Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

8 Things Life Has Taught Me – Ladies, Pass It On

1. Take the time to really evaluate your goals

Most people spend years of their lifetime on things they don’t ever want. You need to stop for a second and let yourself think about the things you value. But, don’t stop there! Make the changes needed to realize your new goals.

For some women, this could be focusing on their emotional and spiritual goals. For others, it means being a better mother or saving money for rainy days.

2. STOP Trying to Please Everyone

If you are a people-pleaser who tries to keep everyone happy, you know that it is a vicious cycle, leaving you ineffective and frustrated. You have a limited amount of energy, so make sure you spend it wisely!

Sometimes, this would be saying no to family reunions or overtime at work. We all need time to recharge the batteries, and once we start doing it, our sanity and relationships will thank us.

3. Learn to Age Gracefully

The marketing industry has made a lot of money by persuading women that they aren’t smart, beautiful, or important enough. Once you start appreciating your appearance at whatever stage it is in, you will start feeling much happier.

In a May 2017 interview, Ali McGraw said, “I remember in those early days spending too much time worrying about whether I looked okay. That is really boring. The minute that every single thing is perfect, you’ve lost your s.e.x.u.a.l.i.t.y, as far as I’m concerned. Where’s the juice?”

4. Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People

While not comparing to those in your surroundings can be difficult, the truth is that nobody`s lives are the same as they seem. Instead of comparing yourself to others and destroying your self-esteem, learn to value life. Learn from mistakes, value the good, and find comfort in the bad times.

Ali McGraw said in an interview, ““Perfect…I don’t think it exists. It’s a peculiar obsession. Being a decent human being, interacting and connecting with other people — really, really connecting — is more important than anything.”

5. Don’t Wait For Recognition

Unfortunately, your work will go unnoticed most of the time, so learn to appreciate yourself . Being grateful to yourself is of utmost importance, opposed to expecting others to show their appreciation. You should also teach your children to be grateful!

6. Seize the Day!

Be adventurous! Try out new things! Visit new places! Step out of your comfort zone! Forgive. Love fiercely. Get the most of life!

7. Pass Down Your Stories

The new generation can learn so many things from you and the experiences you have accumulated over the decades. While this seems unnecessary, the truth is that you will be amazed by how many listeners you can gather and how many people will be happy to learn more about you and your life story.

8. Being Healthy Shouldn’t Be Stressful

Physical and mental health go hand in hand, contrary to popular belief. If you check your weight daily or feel guilty after each missed workout, you are neglecting an important aspect of your health. In addition to the fact that stress can be associated with a wide range of health issues, the point of taking care of your health is so that you can enjoy life.

Sources: http://seizepositivity.com

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Once You Learn These 5 Brutal Truths About Life, You’ll Be A Much Better Person

We have all gone through some obstacles at a certain point of our lives in the name of survival. We often tend to deny them as they are difficult to deal with. However, as difficult as they are to bear, it is imperative if we want to live a fulfilling life.

According to Buddhism, happiness is based on embracing and accepting the negative aspects of life. Denying them turns a blind eye to real life and makes us resist the natural forces of the universe. This article focuses on 5 truths about the life we would all benefit from knowing!

#1 Worrying is useless

Worrying is created in the mind and really doesn’t offer any value to our lives. Will worrying change what’s going to happen? If not, then it’s a waste of time. As Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh says below, try to remain in the present moment without putting labels on your “future conditions of happiness.”

“Worrying does not accomplish anything. Even if you worry twenty times more, it will not change the situation of the world. In fact, your anxiety will only make things worse. Even though things are not as we would like, we can still be content, knowing we are trying our best and will continue to do so. If we don’t know how to breathe, smile,and live every moment of our life deeply, we will never be able to help anyone. I am happy in the present moment. I do not ask for anything else. I do not expect any additional happiness or conditions that will bring about more happiness. The most important practice is aimlessness, not running after things, not grasping.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.

#2 If we want to be happy, we must see reality for what it is

According to Buddhist philosophy, we must see reality for what it is. We need to be open minded and open to the truth, instead of focusing on our own unrealistic opinions. Many people choose to remain positive by avoiding negative situations, but what we need to do is to confront them. According to Buddhist master Pema Chödrön,

“We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs – or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality- or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious – to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs – is the best use of our human lives.”

#3 We need to accept change actively

We always have to remember that change is the only constant. The most basic example of this saying is the change from day to night and night to day on a daily basis. There is nothing that remains unchanged in the world, which is why it is only painful when we hold on to things as they are and cannot find the strength to accept change as it happens. As we grow up, one also has to find the maturity to be secure enough to embrace change because of its unavoidable nature. There is not much to life if we exclude change out of the workings of the Universe. It is the only law.

#4 The root of suffering is pursuing temporary feeling

Most people crave feelings of happiness, such as joy, euphoria, and excitement. However, these feelings are temporary and the pursuit of them turns into suffering. True happiness comes from inner peace and it is based on a feeling of being satisfied and happy with your true self. Yuval Noah Harari explains that people can stop suffering only when they understand the impermanent nature of their feelings and stop craving them.

#5 Meditation is the path to reducing suffering

Meditation teaches us that everything is impermanent, especially our feelings. It teaches us that the present moment is all that exists. And when we truly realize that, we become content and happy, according to Yuval Noah Harari:

“This is the aim of Buddhist meditation practices. In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. All kinds of feelings go on arising and passing – joy, anger, boredom, lust – but once you stop craving particular feelings, you can just accept them for what they are. You live in the present moment instead of fantasising about what might have been. The resulting serenity is so profound that those who spend their lives in the frenzied pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it.” – Yuval Noah Harari.

Source: http://seizepositivity.com, dailypositiveinfo.com, ideapod.com