Loving your life is the best way to live a happy life because you quit comparing yourself to others when you truly cherish your life. Besides this, loving your life makes you value yourself, and it results in you becoming an optimistic individual.
Here is how you can love your life
- Associate with people who love you
Towards the end of 2017, I realized that I hated my life because I always spent my time with people who never appreciated me. I associated with individuals who constantly reminded me of my weaknesses hence making me hate my life.
However, when I changed friends and made friends with people who loved me and embraced all my weaknesses, something strange happened. I immediately liked who I was, and I started loving my life.
Therefore, if you want to love your life, associate with people who value you, and make you feel worthy.
- Discover your purpose
I believe you came to fulfill a certain purpose, and you will love your life if you discover this purpose, and work on fulfilling it.
Finding and working on your purpose makes you value and adore your life because you’ll realize that you are a valuable and unique individual with an impact that no one apart from you can bring to the world.
- Help the needy
Research reveals that helping people makes you love your life because it results in you being happy and positive. Besides this, helping makes you love your life because you realize that your life means so much to another person and that your hardships are nothing compared to those of the people you are helping.
‘Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.’ Booker Washington: American Educator, Author, & Advisor.
- Discover your talents and utilize them
Discovering and using your talents makes you love your life because you realize that you possess abilities that many people don’t have. Also, you’ll start focusing on the positive aspects of your life once you start exploiting your talents/strengths.
- Practice Thankfulness
Similar to discovering your strengths, thankfulness makes you focus on the positive aspects of your life hence making you love your life. Today, we hate our lives because we love comparing ourselves with other folks, and we mostly focus on the negative aspects of our lives.
For you to love your life and focus on the positives, you must practice thankfulness. Be grateful for everything good that has happened to you, and be thankful because you live a better life than half of the world’s population.
Remember that almost 2.5 billion people in the world live below 2 US dollars a day, and 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty.
Therefore, for you to love your life, you must associate with people who love you, discover your purpose, help the needy, exploit your talents, and practice thankfulness.
Remember, life might be tough but you will have a positive attitude towards it if you love your life. You will feel fulfilled, and you will realize that life is an exciting adventure once you start loving your life.
You are free to add more ways in which we can love our lives in the comment box below.
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Modern Society: Its Obsession with the Future & the Problems with This Obsession
Recently, while thinking about life, I discovered the greatest error of modern society: our obsession with the future.
We are trained to focus on the future from a young age. When we start school, it trains us to focus on passing our exams so that we have a great future. And when we grow up, our friends and relatives urge us to focus on getting a good job that will ensure a successful future. After getting the job, our colleagues tell us that life will only get better when we get promoted.
For this reason, almost everyone is future-obsessed. We wake up thinking about the future, spend the day thinking about the future, and sleep thinking about it. Everything we do is concerned with the future, and we are seldom in the present moment. We are so obsessed with the future that we sometimes succumb to depression because we can’t predict whether our future will be bright.
It’s time we stop obsessing about the future because this obsession has several disadvantages. For instance, it has blinded us from seeing what’s happening to our world. Most of us are unaware that greed is causing the extinction of our forests, water sources, and animals because we are busy planning for the future. We are unaware that there’s no future without the natural environment.
Furthermore, over-focusing on the future has prevented us from seeing the beauty of the present moment. We can’t take a break and take a walk in nature, or watch the beautiful sky at night and other amazing views that surround us because we are busy thinking about the future.
Moreover, we can’t find time to think about our relationship with Infinite Intelligence/God, and we seldom allocate time for prayer and meditation because such activities will waste our time. The time we need to obsess about the future.
As well, most of us can’t connect with the radiant light of Infinite Intelligence because our minds are always in the future. Infinite intelligence exists in the present moment, and therefore, obsessing about the future cuts our connection to it.
Instead of over-focusing on the future, we must strive to focus on the present moment because of its immense benefits. The present moment connects us to a powerful and unlimited intelligence and increases our chances of having peak experiences. Besides this, focusing on the present moment enables us to notice what’s happening around us.
Lastly, this focus ensures that we align our actions, decisions, and thoughts with the type of future we want, and it also opens our eyes to the infinite opportunities around us that we seldom notice because we are busy thinking about the future.
PEACE BE WITH YOU.
N/B – Some readers might think this article wants them to avoid thinking about the future completely. However, this article supports thinking and planning for the future. It only discourages overthinking or obsessing about it. Its main message is, ‘you are free to plan and think about the future but don’t obsess about it.’
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The Most Effective Gratitude Formula
I embraced gratitude after reading that gratitude is beneficial for one’s mental and spiritual health. However, I never experienced the benefits of gratitude even after practicing it for a while.
It then dawned on me that I used the wrong gratitude formula after reading Joe Vitale’s book, The Secret Prayer. In the book, Joe Vitale provides an amazing gratitude formula that enabled me to experience all the benefits of gratitude.
According to Joe Vitale, we must practice gratitude by being thankful for all the small things in our lives. He thus provided the following example of a gratitude prayer for a small pottery bowl:
‘Thank you, bowl, for being in my life and for being present in this corner of my desk to brighten and beautify this corner of my life. I am so deeply appreciative of your rich red, which reminds me of manifestation and the root chakra. I appreciate your red color, beautiful little pottery bowl. Thank you for reminding me how connected to the earth we are as I think about the clay, which the potter utilized to mold and shape you, beautiful pottery bowl (Joe Vitale, The Secret Prayer).’
This gratitude prayer reminded me about the many small things that I took for granted even though they helped me in my daily life. For this reason, I created gratitude prayers for my laptop, spoon, chair, table, cup, shoes, bed, mattress, and every small thing I had.
For instance, I thanked my laptop for enabling me to conduct internet research and post articles. Primarily, I thanked it for enabling me to make money from home. Besides this, I thanked my mattress for enabling me to sleep comfortably, and for reminding me that some people sleep on a cold floor.
The gratitude prayers for my laptop, mattress and all other small things made me realize that I always take my blessings for granted. I realized how foolish I was not to notice that I am blessed with the little things I need to live a comfortable life.
You must also try this gratitude formula and you’ll be amazed by how it will make you a positive and happy person. Create a gratitude prayer for everything that makes you happy or comfortable. By doing this, you’ll realize that you are always blessed even in hard times because you never lack the small but important things. You seldom lack food to eat, clothes to wear, a bed to sleep, a phone to communicate with your loved ones, and many other things.
Peace be with you.
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