5 ways to change your life

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We do not give ourselves enough time to evaluate our train of thought or decisions.  Despite reaching great heights, some find themselves dissatisfied or left feeling empty at the end of a productive day.  Thus, we are prone to discontent, sadness, and loneliness.  For some, success does not always equate happiness in accordance to their definition.  But success shouldn't be measured by the size of a pay check or materialistic goods.  Therefore, whether you live a fast-paced or comfortable lifestyle, here are five simple ways to change your life for the better.
  1. Live in the moment.  The hustle and bustle of daily life tends to get in the way of the present.  Many individuals live in the past or the future - neither of which exist.  Thus, the real question to ask yourself is, are you even living?  Close the chapter of the past, remember the blessings, and the lessons learnt.  You can invent the future and sculpt it to your favour.  You are the craftsman. However, the only way that can occur is if you dedicate time and effort right now to shape it to your liking.  Nothing will help you if you don’t help yourself. 
  2. Spend time with loved ones.  This invested time is going to make you happier in the long run.  Those who you hold dear to your heart will make the happiest memories.  People are irreplaceable.  We are all created so differently that it would be deeply regretful if we got too caught up in worldly problems or desires.  Your C.V or pay-check will not be embossed on your tombstone.  You won't be buried with your belongings or in your mansion.  The only thing that will last is the impact that you have on others around you and vice versa.
  3. Empathy.  Everyone is battling their own fights behind closed doors.  Before debating or arguing, try to truly understand their point of view in whatever setting.  It can aid in deflating any reactive emotions you might have.  This ties in with self-awareness.  The world needs more empathy because that will indirectly lead to unity to facilitate development at both an individual and global scale. Empathy is a powerful practice.
  4. Kill them with kindness.  This rolls with the previous point but it is very difficult to implement.  At the end of the day, you have control over your actions and reactions.  Revenge will destroy you, not them.  Do not let temporary feelings cloud your morals, judgements, or influence your actions as it is fleeting.  Love the evil out of everyone.  Do not act in the moment as you could create lasting scars on that individual through your actions or words.  Always aim to be a blessing in someone’s life.  Courage lies in understanding why someone hurt you, rather than attempting to do the same.  People may forget what you said or did, but never how you made them feel.   Ensure that people leave you feeling better about themselves or have undergone growth. 
  5. Say yes.  Make happy memories for yourself.  Escape your comfort zone to grow, develop, and breathe amazing fresh air.  You won’t reminisce over an amazing night’s sleep from the other day but rather an event or milestone crossed.  After all, 'curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back'.  
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