In the 1950’s and 1960’s a Psychologist named Abraham Maslow put forth the idea there is a hierarchy of human needs that nourish our health and happiness.
Maslow suggested that first of all we must attain our physiological needs like air, food, water and sleep then we look for safety and security. He called these our Basic needs. (This sounds like foundation for personal health)
Only after achieving stability in these Basic Needs do we seek our Growth needs as he called them. Growth needs are Love and Belonging, Self Esteem and Self-Actualization. (This sounds like the foundation for happiness).
Today the Basic Needs of many people are not being met. Often adults and children spend a lot of time immobile, indoors breathing air that is polluted in some form or another. They are eating more and more nutrient-free foods. They drink more soft drinks than water. They rarely sleep their minimum 7 to 8 hours a night. It is no surprise that many people find happiness is not available to them because they are struggling to find their basic needs fulfilled.
To help you and those around you get your basic needs fulfilled so you can move forward to nourishing happiness in your life consider the following:
When you are not at work get outside and move in fresh air preferably in a natural environment.
Eat nutrient dense foods at every meal. If you are not sure how to do this check out books like YOU: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Mehmet Oz or helpful guides like Simplify Healthy Eating Habits. If you are looking to buy organic food on the cheap learn how to buy organic food inexpensively.
Supply yourself with a durable stainless steel water bottle filled with water. If you are not convinced about the important of water read ten reasons why water is important for you then get yourself a water bottle here or one for your children here (these are detailed reviews).
Create a nightly routine for yourself that gives you the chance to have 7 to 8 hours sleep. To help you sleep well sleep in a room without light or distraction.
It is not so easy to be happy if you are hungry, thirsty and tired. Once you have your basic needs in place it will be so much easier to experience happiness.
My best to you,
P.S. If you simply would like to read more about Abraham Maslow’s work check out this inexpensive book Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation.