Even though we are living in some of the most exciting times in human history, it feels like the overwhelming majority of people are anything but happy.
Everywhere we turn and look someone’s telling us about how the economy is in the dumps, global issues like war, famine, and natural disasters are exploding from all of our screens on a regular basis, and we’re getting sucked deeper and deeper into a social media and technology “fog” – escaping from real life and an almost alarming rate.
However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain people – enterprising people – that have been able to pull away from this almost tractor beam of destruction, leading happy, healthy, and long lives in the process. We’re going to give you some of their insider secrets right now, hoping that you’re able to take advantage of this information as well.
Outline exactly what you expect – and then accept nothing less
The amazing thing about our world is that when you set almost “too high” expectations, it’s very often what you get. The problem with our modern world is that we set expectations that are too low, for any different number of reasons, listening to people who tell us that our dreams are two wild and we need to be “more realistic”.
If being more realistic means living a life of crippling debt, being overweight and unhappy, and basically pushing through our lives on a day to day, hour by hour basis then who would want to be realistic?
Always shoot for the stars – and though you may not reach them, you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.
Treat your body will respect
Though there certainly time to get out and get wild, the truth of the matter is that your body is a finely tuned machine and needs to be treated as such. If all you’re pumping into your body is trash, that’s exactly what you’re going to get as far as output is concerned – rippling your future from the inside out. That the gym, start eating right, and eliminate as many bad habits as possible (though not completely – that would be living at all) and watch as your entire life changes.
One of the most impactful ways that you can change your life overnight is to stop trying to multitask everything and instead focus on being as present as humanly possible. Focusing on each and every task as deeply as possible – whether it’s working on a project, cooking a meal, or having a conversation with someone – completely changes the game and allows you to get all of life’s juices that you would have missed out on otherwise.
You cannot imagine right now how much your life would change just by smiling more – even when you don’t feel like it. Scientists have found that there is actually a psychological response to the physiology of just simply smiling, allowing us to generate happy thoughts even when we are in the midst of a nightmare.
Take a bit of time to appreciate everything you have
Regardless of where you are in life right now, appreciate and understand that you are the only “version” of yourself that’s ever going to enjoy this specific spot in time. Regardless of how you feel about an afterlife or what happens after we’ve passed on, all we know for sure is that we have the time we have right now – and nothing more. Appreciate that you are a one-of-a-kind creation, filled with one-of-a-kind feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and you’ll find that you’re able to live a one-of-a-kind life.
Now it’s your turn!
What are your secrets to living a long and happy life? Please leave your feedback in the comments section and I look forward to reading them!