Sometimes my mind wonders… It strays off on various subjects that I then try and breakdown into simple concepts or principles. I tend to gravitate towards simplicity in life. I feel simplicity has a way of making things better.
Today my tangent was on what are the basics of a “good life”? I came up with 3 areas that I think a “good life” could be boiled down to.
I feel a life without happiness is obviously not a good life. It’s self-explanatory. But if we dig a little deeper, what would be involved in finding happiness? Once again, for the sake of simplicity, I boiled it down to 3 things:
We must be centered in gratitude. Without acknowledging appreciation, we forget our blessings and become wrapped up in negativity, hate, and frustration. Purpose in life provides us with fulfillment and achievement. Without purpose we have no goals, no self-improvement, no drive. We become sedentary and our lives stall. Of course, those we spend time with have a huge impact on our wellbeing. If you surround yourself with negative individuals who complain, criticize, and condemn then these emotions and actions will run rampant on your mindset.
When we dive into Health, what are the key aspects? Once again, I’m eyeing 3 items:
When any one of these items are struggling our health is at risk. We’ve each heard, and are aware, of the potential downfall when we don’t exercise, eat poorly, and miss out on sleep. We’ve each struggled with at least one of these, if not all of them, and know from personal experience how much better we feel when we consistently exercise, when we eat well, and when we get the sleep our body needs to thrive.
And finally, money comes into play. Money enables freedom. Money can buy comfort, fun, and security. A good life doesn’t require massive amounts of money, but I don’t think any of us would disapprove of more money in our pockets. The 3 simple ways to ensure you have enough money for a good life are:
By living within your means, you avoid crippling debt. When you have debt, you are imprisoned. Whether it be a bank, individual, or another entity, you owe them. You are not free when you have debt. When you adopt the mentality to always be saving, you’re never caught in an emergency you can’t handle. If you establish an emergency fund you are prepared for unemployment, an unexpected repair, or a medical emergency. If you are adept at saving you can quickly get out of debt, build up enough money to purchase a new car, or have money to indulge for a vacation. Finally, the earlier you invest the wealthier you become. Compounding is a powerful tool that becomes more and more advantageous every year you utilize it. Invest early, often, and don’t touch it until you must.
If you can find happiness, remain in good health, and control your finances you can enjoy life to the fullest.
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!