BY SOFO ARCHON
Here is a small yet concise guide that will help you to improve the quality of your life, by offering you some practical ways to become happier, healthier, wiser and more peaceful:
1. Turn off your TV
One of the best things I did in my life was that I stopped watching television.
TV is heavily brainwashing us, feeding as biased information and hypnotizing us with superficial things that no sane human being would ever be interested in. Commercials create false needs, thus urging us to consume without end, soap operas offer nothing more than a cheap substitute for the adventure and connections we deep down long for, and journalists turn us into idiots who blindly believe in authority figures.
If you want to improve the quality of your life, be sure to turn off your TV now — or, better, throw it out of your window!
2. Learn to say no
The power of no is tremendous and only those who dare to utilize it can reap the benefits from it.
From a very young age, society has taught us to compromise and follow ready-made paths created by others for us, as if we are sheep following a shepherd. Starting now, make it a conscious choice to escape from the herd and say no to whomever exploits you or makes you do things that your hearts doesn’t feel like doing!
3. Move your body
Nowadays, the majority of people spend most of their time sitting on a chair, not moving their bodies at all. Not surprisingly, they don’t feel vibrant and have lost touch with the immense wisdom of their bodies, feeling a constant sense of sluggishness, not just physically, but mentally too, since the mind and body are intimately connected.
From today, make sure to move your body more, whether that is by walking, running, jumping, doing strength training, martial arts, yoga or whatever you enjoy, and I assure you that this will dramatically boost your energy levels, bringing you health and happiness.
4. Spend time in nature
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would lay down on the grass, climb on trees, jump from cliffs into the sea, listen to birds chirping and you were filled with joy, awe, and wonder? Do you remember when you would play with pebbles on the beach, look at the clouds as they were floating above you, observe the beauty of the stars and contemplate on the vastness of the universe? Now, as an adult, do you remember when was the last time you did any of these things?
Yet, it’s never too late to re-connect with the child within and re-experience the beauty of life! Perhaps the best way to do so is to spend more of your time in nature, whether that is in your backyard, the nearest park, the mountains, or the sea! It doesn’t really matter where, as long as it is an environment pulsating with the life of nature, which will help you to let go of stress, feel calm, find fulfillment and realize what matters most in life.
5. Eat healthy
As you might have heard, you are what you eat. Indeed, the fuel you put in your body will affect its function and condition.
Scientific studies have shown again and again the superiority of a whole, organic plant-based diet. Animal-derived foods, as well as processed, filled-with-pesticides foods are killing people slowly, without them being aware of the poisons that they’re consuming on a daily basis.
If you want to see your physical and mental health improved, be sure to consume foods that are contributing to your well-being and not foods that you eat just out of habit or because you’ve been brainwashed to consume by manipulative advertising from companies that care about nothing other than their economic gain.
6. Enter silence
Think of this: How many minutes did you take today to relax your mind, not thinking about anything in particular, just being in silent communion with yourself and your surroundings?
We’re living in an age of distraction, continually being busy doing things, and as a result we are burdened with immense stress that is ruining our lives. If you want to relieve yourself of that burden, take a few minutes or hours every day sitting or lying down in silence, just observing your sensations, feelings, and thoughts without judging them or being attached to them, until they disperse and you achieve a silent, peaceful state of consciousness.
7. Laugh like a child
When we were children, we used to laugh from the belly, forgetting all our worries and enjoying the simple beauty of the present moment. As adults, most of us don’t laugh a lot anymore–we are serious and look at fun as a waste of time. Only if we would remember how much better our life was when we could still play and let go of our worries!
No matter how many difficulties you’ve been through, never give up finding ways to play and have fun, because happiness always goes hand-in-hand with a big smile.
8. Seek knowledge
Knowledge is power, and without knowledge you can be easily urged to believe and do all sorts of things, no matter how stupid and harmful they are.
Seek knowledge by using any educational tool that helps you to become wiser, like books, articles, or documentaries, and make sure to spend more of your time contemplating on how you to overcome suffering and find contentment.
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