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Beyond Health: Living Your Life to the Fullest

relaxing hiker What does living life to the fullest really mean? What does it mean to live a life with passion and purpose?

For some, it means running a marathon, skydiving or mastering a skill. For others, living life to the fullest is all about embracing the best—dining at the finest restaurants, driving the fastest cars, achieving where others have failed. For everyone else—those with jobs, kids, financial stresses and day-to-day deadlines—it’s somewhere in between.

Living life to the fullest doesn’t have to be defined by pushing your body to the brink, becoming the best or living a life of luxury. Most of the time living life to the fullest is as easy as making the most of the good and minimizing the bad. It’s about taking care of you. It’s about forgiving and loving and being proud of your story. And it’s about doing whatever you can, whenever you can, to make every minute count.

Here are five ways to live life to the fullest without spending a lot of money or going to extremes:

Stop…and think

Between Facebook, Twitter and all the other modern communications mediums, it’s difficult to find time to stop, be still and think. But taking time out from the never-ending news cycles to think about your life can help you put it all into perspective.

Make a little love

Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy relationship is good for your mental and physical health. It boosts your immune system, lowers your blood pressure and eases stress. So go on, make a little love.

Let it go

Life’s too short to carry a grudge. So go ahead and let it go. What’s more important, being right or being happy?

Sing!

It doesn’t matter where you are—in the shower, in your car or up on stage—singing makes you feel happy. Research shows that there’s an inner-ear organ directly connected to the part of your brain that registers pleasure. So the more you sing, the happier you’re going to be.

Sleep

You can’t live life to the fullest if you’re not fully rested. So get that eight hours of sleep a night, then wake up, jump out of bed and make the most of your day!

To learn more about living your life to the fullest, visit Sentenced 2 Life to join a community of athletes and ordinary people proud to live life and tell their story.

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