I was sitting down with my daughters over breakfast this morning talking about the ways we will try to be healthier in 2017 when we inadvertently came up with the 8 “ate’s.”
Some of the suggestions were hilarious and still quite valuable. I can definitely see how “bacon-ate” would make for a pretty epic 2017, albeit maybe not the healthiest of approaches.
Others suggestions might be less appealing to a larger audience, “procreate” could be a great way to spend the year, while others might be exhausted at the sheer idea of 365 days of procreation.
What we ultimately came up with was some great advice that is fun and easy to remember. Hopefully these things will inspire you to have a great year.
Keep it simple. Get plenty of water. The Mayo Clinic suggests the Adequate Intake (AI) for most men is around 3 liters a day, while the AI for women is about 2.2 liters a day. Ironically this is more than the 8 by 8 rule. Turns out eight 8 ounce glasses a day equates to 1.9 liters. So regardless of your gender, drink more water NOW!
Studies show that only 20 minutes of meditation every day can not only reduce blood pressure but can also improve your immune system. By taking an extra few minutes to focus your mind, you can also see improvements in stress relief, overall brain function and even become more optimistic in general.
By putting an emphasis on concentration when performing specific tasks, studies show that you will see improvements in memory, overall focus, and intuition. The same studies have also shown that greater task focus can even lead to greater inner peace. Concentration is about being deliberate in your accomplishments and leads to greater levels of execution which of course will have you accomplishing the things you wish to succeed at with less stress and less uncertainty.
I googled the importance of good communication, and all the results were about the importance for business organizations to have good communication systems. While this can be hugely important for companies, how does communication in your personal life make an impact? Walden University states that communication in your personal life will lead to better relationships simply for the fact that good communication skills can result in fewer arguments between you and your loved ones. For more specifics on being a better communicator, go to google, there is a plethora of resources. I can attest.
Originally we added “create” to our list, but then we liked originate better; it fit our theme a bit more succinctly. The point is to to breath life into new passions, new endeavors, and new ways of thinking. Pursue art. Become an entrepreneur if you have always wanted to be your own boss. Think of things from a new point of view. Whatever you do, make the profound changes that you need to make to have a more original and unique life experience.
Your emotions are valid. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Just don’t be convinced that your emotions are more important than other people's emotions. The goal when liberating your emotions is to grow in a way that is healthy for you and the people around you. Dr. Judith Orloff describes the process of emotional liberation as one that “leads to happiness, serenity, and a mastery over negativity that pervades daily life”
While propagate can have a very similar meaning to that of procreate, it also means to “spread and promote.” By promoting your own personal brand and spreading your own message you will naturally attract people with similar interests and similar ambitions with can lead to greater confidence and even greater success. Again, it is important to respect the views and opinions of others, but being outspoken about your goals and ambitions can lead to some pretty exciting things.
Lastly, celebrate. Make everyday a celebration. Laugh, smile, be in awe. If you don't make everyday the best day possible then that day becomes a waste. Strive to be the best you, you can be and help others become the best they can be. Make everyday a celebration of life.