Are You Living Your Best Life? 20 Questions To Ask Yourself Right Now

By Katherine Hurst & The Law of Attraction.com

Are You Living Your Best Life? 20 Questions To Ask Yourself Right Now

Often, people experience a deep sense of discontentment but struggle to put their finger on exactly why they’re not feeling satisfied with the way things are. Meanwhile, even if you enjoy most aspects of your life, there’s a good chance that there are still some areas for improvement.

So, regardless of whether you’re currently feeling happy, sad or somewhere in between, ask yourself these questions right now to find out whether you’re getting the most out of life—and to discover what you need to do to make things better.

1. Do you typically wake up feeling optimistic?

First of all, think about how you feel when you get up in the morning. Are you happy to see what the day has to hold, or are you dreading the idea of facing the world? This is a pretty good litmus test for whether you’re living the kind of life you really want to live.

2. Do you have more good days than bad?

It’s unrealistic to expect that everyone getting the most out of life will automatically love every minute! However, if you have more bad days than good (on average), then you should listen to the warning signs that something has to change.

3. Do you feel authentic in your interactions?

It’s exhausting to pretend to be someone you’re not, and it sends confusing signals out to the Universe (potentially stopping you from getting what you really want in your heart of hearts). If you’re not being genuine when you’re with others, ask yourself why and consider what steps you’d need to take to be authentic.

4. Do you feel confident?

While being arrogant will blind you to areas for personal development, being confident helps you fulfill your dreams and attain your goals. If you have low self-esteem or don’t feel good about how you spend your time, you need to find ways to boost that confidence so you can develop the positive attitude you need for success.

5. Do you love what you do for a living?

Just like not every day can be amazing, not every experience at work will be amazing—but do you love what you do, at least most of the time? If not, you’re so far from getting the most out of your life, as you’re spending dozens of hours a week pursuing something that saps your joy.

6. Do you pursue your passions?

Even if you don’t yet do what you love for a living, do you at least devote a significant portion of your time to the hobbies that elicit genuine passion? If you don’t think you have any passions, ask yourself what you’d do if money, time and other obligations were not in the way—that’s your greatest passion.

7. Is your social circle a positive one?

Being around negative attitudes and constant criticism is so destructive. If your social circle isn’t positive, who should you be stepping away from? And are there any new people it would be worth inviting out for a coffee or a drink, in an effort to create a positive, vibrant new friendship?

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8. Do you feel you’re carrying heavy baggage from the past?

We’re all the product of our experiences, good and bad, but if you’re lugging around a painful past that’s stopping you from being happy or limiting your opportunities then you need to take steps to process that baggage. Law of Attraction exercises, journaling, and therapy are all good places to start.

9. Are you honest with yourself?

It’s hard to know how to get the most out of life if you won’t admit what you want or what makes you happy. If you don’t feel you’re honest with yourself, ask why, and see that only a coherent internal world will lead to a satisfying existence.

10. Do you do everything you can to stay healthy?

You don’t need to spend every hour at the gym, but do you try to take care of yourself and act as though your body is worth something? Taking care of your health sends out the message that you value yourself, and this positivity attracts more positivity.

11. Can you find the positive in apparent negatives?

Speaking of positivity, do you know how to look for the good in challenges and difficulties, or are you always mired in self-pity? The latter will stop you from manifesting your ideal future.

If you need help with removing sources of negativity from your life, you could benefit from taking a look at some of the exercises in The Law of Attraction Origins program based around finding and using your Intention Point.

For example, The Personal Power Generator technique will teach you how to see yourself, so you feel supremely confident and respected by every person you meet.

Or you may benefit from The Positivity Switch exercise which can help you “flip” your fears and negative thoughts into something that provides power instead of taking it away.

12. Do you do something good for someone else every day?

Being kind to others is a huge part of getting the most out of your life, so if you’re not making an effort to spread love and compassion then you’re missing out on valuable opportunities.

13. Do you do something kind for yourself every day?

However, it’s equally important to practice self-care. A good life involves knowing when you need to prioritize your own needs, and when you should say “no” to an invitation in order to enjoy a long, relaxing bubble bath or a good book.

14. Is your love life what you want it to be?

Whether you’re single or seeing someone, do you like the state of your love life? If so, great! If not, what could you do to move it towards a place that’s more satisfying and suits your current preferences?

15. Do you laugh every day?

Laughter has enormous healing power and keeps you vibrating at a high frequency. If you aren’t laughing at least once a day, look to find new ways to do so—spending time with fun friends, watching hilarious comedies and being able to (kindly) laugh at yourself are all great ideas.

living best life16. Are you happy with your physique?

Once again, you don’t need to be a supermodel, but have you learned how to love and accept your body? If you can’t be comfortable in the skin you’re in, this discomfort can stop you from getting the most out of life and undermine your attempts to maintain a positive attitude.

17. Do you have a support network?

Everyone needs people to lean on. Can you go to people for help, or does everyone try to drain you? If the latter, what could you do to get more support?

18. Are you living the life according to your values?

If you’re constantly going against the things you believe in, you need to stop before you end up utterly despondent. A life worth living is one that’s in line with the things you value the most.

19. Are you living to please yourself?

It’s hard to shake off the judgments of others, but you need to try if you’re going to be happy. This is your life—live it to please you and no one else.

20. Do you feel like you’re fulfilling your life’s purpose?

Finally, whether through work or play, are you living a purposeful existence? If you don’t know what your purpose is, what could you do to figure it out?

If you answered “no” to more than a few of the above questions, you could definitely be taking steps to get more out of your life. The tools provided by the Law of Attraction are a wonderful place to start, helping you to connect with what you really want and showing you how to get it.

As you get more and more manifestation techniques under your belt, you’ll become increasingly more capable at creating the type of life you’ve always deserved.

 

Note:  This is not an endorsement of any program or methodology.  It’s a way to start a conversation with yourself, and maybe find some answers.

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What is The Law Of Attraction

 

What is the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction can be understood by understanding that ‘like attracts like’. What this means is that whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for bringing both positive and negative influences into our lives. A key part of the Law of Attraction is understanding that where you place your focus can have an intense impact on what happens to you. If you spend your days wallowing in regrets about the past or fears of the future, you’ll likely see more negativity appearing, but if you look for the silver lining in every experience then you’ll soon start to see positivity surrounding you every day. Therefore, the Law of Attraction encourages you to see that you have the freedom to take control of how your future develops, shaping it in the ways you choose.

When you learn how to use the many powerful and practical tools associated with the Law of Attraction, you can start living and thinking in a more optimistic way that is specifically designed to attract even more positive events and experiences. Whatever you’re longing for, whatever your dreams and goals, the Law of Attraction can teach you valuable lessons that will bring you closer to your most treasured ambitions.

While affirmations and visualizations are two of the most important tools at your disposal when working with the Law of Attraction, they are far from the only techniques that you can use to create the life you desire. For example, there are Law of Attraction exercises that specifically target negative feelings and help you work on dismissing them, and ways of stopping self-undermining thoughts before they can emerge and take hold. Meanwhile, there are ways to transform your living space to better reflect your goals and to inspire an optimistic mind set, and social methods that enhance your communication and help you to spread positivity wherever you go.

As well as offering practical guides to using a wide range of generally applicable exercises that enable you to use the Law of Attraction in your quest to get what you want, we will provide details of more specific exercises that target specific domains. After all, the exercise you might use in a search for prosperity differ from those that lead you towards romance, and from ones that focus on career goals. We’ll also give you suggestions for ways to create your own exercises based on some of the affirmations and visualizations you’ve already developed.

Learn How to Start Using the Law of Attraction in Your Life

Although there is a lot of worth to even simply learning what the Law of Attraction is, you can really start using it to its full potential when you begin to understand that it can be used in subtle ways every minute of the day. Becoming more mindful of your own thoughts helps you to see to discover what you should keep or remove from your own mind and the reality your experience. You will become more attentive to underlying negativity and can start to combat it with new beliefs and feelings that better reflect your positive vision of the coming days. This ongoing focus on self-reflection also enables you to start seeing what you really want from your future, and you can then progress to formulating clearer goals with actionable steps at every stage.

There are dozens of different ways of incorporating your knowledge of the Law of Attraction into your everyday life, letting your new skills shape your day from morning to night. While that might sound like an overwhelming undertaking, the truth is that simple changes have powerful consequences when you’re working with the Law of Attraction. After a few weeks of practising your new approach, much of it will become second nature.

This is the first of a series of articles about The Law of Attraction and how you can use it in your life.

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Your waist size may be more important than weight for heart attack risk

By Katie Hunt, CNN

 

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It’s been known for a while that having a pot belly, even if you are slim elsewhere, increases the odds of having a first heart attack, The link was particularly strong in men, researchers said.

A study found that belly fat was associated with heart attacks and stroke independent of other risk factors like smoking, diabetes, hypertension, body mass index and prevention treatments. The researchers stressed that waist circumference was a more important marker than overall obesity and advised doctors to measure their patient’s waists to identify those at risk. Most patients — 78% of men and 90% of women — had abdominal obesity, defined as a waist circumference of 94 cm (37.6 inches) or above for men, and 80 cm (32 inches) or above for women.

However, they said that the link was stronger and more linear in men, who made up nearly three-fourths of the patients included in the study, than women.

In women, Dr. Hanieh Mohammadi said the relationship was “U-shaped” rather than linear, meaning that the mid-range waist measurement, rather than the narrowest, was least risky. What’s more, the mid-range waist measurement was in the range traditionally recognized as at risk for abdominal obesity: more than 80 cm wide.

The reason for this could be down to the type of fat that tends to hang out on men’s and women’s bellies. Mohammadi said some studies have suggested that men may have more visceral fat that goes deep inside your body and wraps around your vital organs.
This fat can be turned into cholesterol that can start collecting along and hardening your arteries, perhaps ultimately leading to a heart attack or stroke.
“In women it is thought that a greater portion of the abdominal fat is constituted by subcutaneous fat which is relatively harmless,” she said.

However, the lower numbers of women included in the study meant the findings had less “statistical power” and more research was needed to draw definite conclusions, Mohammadi said.

The risk of cardiovascular disease like heart attacks or strokes is considered to be higher in those with a waist measurement of above 94 cm in men and above 80 cm in women, according to the World Health Organization. The risk is thought to be substantially increased in men with a waist wider than 102 cm and 88 cm in women.
The authors said that belly fat was best tackled by a healthy diet and regular exercise. Earlier studies have shown that regular moderate cardio, like walking for at least 30 minutes a day, can help fight a widening waistline. Strength training with weights may also help but spot exercises like sit-ups that can tighten abs won’t touch visceral fat.

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Expert Drainage Tips That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

‘Dr. Drainage’ Ryan Larsen shared the insider scoop on landscaping drainage problems (and how to avoid them!).

By Jenny Krane  Better Homes & Gardens

You make sure that all your indoor drains are clear, clean, and working properly. So why wouldn’t you give the same amount of thought to outdoor drainage? It’s easy to forget that your yard doesn’t take care of rainwater and snowmelt on its own. With a little pre-planning, you can avoid thousands of dollars worth of water damage to your foundation, siding, and landscaping.

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We talked to Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at NDS, Inc. NDS manufactures drainage products that can be used in residential or commercial settings. Nicknamed ‘Dr. Drainage,’ Ryan is also the host of NDS’s instructional YouTube videos on drainage and stormwater management. He’s been with NDS since 2012 and worked as a land development civil engineer for 10 years before. Through his experience, Ryan has picked up a few valuable tips and tricks when it comes to drainage.

Ryan was instrumental in developing NDS’s Home Drainage Center, an interactive online tool that will help you identify your drainage problems, the cause, and the best solution for your situation. The team that created this tool found the eight most common drainage problems. Ryan stands by the phrase, “Prepare for April showers to enjoy your May flowers.” By planning ahead and identifying drainage issues early, you’ll have fewer issues with water in and around your home.

Signs of Poor Drainage

If you take the time to look, it’s easy to determine whether or not you have areas of poor drainage. Low spots in your yard can collect water from rain and sprinklers, which will drown the grass and other plants growing in those areas. In some places, you can actually see standing water. Other signs to look for include a chronically wet home exterior and water staining.

Poor Drainage Problems

Of the eight most common drainage problems, the most common is from downspout runoff. Having all the water from your roof filter into one, focused spot next to your home is going to cause sitting water—where it can seep into your home’s foundation, no less. The worst-case scenario of poor drainage is that your foundation cracks. This can cause uneven home settling, mold and mildew, and flooding in the basement. Fixing a cracked foundation can cost you tens of thousands of dollars, depending on how extensive the damage is.

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The Ideal Drainage System

The number one rule that Ryan advises every homeowner should stick by is the 10-foot rule: with any drainage system, redirect water at least 10 feet away from your house. A few feet aren’t enough, especially when the snow melts quickly or if there is a big rain storm. Ryan also recommends angling drainage pipes downward and away from the home.

