4 Traits of an Inspired Life

Now you don’t have to make a trip to the acclaimed Canyon Ranch health resort in Tucson, Arizona, for inspiration.

Now you don’t have to make a trip to the acclaimed Canyon Ranch health resort in Tucson, Arizona, for inspiration. The spa’s much-heralded “spiritual program director,” Jonathan Ellerby (who has a PhD in comparative religion), brings his advice to you. In Inspiration Deficit Disorder: The No-Pill Prescription to End High Stress, Low Energy, and Bad Habits (Hay House, $14.95), he recommends these four strategies for a better life:

Clarity
Be clear about intentions, commitment levels, and what you want.

Integrity

What you feel and know on the inside matches what you say and do on the outside.

Courage
Act on what you feel and know … Don’t make decisions out of fear. Integrity would remain just a good idea without courage.

Compassion

Look for the highest good in every situation; be empowering without always trying to make people happy or to “fix” things.

Which of these traits do you think is the most important?

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest