Everyone wants to have a fulfilling life, but it can be tricky to figure out what to prioritize. There are also many skills or habits that are helpful, but not necessarily taught in school. Here are five essential ones to consider putting at the front of your life.
- Relating to others. Whether it’s your spouse, your children, your extended family, or co-workers, being able to have a good emotional IQ and relate to others is imperative. This is not always easy and may need to be developed, but it’s well worth it. At the end of the day, the true value of our lives is really quantified by our relationships.
- An exercise routine. For some this is easier said than done. However, our bodies were not designed to be sedentary, and keeping them that way leads to all kinds of deficiencies, both physically and mentally. Keeping a regular exercise routine throughout your life will help fend off everything from obesity to heart disease and depression, and will keep your mind sharp too!
- Money management. Most Americans are swimming in debt, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Look at how much money your household brings in each month. Then, make a list of your expenses each month. Set up a budget and make some room to save. With the right discipline, this is a huge skill that pays dividends.
- Be present. Too often in life we are distracted by thoughts or plans, and the good things pass us by. Savor the good moments and be there for others (and your own benefit too).
- Relaxation. Stress is inevitable, so it’s important to take time to turn it off and recharge.