Related: This Garden Does Drainage Right

When it comes to drainage systems, Ryan finds that passive or gravity-driven systems are best. “Your pump is going to fail eventually, and I can almost guarantee that it is going to fail during the storm, not when it’s bright and sunny out,” Ryan says. One simple task you can do to help a system work to its full potential is to fill in low spots in the yard and around the home. So instead of collecting in divots in the grass, a majority of the runoff will be taken care of by the drainage system.

One of the best things about drainage solutions is that homeowners can do a lot of the work on their own—you just need to be willing to do a little digging. If you’re installing a large system in your yard, rent a larger tool for efficiency and ease. “Anything that involves a concrete saw I would leave up to a contractor,” Ryan says. Whether you’re needing to get under a walkway or into the foundation, it’s best to leave the heavy-duty structural jobs to the professionals.

Making sure your property is outfitted for efficient water drainage should be a priority for homeowners. You will save money, improve your landscape’s chance of success, and prevent irreparable damage to the structure of your home. Taking the time to identify and solve issues will make it so you don’t need to give Dr. Drainage a call.

10 Small American Cities to Add to Your 2020 Travel List

Will McGough of Travel Pulse has written a timely article describing 10 U.S. cities that should be on your must-see list this year.  Maybe this year will be the year to scratch that travel itch.  Read on here:

Slide 2 of 11: Idaho's western side gets very little love. Nearly seven hours from Yellowstone on the other side of the state, Boise is extremely isolated and far from any major hubs or widely-recognized National Parks.

As a result, for a long time, Boise remained overlooked, left to itself. The past few years have seen things change. Locals talk freely about the eye test of their developing city, and the research seems to agree. In 2018, Boise was named the fastest-growing city in the country by Forbes.

The Boise Mountains, which you can see from the center of the city as a scenic backdrop, provide year-round recreation for residents and visitors; entrepreneurs are running wild; and the population has become increasingly diverse. Check out our coverage of Boise for an in-depth look at the city. 

Slide 3 of 11: The one thing you notice right away about Wichita is that the people who live here grew up here, and the last few years have seen an uptick in local pride. "Made in Wichita" has become a thing, whether it's beer, clothes or barbecue. 

Ah, yes, beer and barbecue—two other things you'll love about Wichita. It's proximity to Kansas City means you'll find a lot of slow-smoked meat with thick, tomato and/or molasses-based sauce, and you won't have trouble finding a brewery or beer bar to wash it down. The city of 300,000ish people has about a half dozen breweries and more than a handful of beer bars. 

History is also thriving in Wichita. The Chisholm Trail, which famously began in Fort Worth, ended just across the river from Wichita in a small area called Delano, which today is an extension and expansion of the city, filled with locally-owned bars and shops. Back then, in the late 1800s, the town was the end of the road for the cowboys driving the cattle, a place of decompression after months on the trail.

Read more about Wichita and it's charm here. 

Slide 4 of 11: The great thing about Flagstaff is that it bucks everything you've come to think about Arizona. Located just under 7,000 feet, the terrain features sprawling pine forests, high peaks (San Francisco Peaks) and a legitimate winter with enough snow to support a ski area (Snow Bowl). 

Once a hub for the railway, lumber and ranching industries, Flagstaff has diversified itself in modern times. It's home to Northern Arizona University and the Lowell Observatory, the former creating a vibrant downtown with a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops. 

Visitors to Flagstaff come to enjoy the surrounding wilderness. Locally, there's a lot to love in terms of trails and adventures, but traditionally, most people simply use Flagstaff as a hub for the nearby Grand Canyon. 

Slide 5 of 11: The Central Coast of California remains one of the crown jewels of the United States, with pristine coastlines, mountains and vineyards coming together to form the landscape. 

There are many small towns and cities to be found along the infamous Highway 1, but perhaps none as complete as Santa Barbara. A short drive from Santa Ynez wine country, Santa Barbara's waterfront features laid-back boat harbor bars, walking paths and a strong sailing community. A few blocks inland on State Street, collegiate bars mix with high-end sushi and wine-focused restaurants, highlighting the wide variety of offerings in town. 

Blessed with year-round sunshine, views of offshore islands (Channel Islands), multiple universities and the Santa Ynez mountains, the outdoor, ocean and wine-country vibes make Santa Barbara a unique place. 

