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At this time of year, its good to re-think our definition of "happiness". What is yours? R

I thought I'd share a non-healthcare, non-pharma link today. As the year comes to a close and we begin to reflect on how we spent our time, its natural to reflect on this idea of happiness. Am I happy? Do I pursue happiness. Check out this brief article and its simple recommendations for happiness from by Katherine Martinko.

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Strive to have a career that is fulfilling. Maybe you won't earn as much as if you followed a different path, but you might have time to spend with your kids after school, time to cook good food to nourish your family, and the satisfaction that comes with feeling like you're using your creative brain.

Keep your body healthy because it's the only one you've got. As I watch my grandmother age and hear about others my parents' age whose bodies are deteriorating, I realize how priceless good health is. Take the time to work out, to spend time outside, to get adequate sleep each night, to feed your body properly.

Take care of your house. Create a nest at home that is welcoming and restorative. Keep it tidy and decluttered; otherwise, it can weigh on you mentally. Buy fewer but higher quality furnishings to put in it that will make your life easier and more enjoyable.

Protect your mind. Put down the phone so it doesn't disturb your thoughts. Avoid social media if you feel like it's having a negative effect on your wellbeing. Pay down debt and get your finances in order so they doesn't weigh on you or create stress in your relationship with a partner.

Surround yourself with good people. These should be people with whom you can be yourself. A question I ask myself sometimes is, "Would I have this person over for dinner?" If the answer is no, then you may want to reassess where you're allocating emotional energy.

Guard your time. This suggestion comes via minimalist expert Joshua Becker, who writes that "it is important for each of us to become more aware of what is truly worth the hours of our one, short, important life." People who love their lives haven't done so by accepting every invitation:

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