The most important things in this life today

In today’s digital world, many of us are thrown by social status, materialistic items including luxuries so how would you blame anyone? We are constantly being shown that the image of perfection includes these things, with edited Instagram images or reality TV shows highlighting the elite and so on.

However, status, designer products and expensive items are worth nothing; they will not make you happy nor healthy. So, regardless of where you are in the world, the most important things on your list should include the following.

  1. Family

While you may sometimes argue and get annoyed with your family, they are your unit and the ones that you can turn to in times of happiness and sorrow. No matter what you go through with your family, they will always be there to guide and support you and to help you learn and grow as a person.

The love from a family member is unconditional and should not be taken for granted. Some people go through life without truly appreciating just how important having their family’s support is and spend the majority their existence feeling unhappy. So, if you don’t usually show your family how much they mean to you, now is the time to you should start!

2. Love

Love is very important aspect of your life – it doesn’t just relate to having a partner. You will love your partner in a unique way, but you will also have unchangeable affection for your family and friends.

Love is also the feeling that will drive you throughout your career, extracurricular activities, interests and hobbies. Moreover, you will experience love in its varying forms; you may go on holiday and fall in love with a particular city, cuisine or culture. What’s vital is that you embrace everything that you love and enjoy.

3. Health

Being healthy is the single, most important part of our existence – without good health, our lives can be cut short. That said, it’s important not to take good health for granted and feed our bodies nutrients that they deserve by eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity.

4. Friends

Just like family, friends are very important part of our existence and happiness. There are people that can share the best parts of your life with you and will be there as a confidant when you need to talk about personal issues.

While real friends are hard to come by, most will have a handful of trusted friends that they can rely on. And even though you may outgrow certain friends during different stages of your life, you will have opportunities to form new relationships with people that you come across.

5. Purpose

Having a purpose is a fundamental component of living a fulfilling life. Without purpose, we won’t have the motivation to achieve great things or even do something simple such as getting out of bed in the morning. According to psychologist Steve Taylor, not having a purpose ‘makes us more vulnerable to boredom, anxiety, and depression.’

Meanwhile, having a strong sense of purpose can have a positive effect on our lives. If you take a page out of the books of successful entrepreneurs, most of them made it by having a drive and a sense of purpose. They worked hard because they were confident of what they could achieve – and this purpose is something that we need to follow to feel accomplished in life.

6. Passion

Along with purpose comes passion; our desires, our dreams and our hopes in life. When you’re passionate about something, you’re going to work hard to achieve it.

7. Wellness

Besides having a healthy body, it’s essential to have a healthy mind also! Luckily, we live in a time where mental wellbeing is at the forefront, and those who struggle with any mental health disorders are being given the treatment and care that they need to lead a happy life.

That said, there are many ways that you can improve your wellbeing. Find activities that help you relax; whether it’s meditating daily, listening to a motivational podcast or simply going for a walk to gather your thoughts. Whatever method you choose, ensure that your wellbeing is at the forefront of each of these activities.

8. Education

Having a good education will help you progress in life. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must complete higher education to be successful. What it does mean is that you should continue to learn new things on a daily basis.

The method of education is entirely up to you – you might want to watch an education video, documentary or film; read a book or the news. What is important is the knowledge you gain from your education and how you choose to apply it within your life.

9. Time

Having the ability to value time really matters in life. Time is precious and priceless, and it should be taken advantage of. When you have the best understanding of time, you can form good habits and structure your daily activities. You can do things that will help you progress and also schedule time to spend with family, friends and hobbies.

10. Sleep

Sleep also plays an important role in life. As you might have read some in Healthline articles, ‘Sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours per night is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.’ But lack of sleep doesn’t only put our health at risk, as it also has a negative effect on our mood. Ever noticed how you’ve been grouchy and irritable when you’ve not had enough sleep? That’s because poor sleep quality is directly linked to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety as some reports stated.

11. Water

Water is the most critical part of survival – without clean water, we wouldn’t be able to live. Our bodies are made up of up to 60% of water, and it’s used in all our cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate our temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Therefore, to ensure that we aren’t dehydrated and at risk of falling ill, we need to drink at least six glasses of water per day.

12. Food

While food can be an indulgence and a hobby, it’s also a necessary part of our existence. Our body will need carbohydrates, protein, fat, minerals and vitamins to function and stay healthy. So, to maintain our health, we need to rely on a healthy and balanced diet.

Published by Abo Aondofa Ephraim

Teacher

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