It Makes Me Better

I don’t know a BETTER way to put it than that.

Running makes me a BETTER person. When I’ve been for a run I’m calmer, more content and happier with myself. My body has worked and moved and exerted, as it was designed to do. My mind has been free to wander, without obstruction and without preoccupation. I feel BETTER.
When I’m running regularly, these physiological and psychological processes are also happening regularly and I consistently feel BETTER.

But it goes deeper than that, running makes me better at my job. How could it not? I’m less distracted, I have more energy and I can concentrate BETTER. Business owners should force their employees to run each day… Ok, that might be going too far. Exercise however should be strongly encouraged and time allowed for it. The results speak for themselves.

This is a big call, but running makes me a BETTER Dad. When I’ve run, I want to share my happy state with my kids. They can see I’m more at peace and I’m more receptive to their playfulness and energy. I’m hopeful that I’m also setting an example for them. I’m hopeful that they see me pushing myself and testing my limits and they find that urge in themselves too.
My kids can run much BETTER than I could at their age, and when they say “Dad, let’s go running” it makes me really happy that they already know how to make themselves feel BETTER at such a young age.

On more than one occasion I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to use running to raise money for charity. This is one of the most rewarding and memorable things I’ve ever done. It is far from a selfless act though, as I get so much enjoyment and satisfaction from the experience also. Running has helped me make new connections and discover new friends. It is hardly surprising that the people I meet through running are on a similar wave length to me. Bonds form quickly and easily and the shared appreciation for how running makes us BETTER never fades.

I saw a quote recently that said “Running is going to save the world, I don’t know how yet, but it will”. This was obviously written with tongue in cheek, but maybe there is some truth to the idea. What would happen if everyone discovered the thing that makes them BETTER? What if everyone reset their priorities so that the act of running, gardening, singing, writing, cooking or whatever it is that makes them BETTER was an essential part of their lives? The flow on effect would surely be remarkable.

So here is my recipe for success:
Today, do the thing that makes you BETTER.
Tomorrow, do that thing again.
Every day after that, repeat.

Run long,

Shaun Brewster.

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