Slide 6 of 11: This ain't your grandfather's Reno. Sure, the town has a reputation as a mini-Vegas, and you'll still find plenty of that vibe in town, including the recently revamped Row that connects three casinos.  

But, the real draw of Reno here in 2019 is what's been happening behind the scenes, beyond the casinos. Reno is becoming a city of neighborhoods (as supposed to a city with a strip!).

Downtown Reno has welcomed neighborhood-bar style eateries such as Liberty Food and Wine Exchange and the West Street Market. Midtown flashes its community feel with the health-focused Great Full Gardens, featuring local produce and ingredients and a long strip of modern shops and bars. The Riverwalk District makes use of the Truckee River, which flows through the city, with a variety of waterside walking paths, public parks and outdoor dining. Outdoor opportunities are of course abound, including nearby Lake Tahoe. 

You can learn more about Reno's rise in our recent coverage. 

Slide 7 of 11: It's hard to find a more charming Southwestern city than Santa Fe. Its Historic Plaza was built by the Spanish in 1610, and today its architecture is known as "Spanish Pueblo Revival," combining its Spanish roots with the adobe style of the Pueblos, who have inhabited the land around Santa Fe for centuries. 

Surrounded by mountains, Santa Fe is connected to the outdoors, with opportunities for hiking and skiing. Its Native American culture shines through and remains an active part of the lifestyle, captured and explained in a few museums, such as the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. 

One of the biggest draws to Santa Fe is its Southwestern cuisine—specifically, green and red chili. First-time visitors to Santa Fe should make a point to eat at The Shed, a local institution, as well as one of the several chocolatiers to try some "drinking chocolate." 

Slide 8 of 11: Shreveport was created in 1836 when Captain Henry Miller Shreve cleared a large log jam on the Red River, opening up its waters for travel and trade. Many of the buildings in downtown Shreveport are of historic nature, dating back to the mid-1800s. 

For people who have been to New Orleans, Shreveport is a wonderful extension of Louisiana travel, featuring a little bit of everything you might expect: music, food and debauchery. 

The music scene is centered around the historic venue, the Louisiana Hayride, and one would be shrewd to dig in during a visit. Casinos in town host a variety of entertainment options, but above all, Shreveport shines for its southern cooking, with a little bit of Creole, French, Native America and Cajun mixed into one. A good place to start for first-timers is Herby K's for po boys, crawfish etoufee and gumbo.

Slide 9 of 11: Many have fallen in love with North Carolina favorites such as Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks. But few make the time to check out Wilmington, a port city considered the gateway to Cape Fear and the state's barrier islands. 

Check out the charming waterfront area known as the Riverwalk, nice for lunch and an afternoon stroll. Don't miss out on the wonderful seafood scene. Stop by Seaview Crab Company for fresh and local options, and to learn about local sustainable seafood initiatives.

Much of the history in the area surrounds the military and former confederacy. Check out the USS North Carolina Battleship that's docked there, as well as the Cape Fear Museum, the oldest museum in the state. But don't worry—this is no stuffy, uptight town. For proof, check out the Brooklyn Arts District neighborhood.  

Slide 10 of 11: For a city in eastern Washington that goes mostly un-discussed, Spokane has a lot of history and a lot of outdoors. It doesn't have access to the sea like Seattle, but otherwise, Spokane shares a lot of what people love about Emerald City. 

The Spokane River barrels through the middle of downtown, setting the tone for what matters most around here—nature. During the summer, river rafting is one of the main draws, with myriad companies offering day and overnight adventures.

Historically, Spokane carries a mix of pioneer, Native American, and modern appeal. Its Riverfront Park was the site of the 1974 World's Fair, and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture traces the city's roots back to a trading post.

Slide 11 of 11: Most people don't have Wisconsin on the travel brain, but the state does have some hidden gems, such as Door County and its capital, Madison. Located between two lakes, Mendota and Monona, and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, despite being a legislative seat, takes on a youthful, active energy that's hard to miss. 

In 2014, Madison was considered a top place to live thanks to its combination of outdoor opportunities, collegiate spirit, bicycle-friendly planning and "green" design, among other things, like a rocking craft beer scene. 

Winter can be tough in Madison, so plan to stop by in summer, when there's a long list of festivals and lake life is in full swing. 

 

Photo credits from Flickr:  Woody Hibbard; Eneko Bidegain; Ty Nigh; John; Prayitno; Patrick Nouhailler; Michele Singer; Ron Reiring; Richard Hurd

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