Being Amazing

The Real Injustice?

I walked past this ad and had lots of thoughts. These are those thoughts. Advertisements aren’t the solution, they are the problem!

Your identity is being taken away by forcing you to see it as something you can buy. You don’t buy your identity, you live it, you are it. The goal of ads isn’t to represent you, it is to take away something from you. An ad’s goal is to make you feel empty. Ads exist to make us feel like we can fill in something that is missing, with something that can be bought, but what we are missing isn’t something that we can buy.

Be Amazing! Learn A Language

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Learning a new language is one of the most amazing things you can do, this is because it is one of the most serious challenges you can put yourself through. I’ve been working on Japanese on and off for a few years, it is a lot of work, but being able to speak in another language feels amazing!

Be Amazing, Keep a Journal

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For most of my life, I’ve kept a journal. I can say, by far it is one of the best ways to keep me sane in times of turmoil. A journal is a great way to get your thoughts out, that helps you deal with the things that are bothering you and gets them out of your head.

Learn Every Day, Be Amazing!

Everyone knows the saying, “Knowledge is power.” The more you know, the more you can do, and the better you will be at solving problems. Knowledge also helps us come up with better solutions when we need them. The more you know, the safer you are — which is to say, you know the risks and can avoid them.

Knowledge also has many benefits, so why wouldn’t you want to learn every day? When you are learning and getting better, you know you are still alive.

Have you ever considered how much knowledge it takes to know enough about a topic? What about how much information it takes to have a conversation? For perspective, consider the knowledge you get from reading. If you read a Wikipedia article, you know more than most people. If you read a book, you may know more than 90% of people. These numbers are obviously made up, but a little bit of data goes a long way.

Read Books, Be Amazing!

Reading is amazing, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Reading is a great habit that will help you build knowledge and help you become a more amazing person.

To start, reading introduces you to new ideas and different ways of thinking and living. Reading teaches you about stories and narratives and provides hours of cheap or free entertainment.

Reading also teaches you about the different ways that people think. Books also show you there are more than two sides to any story.

Before we dive in too deep, let’s be clear about what I mean by “reading”. With some exceptions including myself, 20 years ago, reading is something almost everyone can do. For context, up to grade 7, I couldn’t read at all, due to a learning disability. There are people who have a reason for not reading. These include blind people and people with learning disabilities, but they are a minority rather than the majority.

I have a friend who tells me he can’t read, but when we talk about it, he is a slower reader. But even that isn’t true, instead, he would rather watch videos on YouTube over read a book. So his problem has nothing to do with reading.

Reading Is Accessible

Because reading is generally accessible, it is something you can do right now. And with all the technologies available like eReaders or PDF’s on your cell phone. This means there are so many different ways to consume books.
Audiobooks are great for passive consumption. You can sit back or do almost anything else while listening to a book. eReaders are a game-changer; because they let you carry more books, for less money than ever before.

The problem with some of these technologies is that they are changing the way we consume books. I would argue this change is for the worse as digital formats corrupt the way we consume content.

Listening to audio or reading from a screen is more passive and less engaging, so we get less from the books, though we might read more books. “Passive” may not be the right word, but studies have suggested we are getting less out of the digital text.

When I think of “read books”, I think of reading physical books. Physical books are a superior technology because they don’t need electricity or internet access. They also don’t need a significant financial investment, as they can be bought used for pennies on the dollar. On top of this, it is easy to lend a physical book, but not so much with a digital one.

Sure, books use paper, and that means trees are cut down. But that is better than using electronic devices built with rare metals and shipped across oceans. Physical books also avoid exploited labour in Third World countries. To confirm this, I’ve checked three random paper books; and they were all printed in North America.

Physical books are smell great and generally affordable. You don’t need anything more than a book and some light to read, so you can read anywhere without much issue. Even better, during the day, you only need a place to sit.

Enjoying a book with a nice cup of coffee is a great way to spend an afternoon and dive into insights. And real books are fantastic because you can hold them, smell them, flip through them, and see your progress.
I prefer award-winning books and obscure classics. You could say these books are general ignored by the masses. Yet these books tend to find me, rather than the other way around.

