These adorable signs in Oslo knew what was up!

Healthy lifestyle

This is really important. Of course people have different views and opinions on how to live their lives, but in my opinion, a healthy body is a good way to start improving yourself. And no, being healthy does not equal being slim, it’s all about what’s healthy for your body. By keeping active and eating well your body will thank you. Your energy levels will increase, your stamina will increase, your overall appearance will improve. In addition, your immune function will be much better, and mentally you will feel more positive. By having a body that functions well, means you brain functions well also – it’s no cure for a bad mood or mental disorders, but it certainly helps <3

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else
Although looking up to role models can be good and fuel your ambition and hard work ethic, comparing every detail of your life to somebody else’s is just so damaging. To put it plainly, you were born as you, you were raised to be you, you actively choose to live your life as you wish. Realistically you will never emulate somebody else, furthermore, everyone’s circumstances are different. In addition, we all have our own wishes and dreams, we also are all different people genetically and naturally through nurture. Only ever look up to people to motivate yourself to improve and work harder. However, never use ‘person a has got what I want easily, that’s why I don’t have it’, although there may be some truth in what you are saying, nothing is stopping you from working extra hard. If you really want it…work for it. Which goes onto my next point…

Work as hard as you can
This applies for those in education, work or both. Say you have 5 hours in a day where you have to work, surely you’d want to make the most of your time and work hard – it’s efficient and provides rewards. However for some bizarre reason… people just don’t? I remember at school in lessons I’d watch other classmates either talk, misbehave, not do their work and even storm out! Which I didn’t really understand, considering you have to be there, surely you would want to make the best use of your time? Of course in the long term, although some of us haven’t reached where we wish to be yet, those of us who have worked hard in school compared to those who haven’t, generally have been more successful. Why am I rambling on about school? Because I believe no matter where you are in life or what you are doing, you should work hard. Your time on earth is limited, make the best use of your time! By working hard you are not only bettering yourself, but you’re also allowing yourself to gain a wonderful life full of rewards. What’s more appealing, not working and living an easy but dull life, or working full time in a great job and living life to the fullest in your leisure time? Work hard play hard it is for me 🙂

Busy yourself
This is similar to the last point, try and make sure throughout your week you make time to work hard. Whether that be in your job, education or even at home. However, on top of this, make sure to busy yourself with great activities. What I mean is, get out your house, go exercise, go walking around, explore nearby towns and cities, socialise with friends – all of these things add variety to your life, make you happy and may even in small ways help you gain new skills. You’ll need calm leisure time as well, but by keeping your life exciting and active you’ll never get bored.

Did you know that studies have shown that those who volunteer their time to charities and various organisations lead happier lives? This is because not only is volunteering very beneficial and helpful to those you are helping, but it feels fantastic knowing that you personally know you have helped make a difference. Plus, normally roles in volunteering can be very fun, you’ll rarely get given a job that paid people do. Furthermore, not only does it make you a good person for dedicating your time to great causes, and make you feel good for doing so, it will help you gain skills. If you’re a young person still in education or have begun working, by gaining skills you’ll be more likely to get a good job, or even be promoted in the job you’re already in. I’ll probably do a post on why volunteering is fabulous another time <3

Be open and positive
Always remind yourself that in life, not everything is perfect, nor does everything go to plan. However, when bad situations arise or things aren’t what you expect, try to be open to the situation and remain positive. Whether it’s a positive way of looking at the situation or looking at something positive that is coming in the short term. It’s also good to be open to different things and changes, as you age and progress your life will always be changing. Be open to different people and the way they think and do things. I used to be awful at this and would get frustrated at the way people did things or lived their lives, but realistically that’s really immature. Leave people be, their life is theirs and yours is yours – who knows who is leading the better life or the ‘correct’ life, it doesn’t matter, focus on yourself. The only time it’s normal to be frustrated is if someone else’s life is negatively impacting others.

Our time on Earth with the ones we love are limited, it will not last forever. Although the reality is saddening, use it to remind yourself to love people with all your might every day. Be kind and loving to your family, partners, and friends, doesn’t it feel wonderful to see them happy and beaming? Help your parents with jobs, give your family spontaneous gifts small or large, remind your friends how awesome they are. Compliments cost nothing and complimenting those you love with sincerity can make people’s day and boost their happiness and confidence. People say life can be pointless. as if we were not here the planet would be no different, I disagree, by going out of your way to love people ad making them feel loved, you’re impacting the lives of many. In addition, just help those in need or strangers if they need it. I’m not a fan of directly giving money to the homeless but I make sure to help various charities and whenever I’m on my way to university or to volunteer, I always buy a homeless person a hot or cold drink depending on the weather. Considering they have to sleep out in harsh conditions, the least you can do is give them a drink when it costs around a £1. It can cost less if you bring a spare drink or snack out from home such as a bottle of water. You don’t have to do this exactly but you get the picture – one small step you make can mean everything to someone <3 Plus 99% of the time, you’ll feel great being kind, whereas being cruel or bitchy usually just leaves you in frustration and a rubbish mood. So love, love, love!

Seeing a man in his 70s write this on a chalkboard in Oslo’s Nobel Peace Centre felt like a real movie moment. But so true <3

As aforementioned, we only get one life. As clichéd as it sounds, make it count <3

Live the best life that you possibly can 🙂


  1. Becca Fletcher
    August 5, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    I am so bad at comparing myself to others. Its something I really need to stop doing. These are all some really good tips, especially living a healthy lifestyle. I couldnt agree more with that. http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 6, 2016 / 9:29 am

      Same I always do it, I always see people beaming with extroversion and enjoying large social circles, but realistically would that be a better life for me? Probably not, it's just a 'different' one. 90% of the time people aren't better or worse than you, they are simply different from you. Glad you liked the healthy lifestyle part too ^~^Thanks for your comment <3

  2. Emma Copland
    August 6, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Love this post! I've always been so bad for comparing myself to others, but it really makes a difference when you cut it out. So much more positive! And I couldn't agree more about all of these tips, self-love goes a long way. Xheart-autumn.co.uk

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 6, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Exactly, 90% of the time people aren't better or worse than you, they are simply different 🙂 I only ever see people lower or higher than me in terms of their kindness/cruelness ratio ;)Glad you liked my post, thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  3. Ms Meatballhead
    August 6, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Very inspiring words 🙂 I often compare myself to others and it's very unhealthy. We were each made to run our own race! http://www.makeupisdelish.com

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 7, 2016 / 11:42 am

      'We were each made to run our own race' – such a good quote!Thanks for your lovely comment <3

  4. Envy
    August 8, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Amazing post. I feel like printing it and hanging it on my door as a reminder. Especially the third thing you listed, working as hard as you can, is something I need to work on. I waste so much time on pointless stuff, even when I tell myself I have to do certain things in the next hour. Your post inspires me to actually do those things right now :)x EnvyLost in Translation

    • sophieannetaylor
      August 8, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Aw you're so sweet! Thank you! I'm glad you liked it – and yes I'm a bit too much of a workaholic in my opinion so I will always push working hard as good advice, just make sure you give yourself plenty of leisure and rest time too <3Thanks for commenting how you felt about this 🙂

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