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How To Focus on Your Health and Happiness

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How To Focus on Your Health and Happiness

It can be very easy to get caught up in the routine and stress of everyday life. We may have the best of intentions when it comes to taking care of ourselves physically and mentally, but it doesn’t always work out the way we plan. Unfortunately, ignoring your health can lead to bigger problems down the road – not just physical ones, either!

Did you know that studies have shown that there is a direct link between how happy you are and your overall health? Finding out what makes you happy and taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally can make you a healthier person, overall. So, what is the big connection between health and happiness? What can you do to focus on both of them, starting today? Keep reading to learn how to harness your focus and pay more attention to both.

Making Your Heart Happy

We are often told to listen with our heart, or let our heart lead you. While the heart isn’t really guiding our emotions, that doesn’t mean it isn’t connected to them somehow. When we feel a certain way, it can actually affect the overall health of our heart.

It is fairly common knowledge to know that when you are under extreme stress, you could be causing distress to your heart. Alternatively, when you are happy, you can actually help your heart to get stronger and healthier. Happiness and heart health go hand-in-hand, as it turns out! While more research needs to be done on this subject, it is a great reason to start focusing on both areas of your life.

Improving Your Focus With Happiness

While this article is about focusing on your health and happiness together, did you know that you can actually broaden your focus when you’re happier? Think about it this way – if you’re sad, upset, or stressed, how focused are you on what you need to be doing? Chances are, you’re distracted by whatever might be upsetting you.

In times when you’re happy and content, it’s much easier to stay focused on a particular task or project. Not only do feelings of joy allow you to stay focused, but they can also expand your thought process. You can come up with ideas that may have otherwise been blocked in different states of emotion.

 

How To Focus on Your Health and Happiness

Happiness and Overall Health

Perhaps the biggest way happiness and health are truly linked is that being happier can actually help to fight off long-term health conditions. There have been several studies done that suggest happiness and longevity are connected. Some of these studies look at elderly individuals who suggest they’re content with their lives, and compare them with people of the same age who aren’t. Consistently, the ones who are happier are less likely to have any serious health conditions. Having a positive outlook, especially as you get older, can also help to reduce stress and lower your blood pressure, which are two issues that can be dangerous for seniors.

How Can I Focus on Happiness?

Now that you know your happiness can directly affect your health, you might be wondering what you can do to actually be a happier person. Unfortunately, there is no “magic pill” for everyone. We all find happiness in different ways, and can experience different levels of it throughout our lives. But, there are certain things you can do to boost your happiness and your overall mood. Keep these tactics in mind, and find what really makes you happy:

  • Believe that you can change yourself and grow as a person.
  • Think about what makes you happy and what makes you unhappy – improve upon your weaknesses and build on your strengths.
  • Find the silver lining in difficult situations. Being optimistic isn’t foolish, and it can lead to long-term happiness even through tough times.
  • Be kind to others.
  • Practice gratitude in your everyday life.
  • Fight negative self-talk and try to boost your confidence levels.
  • Focus on the good things in your life instead of dwelling on the bad.

How Can I Focus on My Health?

Even though being a happier person in general can improve your health, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be a healthier individual, too. It is actually easier to take care of yourself than most people think. And, when you feel better about yourself, physically, you will undoubtedly feel better emotionally and mentally. It’s just another way health and happiness work together for your greater good.

The basics of focusing on your health are simple:

  • Find a form of exercise that works for you. Even a short walk each day can be beneficial.
  • Fuel your body with foods that nourish it.
  • Practice deep breathing and/or meditation for mental health.
  • Lower your stress levels as much as possible.

The Health/Happiness Connection, and Why It’s Important

By focusing on health and happiness this year, you’re setting yourself up for success for many years to come. Because the two are so closely connected, you’ll find when you take care of yourself, you’ll feel happier (and vice versa!).

Hopefully, this article has given you insight on the importance of focusing on your health and happiness both individually, and as a unit. Taking charge of both can lead to a more fulfilling life.

Remember, there isn’t a template to follow in order to find real happiness – that’s up to you! But, you can use some of the suggestions here, or look to your own personal resources to consider what might make you truly happy. When you’re able to do that, you’ll see other areas of your life start to fall into place, including your health and wellness.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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