Be a Better Man Son

IF YOU ARE LOOKING to change your life, these Lifestyle changes have helped me; and they could work for you too.

• Be grateful: gratitude helps you live a content and fulfilled life. Each day, finding something you are grateful for can affirm that there are good things in life, even if things are not so good. It will help you develop a habitual practice of gratitude.

• Take a leap of faith and step beyond your comfort zone.  Do something that pushes you each day. It can be a little nerve-racking, but it will help you gain confidence.

• Keep learning. It will keep your brain sharp and lower your risk of illness. Start with subjects you are interested in or what is happening globally. It will keep you in touch with the bigger picture.

• A sure-fire way to impress fellow diners is dinner table etiquette. Do not wipe your mouth with the napkin; instead, blot it; when you leave the table, fold the napkin and place it on your chair. Don't: use your fork like a shovel to eat, point the tines of your fork down towards the plate, or use your knife to squash food onto the tip of the fork.

• Want to get the girl? Hold the doors open for her. Also, it's an act of common courtesy that you can show to any person, whether they be a man or woman. If you get to the door first before another person and hold it open for them, you will be respected.

• Smelling nice is scientifically proven to evoke positive, uplifting emotions and good memories. It can also warn us of danger with scent linked to regions of the brain that handle emotion and memory.

• Be a Hero. Yes, I know that times have changed and that women are far more independent than they once were. They don't need a man to rescue them in the world we live in now. But I'm here to tell you, as a man, that we have a biologically conditioned hero instinct to rescue. Never let go of your intuition to protect. She will love you even more.

• Take accountability and learn from your mistakes. How you respond to mistakes and your attitude toward life will determine the person you become. Stop expecting and accept life as it is to handle whatever comes your way.

• Practice thinking confident thoughts; the more you practice, the better and happier you will feel, even if you're not feeling confident. Smile and stand tall while you're walking or sitting.

• Being well-dressed, like fitness, is a discipline – a lifelong learning curve – that says you know who you are. Knowing how to dress well isn't easy. The key is to keep it simple as you grow, master what you wear, and don't let it master you.

• Let yourself be vulnerable with others when sharing your true self without fear of rejection, instead of relying on what you think they want to hear and see. To be yourself allows you to have deeper relationships with those you care about.

• Surrounding yourself with positive people will make you the best version of yourself. Develop friendships, especially with the people who like you for who you are.

• Practicing mindfulness enables you to experience each sensation and detail at that moment. Take a few minutes and pay attention to the sights, sounds, feel, and smells around you without judgment but – simply notice them. Meditation is a great way to breathe deeply and focus only on your breath. If your mind wanders, return your attention to your breath.

• The ability to listen with interest to other people is under-valued. Maintain eye contact, keep an open mind, absorb what the other person is saying and don't talk over other people.

• If you're having a hard time, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. It can be tough to let people know that you're having difficulty. Nobody shouldn't have to struggle through things by themselves.

• Decluttering and simplifying your life will help you find more time, space and freedom. It all starts with your mindset and being ready and willing to make changes. Get rid of the crap including people that get in your way, or hold you back.

• Avoid comparing yourself to others and judge yourself by your own standards, not by anyone else's. Life isn't fair: deal with it. The only one you compare yourself to is yourself.

• Because water makes up nearly 70% of your body, you must drink enough to keep it in operating order. The average adult needs between 1.5 and two litres of fluid every day. When your pee is clear it’s a guide to know you’re drinking enough.

• Find a purpose in your life. My purpose keeps me focused and provides me with an inner compass because if you don’t know where you are going how will you know when you get there.

• The need to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night is well told but I rarely get that. But the alternative when I don’t is usually a less functional day. Also, lack of sleep can lead to problems down the line.

• Exercising daily releases chemicals in your brain that make you happier so that your mood will be better. And when you feel more confident, people will have more confidence in you.

• Eat foods that are good for you and ones that you also enjoy eating. Developing good eating habits will improve your long-term health and your life. I don’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables, but I do avoid over-eating sugary, salty, or processed foods.

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