Yesterday I wrote about how LivingOS enabled my professional growth.

Today I want to talk about how LivingOS led to my lifestyle and mindset change.

I found a healthy lifestyle that sticks.

When I first read Charlene’s article on How to turn crisis into renaissanceI was captivated by the possibility of supercharging myself with energy.

Looking back on my past, I realized that the price I paid for a messed up sleeping schedule. In college, I messed up my biological clock and ended up half asleep in classes. I was tired but couldn’t find a way to stop or fix my bad habits. I knew that if I continued, my work performance will be severely compromised.

With this awareness and motivation, I started to live a healthy life.

My day now begins with a 10 min yoga to wake up my body. Then I’ll jog for 45 mins and take a refreshing morning shower. After I fully awake myself, I would make my bed and set the stage for work. This new lifestyle boosted my productivity.

The key to keeping up habits (66+ days) is to make time to relax.

As I wind down my work, I would listen to music on my walk to give my eyes and brain a good break. I also enjoy meal prepping with my incredibly sharp knife.*

*Side note: The sharp knife helps turn my chores into joy.

I was trapped in my sad childhood memories.

Sometimes I thought I could just forget my unhappy past, yet I wasn’t able to undo my memories. According to Getting the Love You Want, unpleasant memories are unfinished business — they will keep coming back until you face it. After running away from my childhood troubles for a while, I decided to “talk” to the teenage me.

This wasn’t easy. The process of examining scars, hidden wounds, and archived memories made me cry several times. After several “talks” with my younger self, I finally realized that my unhappy past doesn’t speak for my future. I can still have hopes, opportunities, and happiness.

All I need is to recognize and understand my emotional needs.

As I gradually resolve the “complaint” from sad Ju-Han, I found that I was braver than I expected. It’s time to say goodbye to the little crying girl and wind down the haunted dreams.

In addition to resolving my unfinished business, I also tried to write down the 10 things I’m grateful for every day. I didn’t realize how fortunate I was until I repeatedly journal the 10 things for over a week. Going through the list day by day, I was surprised to see a positive shift in my emotion. I began to appreciate the good things that occurred and revisit the happy moments. This awareness of good things made me more optimistic and confident.

Now I’d tell myself:

No matter what happens, I’m going to be okay.”

Oh, I was affected by the pandemic job markets, too.

After many kind friend referrals, I eventually landed a job. As I began to thank each person through emails, I was blessed and humbled by every single heartwarming response. At first, I felt helpless because I couldn’t do anything in return. Then, I realized that it’s not about giving back for the sake of fairness. It’s about passing on this generosity. The act of sharing my experience with you is just an example of me fulfilling my purpose in life.

How can you be happier?

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” — Aristotle

Now that you know my happiness recipe, it’s time to take action. You can start by practicing gratitude, changing your habit, and reading more inspiring articles from LivingOS.

Seeking happiness is a life-long process. It’s not easy, but I hope you can find happiness, love, and who you are throughout this journey.

Don’t forget to document your journey and share it with us.

Here’s to a happy and fulfilling journey!