7 Tips For Living A Connected Life
An article by James Clear reminded me of some gaps in my life. It’s been a painful stretch the last few years and I’ve made it worse by isolating. I know the importance of doing these items, but after reading his article, it really hit home for me. So I’m writing a love note to myself in the form of these reminders. I hope they help you too!
Here is James’ article on 10 Common Mistakes that Prevent You from Being Happy and Healthy. It offers some very common things we do, like stay in jobs we hate, that work against our highest good. To me, doing what you love and being connected are the most important items on his list.
Since I prefer positive focus, I’ve adopted his ideas to create a list of things to help us live connected and happy lives. In fact, I believe that connection is the most important ingredient in a happy life. Meaning often comes from contribution, which in turn creates connection and contentment which are deeper than the passing feeling of happiness. I’ve written previously about the power of meaning to create lasting fulfillment.
Here are my top 7 tips for living a fulfilled and connected life.
- Do what you love. This is the piece that’s tripping me up. I know that doing what you love creates a flow of happiness, contribution, sharing and connecting. I love my writing and blog, but haven’t aligned them with making a living. I aspire to do what I love, helping the world and being rewarded for my gifts. That’s my vision and goal.
- Focus on contribution. This is the most important way to create connections. I believe if we all focused on giving, we could turn the world into a loving, harmonious and healthy place. Service is the foundation for a connected life. By helping others, you connect beyond yourself, live purposefully and create meaning and lasting happiness.
- Nurture your spirit. Most of us have some kind of spiritual practice. Do anything that helps you find peace, quiet and stillness. For some people, meditation works. My results are erratic, but I usually find peace in nature with no effort. She offers her gifts freely! Even sitting still can quiet the mind and body, returning us to our source and wholeness.
- Nurture your body. For me, time in nature, filtered water and exercise are the foundations for good health. Taking care of our bodies helps us live our dreams and bring more grounded love into the world. Here are my top 7 healthy habits. Gardening is a joy that nurtures me too.
- Love what you do. This might be the secret ingredient to make everything else work better in your life. Many of us want to do work we love (myself included) and I’m not suggesting that we give up exploring our passions and gifts. I’ve found that “how” we live in the world is often more important than what we do. So while you’re exploring your dream work, love what’s in front of you. Enjoy the events and processes of daily life.
- Practice gratitude. Gratitude is the foundation for building a life of blessings. If we don’t appreciate what we currently have, it’s not likely we will attract or create better circumstances. Here is a heartfelt post and poem called open your heart to gratitude.
- Hang out with people you enjoy and who feed your spirit. We all need people, even introverts who like to isolate like me! I’ve had periods in my life when I was more socially engaged and MUCH happier, so I vow to make this #2 on my list after getting a job! Thankfully, I still have friends locally, around the country and the world. Thanks for your love and support. One day maybe I’ll act on my idea to travel the world visiting friends and supporting myself with odd jobs!
May you find those people and activities that nourish and connect you to something bigger than yourself. Blessings, Brad