Basic human needs are explored in this contributed post.
Despite the divisive rhetoric poisoning the political discussion as of late, that will never corrupt us as human beings. What does this mean? Well, no matter who you are, where you’re from, how much money you have in your bank account, how many cars you own, how happy you are, how wise you are, how many goals you have, and how many mistakes you have made, you are subject to the same needs and wants.
Humans truly need a select set of experiences and belongings to feel connected, happy and whole. Consider this article a love letter to the human race, and one which should help anyone identify what’s missing in their lives, allowing them the freedom to live better and make more appropriate choices.
Without further ado, let’s get into this. The road to making a better society starts with correct knowledge.
Humans Need Connection
You need people around you. No matter how much of a lone wolf you feel yourself to be, you are mistaken. You cannot live a life well lived without the support and nourishment of the people around you. You can survive, and maybe survive well, but your inner sense of satisfaction is simply not as good as it would be with others. Life is short, and living without others is a shame of the highest order. The expression an experience shared is an experienced improved should rest with you at all times. We all know that a movie is better when watching with someone else.
No matter if you’re introverted, extroverted or simply love people, finding people in a community you enjoy is as simply as doing an online search these days. However, be sure to make real friends you can experience things with, as proximity is surely a massive factor in a great friendship. Also don’t be afraid to make friends outside of your comfort zone. Of course, it’s always best to like your friends as people, but within those parameters, a friend can develop from anywhere. We are all more connected than we know, we share life together, we are part of the same species, and we all require each other to live. Keep this in mind, making your social connection as much of a priority as food, shelter and water.
Humans Need Nourishment
Of course you need to eat food and drink water, it doesn’t take an article to teach you that. What matters is eating well, and in a nourishing manner. While our hunger can be solved by eating a full pack of multi-bag chips, you will be subject to health issues and a shorter lifespan if you engage with this. Improve your diet, structuring it as if you loved yourself. This will help you live a longer, healthier, more energetic life.
Also, improve your diet with supplements such as Vitamin D, multivitamins, ZMA and omega 3. A body functioning at optimal is so much better than simply functioning, so be sure to nourish yourself, and teach your family and friends (especially children,) the benefits of doing so.
Humans Need A Break
While life is surely hard, and it was difficult for our ancestors, that doesn’t mean humans should work 100% of the time. Doing so can ruin your health and mood. Consider taking a break a real human need, because it surely is. Research has indicated that hunter/gatherers would work around four to five hours a day on their survival needs, and then spend the rest of the time with their community. This should indicate that we are wired to take a load off sometimes, provided we justify it with hard work and correct behaviour.
A great way to ‘take a break’ in a productive capacity is to learn meditation. This way you become more in tune with the present moment, and more able to plan for downtime as well as hard work. The best place to start here is to try Sahaja meditation for healing, as this guided component can help you learn relaxation and healing self-improvement.
Holistic methods of health have been practised for millennia, so be sure you’re not lacking it in your modern life, provided you back that up with wise medical advice. Sometimes, taking care of yourself can be more thoroughly nourishing than you expect, helping you reduce and even melt the stress of life from your shoulders.
Goals are the component of mental health. You need to have a purpose, something to progress towards and struggle for. Without this, people become mentally flabby and find it difficult to focus. Retirees often experience depression after finally ending a long career which challenged them everyday. No matter what you choose (everyone is different,) your goal should be tailored to you, and make sense to you, no matter what it looks like to someone else.
You have to become better at something, no matter what it is. We are defined by meaning, and finding a goal to work towards helps you in that. It could be playing the guitar masterfully, working at your martial arts skills, or writing that novel that people MUST read. Goals are the lifeblood of the human spirit, and achieving them helps stimulate the best of yourself. In fact, this is so important that it’s the cap of Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs.’
The best skill you can ever teach a child is confidence and temperance in that confidence. It must be backed up with something, but it must also be a natural default. People without this often fall on bad habits, and have trouble coping with the difficulties of life. Confidence is courage. It is the invisible backbone which helps you earn self-respect and develop your own sense of worth. Without this, life becomes a scary prospect which leaves you searching for comfort and relaxation. With this, the sky is the limit, and goals are a matter of when, not if. You never need to be the person who dominates every achievement they have ever thought of doing, but to live as a happy, sane and relaxed individual; you need to know your worth. That worth, if you didn’t already know, is wider than the ocean.
With these tips, you should live in a better and more wholesome way. Teach yourself this advice, teach your children this advice, and act this advice out in the world. Your life might just become that little bit better.