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Find Something Daily to Enjoy

Updated on January 2, 2015

Meditate for a few minutes everyday

Eleven Ways To Enjoy Life and Good Health

This is part two of how to live happily and healthfully as you age. There are so many ways to ensure a healthy and happy life as the years pass by. No matter how many of the rules we follow regularly, falling off the wagon does happen sometimes. Being cheerful, eating perfectly and controlling negative emotions are works in progress. Making positive changes and doing them on a daily basis creates habit. It takes three weeks of performing a task everyday to create a habit. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a healthy habit, and if you missed a day you would be well aware of it. Take small steps and be patient with yourself; and you will start seeing positive results and on your way to enjoy life and good health.

Enjoy a favorite exercise

Love Your Activities

Have at least one or even more favorite activities that you love to do. When you don't have the time to get to that activity indulge in a few minutes of dreaming about it. Try to allocate special time for what you love to do. Maybe you love working in the garden, reading, baking, bike riding or just puttering around the house. Looking forward to and having the opportunity to do what you love creates a happy and healthy feeling.

Sit down now and make a list of new things you would love to try. Having these ideas on paper helps them become a reality. Do some research, take notes and even buy a book on the subject to keep you enthused and ready to go.

Be Positve and Practice Optimism

Being positive and optimistic is always easier said than done. Positive thinking is an activity that should be practiced whenever you are able. Keep a list of things you want to accomplish, places you want to go and dream freely about them. And remember that things we worry most about rarely happen. If you have a bad day try to sluff it off and try to be optimistic that tomorrow will be better. After all life is constantly changing. Someone once said to me "Don't get too low on the lows or too high on the highs as life will change."

Share your thoughts and ideas

Be a Good Listener

Are you really listening when someone is talking and sharing with you? If you are paying attention to people you will learn all you need to know about them. I have found that by listening carefully I really understand people much better. It is easy for the mind to wander so practice listening. Many times people are so eager to have the floor they don't hear what is being said by another.

Cook Healthy Meals

Give Thanks

Cook a Favorite Meal

I love to go in the kitchen and cook a delicious dinner. I always have good nutrition in mind which helps me to create healthful dishes. Dressing up different fruits and vegetables with lots of spices and seasonings makes for a delicious meal. There is something very therapeutic about dicing and slicing by hand. The scent of a delicious dinner cooking is ambrosia. There is also a measure of pride turning out a tasty meal especially if I am rewarded with compliments from my husband. And a glass of wine is sometimes a nice addition.

Give Thanks

To whomever you believe in give thanks.

  • Thank you for being alive.
  • Thank you for the people in your life.
  • Thank you for your wisdom,
  • Thank you for good health.
  • Thank you for all the good food you have.
  • Thank you for your enthusiasm and joy.
  • Thank you for HubPage community

Treat Yourself to Something Special

Treating yourself to something special does not mean spending money. One of the most valuable things you can treat yourself with is time. Take time to be with a special friend, read a favorite book, make a phone call to an old friend. However if you are in buying mode buy yourself something special you have wanted and can afford.

Take Several 3 Minute Meditations

This simple meditation takes only about three minutes. Sit quietly in a noiseless environment. Take in a breath and hold for 5 seconds and release for 7 seconds. Breath with your abdomen. This will quiet your mind and body down and create more focus in your life. I do this breathing technique while I am driving and also a passenger.

Be Forgiving of Yourself as Well as Others

The bottom line is that most of us have said and done stupid and ridiculous things in our lives. I could probably write a book on this topic. We can never go back and unrepeat something, so it is just easier to forgive. We also need to be forgiving of other people when they act thoughtlessly. I have had my feelings hurt and actually been upset with other's comments (not on Hubpages). As soon as something is said it is over, and very often it had little meaning and it is usually forgotten.

