Life Secrets

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Cut gluten from your diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye oats and barley. Like so many other substances today, gluten is not meant to be put into our bodies.

 

Do pushups (100 of them!). Pushups are the easiest way to get into an exercise routine and the most complete upper body workout available without weights. Doing three sets of pushups until fall every other day is a simple way to tone up your chest, arms, back and abs.

 

Go for walks. Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, depressed, angry or [insert crappy emotion here], take a walk. It’s a sure-fire way to hit the reset button and get back into a positive mindset.

 

Spend time alone each day. Being alone is a form of meditation that helps us realign with who we really are.

 

Practice Stoicism. Stoicism is centered on being unaffected by misfortune. A good stoic will recognize that mishaps will inevitably occur so he/she is constantly ready and open to experiencing them.

 

Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is born with different strengths and weaknesses.

 

Compare yourself to others. Use the success of others as motivation to continue growing and learning. Competition is strong medicine and can be used to your advantage if you don’t get too caught up in it. Strive to achieve a balance between No. 6 and No. 7.

 

Recognize the duality of every truth. As you likely noticed, No. 6 and No. 7. contradict each other, and yet both are solid truths. This is an example of how most great truths have some level of duality to them. Life is not absolute.

 

Try to be rejected every day. Instead of fearing rejection, make it a daily goal! Good applications include asking for phone numbers, job positions, partnerships and advice.

 

Rejoice in not knowing. Be proud of your ignorance of a topic. Knowing everything is overrated. Embrace the areas where you know you are ignorant.

 

Recognize the golden glow of retrospect. When you look back at a difficult event in your life, it no longer holds the same feeling that you experienced at the time. If you can assume this perspective in the future looking back, you can apply some aspects of that mindset while going through an event.

 

Resist nothing. Resistance has many forms but there is a simple test to know if you are in resistance or not. Does this thought make you feel good or bad? If it makes you feel bad then it is a form of resistance. For example, you are driving on the freeway and you miss your exit. Instead of getting angry and wishing you had not missed it, accept your circumstance and laugh about it.

 

Take naps. Twenty to twenty-five minutes is all you need to wake up refreshed without feeling groggy. Taking a quick nap in the evening is a great way to get a burst of motivation and energy for the rest of the night.

 

Transition to Internet TV. If you’re still spending your leisure time in front of a TV, consider the new web-based streaming options to traditional cable/satellite. Since you actually have to go through and choose something to watch instead of mindlessly flipping through channels, you’ll have to think twice before zombie-ing out to some reality show re-runs.

 

Master what you do most often. Take the time to become the best you can be at the small things you do most often. You will save yourself loads of time, plus it’s fun to be really good at something

 

Figure out the minimum income you need to be free. Find a way to be able to do what you love without having to slave away at a job all day. Calculate exactly how much money you would need per month/year to be free. Minimalism is the goal.

 

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. What are you currently giving up to have your “success”? Your time? Your dreams? Time with your family and friends? Your health? Decide if your current sacrifices are worth what they allow you.

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Be a source of good on your social network. Instead of further inflating these networks full of transient emotions and comments about Lady Gaga, tweet and share content that will help other people and spread happiness.

 

Call your mother. If you’re looking for a way to give someone immense happiness with the least amount of effort, calling your mother is at the top of the list.

 

Make plans to attend at least one crazy event each year. As you all know, we humans remember experiences, not possessions. You remember driving somewhere in that car, not buying or owning the car. So put aside a savings jar to pay for at least one crazy, awesome event each year.

 

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