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Phuket Health: The key to happiness is within

PHUKET: What is happiness? It is a balance between being healthy and stimulating your mind, which in turn leads to motivation, inspiration and enthusiasm.

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 04:54PM

Real emotions are not set in stone. Photo: Vassil

Real emotions are not set in stone. Photo: Vassil

Health Matters by Sarah Nockles (sarah[at]santosaphuket.com)


A sound mind, in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.” John Locke

It is a fine balance – and one which is constantly evolving. It is the ability to cope, the strength to be responsible and accountable for the decisions that we make, which in turn translates to our “life”.

It is the capacity to form a foundation of morals which allow us to act with integrity and be proud of the people that we are, and the people that we aspire to be.

Each of us is different, our motivators vary – some want success in the way of material gain, academic eliteness or beauty; others want to leave their mark on the world through helping others, while a number more seek fun and adventure. A lot of us want a combination of all of the above. Most of us don’t know how to find equilibrium though, and in order to ascertain this, we often need to start all over again and build our way back up.

When times are tough, it gives us an opportunity to start from the allegorative “rock bottom”, a term that we too often associate with negative connotation; when in fact it signifies a new beginning, and a new stage of our lives. To be a well-rounded person, we need periods of intense contemplation, which helps us to create self-awareness, not only allowing us to see our faults, but also our strengths – and these periods of raw emotion create the perfect foundation for finding the very essence of who we are, and what it is we need to do in order to be happy. The trick is to see the dark times as inherently positive awakenings, and learn that often we need to stop, take a break and deeply think.

Each of us is here for a reason, and we are all blessed with a talent that will not only enrich our lives, but the lives of those around us. The scale on which we do this is our destiny, and it is nearly impossible to measure.

The word “potential” is very subjective, however to me it means being the very best that you can be, striving to create your own happiness and success and creating self-fulfilment in this process. The question is, do you feel as though you are part of the small percentage of people who are either reaching their potential, or indeed feel that they have got there already? Or do you feel lost on the path to finding it? If the latter, how do you set about changing your life to find it?

Ask yourself the question: What are my talents? If we utilise them – and more importantly find a way to continually develop them – will this make us happy? In most cases, I believe the answer to this – combined with other factors such as good health and a well-defined spirit – will be a resounding yes.

Ask yourself the following questions, and revise your answers on a weekly basis:

  • What do I enjoy doing?

  • How can I translate my passion into my job?

  • What makes me unhappy/feel guilty/creates regret? Why?

  • How can I avoid continually doing these things?

  • How did I get where I am?

  • Do I want to be where I am?

  • What changes can I make to enjoy where I am?

  • Where do I want to be in 5 years?

  • Where do I want to be in 10 years?

  • And finally, what do I want people to remember about me when I am gone?

This is certainly not an easy thing to think about at times. It requires true honesty, integrity to oneself and an unwavering will to create positive personal change. It is not about picking on yourself, nor is it about indulgent self-praise. It is acknowledging the past, and learning from it so that we can create a better and more informed future. It is accepting that living is not existing, it is about making decisions and sticking to them, so that we can control our lives and create our destinies.

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than the mastery of oneself.” Self-awareness is paramount, be the master of your own destiny and remember that our life can be directly translated by the sum total of the choices that we make... we cannot become what we want to be by remaining where we are.

Santosa Wellness Center

With views of the Andaman Sea, the Santosa Wellness Center is surrounded by lush, green tropical jungle; a ground-breaking project representing the culmination of years of research into the world’s best detox and wellness programmes, with a contemporary and functional edge sometimes lacking. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, the centre boasts a five-star raw and vegetarian restaurant, a juice and coffee bar, eight colon hydrotherapy rooms, a pavilion with an expansive range of healthy activities, a herbal steam sauna, and a plunge-style ice bath.

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