Make your New Year's resolution about love, laughter, nutrition, exercise
New year, new life. Make 2014 your best year yet. If you want to live a quality, productive life, try implementing these four things into your daily routine.
Love people in general. I don’t necessarily mean finding a partner or romance. But it’s important to take the time to get to know as many people as you can, reach out, and love them. Take a different approach than what you’re used to when you typically meet people. Be kind, engaging, share compliments, care. Be the one to brighten someone’s day, make someone else smile. You will make others feel good about themselves, and you’ll be surprised how good you will feel in return.
Laughter is important to your mental and physical well-being. If I need a good laugh, I’ll manufacture stories about people I know taking a trip to the moon. You may think it’s silly, but if I need a pick me up, I will FIND a way to get a chuckle out of myself. Surround yourself with people who love to laugh with you (not at you). I am most comfortable with people who can laugh at themselves and laugh with others in a kind and loving way. There are times to be serious, no doubt. But some can’t find the funny in anything. Remember that laughter is a clear sign of the enjoyment of life and your surroundings. We are attracted to those people; the laughing, fun-loving people. And if we mirror that, others are attracted to us. You, as an individual, have the ability to walk into a room full of people, captivate them, and leave them happy and having fun.
You know that really deep belly laugh; the one that comes with tears in your eyes and a bellyache? That laugh alone leaves you in euphoria. There is a chemical that is released in your body that produces that feeling. You won’t feel sad after that laugh. Minutes, hours, even days could pass by, and you still feel good. There have been times that laughter has made me forget about my cold, my headache, my bad mood, and more. It is no coincidence that laughter cures diseases. It truly is the best medicine.
Pay attention to the love and laughter you are cultivating and the people you will attract with it. It is definitely contagious. All of the pieces have to work together. Even if someone throws a stab at you, if you live out of love and you love that person, then you won’t be seeing that joke as an insult. Keep the negativity out.
Nutrition often comes to light during the beginning of a new year. People make their resolutions to lose weight and reach a personal goal. Eventually, old habits resurface. As far as nutrition is concerned, ask yourself, “Is this good for me? Is it good for my body?” Take a good look at the food in front of you and make the decision to stay on track. Clearly, your nutrition is a factor in your health. Bad nutrition can lead to a multitude of diseases. And diseases don’t typically surface over night. Repetition in terms of bad nutrition will build up to disease over time. The lifestyle that you lead for years and years will eventually catch up with your body. There is no better time than now to change it.
I met a great doctor, Dr. Fuhrman, who preaches eating organic foods, fruits, vegetables, etc. I apply these ideals to my daily life and throw these foods into a Vitamix to feed my body the proper nutrients. There are thousands of cases where people have adopted these ideals and reversed diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
Of course, you want to look good and proper nutrition will be the jumpstart you need.
Exercise is the last step to bring all of these ideals together into one central, balanced lifestyle. Exercise complements the other three steps, and the puzzle would be incomplete without it. It is the icing on the cake. You don’t need to push yourself to the point of exhaustion. You will find the exercise regiment that is right for you, whether it be walking, biking, weight lifting, swimming, etc.
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A sedentary body will stay sedentary. You have to do something, anything, to achieve your goals. And do it at your own pace. You will look better, and ultimately feel better.
Keep a list of goals and track your progress. You will be amazed what you can accomplish in a short amount of time, but you can’t accomplish your goals without action.
Go for it! It’s a beautiful thing!