Keep Your Life Current

Keep up with everything in your life and try not to procrastinate. Pay your bills on time. Keep your house clean, make the calls you need to make, run the errands you need to do. Keeping your life current rids a lot of unnecessary stress. Make a list of things to do and enjoy crossing them off as you finish. Daily lists are instrumental for accomplishing a great many things during the day. I treat each day as a day of work and feel I must accomplish all that I can on the list. The list always helps me from wasting time.

Get Plenty of Rest

Rest When You Are Tired

Don't push yourself. If you feel really tired and have lots to do. It can be difficult to take some time out when your mind is cluttered. I find when I am really exhausted and cannot or do not want to take on a task that requires thinking, I indulge in a ten minute nap. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. If time is critical, close your eyes and take deep breathes for about three minutes. This alone will energize you. Doing a task when you are exhausted, especially one that needs a clear mind will just end up being frustrating for you.

Use light weights for strength

Build Strength with Light Weights

It is a known fact that as you age you lose some muscle mass, which in turn means you will lose strength. I have been using free weights for as long as I can remember.

  • Start out with light weights of 3 pounds or even less.
  • Find some exercises online for weight exercises.
  • Make sure to increase your repetitions. You can increase to higher weight if you desire. I like the challenge of increasing my weights.

A major benefit of working out with weights is that you will notice your arms becoming toned and firm.

Aging with Grace and Good Health

Changes In Lifestyle

  • Before making any major changes in diet or exercise consult with your health provider.
  • Be patient with yourself and enjoy the results.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Very well said.

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      Laurie Maxson 2 years ago from AL

      I enjoyed your post. I really can relate to "giving thanks". It totally changes your mindset. I think to often we rush throughout the day and then wonder why we aren't able to "feel" anything: happiness, peace, rested, energized, relaxed, etc. If people would allow themselves "time" to think and reflect, I believe they could recognize so much more about themselves :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well we all need to work on..Life is a day by day experience.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sound advice here and with these simple ways life can be so easy to live by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sometimes it is not easy to do the right thing..So we just trudge along doing the best we can. Thanks for stopping by.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I try to follow a lot of these simple but effecive ways to enjoy life. I especially appreciate the need to forgive others and keep our life current by not procrastinating. Very useful! Thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you travel man for visiting and be the ever supportive person you are.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you Dragonfly: Meditation is so soothing when you take the time for it. Make sure you do it when you have done the important things for the day. You will relax more. Thanks for votes and shares.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Positivity and Optimism will always be my goals in life amid the difficulties that I usually encounter along the way.

      And I'll just cook my problems away with a very good comfort food, let's say 'vegetable medley', fresh from my garden.

      And also the endless thanks that I will utter on people making my life full of hope.

      And of course, the Lord above.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Great advice Carol. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to get back meditating. Voted you up and useful and I am also going to share this one.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you samikan...Appreciate the visit the support.

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      samikan 4 years ago from online

      I also love your ideas......thanks for sharing...Loved it

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you midget38...I always try to be positive..we all have our stuff in life. Thanks for kind words and always your visit.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Carol, I love all these ideas!! Giving thanks for what we have makes way for more blessings. Medidation at the start of a long day helps as well. Wonderful points, which I share.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Means you are working those muscles. Having strong core muscles adds strength to your body..Also keeps the back healthy. Keep it up. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great ideas carol, I have just started a new exercise regime, its already made my stomach muscles ache! lol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping in.

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      Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      You're right, a few simple changes can make a big difference in our busy lives.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping in and reading. Appreciate your comments.

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Very useful tips!

      With our busy lives, it can be easy to give up time for ourselves, but this hub inspires us to put "me" first every once in a while!

