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I have had my 5th operation (and hopefully my last) in a medical saga that has been going on since 2010. I will not bore you with the details in this post of the condition. I will do it at a later date but thats not really what I want to talk about. I ended up convalescing for four weeks and during that time was frustrated that I couldn’t work and grew exceptionally bored of bad television.

I don’t want to talk about my lounging around, what I really want to talk about is health and happiness, these two traits go hand in hand. One can be the richest in all the world and at the top of you field but if you don’t have good health and lots of happiness then you are not really not that successful. We tend to measure success these days by the size of your bank balance or by the length of your super yacht. Those things and the fancy trappings are nice and yet they do not keep you healthy and they frequently don’t make you happy.

Happiness is a choice, it is a decision that you make. So many external forces conspire to dampen your spirits and bring your mood down. But you can, with the simple act of putting a smile on your face change that.  You can choose to do things that make you happy, listen to a good joke, walk in the sun with your loved ones, take time to sit and talk and laugh with  your partner. There are so many reasons to be happy, think about those reasons and let the other pass on by down the river.

Health is also a choice, it is one that you can influence by your actions or indeed and more frequently these days by your inactions. In todays world we don’t excecise enough, we eat a great deal of the wrong food and many other factors. Get up, get moving – even if it is walking everyday, not taking the lift and replacing that burger with salad.

I have had asthma since I was born and spent a considerable amount of my early life in hospital. It was a horrible time for me and also one for my Mother, I spent days in an oxygen tent. I was intubated, resuscitated and all manner of other things for many years. It affected my schooling, my friendships, my family and my mental state.

I recall having a truly horrible time at one school and it a horrible state and then realising through a book that I was reading that it did not have to be like this, I could choose my path, choose my emotions and be a happy person. I realised that I was lucky to be alive a breathing and life is precious, so enjoy it.

Just remember, you are not alone; you can change your state to happiness with a smile and appreciation; you can walk and eat yourself to good health and always we are here to help you on any part of your journey.

Respectfully as always yours,

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