I was chatting to Lukasz, one of our coaches, at Macclesfield the other day.


Hey Lukasz – you’re late for our meeting 😉


And he asked my how I’m always so happy.


Made me have a little think.


I’ve never been a particularly unhappy person, but I have made a concerted effort over the last few years to raise my happiness levels.


And it was cool to hear it was working.


Having had a think, I reckon the biggest step I took, and the biggest step I often see clients taking, is to accept that I, and I alone, was responsible for my happiness levels.


And, that if I wasn’t as happy as I could be, it was up to me to do something about it.


Realising that our happiness comes from within and from our own thoughts and subsequent actions is one of the most empowering things we can do.


My old formula for happiness (and most people’s) was:


Happiness = What happens to me


Now I work off;


Happiness = My decisions + My reaction to what happens to me



Before anyone points out to me that I have no reason to be unhappy (with a 1,100 + strong mailing list, many of whom we don’t know, we get a mixture of responses to every email) – I only separated from the mother of my children two years ago, we’re in the process of going through a divorce, I only see my kids about 40% of the week, I run two challenging businesses, money is very tight and my uncle died two weeks ago after been reduced to a shell by Alzheimer’s and dementia.


But I make sure I remain happy.


We’re doing some cool videos at the moment, that should help you guys change how you react to what happens to you in life.


We all have shit happen to us from time to time, but we can change how it affects us.


Makes doing the things we need to do to get fit and lose weight so much easier when we’re happy.


In fact, many of the people I meet soon realise they’re not unhappy because they’re gaining weight, but they’re gaining weight because they’re unhappy.


Jon “Mr. Happy” Hall


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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.