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    Collective wisdom: Wellbeing

    We bring together our favourite expert advice on living a nourished, calm and fulfilling life

    Living a balanced life is about more than just eating well and staying active. Over the past seven issues of be. magazine, we’ve gathered together a wealth of ideas and information about happiness, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, mental health and more.

    Here are some of the best pieces of wellbeing advice we’ve come across…

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

    – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

    “We should do what we can to make the people around us happy. Be encouraging. Be generous. Include your neighbour in your life. Laugh. Dance at the drop of a hat. Unlock your doors, turn off your television and go bee spotting in wet suits with someone you find irritating.”

    – Shanaka Fernando, founder Lentil as Anything

    “Too much TV is not good for you. Spending long periods of time watching television has been linked to increased risk of dementia, along with increased waistlines and shorter lifespan.”

    – Professor Kaarin Antey

    “Look out for each other and stay connected by having regular and meaningful conversations. You don’t need to be an expert to help someone who may be struggling with life. Be ready to ask ‘are you ok’, listen without judgement, encourage action and make sure you follow up.”

    – Janina Nearn, CEO R U OK? Day

    “Mindfulness meditation teaches us to bring awareness to the present moment inner activity of our minds and bodies so that we can fully experience our thoughts, sensations, emotions and automatic responses as they are happening.”

    – Paul von Bergen, founder Billabong Retreat

    “Know what keeps you well. There are many steps you can take to maintain or improve your mental health.”

    – Kate Carnell, former CEO beyondblue

    AGELESS principles

    There are many simple opportunities for slow ageing. In common to them all are seven AGELESS principles:

    1. Be Aware and engaged in your choices.
    2. Have clear and realistic Goals.
    3. Accent the positive, Eliminate the negative.
    4. Make choices that are sustainable for the Long term.
    5. Don’t be Exclusive. There is never only one answer.
    6. Support is out there. Get help.
    7. Be Selective. Do what’s right for you One size never fits all.

    – Merlin Thomas, physician

    “It’s about relationships, joy, love, career, spirituality, sunshine, getting enough water, eating the right food and taking that holistic approach as opposed to focusing on one or two things.”

    – Rachael Finch, media personality

    “The groundwork of all happiness is health.”

    – James Leigh Hunt, English writer


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