While chatting to Yelena the Barista this morning, she mentioned that she was going to fly using hand gestures.
“Where?” I asked.
“I’m off to Berlin, I’ve got no plans” she responded, adding, “live life.”
This was very inspirational. Yelena was dedicated to living life and making the most of every day. And it got me thinking that, while most of us can’t literally pack ours bags and create a new life, we can try breaking our routine or creating new and interesting activities.
Sometimes we lose perspective. We focus on the things that ultimately don’t bring us happiness. A good friend’s wife passed away this week after a ferocious battle with cancer. She spent her 40th birthday in agonizing pain in the intensive care unit. Her last words were not focused on her career, house or her possessions, but her family.
Ultimately, we don’t know when or whether we’ll be removed from our physical being on this planet. So, as Yelena already knows, we really need to make the most out of every day. Creating stressful, unhappy situations can have negative effects on our well being.
There are studies that indicate that engaging in activities that bring you happiness leads to overall wellbeing and improved health. You receive a flood of feel-good hormones.
Like they say, laughter really is the best medicine. And there’s a recent US study that’s produced evidence to suggest that when we laugh we release certain chemicals in our bodies that boost our immune system, relax our muscles, and benefit our hearts.
So a key ingredient to living a healthier life is to engage in activities that bring us happiness and laughter while also nurturing and developing our relationships with friends and family.
Written by Andrew Talati