For two thirds of our lives, we live with the false belief that if we have a job with a hefty paycheck, a comfortable house (with a mortgage), eat salads for our meals, and walk briskly for thirty minutes on a treadmill in the bedroom, we are living a healthy life. If this is the way you think, believe me you are in for a very unpleasant surprise after the age of fifty or fifty-five years, when (God forbid) you will have:

• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Mild or severe arthritis
• Depression
• Diabetes

Unless you learn to live with an attitude of:

• Taking things easy
• Relaxing both physically and mentally whenever you get the chance
• Learning to accept your limitations
• Giving up when a task is beyond your capability
• Not comparing yourself with anyone or copying anyone, as we all are different in our looks, intelligence, strengths, and weaknesses
• Taking time for yourself
• Developing a hobby that makes you happy, like playing a sport, listening to music, writing poetry, playing cards, reading, writing, meditating, praying, and so on.
• Sitting still for some time during the day, trying to empty your mind as much as possible
• Being patient in times of adversity and grateful in good times
• Believing in and waiting for miracles. It sounds a bit incomprehensible in this age of logic and scientific thinking, but I can assure you that miracles do happen, and I have experienced them more than once
• Not enjoying seeing someone down on his or her luck, because very soon you may the one providing the same pleasure to others
• Remembering that time is one phenomenon that changes regularly and definitely, so be sure that bad times will pass eventually just as the good have already passed
• Not ever losing hope and always being content and patient

Happy Living….

Rais Khan is a Chartered Accountant and an author. He has worked in corporate sector for 40 years in a variety of corporations ranging from IBM to Etisalat in UAE. He has worked and lived in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, USA, Africa and the UAE. Currently he is a freelance business consultant and part-time writer. He is the Editor of Pehchaan and can be contacted at

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