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What Does it Mean to Live a Healthy Life?

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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 influence on you: Those who have already walked through the fire can help you do the same. And those who haven’t will make it seem impossible for you to do so.

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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 helps us discover who we are and what is important to us.
  • Creative pursuits (art, dance, music, etc.) have been proven to reduce stress and provide numerous health benefits.
  • It helps us understand and appreciate hard work.

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, explorers, and creators. We are required to move and become active participants in life. 

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 influence on you: Those who have already walked through the fire can help you do the same. And those who haven’t will make it seem impossible for you to do so.

Exploration

To be curious is to be human.

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

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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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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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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Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

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Contribution and self-worth

The act of contributing, no matter how small, allows you to derive a sense of self–worth. When you contribute something to the world, you matter.

You change the course of other's lives by what you create and contribute. 

Make something
You can't control the amount of time you spend on this planet, but you can control what you contribute while you're here.

Be an active participant in life and contribute to the world around you. You don't have to create big contributions, you just need to live out small ones each day.

Rob Hill Sr.

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.”

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Creating the life you love

Make choices leading to the life you want to create for yourself. Don't let your past hold you back.

Your life might not seem to be the best fit for someone else, but it should a life you are happy with. Create a life you love.

How to create an authentic life

Start where you are right now.

  • Align your life with your own core values - those things that are most important to you personally.
  • Find time to do the activities you loved doing as a child. - join an activity group or take a class.

Listen to yourself and take action on what you discover.

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Stop the conscious searching of your passion and just live passionately.

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Being in The Now

Living passionately means living in the now, in the present moment. 

It means not being distracted on your phone, but being engaged in what you love doing. It means interacting with others deeply and fully, giving all your attention and focus.

A Learning Machine

An example of being holistically passionate in your life is the habit of constantly learning, absorbing as much as you can.

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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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Focus on a single "priority," not on multiple "priorities." The key to living an essential life is understanding what your priority is. Is it your family? Your career? Your hobby?

You will know your real priority once you know what you want out of life.

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Working with our hands

Activities that use our hands relieve stress and help solve problems:

  1. Using our hands on a task that doesn’t demand much cognitively gives the mind a chance to relax and rest.
Take a break

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  • Highlight the tasks that you do daily that are in line with your priorities.
  • The highlighted stuff is the important stuff that you do every day. Everything else is urgent.
Cut down on the urgent stuff
  • Some “urgent” activities will just need to go. Maybe you can wait until later after all to check your picture on Facebook.
  • Some “urgent” activities will need to be delegated. Your assistant, if you have one, could actually pay that bill.
  • Some others will be better organized. You could actually make a batch of lunches every Sunday and Wednesday.

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