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There are generally two types of people in the world: those who prioritise pleasure, and those who prioritise joy. People who prioritise please look to the external world to satisfy themselves and make them happy. (So, most people then). People who prioritise joy look to their internal world to keep them satisfied. If you’re in the former camp, you’re heading down a dark alley. That’s because pleasure is fleeting, and much of it eventually results in pain. You’re making decisions today that won’t serve you tomorrow. If you’re living with joy, though, you don’t need external things. No matter what chaos is going on around you, you’re able to maintain the sanctity of your core.
In this post, we take a look at some of the health choices you’re making right now that you’ll regret when you’re fifty. Check them out below.
Eating processed food every month or so is no big deal. It’s not going to hurt you. But if you do it every day, it’ll slowly eat away at your health. You’ll gain weight and, over time, develop all the health problems associated with you.
Remember, time will eventually catch up with you. One day, you’ll look in the mirror and hardly recognise the person staring back at you. They look so tired, old and unhealthy. How did it happen?
Well, much of it begins with diet.
Listening to loud music through headphones every day is not a good idea. Incoming sound waves carry enough energy to damage parts of the ear, causing them to work less efficiently over time. Eventually, you could end up with hearing loss.
You can learn more about how to protect your ears online. The best advice is to wear hearing protection and avoid listening to music through headphones at more than 85 decibels.
While you want to spend some time with other people, you don’t want to make it your entire life. Instead, you need space where you can just be yourself and bask in your own sense of being.
Far from being something that generates depression, solitude actually builds resilience and lowers stress levels. When you go for long walks in the forest, you realize that you’re okay being by yourself.
In today’s culture, being sedentary is an accepted part of life. Most people move from chair to chair throughout the day, and that’s all the exercise that they get.
Of course, nature didn’t design humans for a sloth-like existence. We’re supposed to move. But thanks to modern society, many of us don’t.
Naturally, if you don’t get enough exercise, it’ll eventually catch up with you. Your body will become stiff and weak, and you’ll wonder where all your youthful energy went by the time you hit fifty.
Lastly, if you don’t learn how to cook, you’ll always be relying on others. And that opens up a pandora’s box of temptations: fast food, microwavable meals and snacks. All these foods will eventually cause you to gain weight and your health to decline.