10 Ways to Leave a Legacy (And Make it a Great One) 91

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What will happen if you’re gone tomorrow? How will people remember you? And will they remember you at all? In other words, will you leave a legacy?

These questions are scary, I know. And we avoid them as much as we can.

Actually most people ask themselves that only once in a lifetime. And it’s often when it’s too late to do anything about it and make a change.

They come to the conclusion that there’s nothing left after all the years they spent here and, more sadly, it’s like they’ve never lived. What they do as a result of that enlightenment, is to spend their last years in regret and disappointment.

I know that’s too negative for a young person to think about.

But putting these questions earlier will remind everyone of how precious each day is, how easy it is to forget to live for others and do things for them. It will help us realize that we need to make our own life meaningful. And we can still live life to the fullest throughout the process of leaving a legacy.

It’s amazing to enjoy life and try everything you want.

But it won’t hurt if you start contributing earlier, so that when you turn back, you’ll be able to see that what you’ve done matters. That will also prevent us from feeling the deepest regret and desperation once we realize we’ve done nothing for so many decades. I believe that’s a terrible feeling.

It’s one thing to improve yourself daily, to be grateful, happy and live for the moment. But it’s completely another to make all that with a purpose, meaning and desire to make the world a better place.

To be remembered, to have lived with a mission and not to have wasted your limited time on earth – this is what leaving a legacy is all about.

It’s important to do it without that egoistic intention everyone has these days – just for the idea of being remembered, not to feel guilty when you’re older or else. It must be done for others so that after your staying here, you will have left a positive influence on people, you will have helped, inspired, contributed and changed lives.

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I don’t believe that we’re on this planet just to live unconsciously day after day.

To consume, earn and spend money, do our daily routines, have jobs we don’t like, stay at home, deal with small personal dilemmas and so on. But there are many distractions to keep us focused on all that, to entertain us and to prevent us from seeing the bigger picture.

Big corporations have done their job well and made us strive for mediocrity, fight with each other.

They also gave us money to play with, alcohol and drugs to get addicted to, and enough work, events and commitments to keep us busy and make us feel in control.

This way it’s easier than ever before to spend a lifetime without seeing the true meaning of life, without asking yourself questions beyond average, without awakening, reaching our true potential and speaking up.

But if you have looked deep inside yourself and seek meaning and direction, then you can try doing a few of the things listed below. They are also what your legacy will look like and the way to make everything you’ve done and will do matter.

How to Leave a Great Legacy

1. Contribute beyond yourself.

Find and take part in activities connected with making the world a better place to live in. The point is to make your life for something more than yourself. This way your actions will speak for you even when you’re gone.

2. Create.

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If you can write, then write. If you love singing, sing. If you feel like drawing, draw. Design, build.

Create what you can and convey your message through art.

3. Be a role model.

A great way to leave a legacy is to be a good role model for everyone around you. Not only for your kids, but also friends, acquaintances and even people you’ve recently met.

Behave as you think everyone should, be good, do great things with your own life and teach others to do it too, grow spiritually and set an example for the next generations.

4. Raise your children well.

Often the only legacy people leave is their children. But if you didn’t make them honorable people who are willing to help others and have morals, you haven’t done your job well.

So do your best to teach them everything they need to know to become the next successful leaders.

5. Love.

Loving every human being and showing it will create a peaceful world. Express your love on a daily basis to your family and friends and treat with love even strangers or those who aren’t good to you.
By doing this you make them believe they are worth it, you remind them we’re all humans and together in good and bad times. And soon they will also share this newly found feeling with others.

6. Give.

That’s the ultimate law of the universe. No matter what the situation is or the person in front of you, be ready to give him what you have, to share what’s given to you and go beyond your egoistic nature.

You may give things, money (donate), advice, help, time, effort and whatever it is that you can. Don’t expect anything in return. Just give and when you least expect it, you’ll receive twice as much.

7. Do good.

Good deeds are always remembered. Let yours show other people that we can all do something nice today and make someone happy.

Smile to strangers, help when you can, make compromises, be kind to everyone. Things like that can change someone’s day without you even realizing it.

Kindness is the universal language that can make everyone smile and forget his problems for a while. Here are 10 random acts of kindness you can do today that can make a big difference.

8. Inspire.

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If you’ve found your passion, have what you want, achieved some of your goals and are contented and happy, don’t forget to stop every now and then and share your secrets with others.

Today people need to be reminded of their potential and all the possibilities around them more than ever.

So share with them your steps and what you did to get where you are, give advice, motivate, make them believe in themselves and find a direction.

This way you’ll be remembered as the inspiring person who probably helped at least a few people do something about their life.

9. Volunteer.

This is beneficial to your mental health, society, the community and the world in general. There are tens of ways to do it. Just do what you’re good at, but do it for others and don’t charge.
Search for organizations that help an area you’re interested in and join it. Give your time, skills and energy and help old people, the environment, animals, orphans, the poor, the disabled, etc.

You’ll feel amazing after doing it for some time. It’s proven that it affects your confidence, physical health, happiness, social skills, lowers depression and you meet new amazing people.

Even if you want to do it from home, there are multiple options. Just find what works best for you and contribute.

10. Make a family history.

Research your ancestors and make a family tree. Include photos. Write a book about that if you want. Or make a will.
Put your history into words – journal, autobiography, memoir. There are many ways to help your family be remembered.

So now you know how easy it is to leave a legacy and to make it a great one. No excuses accepted as you can do it from home, practice it daily and in small steps.

Make your life meaningful and let your actions help and inspire others.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 19

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.