Updated: Sep 12
The quality of our lives determines how happy and contentful we feel about ourselves and the quality of our life largely depends on the lifestyle we adopt. Being mindful of the lifestyle we have is very essential for us to know where we are and where we are headed. A healthy lifestyle is detrimental to one’s overall happiness and success in life. Success can mean different to different individuals.
Life is but an accumulation of experiences
However, a sense of contentment and fulfilment one can draw from their success depends on lifestyle. As rightly put by the famous proverb – Life is but an accumulation of experiences. What we choose to experience and what we choose to not experience is a decision that we make based on our lifestyle and hence, the quality of our lifestyle truly defines the quality of our lives! Your Lifestyle is at the core, the Innate You! That’s why it is so important to be mindful of the lifestyle we are following and to also assess it from time to time.
What is “Lifestyle”? How do we develop a “Lifestyle”? Find your answers to these questions and more in this write-up.
What does “Lifestyle” mean?
In layman terms, Lifestyle simply means the way an individual lives his or her life. Lifestyle is opinions, interests, behaviours, thinking patterns and behavioural orientation of an individual. Put it simply, the way or style of living is referred to as one’s lifestyle. In essence, one’s lifestyle is a combination of several tangible and intangible factors.
Tangible factors influencing lifestyle
Tangible factors refer to the demographic and geographical factors that contribute to a person’s lifestyle. For example, People living in rural areas of the country are bound to have a different lifestyle as compared to living in the suburbs or urban counterparts. Such tangible factors contribute to one’s lifestyle for the most part of it – for instance: people living in the rural areas are early to bed and early to rise as opposed to the people living in the urban metros who generally go to sleep during the late-night hours.
Intangible factors influencing lifestyle
On the other hand, the intangible factors are comprised of the psychological contributing factors like one’s belief systems, philosophies, personal values, preferences, prejudices, opinions and outlooks. These are formed based on the surrounding environments where an individual has been bought up in and the people who’ve raised them.
For instance: Children bought up in the Western part of the world are more exposed to the ideas of liberalism than the ones that are bought up in the Eastern parts. Additionally, as an individual grows up to be an adult, he or she realizes their identity and choose the belief systems and values they want to stand and abide by. Lifestyle, therefore, is a combination of both these aspects and it largely differs from one individual to another although it might appear to be the same on the outlook.
How do we develop a “lifestyle”?
For the most part of it, we develop our lifestyle fundamentally from the environment we’re surrounded with. Parents undoubtedly become our first teachers and we tend to pick up our habits, routines, eating patterns, sleeping patterns, the importance we give to health, leisure, art and philosophy and everything in between from our families.
Later on, as a child turns into an adolescent and later into an adult – he or she picks up their own preference of lifestyles depending upon one’s individual life experiences.
How our lifestyle is expressed in our work, leisure, health, attitudes, opinions, motivations and everything in between…
Our Lifestyle typically roots from the core beliefs and philosophies we have and develop over time. In essence, lifestyle is more of dynamic nature and not a static one because our beliefs and philosophies keep changing and evolving over time, as we grow up and we we’re more exposed to different kinds of environments.
Our work is an extension of our own mind
Our lifestyle is clearly and evidently reflected upon our work style and ethics. Our work is at the end of the day, an extension of our own mind and thus our lifestyle is bound to be reflected and expressed in and through our work. For instance: If a person follows a “Green Lifestyle” which means adopting living patterns that minimize our ecological footprints, he or she will strive to cut down on plastic usage at home and at work and will try to find ways to reuse and recycle things at work. Similarly, a person who follows a “Taoist Lifestyle” which means living in absolute harmony with nature and natural order, will try to minimize arguments and misunderstandings at work and strives to promote uninterrupted workplace ethics, creating work environments that hurt none and treats everyone equally.
Our macro and micro day-to-day activities are influenced by our lifestyle
examples evidently draw out how one’s Lifestyle reflects in one’s work. But in essence, however, it goes way beyond this point and everything that we do – both at macro and micro levels are innately influenced by our lifestyle. What we do in our leisure time, for example, defines our affinity towards hobbies, art and philosophies. Someone who believes deeply in the art would love to spend their leisure doing things that put their creativity to test. They’re generally seen making things – from cooking to painting, to crafts and DIYs to composing music and so on. Similarly, someone who is passionate about philosophy will be seen generally spending their time with books, or having conversations with people and so on.
Similarly, every other aspect of our lives – right from how we behave, our activities, interests, attitudes, opinions, values to more niched down parameters of life like our economic decisions, relationships, motivations, needs and wants are all manifestations of our lifestyle and expression and extension of the same. Here are some instances that explain the same in brief:
These are just a few examples that demonstrate how one’s Lifestyle is expressed thoroughly in every aspect of life – from recreation to work to relationships and economic or financial decisions. Creating a life that you want starts from creating a lifestyle plan that suits the kind of life you wish to live and sticking to this lifestyle plan. It might be necessary sometimes to make changes to one’s lifestyle in order to ensure we’re headed where we want to and taking time to do this at regular intervals pays off so much in the long run! At the end of the day, our lifestyle is by large the part and parcel of who we are and thus – Truly, Your Lifestyle is Innate You!