Healthy Sacrifice, Inner Wisdom and Happiness | XLHealthBlog

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When our daily habits, relationships, situations, and lives are positive, we experience more overall happiness. This sense of wellbeing helps us find the energy and mindset to engage in healthier daily practices. However, when our habits and our relationships are not serving us in a healthy way, we may feel depleted, exhausted, depressed or even apathetic. Worst of all, we may feel stuck, unhappy and confused about how to move forward with our lives.


If you’ve been struggling to let go of a bad habit, a “frenemy,” or an unhealthy relationship, or if you are feeling “stuck” in any situation in your life, the key to moving forward might reside within sacrifice and self-discipline.


Yoga teacher and New York Times best-selling author, Katie Silcox, says it can be helpful to take a step back and ask yourself, “What do I really want from my life?” When you get crystal clear on the answers to this question, your decision-making process becomes much easier. As Silcox explains, you’ll be “left with an endless power to create, act, and know.”


In order to determine whether a habit, a situation or a person is healthy or unhealthy, start by asking yourself the following questions:


  • Is this physically healthy for me?
  • Does this (habit/situation/person) bring good energy into my life?
  • How does this (habit/situation/person) make me feel?
  • What does my intuition say?
  • Is this (habit/situation/person) leading me towards my bliss – or away from it?
  • Are your needs being met?
  • Are you living authentically, or are you losing sight of yourself?
  • What do I really want from my life?


Write down your answers to the questions listed above, and then read them out loud to yourself. This practice can provide a lot of clarity and inner wisdom.


Relationships can be particularly tricky. You might be emotionally invested in the person. You might rely on them financially. Perhaps you’re concerned about not upsetting them or hurting their feelings, so you’re willing to continue enduring a relationship that is painful to you. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re clinging to hope for the relationship to improve.


Whatever the case may be, relationship expert and self help author, Natalie Simbo, compares relationships to an investment. It’s important see the bigger picture and to “know when to fold,” she says. In other words, if you’re investing a lot of time and energy into a relationship but have very little to show for it, Simbo recommends considering whether it’s time to leave the relationship.


It’s also important not to fall into a victim mindset or a martyr complex. By remaining in unhealthy situations, you’re giving up your own changes for happiness. As Dr. Robert Holden says, “Healthy sacrifice helps you to let go of what does not really work in order to embrace what does work.”


It can be difficult to change your thoughts and behaviors. Letting go of a bad habit is often a long process that you must commit to. And it can be very painful to let go of an unhealthy relationship. The pain and the struggles are temporary, however, and they ultimately lead you towards a radically happy and much healthier life.

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