      Great read!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rajan jolly: Thank you for stopping in and comments, votes and sharing..Always good to see you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Tebo4 I also find meditation to be very relaxing and it slows the rapid mind down for a while.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Carol and thanks for these wonderful ideas to keep ourselves in tip top condition. I do mediate and I find my meditation times to be a bit like taking a nap and I love it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some very useful suggestions for remaining optimistic and in good mental and physical health. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and shared.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for lovely comments and visiting...and votes of course.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub, Carol. I got new motivation now and I should follow your tips. We live once and why don't we enjoy it. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much..I second that. The alternatives are not so good. Thanks for dropping in with lovely comments.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This article is great for almost any age. I am one of the few who is enjoying the positives that seem to be included in the aging process. I know our skin may not be as pliable and my knees make funny popping sounds now and then but with age comes comfort, acceptance and a new found ability of coming into your own.

      Great article.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I know this is not always easy to do and our minds get flooded with negatvity..But we can certainly work at this. Thanks so much for the votes.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      How true all of this is Carol. If we stop to give thanks for all we have, we are concentrating on the good things in our life. Thinking about the positive, instead of the negative, will help to keep us on a positive track! Voting this up and useful! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Always such a pleasure to see you fpherj48 ...Not everyday is perfect but working on this project helps ensure some happy and healthy days. Thanks also for stopping by and your votes.....

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sometimes it takes extra work to make it all work. And everyday is not perfect. Thank you for stopping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Eddy you are such a wonderful friend and supporting person..and all around good person.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you and sending some angels from Arizona your way. Thanks for stopping in...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for the kind words. So appreciated.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      One small step at a time..It works.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The short nap is the word. If I sleep too long I am groggy..it is amazing to me that after ten minutes I wake up..and feel great. Thanks for sharing and voting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Btrbell: I realize it all takes discipline except that when you feel good it is all worth it. Thanks for stopping in and votes etc.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You are so sweet, to take such good care of us. I appreciate your health tips. We can never learn enough. Thank you, Miss Carol......UP+++

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your suggestions are the key to a happy and successful life. I follow them and my life is balanced. Great hub post and one that will help many to discover what it takes to make life enjoyable.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub carol and I vote up,across and share all around.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy,

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Carol,

      You nailed it with this one. Living a life filled with positive energy and taking time for ourselves is the key.

      thank you for collecting all of these for us...

      Sending Angels to you on this 14th day of our new year...:) ps

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Your positive and upbeat advice is much appreciated. Thanks for brightening my day.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I have to push myself to live up to your very fine suggestions.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great hub with great ideas. Thank you for pointing out the tried and true as well as the new. Now if I could only get myself to follow this advice. Great hub! Thank you! Up+and sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Plenty of good ideas! The only one that scares me is take a nap...because if I dare take a nap (even a short one), I have a hard time coming out of it and I have a terrible time going to sleep at night! Slowly taking the time getting to know myself better, I really try my best to have enough sleep at night so I don't feel the need for a nap. On the other hand, if I travel overseas, my husband and I try to take a one to two hours nap a few hours after we land so we are not sleepy all day but tired enough in the evening to be in the right rythm over there. That's working quite well for us.

      Voted up and useful :-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. Always nice to see you. And you have a wonderful and productive week.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This makes a lot of sense, Carol. It will relieve stress and certainly make one more energetic. Good job!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. I always enjoy a visit. Thanks for votes and shares.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Great tips carol. I do some of them already but need to do more. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and sharing :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Gypsy: I love those little power naps...I always feel great afterwards. The secret is not sleeping too long. Thank you for the vote.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Great ideas Carol. A ten minute nap really does help. I never used to be a nap person until last year. I take one now if I need a clear head. Voted up and useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You didn't have to tell me because I already knew that..HAHA....I think we all need to pay more attention to these details in our lives. Thanks for lovely comments..Always appreciate your visit and friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll have you know that I do each and every one of these. I'm feeling quite virtuous right now. :) Great suggestions and there is no doubt that these will lead to more happiness and good health. Well done Carol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for lovely comments, sharing and pinning. So nice to see you today.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up, useful and beautiful!

      Though I am yet to read the first part of this article but certainly I liked this one. Good tips! Sharing and pinning!