My Happiness Hero

My Happiness Hero

“It is not the critic who counts…the credit belongs to those in the arena…who at best know in the end the triumph of high achievement; and at worst, if they fail while daring greatly; so that their place shall never be with those timid souls who knew neither victory or defeat” Theodore Roosevelt

It’s 4.30am on a weekday and an alarm starts to reverberate around the house.

I’m already awake, but my husband groans and pulls the pillow over his head.

Footsteps creep towards our bedroom door and it is carefully pulled closed.

I lay in bed and marvel at the consistency and tenacity of James, my 22 year old son, who doesn’t miss a beat getting out of bed every morning at 4.30 to ensure he is at the gym by 5am to do a workout.

Often he goes straight to work from there ready to put in an 11 hour shift at the local café where he is on his feet for the whole day, being of service to others.

My Happiness Hero

I lay in bed waiting for my alarm to go off at 5.15am. Now it’s my turn to rise and get ready for my early morning workout. It’s on my walk around the block that I meet my next happiness hero.

I get to the top of the hill and there he is, always on time, always consistent and I marvel at his courage and zest for life.

He must be at least 80 years old, dressed immaculately, sometimes with long trousers and a polo shirt and other times in shorts and a shirt.

His feet barely lift off the ground as he shuffles his way up the hill, shoulders hunched, head forward and a steely determination to get to the top.

If he can do this every morning then so can I!

Everyday we have the opportunity to make the choice to move more.

Unfortunately many of us make the choice to sit more.

When you make the choice to sit more you will be making a withdrawal out of your happiness account. Even though exercise may not bring you instant pleasure, I can promise you that it will make you happier in the long term.

I don’t need to tell you why exercise is so good for you; you already know this.

What I do need to tell you though, is how to turn this knowledge into action.

Unfortunately I don’t have the answer, if I did I would be a millionaire.

What I can suggest though is to open your eyes and open your mind up to the everyday heros that are all around you. Find someone who will inspire you, just like my son or the old man up the street, who make the choice everyday, regardless of their age, to get in the arena and do everything possible to honour the gift of life that they have been given.

You were born to be happy and one of the keys to happiness is having a healthy mind and body!

This is your week to make the shift. Start moving your body more and become an inspiration to your family and friends. Maybe one day you will be their everyday hero!

Be happy, colour the world



  1. Great post, thanks Claire! Thanks to James too for being such a positive influence and example.

    This looks like the Beams Road hill…….that has made this man (and yourself) an even BIGGER everyday hero!

    Cheers xx

    • Carrie, it is Beams Rd, you must be a local. I have no idea who the man is but he rocks my world every time I see him shuffling up the hill. Thanks heaps for popping in and sharing.

  2. Love your Blog’s Claire! Always make me smile, refocus and think about how I can make my life happier!
    You are doing a wonderful job! X

  3. Hi Claire, Great post and perspective that we need to keep our eyes & mind wide open to learn from the everyday heroes around us.

    Exercise is good and a necessity in todays world where technology has made us passive, but its funny and actually insane that most people do not exercise.Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks heaps for commenting Neil and I totally agree with you. It is so hard to understand why people still don’t exercise despite knowing how vital it is for optimal health. To me, exercise is just like brushing my teeth!

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