How to be Happy


Web definitions
state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.


After a miserable January with my health (‘flu and ever other bug under the sun) I
I have decided to really focus on my health and wellbeing this year. These last few weeks I have been getting to bed early, running when I’ve felt able and reading a lot (a rediscovered long lost passion). During a recent run, I got to thinking ‘what makes us happy?’. Those that know me well will be smiling and thinking ‘shoes and handbags’, and of course a new pair of shoes will almost certainly guarantee to put a smile on my face.


But I’m not talking about ‘stuff’ or material possessions. No. I’m talking about deep, true meaningful happiness. Is long-term happiness merely contentment? If so, then happiness itself has to be a combination of those ‘moments’ , those personal ‘things’ that we cherish and make us smile. I think happiness then is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaning.


I currently have a long list of things that make me happy and I thought I would share a few with you:
  1. Long runs at 5am on a mid-summer morning
  2. The smell of sea air
  3. Good, simple food
  4. Long, hot showers with plenty of lotions and potions
  5. Eating alfresco
  6. Love and being loved.
  7. Memories of a holiday to Sorrento
What makes you happy? I would love to know………..



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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.