*This is a summarized version.We all know the components of a good lifestyle.A good lifestyle is the combination of healthy food, exercise and happy relationships.I assume that you already know about these components and therefore, I will not cover them in this article.This article answers these questions:Assuming you have a good and balanced life, eating healthy food, working out regularly, happy in your relationship, and financially stable, what can you do to enhance your life?What are the things that can make a difference in your lifestyle?Of course, this subject is very personal, in the sense that what may be important to one person, may not be significant to another person.Elements of a good lifestyle also differ among men & women, singles & married, poor& rich… etc.However, I will explain the main elements that can be considered as “universally” accepted. Lifestyle tools that almost all people will benefit from.Tips for a Better Lifestyle1-Don’t Take Life Very Seriously:Some people are serious about life because they believe that life is very serious. They assume that being serious will lead to happiness or success.I realize that mistakes and failures can be serious, but that does not mean we take life too seriously. Too much serious focus on life means we will miss the fun of life. Life is much more than work or money. Taking things too seriously can drive you to madness. Serious thinking can lead you to be stressed out. You can be serious at work, but at your free time develop humor and sense of fun. Adopt an attitude of cheerfulness and optimism. Act childish sometimes. Learn to laugh and enjoy watching funny movies. Surround yourself with funny people. It is time that you lighten up about life.Remember life is a journey, and if that journey is serious and boring, then you would want that journey to be short. Have fun and enjoy the journey. Do whatever you want to make it entertaining and joyful. Make this journey entertaining by adding humor to it.As Mark Twain said once “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”2-Focus Only on the Present:It is amazing that most people do not live in the present. Some are overwhelmed by their past, and others are day- dreaming about their future plans. Some people try to run away from their problems by not living in the present.Live in this very moment and enjoy it. Program yourself to not stay in the past. Get rid of any past memories. You feel cheerful and alive when you live in the present moment. The future is always a mystery. You can create plans for the future, but you need to experience the present in order to achieve those plans. Remember that living in the past means you are not mentally or emotionally free. Living in the future means you are dreaming. Happiness is based on the present. One fact to realize is that your past will not determine your future. The present is your link between the past and future. The only and best way to live your life is to live it at this moment.3- Travel:Travel at least once a year and go to remote places. Get outside your local environment. Traveling has many benefits. When you travel you break your routine and replenishes your energy, mental, physical and emotional energy. Travel can also be an opportunity to acquire new skills, learn about new cultures and meet new people.Travel is about variety, adventure and having fun. Your life needs fun. It also needs diversity in terms of new people, new geography and new experiences.If you have enough money, you can take tours around the world, something similar to Four Seasons Around the World Tour, which costs $115,000 per person. These extravagant tours use private jets and all 5-star resorts.Stay at 5-star hotels and pamper yourself. Stay at The royal suite of Burj Al Arab of Dubai which has a small cinema and a library. Visit museums like the Louvre of Paris or see the ancient ruins of Athens or Rome. Take a luxury cruise like the Silversea cruise which is offering a $1.500,000 cruise package for two on the Silver Whisper, taking in 28 countries over a period of 115 days. You deserve to reward yourself once in a while. If you don’t have that kind of money, you can travel to national reserves and enjoy the serenity of nature. Travel destinations and options are virtually unlimited.4-Find a Good Friend:Substantial research supports the importance of true friends in our lives. A true friend is essential for a happier life. A true friend will confront you about your life problems such as drinking problem. A good friend will correct you when you are wrong.Your best friend is best to be from the same gender. If you are a woman, it is better that your close friend is a woman like you. A Man’s best friend is also a man. You may have a spouse/partner and he/she is very close to you. However, you need a close friend that is not your partner. What I suggest here is a friend that is not connected to you sexually. A close friend, from the same gender, whom you can share with your secrets. A good friend can give you the needed support, even support for your relationship with your partner. This is why it is important-but not necessary- that your close friend is from the same gender.One scholar, Carlin Flora, in her book, Friendfluence, demonstrates with many examples the real essence of true friendship. She claims with evidence that true friends are the keys for happiness.5- Check Your Habits:Check your habits and make sure you get rid of those bad habits and adopt the good ones.A-Get Rid of Bad Habits:Some habits are very serious to the extent that they can be fatal. Smoking, alcoholism and drug addiction can be dangerous for your health & life.If you have millions of dollars but you are addicted to drugs, do you think you have a good lifestyle?If you are healthy and young, but chain-smoke 30-40 cigarettes/day, do you expect a healthy lifestyle?The big problem with habits is that you may not be able to get rid of them because they are addictive.Some bad habits can be a sign of suicidal behavior.Whatever bad habits you have, just remember that those habits can destroy your life.In spite of the difficulty of getting rid of a bad habit, it is important to know that they can be eliminated.You will need the right techniques and tools implemented by a qualified coach.B- Develop New Good Habits:Once you get rid of a bad habit, it is time that you substitute it with a positive habit.If you quit smoking, start a healthy habit instead, such as exercising or walking.Even if you don’t have a negative habit, you can adopt a new habit that is useful for your lifestyle.There are many types of habits that are useful for our lifestyle. Another good habit is to practice