People often define a “good life” as “looking good”, “feeling good” and “having the goods”. But it goes much deeper than this.
Life is really good:
• When it is filled with happiness, discovery and love
• When you wake up and go to bed with a smile on your face, giving thanks for another great day
• When you are passionate about your work
• When you are surrounded by people you love, respect, admire and learn from
• When you have no regrets about your past and no doubts about your future
There are no secrets to living a good life, but there are a few keys that we sometimes overlook. Here are 7 of them that came to mind:
1. Find your direction in life.
For a long time I had been frantically looking for my one and only life purpose. I was afraid that I would not be able to figure it out before I died and my life would be meaningless and wasted.
Slowly it has dawned on me, that I do not have to look for THE life purpose and see it as a goal that I must accomplish. All I have to do is to choose the direction that I would like to follow and take the first step.
A well-lived life does not sum up to some objective result. It is a continuous journey, a process of self-discovery, self-improvement and self-realization. Your life purpose might be hidden from you at the moment, but it does not mean that you should be standing still. Find the path that is aligned with your inner values, life goals and heart-felt desires and everything else will fall into place.
2. Take care of yourself.
I believe it was Deepak Chopra who said, “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” There is no doubt that you can live a good life without paying attention to your diet, your lifestyle or your physical and emotional health. But if you want to live a good and a long life you have to become more conscious about how to treat your body and start taking good care of yourself.
3. Take care of others.
Buying a new car or going on a tropical vacation will not leave a noticeable mark on your life. But your actions of kindness, compassion, generosity and gratitude will never be wasted. If you want your life to be meaningful, direct a part your resources and efforts towards helping others. When your actions are not driven by selfishness and self-satisfaction, your happiness expands and you find strength and energy that you never thought you had.
4. Fulfill your obligations.
A ‘good life’ does not always equate to doing what you like. A big part of it is duties and obligations that we have towards our parents, spouse, children, colleagues, customers and even strangers. At times it may be difficult to fulfill these obligations, but there is tremendous pleasure in living according to your conscious and doing what is right, even if it seems inconvenient and onerous.
5. Cultivate friendship.
What is life if there is no room in it for love and friendship? What is the point of working hard if you have no one to share it with? What is the point of living in a mansion if there is no laughter to fill it? The best moments of our life become brighter and happier only if shared with others. And who better to share your joys and sorrows with than true friends?
6. Set a good example.
Your actions, words and even your energy influence the world about you. Even when you are not aware of it, you set an example for those around you. Make sure that you encourage rather than demotivate, look for solutions rather than complain, listen rather than argue and offer help rather than give out suggestions. Become an inspiration to others and your life will never be wasted.
7. Believe in something greater than you.
There is nothing more limiting, empty and disheartening than a self-centered life of a human being who believes in nothing greater than them self. I think deep down we all feel that there is something bigger and more powerful than our mind will ever be able to comprehend. Some people call it Universe, some God, some Absolute love. As long as Who you believe in goes beyond financial achievements and materialistic success, and urges you to strive for spiritual growth, kindness and self-actualization, you are on the right track. And your life will only get better! – From Arina
What does a ‘good life’ mean to YOU?
What is your Key to living happily?