David Beckham has it all. A celebrated international football career spanning across two decades, a Spice Girl for a wife, a net worth of $450 million, and all the trimmings that come with a life well-lived.
Unlike other high-rolling celebrities who tend to burn out and lose their money and mind, Becks has somehow maintained a solid character and positive outlook. And according to the man himself, this is all due to his family - in addition to a few other key areas that he believes can help us all be just that little bit happier.
Here’s what Becks has to say about the key to happiness.
From my perspective, my motivation is my family. It’s always been about family, how to help them live a better longer life, to let our children do the same.
Family first. It’s a well-documented fact that most people regret not spending enough time with their family towards the end of their lives. Friends, acquaintances, business partners, all come and go. But family lasts. Family is legacy. And for David Beckham, this simple fact of life remains true.
After nearly two happy decades of marriage with Victoria Adams (AKA ‘Posh Spice’), the couple is still going strong – despite endless media attention and even accusations of adultery. Such high-profile relationships are usually destined for disaster, so their loyalty is a miracle in itself. Husband and wife have prioritised each other. They are successful parents to four children who are also beginning to lead successful lives in their own right.
Limit Phone Use
At dinner with my family, my phone will be turned off.
In 2018, 70% of Australians owned a smartphone. While these devices bring us closer together through long-distance communication, they are beginning to cut us off from those closest to us.
Beckham didn’t dive especially deep into this topic but it’s one worth noting. When talking with friends or family, put your phone away and out of sight. Give them your full attention. Humans crave real social interaction. With the advent of the smartphone and social media, people seem to have more ‘friends’ yet they feel lonelier than ever before. Unplugging for just an hour a day may help gain some perspective.
I think all exercise helps in having a healthy lifestyle. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to join a gym or commit to a football team; the simple things like going to the park, walking to school or taking the dog out can really make a difference and you can also spend quality time with your family.
Aside from the endorphin boost and the pleasure of being out and about, humans were made to move. You don’t need to be snatching 100kg in a CrossFit box or bending it like Beckham (relevant) to start seeing the benefits of exercise.
Get some fresh air circulating in your system, help yourself look better, and subsequently feel better in general.
These are all simple additions we can introduce to our lives as a start. But it's interesting to note that not once did he mention his $450 million dollar fortune. Very interesting...