A life lived well is a life lived passionately.
To live passionately is to greet your daily life with a sense of adventure and gratitude, while being guided by your intuition and your own belief that the world is full of goodness.
However, to live passionately also requires time and physical energy.
by Dane Findley
Improved lifestyle habits help us to live better and have more energy.
Many of you already know how passionately I feel about the pursuit of stellar health. I enjoy pouring through recent studies from scientists who work in the fields of longevity and healthier aging, and finding the best shortcuts for better living – then sharing them with you.
Each of these six methods listed below can increase the passion in your own life. Combine all six to infuse your life with maximum joy:
- using organizing to increase spontaneity
- switching to an anti-inflammatory diet
- after falling off the fitness horse, climbing back on
- using mind tricks to create daily serenity
- doing a relationship inventory
- becoming relentlessly self-educating
1. Use Organizing to Increase Spontaneity
Oddly enough, organization skills have become a key to thriving in the modern era – because when we efficiently manage our tasks and schedule, we open up more free time to spend on self-care protocols and to experience joy with loved-ones.
You are given 168 hours each week. So am I. So is everyone.
By using special systems, and a newly focused awareness, it’s possible to make the most of those 168 hours.
I swear by to-do lists, but I also know they can be irritating to some – fortunately there are ways to help make lists less daunting, and more fun.
Remember: to accomplish great things consistently, you’re going to need a productivity system; but to master any system, you’re going to first need to align with your to-do list.
When we work, we can work so effectively, that it creates more free time for other important activities – such as:
- improved self-care
- quality moments with loved-ones
- pursuing those interests about which we feel passionately.
We can opt-out of the low-value “signal noise” and busy-ness that plagues modern life. Our culture is changing so fast, and the smartest and strongest among us must learn to adapt and focus quickly.
2. Switch to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet to Live Passionately
Fresh food helps you live passionately.
Inflammation is the leading cause of accelerated aging, and for many people the easiest solution to reduce inflammation is through nutritional upgrades. Namely, eating fresh.
Whole foods are full of life-enhancing properties, and one of the best things you can do for your body is to stop buying processed foods, and head instead to your neighborhood farmers market.
What inspires me in the kitchen are simple-to-make, healthy recipes that utilize my favorite kitchen items: the blender and the food processor.
For example, green smoothies are life-changing – they make you leaner, stronger, and give you a sustained energy. I feel a buzz after each one, and energized to take on the day; I’m also finding that I enjoy the entire process – from selecting produce at the farmers market, to creating my own concoctions in the kitchen. It’s all fun to me (most of the time).
If you feel like you really want to try using green smoothies to lose fat, increase your energy, detoxify your body and improve your health, then I encourage you to ask your doctor, nutritionist, or naturopath before beginning.”
It’s important to find clever ways to sneak more vegetables into your daily diet. The easiest way I know to eat more leafy greens and veggies each day is: green smoothies.
By the way, you will need a blender that has an extended warranty and an extremely powerful motor – that way, your green smoothies will have the desirable consistency of a milkshake (and your blender won’t burn-out from having to handle veggies, ice, nuts, seeds, and frozen fruit).
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3. Every Time you Fall off the Fitness Horse, Climb Back On
Being fit helps you live more passionately. It improves your flexibility and libido, and raises your energy and potency.
We all fall off the horse from time to time.
We’ll have a few good weeks of eating almost perfectly, or exercising almost every day, and then… BOOM!
We’re sitting on the ground, looking dazed, wondering “what happened?”
I enjoy doing pilates workouts each week to develop my mobility and agility. There’s nothing quite like balancing on one leg to engage your core. Here I am pictured doing single-leg lunges on the pilates chair – an exercise that will give your glutes increased firmness and shape.
The good news is, the longer you have a good habit, the harder it is to break it (and the easier it is to reestablish it if you do).
Once you’ve been extremely fit, then the visceral feeling of being fit will live inside your memory cells forever, forging a clearer path for you to find your way back to stellar health and fitness should you ever momentarily stray.
In the past, I’ve been able to enjoy workouts 70 days in a row (even if my day’s workout was simply a long walk).
When I’m on a winning streak like that, exercise becomes increasingly easier. It’s as if the habit becomes wired into my system and I find myself going to the gym almost on autopilot.
But then, life happens. I have deadlines for work, or I travel and get thrown off my exercise schedule.
At that point, though the habit of exercise was becoming easier, now trying to get back into the habit feels almost excruciating. Jerry Seinfeld calls that “breaking the chain.”
It happens to everyone. I used to beat myself up about it, but now I just accept it as the natural ebb-and-flow of self-care.
I encourage you, if you are on a winning streak with your own workouts but then lapse, release yourself from shame and guilt. Try to have a sense of humor about it and get back to the gym as soon as you can. If it can happy to Jerry Seinfeld, it can happen to anyone!
A good wellness regimen engages the full circle of fitness:
- cardio (power-walking, cycling)
- resistance training (weights)
- flexibility (yoga and stretch)
- stress reduction (t’ai chi, qi gong, meditation)
- cross-functional exercises (sports).
I encourage you to take a look at your own fitness regimen to make sure that it’s varied, and consistent, enough.
