LIFE is a word, subject, topic and a phenomenon on which so much has been written, being written and shall be written in future. Everyone has thought and written on it be is sages, thinkers, philosophers, wise men (and women), authors, poets, humorists and now bloggers.
Perhaps it is the vastness of this subject which embraces everyone into its arms.
How to have a great life and enjoy it
Nevertheless everyone wants to be happy and enjoy life. So we make an honest and sincere attempt to post some great tips, under important headings. These headings are important aspects and events of life.
We encourage you to read them and re-read them. It is hoped that you these ideas will inspire you to strive in the right direction and you will be able to have a great life and enjoy it too.
1. Health and Fitness
Maintaining your health is an important or rather the necessary way to achieve happiness. Staying fit is a one step further in defining your good physical and mental health.
Even if it is a moderate form of exercising such as walking, cycling, yoga or playing a sport, you will derive immense benefits – as long as it is done regularly and sincerely. Additionally, physical exercise has been known to release endorphins that give you a feeling of happiness and cheerfulness in your life. Staying physically fit will keep you active for long term.
“Healthy mind in a healthy body.”
2. Food and Diet
Being obese or not eating nutritious foods can have a negative effect on not only your body but also your mind. Being not well can adversely affect the mood and kill the efficiency level. Here are some helpful tips on healthy eating:
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. Make sure there is daily intake of fruits and vegetables and it comprises of half of your plate
- Your food should comprise of whole grains rather than refined-grain food.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
- Your diet should also include foods which are good source of calcium, lean protein
- Cut down on Sugar and Salt consumption
- Include fibre in your food to make a healthy diet
- Reduce consumption of foods that contain solid fats. The major sources for Americans are cakes, cookies, pizza and ice cream. More often than not these are made using butter, margarine, processed and fatty meats
- Avoid junk or fast food
- Drink plenty of water. Cut down on empty calories by avoiding on sugary drinks, aerated beverages, soda drinks
- Drink green tea and plenty of water.
- Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
3. Sleep Well
Until recently the importance of Sleep in our lives was not so high. It is now we know that Sleep plays an essential role in helping to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.
Getting enough and quality sleep helps promote a great quality of life and also give other benefits like better memory, healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.
Sleep deficiency, on a continuous basis is linked to an increased risk of heart trouble, kidney problems, high blood pressure, stress levels, diabetes and obesity etc.
Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes healthy growth and development in children, teens and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.
Exercising is one of the great best ways to sleep better.
4. Practice Meditation
Of course, it is universally accepted that meditation gives the practitioner several benefits over a period of time. These benefits are physical like good health, younger and cheerful looks; on the mental level like help in stress reduction, better focus, higher level of efficiency, better clarity of mind and untold benefits on the spiritual level.
Meditation is a way to make the life more balanced, thinking more stable and clear. Meditation is not tied to any particular religion or belief system. Almost anyone can practice meditation and have a great life. For more information, check out: Benefits of Meditation in Everyday Modern Life
5. Choose a good company of friends
This is one of the simplest and most enjoyable secrets of great life.
Those who are positive, energetic, vibrant and healthy should be your friends. Therefore, choose your friends carefully. If you surround yourself with happy people, it would be easy to think positive and constructive. This will begin your journey towards a happy, successful and a great life. On the other hand, if you are with the people who are unhappy, in negative emotional state then you are likely to catch the same infection.
That is why they say, “A man is known by the company he keeps”.
Good friends are like angels who make your life a great life. Make good friends and meet your friends regularly. See: Top reasons why you should choose a good company of friends.
6. Be Social
Be active within your family and extended family. Interact with them warmly and you should be seen at the family functions (rather than avoiding them); talk to your cousins and their spouses, be respectful to grandparents and play with the kids.
Also be a good neighbor, know who your neighbors are, make yourself cheerful and helpful so that your presence is always welcomed by them.
Keep contact with those you appreciate, and who appreciate you.
This will bring happiness in your life and the lives of others you touch.
7. Work Smart: Don’t work more
Working too much will tire you out. Long working hours leave you with limited or no time and energy to enjoy your life. Try to strike a balance so that you are alone with yourself for some time and also can find time to be with your near, dear and loved ones.
A great life is another way of effortlessly living a balanced life and enjoying everything good which life has to offer. See: Work Less, Achieve More and Get Ahead in Life
8. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and imaginations
A great life is the result of controlling thoughts. Eliminate your negative thoughts and substitute them with positive, constructive thoughts, beliefs and visualisations. Brandan Bays says, “Stop playing the games of victim, blame and defence. Our tendency to collapse into ‘poor me’ stories perpetuates our suffering “.
