Will Weight Loss Bring Happiness?

Dr. Purushothaman
January 18, 2014


Do you think losing weight will bring you happiness?
I'm guessing you do, as pretty much every one of my clients says they want to lose weight:-
"Because it will make me happy"
Well, I've got news for you. It won't.
Why am I telling you this? Because you will find out for yourself soon enough and I want to manage your expectations. I don't want you to be disappointed and give up on your weight loss programme, because losing weight isn't delivering everything that you expected it to.
Now, don't get me wrong. Losing weight will undoubtedly make you happier than you are right now.
It will:-
Give you greater confidence
Boost your self-esteem
Make you feel better about yourself
Improve your quality of life
Give you more energy........
Loads and loads of really positive benefits, but it won't make you happy.
You see, losing weight is not the key to eternal happiness.
The fact is that nothing external makes you happy. Happiness comes from within.
The wonderful news, however, is that happiness is available to us at any time. It is like a spring inside our body; there is an eternal source of happiness we can tap into whenever we want.
Don't believe me?
Think about the way you feel when you listen to a really uplifting piece of music. Think about the way you feel when you see something really beautiful. Think about how you felt the last time you laughed until you cried. Instant, unadulterated happiness.
The only thing stopping us from being happy all the time are our thoughts.
Our thoughts create our reality - our personal experiences - in any given moment.
The way we respond to a given situation or a certain person or the way we perceive things can make us feel positive or negative, happy or sad, optimistic or pessimistic.
Unfortunately we very often opt for the latter, because we have programmed ourselves to do so.
Happiness comes from being in the moment - not having angry or resentful thoughts about the past; not worrying unnecessarily about the future.
It comes from being in the now - living, fully experiencing and enjoying this very moment that you are in RIGHT NOW.
It comes when your mind is still, when you're fully present, when you're totally engaged in a project or a hobby or with a person - when time flies and you're 'in flow.'
It comes from knowing that you are more than you think you are; that you are a wonderfully unique human being with so much to offer the world.
It comes from knowing that you are OK and that you'll be OK no matter what:-
"I am me - and I am OK"
as the wonderful piece of writing from Virgina Satir goes.
It comes from knowing that you have all the internal resources you need to deal with any situation and, last but not least, it comes from living your life with passion and purpose.
So, when a client comes to me to lose weight, I help them lose weight - I'm a weight loss coach after all - and it is a very important goal.
But my ultimate goal is your ultimate goal - to help you find happiness, peace and inner security - and when you do, that's when I know that our paths crossing have been a true blessing.

Read Related Recent Articles