What are the secrets to lead a life that’s happy, healthy, fulfilling and enriching? Well, the answer to this question can be unlimited and myriad. However, there are 5 key ingredients that form the crux of every answer you can imagine. Here, we’ll talk about them, and how you can include them in your day-to-day life to achieve complete wellbeing.
Humans are made to bond. It’s only through bonding that we’ve survived thousands of years. Bonding or connecting with another human being not just feels good, but it’s also essential for our mental wellbeing. When a person experiences any personal problem, they go to a therapist, to talk about it. Talking and sharing promotes a healthy connection between you and another human being.
As they say—in your death bed, it will not be the wealth you generated or the cars you own that’d be beside you, but it’s the people whom you’ve bonded with. This also echoed in the words of Warren Buffet, when he says “…measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.”
The world will not come to a halt if you don’t check your social media feed one day or if you don’t check that notification you got on your phone right away. Every day, make conscious efforts to get out of your devices and enter the real world. Find ways to talk and engage with people face-to-face as opposed to using the little screens in your hands to do so.
Being physically active gives you much more than just a fit body. Physical activities or exercises have known to reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. They make people more confident about themselves. They enhance your endurance, stamina and will power. They minimize the cognitive decline that occurs due to aging thereby making sure you enjoy a long, healthy and happy life.
Now, when we talk about exercises, most people think about gyms and heavy weights. Exercises don’t just mean hitting the gym or running on the treadmill for hours or doing the almost-impossible-looking Yoga poses. Sure, they are great ways of achieving and maintaining fitness, however, even simple activities such as walking can work as a great exercise or even playing sports. It’s all about doing some form of physical activity that makes you feel good and happy after you’ve done it.
Being aware of one’s internal feelings and external surroundings is the only differentiating factor between people who enjoy every moment of life and those who find life to be monotonous. When you take time to notice what’s around you, you get out of your routine and start to appreciate the little but different things that occur in your vicinity.
Even simple things like an unexpected kind gesture from a stranger, an unasked favour by a colleague, a good lunch, a good workout session, a productive meeting can have remarkable positive impact on your state of mind. And you risk missing out on them if you don’t take the time to notice, if you’re too caught up in your routine, thus making life seem boring.
Some people curse themselves for making a mistake. And some people feel grateful for having made the mistake, from which they believe they learnt something and which will only help them grow as a person. They are the people who are active learners, they are the ones that think learning is a life-long process and not something that ends on your college graduation day.
Live with a mind that’s open to all kinds of learning because learning can come from anywhere. You can learn something from a 3-year-old kid or from a 90-year-old elderly person. You can learn from books, your colleagues, friends, relatives. Any encounter you have in your life can teach you something, providing you are open to learning. You stop growing the moment you realise that you know everything. Therefore, never assume you know enough. Always try and find ways to learn more.
Giving is the ultimate feeling of joy. Nothing makes you happier than giving or doing something for others. If you compare the happiness you feel when you buy an ice-cream for yourself with the joy you experience when buying one for your kid, you’d find that the latter gesture is more joyful and satisfying.
If you want to live a fulfilling life, practice giving. Giving doesn’t have to be in the form of goods and materials only. You can also give knowledge by teaching others. You can give by offering to help others at work, in your house, in your locality and community.
At the heart of every well-lived life, you’ll find a massive presence of each one of these factors. And so, we urge you to include them in yours too.