Let’s face it, everyone’s quality life definition is going to be unique to that individual.
To some, a quality life can be spending time with family, having time to pursue your hobbies or interests.
While for others, it’s more about material things; the car you drive, the clothes you wear, and what kind of money you make.
Today I would like to share with you my quality life definition. Hopefully I’ll leave you with some helpful suggestions to improve your quality of life and outlook on this topic.
My Quality Life Definition:
When defining quality of life, I think it’s a balance & combination of multiple factors. If you’ve got all the money in the world, but your health is poor, your quality of life is pretty lousy.
But if you are really healthy; not too bright, avoid learning, and can’t get a job, again, poor quality of life.
Now if you can combine and maintain a balanced perspective and ratio of the following factors, you’ll have a well balanced, happy and healthy life.
Let me know if I missed any factors here in the comment section below, thanks.
My Quality Life Definition Includes:
1). Good physical & mental health:
Strive to maintain a good 3-5 days per week working on your cardiovascular training, strengthening, and flexibility. Add meditation or yoga to maintain mental balance and improve focus.
2). Job satisfaction:
Find something you’re passionate about, that you just enjoy getting up and doing every day. Hopefully it makes decent money for you as well.
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3). A supportive social network of family and friends
Community, friends, and family can add to our joy and satisfaction in life. Sometimes they add stress, but positive relationships do wonders for human beings.
4). Personal freedom to set you own schedule
Forget alarm clocks and have the freedom to live at your own pace. Not a lot of jobs allow this. But if you have your own business where you can set your own hours, that’s a huge quality of life booster.
5). The ability to travel and explore the world
Now maybe this one doesn’t interest you. But if it does and you can fit 1-2 months of travel per year, I think you will find a more fulfilling and enriched life experience.
Even if it’s just to travel and see friends and family that you haven’t seen in a while.
6). New challenges to overcome
Not on everyone’s list. But I value continual education in life and new challenges contribute to new learning and a “I’m greater for overcoming this” experience.
7). Living in an environment that encourages learning new information
Keep your brain going throughout your 30’s to 90’s. You’ll ward of Alzheimer’s disease and actually have a much younger brain.
Most all new learning occurs in years 0 – 20, so learning new information is a great way to maintain a great quality of life throughout your entire life span.
8). Having enough money
Not just enough to pay the bills, but an additional 15 – 20% of your net income going to a Roth IRA or some form of retirement saving.
Plus you should try to save 10 – 30 thousand dollars a year if possible for potential investments or just to contribute to your “nest egg”.
9). Eating quality, nutritious and delicious foods
This really makes all the difference in the world on how you feel “energy wise”.
You actually can feel a dramatic difference when you’ve been eating healthy and you’re forced to eat fast food. It just feels bad afterwards.
Also avoid canned foods, sodas, fruit juices, etc. An overabundance of salt and sugar is the recipe for advanced cardiovascular diseases.
10). Having personal time for lazy days at the beach 🙂
This is just a given, right?
Now obviously it’s tough to have all 10 of these aspects in our lives all the time. But this is what I look at when I think of having a good quality life.
However, I know people lose perspective sometimes when they think about this topic.
We want more and more stuff, we want a better car and bigger home. We get trapped associating quality of life at times with material needs and we loose focus on what’s really important.
Gain Some Perspective:
I want you to try to imagine something a bit drastic.
Imagine that instead of sitting here reading this article, you woke up this morning and found you couldn’t move your right arm.
Then you tried to get out of bed and fell to the floor due to the inability to move your right leg. You can’t coordinate the moments and when you try to speak, you’re speech comes out mumbled and incoherent.
If you think about this and imagine yourself in this position, it’s a pretty scary scenario.
I just described what many have gone through when experiencing a stroke.
Hopefully you’ll never have to go through this traumatic and horrible experience.
My example of you experiencing the symptoms of a stroke is drastic but I want to make a point by it.
If you can imagine how bad this is, you might be able to imagine how complicated life can be after having a stroke.
Taking On Someone Else’s Perspective:
When you think about something like this happening to yourself, it’s puts things into perspective.
Compare your life to someone less fortunate for a moment.
This simple exercise can give you a brand new perspective on all the wonderful things that you’ve got going for you in your life right now.
Sometimes we take basic skills for granted.
We get caught up in reaching financial or personal goals, getting the latest iPhone, buying a bigger house and a new car, etc..
We’re not focused on all the wonderful things that we already have going for us in life at this moment.
Sometimes these things seem quite simple and easy to take for granted, but don’t do it. As we age or our health deteriorates, we see just how important the simple things in life are.
The “5 Things To Be Thankful For” Exercise:
Working with rehab patients (many of them stroke victims) for over 10 years, I have seen my fair share of despair, depression and anguish.
So I came up with a little treatment to try and break the depression/anxiety/despair cycle that interferes with my patient’s progress.
I call it my “Quality of Life Speech”.
Depending on what physical or mental losses the patient has suffered, I try to have the patient identify 5 positive things that they are thankful for in their lives today. Many patients can’t come up with ONE idea at first.
So I get the ball rolling for them. I try to find out if they have a supportive family and if so, that goes on the list.
If the patient can express themselves, think, and make their needs known to their caregivers, that too of course, goes on the list. Anything that is positive belongs on the list.
Once we have 5 things that the patient can identify, I ask them to think about this list throughout the day.
We write it down and put it on their bedside table. I have a caregiver review the list with them later that day and then I’ll review it a couple more times the next morning during therapy.
If I can get the patient to think of this list of 5 positive things that they are thankful for, some great things start to happen.
How Does This Help, What’s the Point?
The “Quality of Life Speech” gets people to see that although they have suffered a great loss, they still have abilities and positive things in their lives.
It also gets the person to focus on something positive and not just thinking or “obsessively thinking” about what’s negative.
This strengthens positive neural connections in the brain and starts to break depression, anxiety and negative neural patterns.
When we repeatedly think of something negative, we strengthen this “bad connection” and we continue to go down a negative spiral cycle.
If my patients think about the positive things in their lives, they will strengthen that neural connection.
This then leads to more positive feelings and people get out of the depression and start to focus on therapy and recovery.
Time and time again the “Quality of Life Speech” turns people’s lives around. I see hope returning on a daily basis.
People go from giving up to fighting back and many return home with their loved ones.
Focus On The Important Stuff:
Positive and negative behaviors can become hardwired into us and strengthened depending on which behavior we feed.
Focus on what is good and positive in your life, and your attitude and outlook will improve.
This can actually change you physiologically. Your demeanor, posture, neurotransmitter levels, and your energy levels all change for the better.
If you’re stressed on your quality of life, take a half an hour and think about all the positive things that you have going for you, your perspective will change for the better.
If you aren’t happy with the quality of your life, take action and make some changes. Sometimes this can be easier said than done, but you have to reach out and make an effort to improve your life.
I hope your quality life definition has been improved from reading my take on this subject. And more importantly, you have a new perspective to take away with you the next time you reflect on your own quality of life.