In this day and age when everyone’s obsessed with #lifehacks and making everything easier, we tend to forget about something more valuable–life advice. These are the things that our parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors tell us to do but we just kind of put off or ignore.
While there’s nothing wrong with learning how to open a beer bottle with a banana or charging your phone without a charger, here are five meaningful but often-overlooked pieces of advice that will make so much more of a difference in your life than any life hack would!
1. Never stop learning
Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean the learning should stop there. In fact, there’s so much more to discover now that you’re out in the real world where literally everything is a learning opportunity! Don’t ever think that you’ve seen or heard it all because not even Warren Buffet has!
When you continue to improve your skills and master new ones, you’re living a happier, fuller life and you’re bound to come across even more success. So actively look for new things to learn–maybe pick up a book, try to cook a new dish, or learn a foreign language!
2. Save money for the future
It’s easy to say ‘YOLO’ and blow all the money you have when you’re young. But not saving earlier is something you’ll regret when you’re drowning in financial responsibilities in the future! So while you still have the time, spend less on overpriced coffee and fleeting fashion trends and set aside more money for rainy days.
It’s always a good idea to have an emergency fund (so that you’re not frazzled when you’re faced with unforeseen expenses) as well as a retirement fund (so that you can fully enjoy life in your golden years!)
3. Have a positive outlook on life
If you’re the glass-half-empty kind of person, you might want to start learning how to look on the bright side of life. Because by having a good attitude, not only will you be a happier, more confident person, but you’ll also be impacting the people around you in a much more positive way. No one wants to be hanging around Negative Nancies or Debbie Downers!
If you didn’t wake up in the best mood, start the day off with positive affirmations. If you find yourself in a not-so-great situation, try to find humor in it or maybe even crack a joke! And if you’re faced with failure, turn it into a lesson.
4. Live in the moment
Let’s admit it, we look at our phones more than we do anything else. But do we really want to go through life and realize that the only relationships we’ve had are with our ‘friends’ on Facebook and the only sights we’ve seen are filtered travel photos on IG? Make more of an effort to put your gadgets down and talk to real people and experience real things!
Aside from spending less time hunched over your phone, living in the moment also means to not dwell in the past or worry about the future. So yes, you should definitely move on from your ex and no, you don’t have to have life all figured out.
5. Don’t forget to look back on the people who have helped you
No one, not even the smartest, most people successful people in the world, makes it on their own. We all get plenty of help along the way! But how many of us actually remember those who have taught, coached, mentored, and encouraged us? Before you regret not being able to thank them, let them know how much they’re appreciated!
To her former students, Luzviminda Santiago wasn’t just a teacher. She was their best friend, mother, and biggest supporter and they never forgot it. After watching their story, you’ll want to go find the Luzvimindas in your life and thank them too!
WATCH the touching story of Luzviminda Santiago: