A Happy Life According To David Beckham

David Beckham has it all: an illustrious international football career spanning two decades, a Spice Girl, a casual net worth of $450 million, and all the accessories of a life well lived. These things are great, and well deserved. Unlike other high-rolling celebrities who tend to burn out and lose their money and minds, Becks has maintained a solid character and a positive outlook. This, he says, is thanks to his family as well as a few other key areas that he believes can help us all be a little bit happier. And we don’t need countless millions to feel the same way. Here’s what Becks had to say at a recent event in Hong Kong for insurance company AIA, highlighting the importance of health and happiness.

Family Matters

‘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 well documented that the regrets people have most at the end of their life are not spending enough time with family. 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 all beginning to lead successful lives of their own.

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham

Post-engagement in 1998. Strong style = strong relationship.

Limit Phone Use

‘At dinner with my family my phone will be turned off.’

As of 2018, 70% of Australians own 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 – those that matter most. Beckham didn’t dive especially deep in to 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 have more ‘friends’ but feel lonelier than ever before. Switching the phone off for just an hour a day will bring families closer than they have been in years.

Exercise

‘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 also you can spend quality time with your family.’

Becks speaks for himself here. Aside from the generous 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.

David Beckham

If anyone knows exercise, it’s this man.

These are all simple additions we can bring to our lives to begin seeing benefits to happiness. Notice how the connection for between all three for David Beckham was family, not $450 million dollars? Interesting.

Check out Becks dominating the style game here.

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Jay is a writer and content producer for The Versatile Gent.

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