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What Does it Mean to Live a Healthy Life?
This is one of the central questions that our community is working to answer. For my part, I started asking this question when I decided that exercising and eating healthy, while important, is a painfully limited view of what it means to live a healthy life.

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Creativity

  • The act of creating things is one of the best ways to avoid living a short, unimportant life. You get to contribute something to the world around you.
  • Creating new experiences hel...

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Physicality

Too often, however, we take for granted the opportunity that our health gives us to live a life that’s true to us.

To accomplish the things we dream about, we are required to be makers, ex...

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Connection

Human beings are the most social creatures on planet earth. So, you're not really living a healthy life if it doesn't involve others.

The people you connect with will have a huge ...

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Exploration

To be curious is to be human.

There is value in experiencing the world around us instead of simply learning about it.

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Participation

The people who are living healthy, fulfilling lives are actively living instead of simply being alive.

Living a healthy life is rooted in participating in the world around you.

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Finding a balance

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No mass-producible solutions

It is important to understand that balance is relative: the focus of balance is always going to be different from person to person. There is no one size fits all.

For example, what a balanced diet means for one person may be entirely different for another. Both diets may be healthy, but it is the context that makes it so.

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Life is best lived with purpose

Life is best lived with drive and clarity. Our goals provide us with a navigating compass, helping us decide where to put our precious resources like time and money.

Shaping Your Life Plan

Having a life plan makes one get past the distractions and focus on what matters.Set aside an hour to do this planning exercise:

  • List 1: Jot down your lifetime goals, listing everything that comes to your mind.
  • List 2: Ask yourself ‘How would I want to spend the next five years?’ and note down the unbiased non-judgemental answer that comes in your mind.
  • List 3: Ask yourself ‘If I was to die in six months, how would I spend the time I have?’
  • List 4: Finally, list your most important goals, finding the common goals and aspirations from the previous three lists.

Drafting A Mission Statement

Looking through the most important goals, find the common thread and draft a plan of action for your life, a compelling Mission Statement, taking as much time as you want. Let it sit there for a few days and do not think about it.

Review the statement after a few days, see if it carries the magic that can be a guiding torch of your life, making any changes if required.

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A Life Of Art

An artful life isn't about money and fame. It is about the difference an artist can make in the world.

Your art is worth creating even if it moves only one person.

Being an Artist 24/7

An artist lives and breathes art. The clothes, the home decoration, the hairstyle, even the words that artists speak are their own creation, deliberate and intentional.

A true artist is a living work of art.

Not Just One Kind

An authentic artist is diverse in his art forms, with a lot of interests.

There are several ways to express oneself and a true artist recognizes that.

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