meditation daily. Meditation will slowly build your energy.6-Surround Yourself With Only Positive People:To live a positive life you need to get the sources of positivity. Emotions are electromagnetic energy. This energy is infectious. This means if you are around people that possess one type of energy, you are likely to get that type of energy from them and store it in your body.This explains why when you surround yourself with negative people you become negative as well.The first rule is therefore, to stay away from negative people and negative sources.Stay away from negative news and negative media.Be connected with only positive people.Positive persons will feed your thoughts with positivity.Positive people have the ability to be optimistic about life. Their positive emotions will enable them to enjoy a better lifestyle.Another remarkable behavior of positive people is that they never compare themselves with others. This behavior can lift their self-esteem.Remember that positive expectation leads to positive results.Even the aura of positive people is different.7- Find a Mentor/Life CoachLife will have its challenges and problems. Life journey is long.Some people when faced with problems try to solve those problems on their own. They resist the possibility for outside help, for many reasons.No matter how intelligent or experienced you are, some problems can not be solved by yourself.Why?Because when you have a problem, you tend to think inside the box. Your solutions are likely limited and irrelevant.This is the notion behind “Think Outside the Box.”It is not a shame to ask for advice. It is not a sign of inferiority.It is a fact that most successful persons have advisors, and they are not hesitant to seek advice from outside resources. Even the President of the USA can not function effectively without advisors.The best advisor is a mentor or a life coach.Your mentor might be a neighbor, relative, teacher, friend, co-worker, someone from your community, or a professional consultant. Mentors are good to have throughout your life.A mentor can motivate, inspire, guide you in the right direction, and help you through personal and work challenges.A life coach has many useful roles. Not only he/she can give you the right advice, but more importantly, they can find out what is right for you based on your personality and skills.A mentor can also develop your skills and provide specific guidance for your personal development.Life coaches or mentors have become important even for children. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, children and teenagers who have had a mentor do better in school, are less likely to be involved with drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to go to college.Life coaching has become very important for moderate and big companies worldwide.The rising importance of life coaching has made it one of the fastest growing professions in North America. According to the International Coach Federation, there are over 15,000 professional life coaches currently operating in North America in 2012.Because of higher demand, life coaching fees are increasing. The International Coach Federation found that, on average, life coaches charge $214 a session and make $47,900 annually.8- Make Some Time for Yourself:We need time for many things such as career, social activities, family, and sports. However, you also need to have time only for yourself.Try to spend some time alone every day. Spend your time alone doing something you enjoy, such as reading, taking a bath, or being outdoors. It’s a time to clear your head and be quiet with yourself.Solitude has many benefits. It allows you to rediscover yours. It is a good way to disconnect from others.As the famous poet Rumi once said, “A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.”Your life journey is no doubt in need of many things. It definitely deserves all the care and attention that will make it a better journey.Please be kind to yourself, and get the tools that make your lifestyle a better one.Do not be frugal on yourself.Whatever you spend on your lifestyle, one day you will notice the rewards of this spending, in terms of higher achievements and stronger happiness.I hope my tips are suitable for you.I hope I have contributed something useful for your life.Good Luck.
Go Barefoot and Live a Healthy LifestylePicture this! One evening in early March, you go about the last few minutes before bed planning what you are going to do the next day. You have just pulled off your socks, and barefoot for the first time since the morning, you lay out next to your bed the attire you plan to wear the next day. Some hours later, that alarm on your nightstand goes off and craving those few minutes of extra sleep, you hit the snooze one or two times. Finally after battling with your subconscious, you roll out of bed. You pad over to your sink in your bare feet, and wash up, brush your teeth and proceed to get dressed for the day, putting on that jacket and tie, blouse or dress. The time seems to flash by and you realize that you’d better hit the road.Forgot Your Shoes?You rush out the door and while waiting for the bus or train, or waiting to receive a package at the UPS office, you casually glance around. Your eyes are drawn to the shmorgasborg of footwear that is surrounding you. A pair of running sneakers paired with ankle socks. Next to that a pair of worn out scuffed up work boots flanked by a pair of jeans. A lady wearing a pair of elegant high heel boots with stockings making her legs appear as they were dipped in a bottle of indian ink. As you shift your stance, you feel your toes bend and as soon as your heel lands softly but unimpeded on the cool pavement, you realize that something is quite not right, but at the same time, it is so right.You finally force yourself to look down and much to your shock, that your toes are in plain view and between your bare soles and the ground exists nothing in between. Before you tell yourself to snap out of it – it is only your imagination, something brings you back to reality when the lady beside you asks matter-of-factly, “forgot your shoes?”You look down again and tell yourself that it can’t be. But there are your toes staring back up at you. You feel the pavement underneath get colder as your foot feels the reality underneath. You lift up one foot and turn it in to notice your bare sole, now blackened from having not worn any footwear since the night before. You put your bare foot back down and look around again to realize that all those looks of those around you – some chuckles, some in shock or slight smiles – are fixed on your bare feet – quite a rare sight!Not