Enhancing Your Quality of Life
Approaches to Enhancing Your Quality of Life
Quality of life is a term used to describe the overall well-being of an individual - or perhaps an entire society. It's very simple to confuse quality of life with other terms like "standard of living." Standard of living, however is usually used to describe a person's income or financial situation. One of the first steps to enhancing your quality of life is to understand the important distinction between the two terms. Although an improved financial situation can open many doors for self improvement, it can just as easily close many more.
Quality of life can be split into three different trains of thought:
- Being - Defining who you are.
- Belonging - Understanding how you are connected to your surroundings or environment.
- Becoming - Your goals, hopes, and dreams.
To enhance your quality of life, you must define your current quality of life. You must also, however, focus on Becoming, rather than dwelling on your current definition. Be prepared to honestly assess your current quality of life during personal development training so that you can concentrate on the all-important Becoming.
Why Enhance Your Quality of Life?
Enhanced quality of life is linked to radical benefits associated with both your mind and body. One 2007 study by Dr. Nico Nicolaou at the Fox Chase Center in Philadelphia, PA found that quality of life was a "critical factor" in estimated cancer patients' survival and recovery rates.
Another study at King's College in London polled 9,000 people to find out what percentage would improve quality of life or extend life when faced with a terminal illness. Around 10% of the participants had been diagnosed with a serious illness, while nearly half had cared for a friend or loved one in their last months of life. Around 71% stated that, given the choice, they would prefer higher quality of life during their short time left. Only about 4% stated that they would prefer to extend their lives, but still face relatively imminent death.
Quality of life is vital to fighting depression, promoting a sense of well-being, and encouraging social interaction. Low quality of life has been linked to:
- poor performance at school or work
- higher suicide rates
- social isolation
- poor physical health
Even small improvements to quality of life can help you accomplish your personal development goals and enhance your overall outlook.
Improving Your Quality of Life
- Take some risks: It's important to step out of your comfort zone once in a while. Don't be afraid to take some risks. If you get nervous in social situations, try visiting a museum or small gathering with a friend. Challenge yourself to do something bold every day.
- Improve Your Health: Make small changes to improve your mental and physical health. For example, make sure to eat breakfast every morning, or add fish and omega-3 fatty acids to a couple of meals a week. A healthy body gives you more confidence, helps extend your life, and can even promote a healthy mind.
- Enroll in a personal development training seminar: To develop social skills, build long-lasting connections, and learn more about yourself, enroll in a motivational seminar. LifePath Unlimited offers a popular 3-day event called Breakthrough. Participants at the Breakthrough event attend presentations and group activities focused on inspiration, motivation, and training.
- Think Daily: While you might not be prepared to meditate every day, spending a short time each day organizing your thoughts and engaging in careful reflection can help any other motivation activities during the day feel more significant.
For the vast majority of individuals, quality of life is far more important than length of life. As your quality of life improves, you'll perform better at work, enjoy better physical and mental health, be less prone to depression, and be more appreciative of each and every day. Quite simply, you're worth more than what you have right now.
The good news is that quality of life can be greatly enhanced through small changes, so long as you're willing to initiate them. For some, this process can be confusing or difficult at first, but becomes much easier later. LifePath Unlimited offers several programs to help you get the ball rolling. Feel free to contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.