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Strategies to Enhance Your Quality of Life

Starting off this year with my 1st post for 2014.

2013 has been a good year for me and my family. New additions to the family, new business endeavors and a lot more!

Your life is a mish-mash of people, places and responsibilities to fulfill. Yet, in all this busyness, you want to etch out moments of pleasant times with family and friends, doing exactly what you want to do. You have a right to do these things and enjoy your life!

How can you achieve such a positive quality of life?

1. Know what makes your heart sing. Be connected with your own feelings, wants and needs. What makes you feel truly happy? No matter what it is - listening to music, spending time with your kids or talking on the phone with a friend from college - make room for those things that fill your heart with joy.

2. Spend time in nature as often as you can. It's no secret that when you're under pressure at work, escaping into nature will bring you back to feelings of peace and tranquility. A walk in the park, sitting on a bench gazing into a lake or trudging down your street feeling the snow beneath your boots will bring you back to what's real.

3. Pause and reflect each day. Stop yourself from the rush and hub-bub of life. Sit quietly and reflect on how you feel, how you're spending your time that day and whether you're happy with how your life is going.

4. Learn something. Nothing enhances the quality of your life like gaining knowledge. Exposing yourself to new information will make you hunger for more intellectual stimulation. And intellectual stimulation enhances what you think, how you feel and how you live.

5. Interact with another human on a genuine level. Sometimes at work, you go through the motions of being social. "Hello, how are you?... I'm fine." Interacting on a genuine level means you "get real" with the other person. Tell them what's actually on your mind today. How is your day truly going? Be real with someone every day.

6. No matter what you do during the day, put all your effort into it. If you're going to engage in a task, focus on it, think about it and complete it. Make an effort. Put your heart and soul into it. Also, strive for improvement in whatever you do.

7. Live consciously each day. Stay connected with yourself daily. Ponder how you relate to your family members. Think about how you fulfill your role at work. Consider what you eat, drink and do each day. Live life with a purpose.

8. Do what you want to do. Find time in each day to engage in activities that you want to do. Go for a walk. Work out at the gym. Read to your kids. Get your art tools out. Follow your heart and do something that pleases you.

9. Make time for social activities. You'll notice yourself feeling better about life whenever you attend social activities that you choose. Chat, laugh and have fun! Social activities round out your life and provide you with balance.

10. Help your community. Are you familiar with what your community offers? Can you name 4 or 5 charities or community programs that you find helpful and worthwhile? If so, contact one or two of them and offer your assistance. Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

* You'll be surprised at how satisfying it is to help others, no matter how you do it. If you haven't yet acquainted yourself with your community's offerings, make it a point to do so. Your life will be enriched.

As you can see, there are many elements to an enhanced quality of life. The good news is that you can work to improve just one of these areas at a time or as many as you want. Focus on living your life to the fullest. Discover the beauty of an enhanced quality of life.


Contest Patti said…
These are all excellent ways to enhance your quality of life. I agree with you point about how satisfying it is to help others - I always find it uplifting.
Lisa Trudell said…
It is amazing how great it feels to make sure you include "you" in your life. It is something that I think we need to make sure we do more of. Thanks for the reminder.
Anonymous said…
You have a beautiful family, & this was a great post, & yes you should live life to the fullest
Ask Dr. Renee said…
Thank you for sharing the pics of your BEAUTIFUL family. I agree with all 10 of these important but simple steps to a positive quality life.

Ask Dr. Renee
Live consciously each day speaks to me. This is definitely what I plan to do this year! Everyday has a purpose & I plan to walk in it daily.
This is a wonderful post! Such words of inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes we lose focus of the important things in life and this serves as a reminder. Thank you for sharing!
All the best to you and your family in the new year :)
I think that people get hung up on what they can do for themselves to make themselves happy without considering what they can do for others to make others happy - which will, in turn, make them happy! Thanks for including helping others!
Mandi said…
I absolutely cannot wait to be outside when it starts to warm up. I love being out in nature (except for the bugs lol) and love to daydream and even brainstorm for work.
Some great recommendations... I really need the social activities one in my life! Glad 2013 was so great for you, I hope 2014 is just as wonderful.
blueviolet said…
You have a beautiful family! I love how you give your all to everything you do. Living with intention is fabulous!
Wish you a very Happy n prosperous new year!!!! Great family picture..

Thanks for sharing tips
Cyndi Buchanan said…
Great list! I love the one about helping the community! I'm always trying to think of things to do with my kids to help our community.
Jayne Townsley said…
All of your tips speak to living a focused life. I love them and especially number 6.
Linda Bouffard said…
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Linda
Joanna Sormunen said…
Congratulations on a good year 2013! And lots of good wishes for the new year of 2014!
Anonymous said…
I implemented many of these last year and it makes such a big difference. You have a very beautiful family! Happy New Year.
Neva Fels said…
Beautiful family. Great message for 2014
Natalie S. said…
These are great tips to live by.
I like your #8 a lot! I think people lose sight of doing what they love, whether its reading, or working out, or just watching tv! Thanks!
Thanks for the tips. It's important to remember this and not get so caught up in everything. Cute pictures :)
Cara Kueck said…
This is a great post! All of these remind me of things I should be doing each day! 1 & 2 especially!
Sh3yZ said…
Very enhancing tips. I also hope good things in life, health, family, and friends and of course more opportunity to make money. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and very positive strategy.
Shannon Wijnker said…
I love #6. That is a great idea. Too often we 'half-ass' it. Where is the passion?
It sounds like you're off to a good year!
Such an inspiring post! These list would really help our everyday life, specially the #3 - I do it all the time. :)

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