even a pair of socks or the most minimalist footwear like flip flops – your feet in the raw! You feel like you’re having one of those nightmares where you are naked in the company of everyone around you that is clothed.Chances are you may react by clutching the side of your head in disbelief as you utter – “OMG! I can’t believe I forgot to put on my shoes and socks! How was I barefoot this whole time?!”You are ready to panic and dash home if you are close enough to scramble into your shoes and socks. If you are far from home already, you resign yourself to the fact you’re somewhat naked – stuck in your bare feet while you toggle through your mind looking for first excuse you can find to tell them that you’re going be late for your job or interview – any way to avoid of being seen “GASP” barefoot!Now rest assured, chances are that since putting on footwear before leaving your home is so routine, it is highly unlikely that this will ever happen to you.Let’s say it did, however. Another feeling comes over you. You shrug and smile at those around you as if to say, “hey, look at that. I’m barefoot on a cool winter day!” It could actually be fun and you may relish in the fact that while others are bundled up, their feet separated from the outside world in their shoes and socks, here you are experiencing full freedom by feeling the cool ground underneath your bare feet.I know I do. Many times I’m asked if I forgot my shoes. The question tends to be irrelevant since most of the time I don’t wear shoes or socks at all.Sometimes the answer is yes – since I’m so used to having absolutely nothing on my feet, those seldom occasions where I feel that footwear might make a favorable first impression, I’ll end up anyway forgetting to bring along my footwear and end up coming to my appointments or meetings barefoot.But rather than panicking, I end up being thrilled as I look forward to another day of living a healthy lifestyle in my naturally reliable bare feet and go forward with what I was planning to do for the day.Barefoot as a Healthy LifestyleGuys, how many of you enjoy that feeling of getting home after a long day of work, and kicking off your shoes and peeling off those socks? And ladies in those uncomfortable heels, how great a relief is it to relieve your feet of that constraining feeling as well as peeling off those hose! As soon as your feet are breathing and your bare soles hit the floor or carpet, you feel like a new person, right?Now how about those days when you go to the park or at the beach, you rush to be the first one to ditch your footwear and feel the cool grass under your soles or ocean waves brushing between your toes! Invigorating, right?Now, just imagine experiencing that relief for an entire day. Your heels, arches, and toes are able happily stretch and breath without the constraints of anything on them. No waiting til you get home to bring your feet back to their natural state – bare – after almost ten nonstop hours in the office, or running around. Just imagine that feeling for an entire day. If you can imagine that, imagine being in that blissful state for multiple days at a time?If you haven’t imagined it, no need to worry, I don’t imagine it either since, to begin with I almost never wear any kind of footwear. So rather than using my imagination, I get to live the experience of allowing my bare soles be in contact with every surface uninteruppted 24/7 and live the barefoot healthy lifestyle!Living A Barefoot Healthy LifestyleMany people are realizing the health benefits of going barefoot. There are many articles written, and several health and wellness specialists are highly recommending it.However, although there is a wealth of resources pertaining to the health benefits of bare feet, it seems that most of Western society looks at it as a something unsanitary, uncivilized and unprofessional while the most fashionable shoes, however uncomfortable and constraining they may be for your feet are seen as sophisticated and fashionable.For the person who is educated about the benefits of going barefoot and conscious having healthy feet, unless he lives in a barefoot society, this can actually cost him his livelihood and social life. and it is for this reason that I created this site and named it the Barefoot Healthy Lifestyle.The Barefoot Healthy Lifestyle is more than just about the joys of going barefoot. In this site I provide ideas and examples about how to implement your lifestyle choice. Your lifestyle choice consists of three components:Health – as this site will show you through the careful research of articles and cases, the health benefits of going barefoot far outweigh the benefits of shoes. You will have the knowledge to present to anyone that challenges your lifestyle.Wealth – This is a key determining factor about making your lifestyle choice. We all need to put food on the table, pay our bills and support ourselves and our families. But the question is do we need to sacrifice the things we are most passionate about? This will not bring happiness or even wealth. Wealth is not necessarily about having a ton of money and material possessions. Rather it is about having the freedom of choice how you want to live.Does your work mainly get you by on your daily expenses or are you able to decide on the choice of the lifestyle you want to live.Since I made the choice to be barefoot every minute of the day, I ruled out the option of a corporate 9-5 job carefully researching my other options and finding many that earn way more income than the 9-5 life.In other sections in this site I will delve further about how you can earn a substantial income without having to compromise your lifestyle. If fact after you’ve gone through this site you will have the ability to earn more than the nine to five employee forced to comply with the office dress codeFreedom – Freedom is having the ability to live a lifestyle you want, deal with who you want, where you want and when you want. In living a life based on wages rather then profit, this is next to impossible.Since freeing my feet and living a healthier lifestyle my goal is to help like-minded people achieve the same goals while accumulating wealth so you will never have to comply with someone else’s rules and thus attain the freedom to maintain the lifestyle of your choice!The Barefoot Healthy Lifestyle promotes the pleasure of being barefoot any time and any place you choose. You will learn and teach others how they can live a not only a healthier more prosperous lifestyle – and of their choice!So kick off your shoes, take off your socks, flex those bare feet, wiggle your toes, and experience the joys of the Barefoot Healthy Lifestyle!