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The Secret of A Fulfilled Life

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A person who is aware of the secret to being able to live a fulfilled life will find true happiness.


Some people would say having a great deal of money and owning fancy cars is the secret to a fulfilled life. Others will say that it is the people in your life that allow you the honor of being able to live a fulfilled life.

I challenge you to look further.


Look deep inside of yourself. Meditate on the secret of how to live a fulfilled life. Consider this concept deeply and you will find that the answer is simple.

Think about the principles of thankfulness. Be gracious in thought and action. Reflect on what a wonderful life you have.


Do not compare yourself to the neighbor, or anyone else. You do not know what is going on in their household. However, you do have an awareness around what is happening in yours.

Stay in the moment and be grateful for the roof over your head, those you love, and those who love you. Then take note of the warmth of your home and your heart.


Finally, express thankfulness.


Invite people to know what you are thinking and feeling.

If someone makes you feel thankful that they are in your life then tell them. Share what you are appreciative of.

Practice thinking about what you are grateful for. Write a daily reflection on something or someone, you are thankful for.

I am thankful for the support of my family and for the people that wish to read what I write. The knowledge that I am loved fills my heart and makes me thankful.

Think of this as “Count Your Blessings.”

Expressing thankfulness and counting your blessings is about awareness. Be aware of how blessed you are and let those people who bless you know that you realize it.

Find joy everywhere.

Joy can be found in the most simple of activities.

Do not make everything so complicated. You can find joy on a ski slope thick with new powder, on the beach as you enjoy the crashing waves or at your dinner table. It can also be in building a new train set or working on the Sunday crossword.

Find joy in everyday activities. We just need to take a moment, and a breath, and allow ourselves to enjoy.


First, step away from the harried days. Do not try to get too much squeezed into each day. Then remember that a happy life is really about joyous time with our loved ones.  Finally, know that the best memories often come from the most simple of moments.

Accept forgiveness.

We have made errors. This makes us human.

Ask for forgiveness for whatever error you have made.  Accept the offering of forgiveness when it is genuine.  

Remember this principle for when you have done something that you are mad at yourself for.

Think about how you would react if someone else had done that thing you did. Would you stay mad at them? Would you find forgiveness in your heart?

Work to restore a bond of love with forgiveness.

Offer forgiveness through acceptance of the person who has made the mistake.  Forgiveness does not have to mean accepting the offensive action. 

Allow yourself to be open to love, grace, and compassion.

The secret to living a fulfilled life is really not complicated at all. 

Serve yourself well with a positive attitude. Look at your basket as half full and do not think of it as half empty.

It is all in the attitude and we all know that attitude changes everything.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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26 thoughts on “The Secret of A Fulfilled Life”

  1. Hello Elise, I love this article. I am so blessed and thank the good lord everyday for all that have.. Oh Yeh My boys are coming home for the holiday weekend Blessed Indeed..

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

  2. Absolutely incredible how things have turned out for me in terms of being a happier person. I thought it was money and a flourishing business. What I found was that many of things you touched upon in your blog post is what actually played as a catalyst to success and abundance. Gracious and thankful for what I have 😀

  3. I’ve never had problems with forgiving others because I can usually see reasons for them to be or behave like they do. I used to be very harsh on myself though. I never thought I was good enough. It’s now funny seeing those two sentences together, although at the time it was far from it. Negative thoughts were always about me until I forced myself to start thinking differently. What a difference it’s made to my life. I can now appreciate the small but wonderful things.

    You are so right about attitude changing everything and I urge everyone to take in all you say and take it to heart.

  4. Thanks Elise. I so enjoyed this post. It is a physical and mental effort to stop and think about our lives each day. But we really must get into the habit of regular assessment. Showing a positive attitude, how grateful we are for what we have, showing forgiveness and looking for joy in unexpected places is what makes us more “whole”.
    Thanks for this great read.
    Take care

  5. Deborah A. Ten Brink

    Elise, this is my first time to your blog. I can’t believe it! It’s like we are so in sync! Everything you wrote I agree with and try to put into practice each day.

    I have some family members that just don’t get me, they think I’m too positive (is there such a thing?), but then the remember events that have taken in my life that they don’t know how they would have survived, so they politely put up with me!

    Keep shining your light!

  6. Krithika Rangarajan

    Hey Elise

    Aah..you made me cry!

    I deal with too many negative thoughts – about myself AND others – every day, so the following line tugged at my heart so strongly, I can actually feel my resentment melting away: “Forgiveness does not mean accepting the offensive action but rather it means accepting the person who has made the mistake.”


    Please keep penning and reminding us about the importance of solicitude, gratitude and attitude.

    Much love #Muaah


    1. Kitto,

      Thank you so very much for your beautiful comments. We absolutely do not need to accept the offensive action but it is lovely to accept the person, most especially when it is our own self.

  7. Elise,

    Lovely post with some wonderful reminders! And, at a very good time.

    Hopefully this will give you some Google Love making you findable during the holidays… 🙂


  8. You are SOOOOOO right. I become more grateful each day and especially grateful for my heritage – what my parents instilled in the area of forgiveness, in particular. Funny you should mention this because my post today was on this subject. 🙂

  9. Hi Elise,
    Sometimes we get so busy in life we forget the simple things that bring the best and calming rewards … wonderful post…

  10. Hey Elise,

    These are indeed very good pointers and to remind myself everyday that we should always be thankful. Gratitude helps us realize what we have. and this can lessens our need for wanting more all the time. Developing and having a positive mindset often helps to live a fulfilled life. Thanks for sharing this.


  11. Hello Elise,

    This is my first time at your website. What a refreshing blog! So many people need to hear this and act on their positivity. It is all about attitude, isn’t it? How a person perceives their life really reflects on their personality and character. I’m an extremely positive person and I always count my blessings. God is good.

    Take care,


  12. Hi Elise,

    This post was just what I needed to read tonight. I am thankful for everything I have but sometime, just sometimes, I seem to forget that a little bit until I read something like your post.

    Thank you and have a great evening. Monna

  13. Hi Elise,
    I try and practice gratitude every day. Sometimes I reflect on my blessings when I feel stressed and certainly at the end of the day in my written journal. Doing so brings a sort of peaceful calm over me, as did reading this post. I especially liked your advice on forgiveness! ~Dawn

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.