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10 Reasons Athletic Men Make Great Husbands

10 Reasons Athletic Men Make Great Husbands

Men who are athletic have some perks when it comes to being husbands that go beyond being able to play catch with their children or being a valuable asset to the neighborhood basketball team. Having a man who enjoys playing sports around the house can benefit your marriage as well. Here are some reasons why they are great to have as a partner.

1. They have a good sense of discipline

Men who play sports often have a solid grasp on working towards specific goals, whether it is improving the defense or planning a workout to improve their strength. This self-discipline translates well to their role as a husband, whether it is managing the family’s finances or perfecting a chicken alfredo dish that their mother used to make when they were younger.

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2. They tend to be sociable

Guys who are athletic are used to being around people, and enjoy the camaraderie of their teammates. Even if they are into solo sports like biking, running or surfing, they enjoy conversing with their fellow bikers, runners or surfers that they see when they train on the trails or the beach. There are many moments as a couple where you will be in social situations and it is nice to have someone by your side who can carry a conversation.

3. They know the benefits of friendly competition

Husbands who are involved in sports are always ready for a little harmless competition between their wives. Whether it is a race to see who can get to the car first or a bet on who will win The Bachelor, life is more fun with these games.

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4. They are often healthier

It goes without saying that husbands who enjoy sports are in good health. This translates well to their relationship at home because not only are they physically fit, but working out makes them mentally happier as well. It also means that they tend to support healthier eating habits for their families as well.

5. They are great role models

Men who have a good sense of discipline from playing sports make great role models for their children. Your children will always look up to their dad as someone who works hard toward their goals, no matter how hard they may be.

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6. They known how to deal with obstacles

Men who are into sports are familiar with hardships that may arise, from a sprained ankle to disagreements with team members. This translates well to their role as a husband because they can face life’s obstacles with grace and not give up when the going gets rough.

7. They know the importance of teamwork

Husbands who enjoy sports know that teamwork is crucial to the success of their team. This carries over to their role as a husband because they understand the importance of unity as a family and working together towards common goals.

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8. They have great leadership skills

Men who play sports are likely to have leadership ability because they often have to make important discussions while they are playing, whether it is to do a certain move or to discuss team strategy with fellow teammates. In life there will be a lot of difficult decisions that you have to make together as a team and it is reassuring to know that you have someone with a strong sense of leadership by your side.

9. They have a lot of energy

Having a husband who is energetic and willing to be up for new adventures is always a plus. Men who are athletic are usually willing to go on a spontaneous bike ride or take a summer road trip along the coast.

10. They can be flexible in their ways

For some men, it can be hard transitioning into marriage from being a bachelor. Luckily, sporty husbands are more likely to help with the daily chores around the house because they are used to trying new moves or plays that their coach or teammates suggest, and they know that taking up a new task is important for the success of the team.

Featured photo credit: Beckham/Nathan Forget via flickr.com

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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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