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16 Signs Your Dad Is Your Best Friend

16 Signs Your Dad Is Your Best Friend

You watch TV, ride your bikes, and eat together. You know all of his cheesy jokes by heart, but they still make you laugh. He always listens to your stories and you have a great time together. You even feel comfy lying down next to him in your pajamas looking like a big mess. A really good male friend? Totally. Except that your best buddy is more than a few years older than you, and you call him… Dad. What are the 16 signs that your Dad is your best friend?

1. He is one of the people you know the longest.

He is always there and he always has been. Friendship can be measured by the amount of time you spend together – and you’ve spent time with him your whole life. Though he had a million other things to do, he was never too busy when you really needed him. The time you’ve had together is already more than enough reason to consider you Dad your best friend.

2.  He has knowledge and experience that none of your friends have.

He is the person whose advice you trust the most. You might have other friends and family, but when you need really important advice you always head to him. He can give you advice about what career path to choose, where to invest your first earned money, and what to wear for a date. You value his viewpoint more than anyone else’s and he’s willing to help you – from the bottom of his heart.

3.  He is the person with whom you shared your first little discoveries about the world.

The two of you have shared so many precious moments together. You still miss your secret places where you spent your free time together. He taught you so many important things about life like how to woodwork, how to climb a tree, and how to not care what other people say about you.

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    4.  He walked on all fours, pretending he was an animal to cheer you up.

    When you were upset, he would do the stupidest things just to cheer you up. Remember when he pretended to be a monster, put on stupid hats, and did whatever he could to make you happy? Because putting a smile on your face warmed his heart, he didn’t stop clowning until your face shone with happiness.

    5. He carried you on his hands when your little feet hurt.

    Who else on earth would do something like that for you?

    6. He always takes your side.

    He took your side against your mom when you did something wrong. He would do anything to make you happy, and he was never able to say ‘no’ to you.

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    Signs Your Dad Is Your Best Friend

      7. He was the first person you had a beer with.

      He knew you would become an adult sooner than he expected, and that you would be keen to experience new things – even the things that aren’t really good for you. He was tolerant and wise enough to be the first to show them to you – and take care of you, if needed.

      8. He prefered to lose sleep so he could pick you from parties in the middle of the night.

      He understood that teenagers do crazy things. He waited up for you text him, so he could pick you up and make sure you made it home safe.

      9. He witnessed all your weird love affections.

      You asked him for sticky tape when you wanted to post a huge cheesy poster of the Backstreet Boys or Justin Bieber on your wall. And he helped you out without saying a word.

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      10. He encouraged you to try crazy things, even when your mother was panicked with fear.

      He understands the adventurous souls of young people. He supported your solo trips, extreme sports, and other risky passions – when your mother would rather have locked you in your room.

      11. He was there for you when you experienced heartbreak for the first time.

      He was discrete when you spent all day shut in your room with a broken heart because your sweetheart rejected you at a school party. He wanted to find and torture anyone who would even think about hurting you.

       Signs Your Dad Is Your Best Friend

        12. He is the first person you call.

        You know he’ll pick your call, no matter what he’s doing – or what time it is. You love to talk with him on the phone and share the news of your day. You call him when you feel lonely, when you’re broke, when you can’t make a decision, or when you need an advice on how to hang a picture on the wall…

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        13. He put high standard for potential partners so it’s difficult to find someone who will be as amazing as him.

        Having an amazing dad is both lucky and an obstacle at the same time. If you grew up with him, he’s probably your model for men or for people in general. How could you even take a person seriously who isn’t as good as him and can’t take care of you as well as he did?

        14. He likes to hang out with your friends.

        He’ll always find some excuse to visit when your friends are over. Hanging out with people your age makes him feels younger and he likes to share his brilliant stories. Your friends think he’s hilarious and like to have beers with him.

        15. He never changes.

        He’s like a rock. You might not see each other for a long time, but when you meet it’s like nothing ever changed. He’s always truly himself around you; he’s more genuine than anyone else.

        16. He’s the only person you can’t imagine ever living without.

        Life changes all the time, and people come and go. When we’re busy growing up, it’s easy to forget that our parents are growing older, too. We’re lucky to have them in our lives for a limited amount of time, so don’t take them for granted! If many of the signs I’ve listed seem familiar to you, you’re a lucky person – your Dad is your best friend. Be sure to thank him for it!

        Featured photo credit: Father and daughter laughing and bonding via shutterstock.com

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        Last Updated on January 17, 2019

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

        More Resources About Mindfulness

        Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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