#241 Keep an Open Mind

Well, it appears that open minded people are actually happier. They tend to be more creative, more inventive, and score higher on academic exams.

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#241

Keep an open Mind

Defined

What does it really mean to keep an open mind? By definition, one source states it is “a willingness to try new things or to hear and consider new ideas.” A long discussion on Quora concedes that it is mostly about considering possibilities over probabilities for all things because we are constantly discovering that some ‘facts’ were only our available perspective.

Possibilities

Being open minded means that we are amenable to discovering that what we once considered absolute may not actually be so. Remember when someone thought it was proper to bleed people with leeches? (yikes!) Or, when most of the world’s population believed the world was flat? (apparently, some still do!) Indeed, our thoughts and beliefs are always being challenged and without the ability to consider possibilities – no matter how probable – we will forever stay locked in a rigid belief system.

Benefits

Why would you want to be open minded? Well, it appears that open minded people are actually happier. They tend to be more creative, more inventive, and score higher on academic exams. They are overall more vulnerable, admit to mistakes more readily, and learn faster. Open minded people say “I can” and “let’s try” more than someone with fixed beliefs. Open minded people experience more variety in their lives.

Science and humanity are always teaching us that the only constant is change so it would make sense that believing in possibilities would open more mental and emotional doors. Wrapping our heads around the idea that no matter how probable – in this moment – something seems, it may actually, be possible; a concept that me can consider if we…

Keep an open mind.

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#333 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

At the very least, taking a cycling class at your local YMCA or an intermediate yoga class at your resident studio is forward progress; if we aren’t growing – we will die

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#333

Take a class

What do you want to learn? Is there a hobby or a language that you’ve coveted an interest in? Is there a craft or a skill that you’d like to develop?

From JoAnn Fabrics to Home Depot; from community colleges to community centers; learning opportunities abound. Perhaps you’ve wanted a new wreath for your front door or a fresh tile backsplash in the kitchen… you can learn to do that. Maybe you’ve wanted to learn American Sign Language (ASL) or the history of the Vatican… you can learn that too!

Some travel organizations such as Road Scholars offer combined adventure and education in their group itineraries. Or, you could teach English and travel through organizations such as TEFL. That’s a little more involved than taking a class but it most certainly offers an amazing ‘learning’ opportunity.

At the very least, taking a cycling class at your local YMCA or an intermediate yoga class at your resident studio is forward progress; if we aren’t growing – we will die – just like every other living organism on this planet. Seek to find momentum in the advancement of your knowledge at all times…

Take a class.

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#334 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

There is an innocence and a joy that is exuded without effort from a young pup; one that is instantly absorbed into our hearts and perhaps reminiscent of our own youth.

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#334

Play with puppies (or babies)

Playful puppies and happy babies are two of the most smile inducing things on the planet. The joy we experience by engaging with either is equivalent or better than Christmas morning for many.

While some of us know firsthand, the mental and physical health benefits of having a pet, others may not have the lifestyle or the ability to house an animal full time. And yet, the mere act of playing with a puppy brings a smile to even the most disgruntled canine evader; especially if none of the responsibility is imminent. There is an innocence and a joy that is exuded without effort from a young pup; one that is instantly absorbed into our hearts and perhaps reminiscent of our own youth.

Likewise, a content baby delivers a shot of happy with every coo and giggle. The delight broadcasted from a tiny human with no worries in the world reminds us of the purity of life… the time before the world tried to tell us who we needed to be, how we need to be it, and then disapprovingly – suggested that we may fail.

I’m not suggesting that we run out and adopt puppies or babies (although if you have the desire, time, and resources – by all means…) but it IS a suggestion to volunteer with either population in the capacity of a sitter, a helper, or rescue. If nothing else – hang out at Pet Smart for an hour with the intention of petting a puppy or two. The next time you find you are having a bad day or if you need a little pick-me-up, find some space that allows you to …

Play with puppies (or babies).

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#350 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

The brief disruption from stressors allow our mind and body a ‘break’ … a mental nap of sorts. It provides an opportunity for reset, which is proven to increase our overall sense of well-being

My goal is to share a daily life lesson, tip, or hack. They are the things I want my children to know and the things that I teach to clients. They are the things that make my life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#350

Read Fiction

Yesterday I wrote about keeping a self-help book on your nightstand and incorporate reading them as an integral part of your constant personal growth. Today, I am suggesting that you need to mix it up a little. At the core of my suggestion is the inclusion of ‘trash’ fiction; you know – the stories that may or may not be terribly well written but in a weird way, take you into another mental space free of any daily life stressors. The stories that whisk you away to far away islands or planets in another galaxy.

It may be a national best seller or on an obscure list of sci-fi thrillers. It could be an epic trilogy based on real historical events or an unrealistic saga of Zombie rampage. No matter the genre, fiction has a way of whisking us onto a different plateau where reality is temporarily displaced, and our imagination can run amok.

A good story not only allows for us to step out of our lives momentarily, it helps us to foster empathy as we are transported into the perspective of a character who lives and thinks differently than us. Additionally, it creates a space where we can imagine ourselves interacting with a variety of circumstances and personalities; potentially improving our own relationships.

The brief disruption from stressors allow our mind and body a ‘break’ … a mental nap of sorts. It provides an opportunity for reset, which is proven to increase our overall sense of well-being. It quiets our mind by distracting us from our daily grind. Reading fiction before bed is indicated for people with insomnia. Reading fiction opens our mind to creativity by stimulating our imagination. It fosters our ability to produce mental images and it builds our vocabulary.

Dust off your library card, download Audible, and/or charge your Kindle and spend a little time with this one daily goal…

Read Fiction

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