The greatness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Always watch your thoughts. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, start thinking of pleasant things. Let go of any feelings that may cause you, or other people, harm. Forget dwelling on future problems; live today, happily
9. Be thankful and grateful
Gratitude is one of the best ways to find contentment and invite more from others including Universe.
We are often discontent in our lives, desire more, because we don’t realize how much we have. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for the amazing gifts you’ve been enjoying: the company of your family members, good education and good health.
Your breath is your greatest gift.
Be grateful every day !
10. Love yourself
Loving yourself is an important way of creating self respect and honouring yourself. It is also crucial to love yourself if you want to be loved by others. Give love, be loved will lead to satisfying relationships with others. This is a dependable and sweet way of creating a great life.
Each day do something good for yourself. It can be something simple saying “I love you” to yourself in the mirror. It could be a small gesture such as buying a book, watching your favourite program on TV, or buying a latest mobile phone you cherish.
It need not be very expensive to pamper yourself. Be kind and nice to yourself. Go on holidays or even drive down to your local area if you’ve never been to before. The results will be truly living.
Smiling can make you happy. There is a mind – body connection, Even if you are not very happy the simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you are happy. Thinking you are happy, your body releases all kinds of feel-good endorphins. This reaction has been studied by scientists and has been proven a number of times.
Secondly smiling can make others happy too. “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”
Also use those smile muscles more often to improve your face value too!
12. Laugh and make others laugh
The sound of roaring laughter creates such positive vibrations in the air that it lifts the mood of all around and also it can kill many negative vibes too. A hearty laughter is capable of triggering healthy physical changes in the human body. Good humor and laughter are supposed to do many good things to you such as boost your energy, lift up your mood, make you immune system stronger, diminish pain, and protect you from the bad effects of stress.
When laughter is shared, it gives you good karma. Making others laugh makes you a likable person by others thereby increasing your acceptability. Whether you are a leader of team members, the humor shared by you binds individuals together and increases levels of trust and comfort and happiness quotient.
On the top of it, all this is free, fun, and so easy to use.
13. Declutter ( Clear clutter)
If left unattended we all carry clutter in our life. This could be clutter in mind, house, office, car or in the bag. There are many reasons that you should declutter often. Your mind is rid of useless information and gives it much needed relief. Clearing the mental clutter gives better mental clarity which is both result and cause of calming mind.
Declutter clears congested space and leads to more efficiency. You are more organised mentally, both at home and your workplace. This allows you to live simpler and easier life.
Interestingly it can also make you more receptive of the good gifts from the universe, making your life a great one. You may begin by clearing your work desk, even just the surface of it. How to Eliminate Clutter from Home in Easy Steps
14. Live in the present moment
Uncontrolled mind is like a monkey – jumping from branch to other, here this moment and there the next moment. This does no good. Instead focus on whatever you’re doing. Consciously bring yourself back to now and here.
Living in the moment is all about living like there’s no tomorrow. To do this, you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities. It’s a conscious act that requires participation, not just observation, but the reward is a richer, fuller life. This is your life, now live!
No one can change things that have already happened. Similarly you can’t predict future so worrying will not serve any purpose. Only thing in our control is action. So take suitable and appropriate action and focus on where you are and what you’re doing and who you’re with. This will help you to appreciate your blessings and all the good things in your life now. You can stay away from worries, tensions while enjoying everything great about your life now.
15. Simplify your life
Did you ever realize that by making your life a little less complicated you not only have a great deal of time for your self development but you can also have a better family life, social life and a spiritual life too. All these plus a stress free, easy and fulfilling life style add up to give you a great life.
All you need to do is reduce your commitments, gadgets and shun the activities you suck your time like a black hole. For details on how to have a simpler life, click on this link.
Happiness is easy to find but it is hard to convince that there is happiness all around us. Don’t try to define happiness with words but enjoy it with your actions.
Many people believe that only luck few can be happy or some wait for the perfect circumstances to enjoy happiness. It is not so. You can find happiness in whatever you are doing and you can be happy all the time.
There is always a choice to have a great life or be unhappy. Exercise your choice to be happy – each day and always!
Here is a list of points which you need to keep in mind to have a great life and enjoy it:
- Health and Fitness
- Food and Diet
- Sleep Well
- Practice Meditation
- Choose a good company of friends
- Be Social
- Work Smart: Don’t work more
- Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings and imaginations
- Be thankful and grateful
- Love yourself
- Laugh and make others laugh
- Declutter ( Clear clutter)
- Live in the present moment
- Simplify your life
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