1. Joining A
This could be a club, a sports team, or just a group of palls
that goes out for drinks once a month. The important thing is having friends.
Having friends improves our self-confidence, it gives us a
network to help us deal with things like stress, or grief, and it even improves
the immune system. All of these things also have secondary benefits. Probably
because of the potential for lowering stress, people with strong and healthy
social networks are more likely to maintain a healthy bodyweight and to live
longer than those that don’t.
2. Finding Faith
For quite a while now, many experts have understood that
following a religious faith genuinely helps people in a number of ways. It
gives us a sense of purpose. It makes us feel like we’re part of something
larger than just ourselves. It encourages us to be understanding, forgiving and
generous. It makes our lives better and it makes us better people.
While the religious can and probably will argue that their
religion is the best, most religions have very similar basic philosophies. It
sounds crazy, but think about it: Which religion says that we shouldn’t help
the poor? Which religion says that we shouldn’t be kind and forgiving? The name
of the deity may or may not change, but what that deity asks of us is more or
less identical from one religion to the next. So find one that you like and
stick with it.
3. Learn A New
Learning a “Modern Language” like English, Spanish, French,
German, or Chinese, can be practical in a business setting, or just while
you’re walking around town. Learning any additional language, however, comes
with a number of benefits, including helping you to learn and remember other
things, and helping you to see things from new perspectives.
Some universities may let you audit classes on foreign
languages, community centers may have classes in foreign language that are open
to the public, you may be able to find books on learning new languages at book
stores or thrift stores near you, or you could download any number of free or
cheap apps to learn another language on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer.
4. Change Jobs
If you hate your job and your company, you can read this as
“quit your job and start over,” but you don’t have to. If you worked hard to
get where you are and you like the work that you do, consider a lateral job
change in your own company.
See if you can work in a new department for a bit, even if
it’s just filling a position while someone is on vacation or while management
is looking for someone to fill a spot permanently. Changes jobs provides a nice
change of pace, it helps you to understand your own abilities and versatility,
and it helps you to understand what the world looks like from someone else’s
5. Go To College
Even if you’ve already been there, or even if you can’t or
don’t want to stay for a four-year degree. College is a unique experience where
you get to meet new people in an institution specifically dedicated to learning
and looking at new ideas.
Even if you’ve already been to college, many find that the
experience is quite different when they return later in life, even if it’s just
to audit a class.
Some of the things listed in this article are pretty big
commitment. Other things on the list, however, are things that you could do
pretty quickly and with little or no financial burden. Give them a try, and
hopefully you’ll notice yourself feeling better before too long.