In this day and age, we work hard. Really hard. We all hustle in order to make a living. But research has shown stopping to smell the roses--by focusing on our side passions, practicing self-care, and spending time with loved ones--is a crucial element of living a long life.
There's significant research indicating that these so-called "soft" sciences have an effect on our body and behavior. For example, research has shown those who are optimistic and have good overall mental health are less likely to smoke and more likely to both exercise and eat a healthy diet.
Other research has shown exercising with a buddy makes you more likely to lose weight than if you were to go at it alone. Another study showed people who received a daily hug were 32 percent less likely to get sick. If that's not a reason to go hug your loved ones right now, we don't know what is!
Although it's important to keep our brains young through work and intellectual stimulation, it's just as important to have fulfilling relationships and a sense of purpose. Ask yourself about the quality of your relationships, career path and connections. Do you have a purpose? Do you love? Are you loved in return?
Assess where you are and what you need to do in order to make improvements. These issues can be deep and complicated, and certainly aren't easy to solve with one tip or trick. But we do believe you can take small steps to both find your...