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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life



The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment?

In this digital era of social media, Likes, Shares, and technology, it can sometimes be hard to see the important things that should be getting more of our focus on a daily basis. With that in mind, let’s look at what in my opinion, are the top 8 most important things in life.

1. Your Health

This is at the top of the list for a reason. Your health should always be one of your top priorities. It is what will allow you to keep going, to stay motivated, and to help others along the way. Taking care of your health includes everything from eating right and staying active to focusing on your mental health with things like meditation and mindfulness. Paying attention to your health can reduce your risk of diseases, lower stress, and give you more energy. Make a commitment to improve your health, you will be so glad that you do.

2. Your Family and Friends

Surrounding yourself with a support system of people who care about you and love you (and whom you love and care about in return) can be so fulfilling. The love of family members is unlike any other. Though your siblings might get on your nerves sometimes, you know that you will always be there for each other, and there is a comfort in knowing that. Sometimes, certain friends can feel more like family than those who you are related actually related to. Life is better when it is shared with others. Family and friends can keep you from feeling lonely and isolated and can help to boost your overall happiness.

3. Love

Love may not be “all you need,” but it should certainly be a big part of your life. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love, either. Love is often the driving force in life that can help you to feel connected with others. But, it can also play a big role in your hobbies, your career, and your passion to try new things. Try to look at the world through the lens of love. Doing so, allows you to embrace things more freely, and appreciate your experiences.

4. Having a Passion

Everyone has dreams, ambitions, and goals in life. Some might be small, while others might seem unattainable at times. But, the passion you have for these things is what will drive you through life. Having a passion for something can not only help you to find joy, but it can allow you to bring joy to others in the process, too.

5. What You Learn

Education is incredibly important for a more fulfilling life. But, that can look different for everyone. Obviously, you will learn a lot by going to school and even if you choose to continue your education as an adult. But, you can also choose to become a “lifelong learner”. Not everything is learned through a textbook or in a classroom, so be open to trying new things, taking on new challenges, and learning something new more often. It will help you from becoming stagnant, and you might even discover new things about life that you never expected.

6. Time

While time itself is something you cannot control, you can absolutely control what you do with it. Every single person on earth is only given a certain amount of time. Making the most of it is one of the best things you can do to truly feel content. For some people, that means creating schedules and sticking to routines. For others, it means leaving each day without knowing what might happen and taking on new experiences as much as possible. The important thing is not to take time for granted. Instead, choose to take advantage of every second that you are given.

7. Food and Water

Water is the most basic need of the human body. So much so, that 60% of our bodies are actually made up of water! Drinking enough throughout the day will not only help to keep you physically healthy, but it can boost your energy and help you to stay more focused too.

Feeding your body properly is also important. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy indulgences every now and then. But, think of the food you eat as fuel for your life; what you put in you’ll likely get out. Nourishing yourself properly will allow you to stay stronger, healthier, and live more fully.

8. Rest

In this busy world where everything seems to be moving at an unsustainable pace, so many people aren’t getting enough rest. Studies have shown that the average person needs about 7-8 hours of sleep each night in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, not many people actually get that much sleep. Getting enough rest each day helps your mind and body to repair themselves. A lack of sleep can lead to things like weakness and fatigue, as well as a lack of focus and difficulty concentrating. You simply can’t live your best life if you’re overly tired. Make rest a priority, even if it means creating a nightly routine to help you sleep or going to bed earlier.

Again, it is easy to debate what the most important things in life really might be. One thing is certain, as you can see from this list; the best things in life truly are free. It is not about having material possessions or having more than your neighbor. It is about looking internally to determine what you need to do to find peace, comfort, and contentment.


8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day



8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life




One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.


Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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8 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do



Things Mentally Strong People Dont Do

You have probably heard before that one of the keys to success is to focus on your strengths. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with expanding on the things that you are already good at, you could be missing an important ingredient in your life that might be holding you back:

Not focusing on your weaknesses.

No one wants to think about the things they struggle with, but think about it this way; you can work hard by adding new, healthy habits to your life. But, if you are ignoring the ‘bad’ habits or the things that are weakening you, you will never reach your full potential. Those habits can work against your mental strength. Mentally strong people don’t do certain things, and don’t fall into some of these habits. With that in mind, let’s look at eight things mentally strong people don’t do, so you can start to shed some of your own habits that might be holding you back.

1. Waste Time on Their Sorrows

Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry for themselves, no matter what their circumstances may be. Failures and setbacks will happen. It is how you respond to them that will make a difference. Exaggerating your problems or throwing a pity party will only make things worse. Choose to have a more positive attitude even in times of struggle in order to boost your mental fitness.

2. Feel Like a Victim

When you tell yourself that other people have a direct impact on how you feel, you are giving them the power and taking it away from yourself. For example, if you believe that your boss ruins your day, you are giving them the power. You are playing the victim. You cannot choose what happens to you in a day but you can choose your attitude towards it. Take back the power in your own life and don’t let others steal it from you.

3. Try to Prevent Change

Change happens whether we like it or not. Mentally strong individuals don’t shy away from change. Rather, they focus on their ability to adapt. The more you can adapt to change with a positive attitude, the more you will be able to encourage change and growth within yourself. Don’t get stuck in your old ways, especially when change can make things better.

4. Worry About Things Out of Their Control

Things will happen every day that you cannot control. Mentally strong people don’t waste their time or energy worrying about those things, because there is simply no point. Again, the only thing you can really control is your attitude and reaction in response to different situations – whether they are good or bad. Wasting your energy worrying over things that are out of your hands will only deplete you, and make you feel weaker.

5. Try to Please Everyone

It is human nature to want people to like you and accept you. Unfortunately, it is impossible to please everyone all of the time. If you spend all of your energy trying to make everyone else happy while ignoring your own needs, you are going to burn out quickly. Plus, it is a fruitless effort, because there will always be someone who will be unsatisfied. Others might even start to take advantage of you if they know that you will do whatever they want. While it is good to care for others, don’t try to please everyone, and make sure to focus on what you need, too.

6. Stay Stuck in the Past

Getting stuck in the past can prevent you from moving forward and growing. Everyone has experiences they might like to forget or things from their past that can be hard to get over. While you can learn from the past, you don’t have to dwell on it. Choose to find peace with your own past and accept the things that it taught you. Use those lessons as you look toward your future and make the most of the present.

7. Get Jealous About the Success of Others

You should never resent someone who finds success. This habit can lead to more negative thinking, and you might even start to criticize yourself even more. When you start to stir up feelings of jealousy or resentment, you are taking your focus away from your own success. That uses a lot of energy and can cause you to become mentally weak. Stay committed to reaching your own level of success without resenting how other people might have achieved theirs. We all view success differently, so concentrating on your own goals and dreams without being envious of others will help you to stay focused.

8. Expect Instant Gratification

Typically, the best things in life take time. When you are trying to grow as an individual, it takes time. You can’t expect overnight changes, results and success. Doing so will result in nothing but frustration, and you might be tempted to give up. Will you experience setbacks in your mental growth? Yes. But, you can use them as learning experiences and become even stronger as you move forward. The stronger you become, mentally, the more resilient you will also become to those hardships. So, when they keep coming up in life, you will be able to handle them more effectively each time.

Anyone can become mentally stronger. Like any other muscle, it takes time, effort, and dedication to increase your mental fitness. So, while you should pay attention to your strengths, you also should not ignore your weaknesses. By working on those weaknesses, you can improve your mental strength and get rid of the things that could be confining your success.

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