I loved Reading This Book!

One of the best books I’ve ever read was Season of Migration to the North by the Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih. I discovered this book by chance while riding home on the train. Someone was reading it, and the cover looked interesting, not the same cover as my copy.

Reading the Wikipedia article made it sound like a great choice, so as soon as I got home, I ordered it online. It was only available on Amazon, as its obscurity meant my local bookstores didn’t carry it.

Once you get into reading, you will get a sense of the kinds of books you like. After that, you will start discovering them. In truth, opening your mind to reading seems to bring all sorts of books your way.

In my own opinion, fiction is way better at convincing us of new ideas then textbooks. With novels, we aren’t as critical, so we accept the ideas in them easily. Fiction is also good at showing us different ways of living. In a way, you get knowledge without having to deal with facts and rationality. A weird thing to say, I know, but more valuable than you’d expect.

Fiction helps you learn about the world and the people in it. A book may not appear to be about the author or their culture. But, a book, even science fiction, is a representation of the people and culture of the time it was written. Books are time capsules that don’t need to be dug out of the ground.

Reading Books And Narrative

Narrative is also a crucial factor in fiction. Storytelling has been with humanity for as long as we have been able to speak, so it is part of our nature. Stories teach us in this different way and they engage us deeply without our realization. Narrative is what separates a story from plainly stated facts, so it is necessary.

Short stories are also great, as they take less time to read and get to the point quicker. They also tend to be more engaging, as their brevity makes finishing them more achievable. You can also get through short stories quicker. This means you will gain momentum and want to move on to something new afterwards.

Getting through books quicker helps you get through more books in total. In a way, the motivation you get from completing a book in a short period of time is often enough to get you into another book. For this reason, short stories are great because they are clear, concise, and easier to read.

Books also give you something to talk about. Once you’ve read a few books, you’ll be able to pass on what you’ve learnt. You’ll also have new ideas and topics to bring up in conversation. For myself, when I was younger, dates were often interested in talking about books and reading lists.

If you always have a book on the go, then you can easily take 15 minutes to pick it up and read a little. If you keep doing that for a few weeks, you will be surprised to see how many books you can get through. Think about how much time you waste on your phone, that time would be better spent reading a book instead.

Be amazing, read books!

Subway Thoughts

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Welcome to the clown world, this isn’t crypto-fascism!

This is the world as it stands, an insane joke that keeps on happening.

Don’t listen to the noise, it is there to get you looking outside of what you already know to be the truth.

Try not to deceive, because that is the name of the shame.

No matter how the world turns continue to play a fair game.

Say what is going on, tell people what is up, banish all the lies that try to fill us up.

Can you believe what you see with your very own eyes?

It is hard to say, but either way, for what it’s worth, this is the way things have come to define our worth.

Outflow the words, inflow the thoughts. But this isn’t about oughts, but thoughts are a type of ought, so we ought to take ourselves serious and tell the world what we know.

But what is it all about, to shout and telling the truth!

Think For Yourself

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Over the last few days, a couple of interesting things have happened. These events have got me thinking that many people don’t think for themselves, rather they think like other people. But it isn’t even thinking. Instead, they are taking other peoples ready-made ideas.

Before telling these stories, I’d like to say I’m not usually this confrontational. No doubt, I am a contrarian, but I’m not a troll or trouble maker.

To start, a couple of friends were talking about Shopify. Shopify is one of the biggest online store website builders. You pay some money, and they help you set up a website where you can sell you stuff.

While on the topic, someone said, “There was this thing about how Breitbart was using Shopify. People wanted the store shut down. But the CEO of Spotify said, ‘freedom of speech’ and did nothing about it.”

I replied, “That’s great, at least someone is standing up to this BS censorship.”