And, I invite you to remember: wellness is the ultimate wealth.
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4. Use Mind Tricks to Create Daily Serenity
Stillness can help you live more passionately. Behind the scenes, longevity scientists have actually been having legitimate breakthroughs, identifying nutritional compounds and lifestyle habits that are proven to extend the human lifespan – but science has a down side, too.
Modern life in the era of technology sometimes makes it challenging to set aside time for the people that are most important in your life. There are solutions!
You can create a new map for the next part of your life – a map that will help you to navigate so that your journey is joyful and rich, with meaning and purpose. This next phase of your life can be your most fascinating yet!
One of the lifestyle habits that has proven to be helpful is meditation and positive visualization. The goal of meditation, as you might already know, is a simple one: to be here, now.
It sounds so simple, yet when we take the time to actually witness our own thoughts as they occur, we recognize that they are often centered in the future or the past, which is not calming to our bodies.
What is healing: being present, fully – and a meditation practice helps that to occur, over time.
It’s interesting (and significant) to note that new research from a longterm aging study reveals that happy people not only enjoy life more, but also have more life to enjoy.
This is why it can be enormously helpful for us to pay close attention to our thoughts, and then re-direct them when we witness ourselves thinking negatively.
The soundtrack of our thoughts can be what determines our ultimate health:
- how we speak to ourselves
- those imaginary conversations we have inside our heads
- the moment-to-moment mind chatter
To be healthy for the long haul, the words that play in our brains need to be as positive as possible.what happens once you've been extremely fit:Click To Tweet
5. Do a Relationship Inventory
Being relational helps you live passionately. I’m noticing that a common mistake in modern life is to get so caught up in current projects and then forget to allocate a little time toward cultivating new relationships and deepening existing ones.
Millions of people throughout history have shared insight as they’re on their final breaths for this life, and preparing to transition to whatever lies beyond: it’s human relationships that matter most.
I encourage you to take stock of your own relationships.
What you need to get started are:
- a positive attitude
- a relationship list
- and a relationship action plan
Who are the good people in your life who are deeply and authentically interested in your thoughts and feelings?”
These are the people to reach out to, new friends and old, and reconnect with!
…ultimately, it all comes down to your relationships. Healthy relationships are what are most responsible for bringing joy and prosperity into your life. I feel so energized about bringing more of myself to the time I spend with my close friends and family. I hope I add something meaningful to their lives.” – Jared Knickmeyer
Relationships are what matter most – and the evidence backs this up. I encourage you to reach out and connect with someone today. Phone a new acquaintance or an old friend and ask them to lunch… or out for a brisk outdoor walk.
The research is startling, and proves time and again that we humans are – ultimately – relational creatures and that our physical health and psyches improve when we have many positive, intimate relationships in which we can reciprocate kindness.
…sometimes we experience unhealthy or unproductive relationships that affect our well-being. It is imperative to connect with the ones that matter. It’s helpful to eliminate the “junk” that affects us, preventing us from growing and living our best lives.” –Doina Oncel
Frankly, I’m kind of understating it here. The statistics reveal that many longevity factors are connected to relationships. For example, here are just some of the proven relational habits that help humans to live longer and healthier:
- laughing more
- having sex more
- owning a pet
- being married
Research shows that you’re at greater risk of heart disease without a strong network of friends and family. Loneliness can cause inflammation within the cells of the body and in otherwise healthy people isolation can be just as dangerous as having high cholesterol or even smoking.
6. Become Relentlessly Self-Educating
Self-educating helps you live passionately – and you need more than just new information, you need daily inspiration.
Not many people like to think about aging, but the smart ones do.
While most people enter their 40s and beyond on a sort of autopilot, reacting to the various demands and stresses of daily life, they’re simultaneously missing out on a prime opportunity to take back their health — to be better, feel better, and look better than they ever have before.
Visualize yourself 20 years from now. I don’t mean where you’ll be living or how much money you’ll have in the bank, but how your physical body will feel when you wake up in the morning:
- will you lunge out of bed with enthusiasm?
- will your body feel fit and lean, flexible and energized?
Do you want to live passionately, with excitment and purpose? Healthier aging doesn’t usually happen on autopilot. It helps to have an actual strategy.
Prevention is More than just a Buzz Word
I urge you to disbelieve that it’s necessary to wait until you or a loved-one has a significant health challenge in order for you to be motivated to permanently improve your health. It makes more sense to create optimal health now.
Preparation is the Stage that People Skip Most Often
Permanently improving lifestyle habits occurs when there is adequate preparation to support a desired change. People must undergo an internal process before they’re able to alter behavior in a way that creates lasting change.
We all need to be inspired toward meaningful lifestyle choices. You can motivate yourself to prepare for exciting changes that will leave you feeling stronger and more potent than you ever thought possible.
What matters to many of us today is having the opportunity to create:
- excellent health
- meaningful work
- caring relationships
Is this what matters to you, too?
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We All Have the Same Amount of Time – http://psychcentral.com/lib/2011/168-hours-you-have-more-time-than-you-think/
The Benefits of Momentum – http://lifehacker.com/281626/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret
The Basics on Inflammation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflammation