Rules of Happiness #16 – Exercise and Eat Well – January 21 Devotions

Exercising and eating well. Yes, something I’m endeavoring to do more consistently this year. One of my challenges with exercising is the physical pain and barriers due to issues such as arthritis and asthma. Yet when I do exercise carefully and consistently, I know I feel better overall and yes, happier. I am doing a better job of eating well, particularly transitioning to eating gluten-free, due to its connection to some of my health challenges. And again, when I eat in a healthy manner, I feel much happier.



We are nearly done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Here are rules #1 to #15, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Have a Dream 

Rule #13: Set Direction with Intention

Rule #14: Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Rule #15: Accept What Is


Onto Rule #16…


Rule #16–Exercise and Eat Well

“Research shows that both exercise and ‘feel good food’ can have a DRAMATIC effect on your happiness levels!

Firstly, moderate exercise at least three times a week can rocket your natural ‘feel good’ chemicals that put a smile on your face.

Secondly, eating the right kind of foods can make you a much happier person. That’s how you can change your happiness levels–just by changing what you put into your mouth.

So make sure that you eat well and exercise–and you will be happy.”  –Karl Moore


If more of us valued food and cheer and song

above hoarded gold,

it would be a merrier world.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien


My reflections:

This is another challenging one for me, because being overweight has been a lifelong battle. Once I got married and began having children, I unfortunately was not good about exercising to take off that “baby weight,” or to tone the abdominal muscles. Now that I’m nearly 58 (!), I also struggle with the maladies I mentioned in the opening paragraph, all of which make regular exercise difficult.

BUT…in order to lose weight (like 40 lbs. or so) and tone up, I really need to add exercise to my life consistently. I think that’s the only sensible answer, in addition to eating well…which would also make me happier!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are exercise and proper eating a daily part of your lifestyle? Or do you also struggle with including exercise and eating well?


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This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. It is so important to eat right, sleep well, drink water and workout.

  2. Yes, since bilateral total knee replacements, I confess in addition, to work on my dissertation for more than a year, my exercise has been on the back burner. Must get better and do better!


  3. I struggled being overweight from many years and now I’m trying really hard at so far I have lost 32 pounds. I enjoyed Reading your post. Angela from Daysinbed

  4. I think implementing small changes makes a huge impact. You are on the right path!

  5. I get most of my exercise at work right now, but I have been eating healthier than when I first started out on my own. We try to stick to healthy meals by making chicken various ways, sometimes just chicken cut up into salad. I know at college I definitely was not eating healthy, so I’d say this is an improvement.
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  6. First I love the Tolkein quote: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
    So thanks for sharing that. secondly exercise doesnt have to bea drag. If you purpose to take a long 30-40 minute brisk or even paced walk you will start to feel and sleep better.

    This rule of happiness is so important to both mental and physical health and so I find it practical too. Well done on your journey to better personal health ad sharing your devotionals 🙂

  7. You know that’s really true. When you feel great about your health and your body, you’re just naturally happier.

  8. I think number 16 is a great rule. The exercise part I am regular with, its the eating that’s a little harder.
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  9. This topic is so important. Start doing small changes, it can impact to a huge result.

  10. I love these tips. I definitely need to be exercising more.

  11. I struggle all the time with trying to be better at cooking healthy, non-processed foods to try and let my body run on cleaner “fuel”. Sounds to me like you are on the right path!
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  12. what a beautiful quilt so agree with the post as if all is happy but you are not healthy you will not be around to enjoy

  13. I think its super important to exercise and eat well, even if you’re not trying to lose weight. It can be a struggle but at the end of the day it can be really worth it

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