What constitutes quality of life? Everyone has a different perception of this concept, just as we all purchase different cars, homes and have varied tastes.
One similarity when we speak of the quality of life, is happiness, health and love. This is the trio most people strive for most of their lives. Everyone deserves to be adored. You could die tomorrow, and if you know you were adored in this lifetime, and you were able to adore and love others, or even one significant other, well life surely is complete. Healthy happiness can be found in your own love den.
Giving and assisting people less fortunate takes you out of yourself, and sidetracks you for a greater good. I have found that I may complain about a health issue or financial issue, then meet someone in my day that has greater challenges than my own. I am humbled everyday by this. When the kids forget their backpacks, you spill coffee all over yourself, or lose your car keys, be present and mindful of everyone around you. You will come to quickly realize that your issues may be miniscule compared to the greater picture. Concerns become “Paper Tigers”. Paper Tigers are ferocious, intimidating, but they are paper.
Try this exercise. Take yourself out of your head for a day and follow your heart. Use your heart as your guiding compass in everything you do. Start each conversation change out the word “I”, with a sentence starting with “My heart”. You will be surprised how much different your decisions might be, how your thoughts are determined, and what actions you take. Ultimately how you respond to situations instead of react. This simple exercise can change your quality of life.
You may even come away from the day, with a profound feeling of “nice to meet your own soul and spirit”. Introductions to yourself may be necessary as you will be experiencing yourself with a much different perspective, coming home. Your heart radiates about 10 feet from your body, where your brainwaves radiate mere inches. What are you putting out to every life you come in contact with each day? Brainwaves, or heartwaves?
Happiness and quality of life are intermingled with the path your heart travels.