There is no sure-fire road map to success in this day and age, no matter what any advertiser would have you believe; however, there are general things that everyone can do to make life a little easier and make you happier. Life-style changes are directly related to improving your mind, body and spirit.
Being that we are all in college, it’s a safe bet that we are all either actively trying to improve our knowledge base for our own enlightenment or simply pad a résumé for future employers. In either case, you can almost certainly find something that will stimulate your interest and your mind and incorporate it into your daily life.
For me it is going to TED.com and viewing one video a day. Whether it is by Ken Robinson on how schools have killed creativity in this postindustrial economy, or if it’s Jane McGongal speaking on how we can use video games to solve the world’s problems, there is a plethora of videos between five and 40 minutes that will get your brain rolling, and get thoughts stirring.
Because the TED speakers are of many different backgrounds, you can attempt to gain a wider worldview and arguably become a more competent person because of watching a 20 minute video three to five times a week.
This is the part of my trifecta for happiness that everyone focuses on between Dec. 31 and Jan. 14. People get frenzied with radical ideas about changing their physical appearance by drinking spinach smoothies and running 20 miles a day. While doing that consistently will make you more fit, it may also have some adverse health effects such as malnutrition and overworking your muscles.
This likely won’t be a plan you can easily stick with, either. Like grandma always said “everything in moderation,” as you have to ease yourself into diet changes and into running 20 miles every day. A good tip for anybody is to go to your doctor, a dietician or a personal trainer in a gym to discuss what might be right for you and what kind of pace you need to take for healthy weight loss.
I am of the mindset that most people tend to grow out of childhood, and that makes me very sad. It’s true, we should not eat boogers and run into walls for the entirety of our lives, but the reason kids do those things is twofold; one, they don’t know any better, and two, they have no fear of failing.
Because we know better and we have expectations of us as adults, we lose our spontaneity and sense for adventure. I think this is a loss of a valuable resource to the human race as we are breeding safer and safer generations that don’t want to do and embrace strange things because they are strange.
So, my first tip for maintaining a healthy spirit is to just be weird once a day; maybe not in front of your boss, but at least with friends or in the privacy of your own home.
The next is to do something you think you can’t, and I don’t mean fly. I mean try something new that you didn’t previously think was possible for you: start a novel, paint something, build something, try to make a business, cook dinner, write a song or write some computer codes. Even if you fail, you will gain something from the experience and that is certainly worth the price of admission.
It is these little victories that can forge people and improve our imaginations, self-image, perception of reality, and general sense of fulfillment.
By: Sean Burke