Whether we’re enhancing our wellness or trialling the latest beauty trends, we’re constantly trying to better ourselves and, you know, have a great life.
But if you’re down on your luck and looking for more reason to get out of bed in the morning, one man is convinced he can help.
In a new book, How to Have a Great Life, author Paul McGee reveals how to make sure you’re living your best life – and who doesn’t want that?
Here, exclusively for GLAMOUR UK, he shares five simple ways to enhance your life. Pens at the ready…
1. Make Peace With Paradox
Life can be complicated and we’re often overwhelmed with conflicting advice as we strive to find the right answer to life’s challenges.
Well relax. There’s rarely ‘the right answer’. The truth is, life is not straight-forward. It’s complex, messy and not clear cut. The journalist Tony Schwartz wrote ‘Let go of certainty, realise it’s opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox’.
2. Follow the Safety Announcements
Next time you’re flying, pay particular attention to the part of the safety announcement that says “If there is a drop in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will come down. Please secure your own mask first before helping others.” That’s a great metaphor for life. The reality is, we can be so busy taking care of other people’s needs that we sometimes neglect our own.
Remember this: Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s crucial to your success and sanity. Put your own oxygen mask on first.
3. Manage Your Mental Diet
Take a moment to think about the person you have most conversations with and talk to almost continuously. Guess what? It’s you! The question is, how helpful are those internal conversations? Do they build you up or drag you down?
Here’s one way to inject some positivity: Just before you go to sleep, review your day and come up with a list called your ‘Thankful Four’. That’s four things that you’re grateful for from that day. They can literally be anything from getting a seat on the train, to having a laugh with a colleague at work. Repeat this exercise when you wake up. By doing so, you start and end each day with gratitude not a grump.
4. Break The Golden Rule
We’re often encouraged to ‘treat people as you would like to be treated’. But the reality is, people are different. What floats your boat doesn’t necessarily float mine. How about you break the golden rule and treat people as they want to be treated?
5. Take Your Talk For A Walk
Ever suffered from ‘Action Illusion?’ The main symptom being constantly talking about what you’re going to do rather than doing it. Here’s the deal: a great life doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by action. So, quit the talking and do some walking.
Ready to live your best life?