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Happy or Satisfied?

Updated: Apr 6

Written by: Linda Terjesen, Executive Contributor

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Lately, I’ve asked many people the question of if they want to be happy or satisfied, and as often happens, people can’t choose, so they say both.


However, there’s a big difference between happiness and satisfaction. I’ll elaborate about why and what that is.


Think about settling. Sometimes a person wants a nicer car, a larger apartment, designer clothes, a fancy purse. Then they start thinking….well, that’s too expensive, so I’ll just stick with what I have because what I currently have is ok. What I have is nice too, and I don’t really need anything else, anything better. So then that person settles. They settle for what they have.


The truth is we can have our cake and eat it too. We don’t have to settle at just looking at the cake. People who are trying to lose weight often settle. They want to eat the cake and they don’t think they can eat the cake and lose weight. But they can. However, they doubt it, so they eat too much cake, and they stay satisfied.


I’ve never been happy with settling for less. I always want more. The truth is I also feel worthy of more. Sure, I get scared and doubtful, but deep inside, I believe that when there’s a will, there is indeed a way and if someone else has what I want, I can get there too.


A lot of this goes back to value. Valuing oneself and one’s self-worth.


The problem is we often talk ourselves out of what we want. We get logical. We get logical, because the unknown is scary, and we start doubting ourselves. However, being logical is being satisfied.


We can have more than we currently have. It’s totally possible. We can change.


When we do more, we can have more. With effort, commitment and time comes change. Often, we have to get out of our comfort zone and do what many others don’t want to do. We have to really want it and follow our emotions. That is, if we really desire more than just being satisfied.


If we want the results, the success, then it’s important we put in the work and change up what’s not working. Get out of the comfort zone. Build new habits and surround ourselves with those who have what we desire.


There’s no inspiration, courage or happiness in logic. There’s only satisfaction.


When we follow our emotions instead of our logic, we become happy. It’s never too late to be happy.


Always know that we deserve the very best. We are all worth it 100%.


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Linda Terjesen, Executive Contributor BRAINZ Magazine.

Linda Terjesen is an International sought-after Certified Nutritionist, Health & Fitness Expert dedicated to helping middle-aged women worldwide build consistency, lose belly fat and boost metabolism to feel and look confident for life with a sustainable, real food approach.

After Linda lost her only brother at age 45 to a sudden heart attack, Linda decided to follow her passion for health and fitness and help others live their healthiest life. As a relatable Coach who truly cares about her clients and their success, Linda has served over 100 Clients worldwide, providing a wealth of accountability, support, and education.

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