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Pursuing the Good Life: From Surviving to Thriving in Challenging Times

The story of your life is unfolding even during a historic and extremely challenging era of a pandemic. There are no inconsequential choices, meaningless moments, or disposable days. Many of us have more yesterdays than tomorrows, and it becomes imperative to set yourself up to have the best day possible because the candle of life is burning.


The ingredients for pursuing a good life necessitates cultivating a sense of gratitude for what is right in the world. Social connections are vital for feeling content and happy. Meditative moments can occur when you embrace opportunities to be mindful of the present moment and wallow in the blessing of living in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Allowing yourself free time to take a break allows your body to reset and move towards renewal. Physical movement enhances your mood and elevates your immune response. Healthy nutritional choices fuel your body. Seizing opportunities to help others with compassion, kindness, and altruism provides us with a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.


Thankfully, tiny changes can ripple into a significant life transformation and lead to a cascade of successes. In contrast, doing more of the same can often lead to missed opportunities and regret. The Lakota Sioux have described the sentiment of seizing the day as Hoka hey, which has a meaning like, “Let’s go!” or “Let’s do it!” We would all benefit from trying to set ourselves up to have the best day possible!

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