9 Things I Would Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

Inspiration Through Gratitude

Reflecting Back

In life, you have to suffer through challenges and failures but hopefully grow as a result from enduring them. There is plenty of advice being offered all around us when growing up, but when we are young, we are predisposed to often tuning it out.

While I have compiled here 9 nuggets of advice to relay to my 18-year-old self, this perspective can most likely only be learned over time and through actual life experience.

Putting aside the current limitations of time travel, if I was somehow able to bestow all of these suggestions to my 18-year-old self, I am not sure it would have made a bit of difference in my life. Words and suggestions can help guide and cajole, but life experience is indeed the ultimate teacher.

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Podcasts To Listen To: The Science Of Happiness

The Science Of Happiness Podcast

A Growing Discontent

Happiness is an elusive and at times perplexing emotion. Babies seem to be born into a natural state of bliss, pure happiness, but over time life experience tends to dampen this joy. We then spend much of our adulthood desperately seeking to recapture what was once an innate emotional state.

In today’s day and age, we have never been more at risk of limiting our own happiness due to the lifestyles and manners in which we live. Cell phones, a widening disconnection from nature, lack of movement, and an ever-growing dissatisfaction with careers are all key detractors within current society that have pushed happiness far off the map for many. For some, experiencing recurring happiness is nothing more than a wishful fantasy.  

What if happiness could be cultivated and achieved by undertaking simple routines and practices that were scientifically backed? That is the crux of an entertaining and informative new podcast, aptly titled The Science Of Happiness.

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Still Feel 21: A Pursuit Of Life Site

Generation X Is At A Crossroads

Many in the demographic known as Generation X are at a crossroads. Long gone are the days of having youth as a handy excuse to explain away our struggles through life's unending challenges. Our generation has been chewed up and spit out by corporate America and suffered a significant loss of wealth through the recent financial crisis. Career paths have evaporated and funding for retirement seems like a wishful fantasy. We were hammered in our youth with low fat dogma by the woefully misguided medical community and as a result our life performance has suffered from the carb laden diets we were wrongly conditioned into.

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