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April 7, 2011

Thirteen Tips For Living Life Well

Thursday Thirteen

I’m all about living well and enjoying life. Here are a few tips to help you live well.

Thirteen Tips For Living Well

1. Laughter is really the best medicine. A good chuckle helps to increase the blood flow and can decrease the risk of heart disease.

2. A wide brimmed hat is a good alternative to a baseball cap. It keeps the sun off the neck, ears and shoulders as well as the face.

3. Getting out in the sunshine is important during the winter months. If you aren’t getting enough, try eating your lunch outdoors during the week for a quick Vitamin D boost.

4. Something as simple as using positive words in everyday conversations and also in your thoughts can help ease stress and anxiety.

5. Prevent the spread of viruses by regularly wiping down keyboards, telephones, bench tops and any other commonly touched surfaces.

6. Skip the high heels. A three-inch heel stresses your foot seven times more than a one-inch heel.

7. Protect your hearing by limiting use of equipment louder than 85 decibels. Most hairdriers, lawnmowers and motorcycles exceed this limit.

8. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, one of the primary antioxidants that helps decrease the decline of memory as you age.

9. Keep expanding your social skills by sparking a conversation with someone you normally wouldn’t. It’s great for confidence and gets you out of your comfort zone.

10. Sitting or standing all day can be bad for your joints. If sitting all day at work, be sure to stand up every 30 minutes and stretch. If you are persistently on your feet, sit down for five minutes and give your feet a rest.

11. There are four simple steps that help facilitate a good night’s sleep. The magic words are dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. Sleep in a dark, quiet room that is cool in temperature and wear comfortable clothes.

12. Brushing your hair doesn’t just keep it knot-free, but also stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helping your hair to grow faster. The best times to brush are before bed and before shampooing.

13. Dog owners lead a healthier lifestyle. Dogs help buffer stress and also assist in facilitating more physical activity. I’m living proof of this because I’ve lost weight since we adopted a puppy in January.


Do you have a tip to live life well?

Source: Alive Magazine, Issue 7


  1. Xakara

    All of them are great, but #4, definitely #4!

    Happy TT, Shelly!

    13 WIPS

  2. Xakara

    P.S. Let’s pretend I didn’t spell your name wrong :mrgreen:

  3. Pamela

    Great advice!

  4. Maria Zannini

    Volunteer. Not only will it make you feel better inside, but it’ll help a good cause. Win-win.

  5. Rekaya

    These are good things for living well. I need to do better at them. Thanks for sharing and visiting me.

    The Food Temptress

  6. colleen

    I’m glad you said “brimmed hat” over sunscreen. I think that stuff is nasty, considering that about 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed as if it were food.

    I’m eating my sunflower seeds and thinking good thoughts, never in heels.

  7. Brenda

    Good tips. I’d add connect with friends and family. :)

  8. Tatiana Caldwell

    It’s always a challenge for me to get enough sunlight during the winter months, since I tend to huddle indoors for warmth.

    #8 is good to know since I love sunflower seeds!

  9. Sandra (Dynamo)

    some really great tips – TFS!!

  10. Hazel

    Wide-brimmed hats! Bring them on! I love them. Dogs too.

  11. Kimberly Menozzi

    Wow. I’ve eaten so many sunflower seeds I should never lose my memory. Ever.

    Clearly, however, that’s not how it’s working out. LOL!

    Happy TT!

  12. Heather

    Per number 3…Sorry, but I am NOT eating my lunch outside in below freezing weather. I have been getting back to walking since the temp started to warm up, though. Oh, and someone needs to inform my new next door neighbors about number 7. I’m tired of listening to the noise they call music, and if I can hear it, what does that say about how loud it is inside their apartment? :roll:

  13. CountryDew

    Regarding #6, skip the shoes, period! Try going barefoot.

  14. Shelley Munro

    Xakara – no problem :grin:

  15. Shelley Munro

    Maria – volunteering is a great addition.

  16. Shelley Munro

    Colleen – my feet start aching when I look at high heels!

  17. Shelley Munro

    Virginia – Bella, our puppy has her moments. I’m about to take her for a walk. That’s always fun.

  18. Shelley Munro

    Brenda – friends and family is also a great addition.

  19. Shelley Munro

    Kimberly – me too. I like sunflower seeds.

  20. Shelley Munro

    Heather – I knew some of you would say that. Bear in mind that in NZ we don’t get a lot of snow :grin:

  21. Shelley Munro

    Paige – Bella is a bit of a poser when it comes to photos.

  22. Savannah Chase

    Very good advice….Thank you

  23. Janice Seagraves

    Love the advice and the puppy is so cute.

  24. Alice Audrey

    i love my wide brim hats, but a baseball cap holds up better in the wind.

  25. Alice Audrey

    Dark, quiet, comfort, and cool – it’s like a vision of sleep utopia. Sigh.

  26. Maddy Barone

    Here in the the winter in ND, we don’t get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. My doctor recently put me on 50,000 units of Vitamin D a week!

  27. Jennifer Leeland

    #13 is true….unless, of course, the dog (or in my case DOGS) tear up the couch and leave foam everywhere. Then it’s a liiiiiitttle hard on the blood pressure. LOL!

  28. Debra

    My dogs definitely add to a healthier lifestyle for me. They’re very social and love long walks.
    Hopefully the long walks will compensate for breaking rule #6. I love a good pair of heels. :grin:

  29. Shelley Munro

    Jennifer – that would be hard on the blood pressure!!

  30. Adelle Laudan

    Your post couldn’t be timed better for me. I will take each one of these suggestions and apply them to my life. I’m in need of a serious kick in the a$$ I also think I need to start taking vitamins, especially vitamin D. Thank you.

  31. Jenyfer Matthews

    Exercise. I am not a gym lover but I always feel better after I’ve taken a walk (preferably outside on a pretty day) or done some yoga. Moving is good for the body and the mind.

  32. Shelley Munro

    Adelle, this year both my hubby and I have made improvements to our eating and exercise habits. At first it was difficult but the benefits have pushed us on. We’ve both lost weight and are feeling heaps better.

  33. Shelley Munro

    Jenyfer – I couldn’t agree more. If I don’t do some form of exercise – walking or cycling or play outside with the dog I tend to get really grumpy and down in the dumps. Exercise is really a big one for me.

  34. Arwen

    Yes, continually seek joy. Some days I feel like I’m a butterfly finding joy. Other days I’m a Vietnam sharpshooter hiding in the jungle battling to find it. But I always seek it. :) Seek joy, y’all.