Keys to Staying Young #3: Make Each Day a School Day

This week, I’m posting a tip each day to staying young and healthy.

#3 Make Each Day a School Day When I drive my daughter to school, I remind her of the three essentials of each day: learn something new, help someone else, and have fun. This is a tradition I started when my oldest son started kindergarten. Now that he’s in university, I still expect him to think about those three tasks as he walks from his dorm to classes each morning.

At dinner time, I ask my two kids who still live at home, what they did during the day, specifically, what they learned, how they helped others and how they had fun.

Mom and Dad also share how we did with our three tasks during our days. No matter how grown up we think we are, there is always something new to learn about our world, about others and about ourselves.

We each have countless opportunities to help others – to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we may meet for the first time and those we see day after day. As adults, the opportunities to have a positive impact are ever greater.

Sometimes, we can get so caught up in work and the other things “we have to do”, that we forget that we can still have fun along the way. By making the enjoyment of each day a priority, we won’t defer opportunities to have a good belly laugh, enjoy our favourite healthy treats or spend time with people we love and love to be with.

Thinking about these three tasks before we set out for the day, primes us to look for these golden opportunities to grow, to connect and to live fully.

Our dinnertime debrief makes everyone in the family responsible for making the most of each day.

Your three tasks for this day: (1) learn something new, (2) help someone else and (3) have fun.

Next: Healthy Living

For more on healthy living and positive change, listen to my Positive Potential Medicine podcast at wgrnradio.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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2 Responses to Keys to Staying Young #3: Make Each Day a School Day

  1. Helen says:

    so simple, yet they make all the difference. thanks for the three tasks dr. wong.

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