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7 Things Every Man Must Accomplish At Least Once In Their Life

7 Things Every Man Must Accomplish At Least Once In Their Life

The world is full of unique opportunities, locations and activities that many of us will never even hear of nevermind actually try out. For anyone in this position, the most effective way to changing this problem and making your life a little bit more comfortable would be to get involved with any of the following tasks along the way. All of these tasks are relatively simple but something that would truly enhance your life; you just need to know what you are thinking of trying to make it work out the best for you!

1. Buy a fine suit

I’m personally not a big fan of materialistic thinking or even dressing smart (I live in soccer football shirts and jogging bottoms!) but I always think that having that suit to make yourself look a million bucks is very important for self-confidence. When you don’t feel great about yourself it can be nice to turn to something like this for a little bit of a boost in terms of your overall confidence and your personal self-esteem

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2. Leave a life-changing tip for someone

whether it’s a beggar or a waitress, leave them a large tip – as large as you can afford – and don’t wait around for the gratification. It will be nice enough to know that the person could be having an awesome day just on the money that you left them. On those days where you feel like a millionaire, share the wealth with those who just aren’t as fortunate at the moment

3. Go to see a band who you adore perform their last ever show

I personally went to see UK genius Mike Skinner as The Streets for the last ever time. It was a truly exemplary performance and to this day I still listen to this music most days; a truly brilliant artist. I’d recommend that you do the same as the feeling of seeing someone who you appreciate musically for the last time is massive

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4. Take a long train trip

We’re talking days and nights length! This is a great way to see the world from a new perspective and make it nice and easy to fully understand the best way to really appreciate the world and everything that it has for us. If you take the time to do this, you’ll really benefit for many years to come as you can recall a truly staggering journey that you aren’t too likely to forget about any time soon! It makes a big difference to have this kind of travel behind you, offering unique insights

5. Produce some creative writing

It might not be something on the “manliest list ever” but if you ever decide to get creative, we suggest that you pen a poem about someone or something that you feel attached to or care about. It makes a big difference to write about something that you are genuinely interested in, making sure that you can get all the help that you need in improving your overall level of experience in life as time goes on. Having a bit of writing experience is great for our self-esteem and our ability to think about life from a differing perspective

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6. Take up the chance to coach a sports team, if you are any good at sports

Personally I love soccer, and I love being able to get down with the local team and show the next generation how to think. I’m not good as a player but I know what to do in situations and can pass that knowledge on to the kids – this will help them become better players. Even if you are into something that isn’t sports, if you can find a class of kids learning about it you should try and impart your genuine knowledge onto their futures

7. Commit to trying something crazy and unexpected

whether it’s going away for a month to Africa to help out and see the world from a fresh perspective or even going abroad to try something like Ayahuasca, there are any things that you should consider trying in your life that would be considered “out there”. This is a more personalized choice, but if you can pick one thing in this world that you want to see up-close – whether that’s the Pyramids in Peru or you want to hallucinate with the Witch Doctor’s of the Amazon – and just book the flights to go see it!

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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