#17: Happiness, Health & Tradeoffs

Your weekly round-up of wisdom, habits, inspiration and practical solutions, including 50 ways happier, healthier & more successful people live on their own terms.
#17: Happiness, Health & Tradeoffs
Welcome to issue #17 of The Power Up, the curated email magazine from Man Body Spirit.

Every day I scour the Internet in search of wisdom, habits, inspiration and practical solutions to help improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our readers, curating the best bits together in this neat little package – and delivered direct to your inbox. 

This week we look at the topic of tradeoffs – those often imperceptible consequences of the decisions we make every day. And at the same time, I’ve dug up a number of great resources which will help inform those decisions to move you more in the direction of greater health, happiness and success.

There are more than a few great nuggets to add to your mental toolbox, so I hope you get a lot of value from this issue.

50 ways happier, healthier & more successful people live on their own terms
This week we start with another excellent resource from The Power Up regular Benjamin Hardy.

Benjamin has distilled 50 simple and practical lifestyle tweaks we can all make today that could have a big impact on our happiness, health and capacity for success.

Covering the full spectrum from ways to eliminate distractions, supercharge our energy, improve our relationships, increase our financial acumen, and much more besides, it’s a gold mine of tried and tested advice from some of the most successful minds.
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Tradeoffs: The currency of decision making
This insightful piece from the brilliant Farnham Street explains the importance of understanding the tradeoffs at play in every decision we make.

One of the biggest misconceptions of the modern age is that we can have and do ‘it all’. But that simply isn’t the case.

“If we think we can have it all, we’re more likely to end up with nothing,” it says. “We can get much farther if we decide where we want to focus our energy and which areas to ignore.” 

Those who know how to make tradeoffs can get so much more out of life than those who try to get everything. 
So read on to find out how to do it right.
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Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age
Determined to enjoy longer and healthier lives, two women researched an array of scientific studies to find the key.

In this article from the Guardian, they share what they discovered – listing 25 everyday tips we can all act upon, such as the ideal walking pace, which vitamins we should be taking, when to fast and what to eat, and the importance of optimism.  

Read on if you want to increase your chances of vibrant longevity.
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3 steps to achieve personal freedom
Modern life is full of obligations. We don’t only need to make a living, we also often feel like we need to please everyone. Not to mention the endless pursuit of becoming ‘our best self’.

But in many cases, if we feel unfree in a free world, it’s because of our own doing.

In this Medium post, writer Darius Foroux explains that. “At some point, I realised that if I wanted to be truly free, I needed to make it happen. 

“No one else will do it for you. Not your parents, brother, sister, partner, or friend. No one but you is responsible for your life.” 

Following that powerful realisation, Foroux breaks down the three key steps he took to find a greater sense of personal freedom.
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Bonus content
The 3 secrets to master self sabotage
So we’re coming to the end of the third week in January. How are those ‘New Year, New You’ goals holding up?

I’ll openly share that, for me, some are going better than expected. However, this week I did cave on my goal to stop drinking coffee.

Regardless of our best intentions, there will always be moments that test our resolve. So what do we do in those situations?

Here are three recommendations to keep in your personal toolbox for those testing occasions
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How to beat the Winter Blues
January is the longest, darkest month, and even if the weather hasn’t been as cold as in some years, it can still get us down.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a scientifically proven condition that many of us suffer from. If that includes you, and you’re feeling out of sorts right now, here are four approaches you can try that might help lift your mood.
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“It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting.”

Millard Fuller
Thanks for reading, I hope you found some great value within this week’s edition. If so, please pass on a recommendation to your friends. If not, then please give me feedback on what more you would like to see. See you next time, Adam.
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