After saying that, they looked at me like I was crazy and some kind of alt-right nut job. Sensing the tension, I asked, “Have you ever read Breitbart?” The response was silence; they hadn’t been to the site before. But they knew it was bad because someone on the internet said so.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying Breitbart is a good source of news or anything like that. I’ve looked at it at some point in the past, but its, not something I read or care about.

Some people will disagree and believe we should police the internet and ideas. But instead, I’d suggest that if you don’t like something, you shouldn’t read it, consume it or give it money.

I know this could become a slippery slope, so let me say that there are things that could be censored, but Breitbart isn’t one of them. If anything it’s stupid, but there is plenty of stupid on the internet.

That said, it isn’t up to me to decide what is good for someone else. But surely, conservative opinions or ideas I disagree with shouldn’t be censored just because.

In another conversation with a family member, we were talking about the situation in Hong Kong. He was saying he read something that said the USA was involved.

I asked him if he thought that was true, he said: “I didn’t think so, because it came from an alt-right website.” I asked, “How did you know it was an alt-right website?” He didn’t have an answer.

No doubt, Hong Kong is a complicated situation, so knowing the truth of that matter is difficult. But does information from an alternative source make that opinion wrong?

Let me hypothesize a little. I suspect that he wasn’t on an alt-right website at all. Instead, it was alternative news. I say this because as we talked, he said, “The USA thing couldn’t be true because I couldn’t find it on the mainstream news.”

This statement is controversial, but it does get to the heart of the issue. People are more willing to accept the idea if it comes from sources they think they should trust like The New York Times, CNN, or the BBC.

These are good sources, as they are very popular and well respected. At the same time, they aren’t always at the cutting edge of ideas, and they have their own biases.

I don’t want to dive into the bias thing, as there are lots of topics that the media won’t or can’t touch for whatever reason. So, when we rely on The New York Times or the BBC for our ideas, there is always a limit on what they are willing to cover.

This brings up the Overton window, which is the range of topics that are acceptable to talk about. Things outside the Overton window, tend to make people upset, so we don’t often hear about them.

On the other side of the coin, the alternative media tends to ignore the Overton window. This means that it is not as limited in what it can cover. Some people may say the information covered in the alternative media is extreme, but I don’t think that is completely true.

My point is that the Overton window sets what people can talk about, but it also limits what people can talk about. In a way, it prevents conversations about topics outside of what is normal.
But in some ways, it could be suggested that those are the things that matter.

In our current political climate, it seems that ideas outside the Overton window are often labelled as fake news. The thing is, this isn’t the case, as there are lots of valid opinions, ideas, and observations that you won’t find in the New York Times.

I was talking to another acquaintance, on the topic of Paw Patrol came up. They said, “From what I’ve read, it is sexist.” I asked, “Have you ever watched it before?” The answer was no.

This is interesting because the type of person who would have a problem with Paw Patrol wouldn’t be your average viewer. They’d likely be some kind of critic on social issues.

Admittedly, of the five main pups, only one is a girl, but I’m not sure they are boys or girls, because they are cartoon dogs. To this point, the humans in the show are obvious in their genders, but they are also a diverse group in general.

In the past, I’ve had similar conversations about Jordon Peterson. Most people tell me he is bad and dangerous, while others have more neutral opinions. But almost always, when someone has a strong negative opinion, they have not seen the source.

Instead, they have almost always read someone else’s opinion. My first response is almost always, “You should watch some of his videos and see what you think.”

The people I’ve had these interactions with are all well educated, and generally successful people. Very few of them think for themselves about things they seemingly had strong opinions about.

In all these cases, the people relied on the options of others rather than going to the source themselves.

I’m not saying you can’t or shouldn’t trust ‘reliable’ sources. Rather, I’m suggesting we should be open to seeing things for ourselves rather than jumping to conclusions.

Surely some ideas are bad, but if you’ve not heard those ideas than you don’t know how bad or good they are. I’m not saying you should seek out bad ideas, rather if you aren’t interested in ideas, then ignore it. But if you are serious about a topic, then you need to look at the good and bad, you can’t just ignore half of the argument.

I realize the ‘alt-right’ is controversial and Jordan Peterson is sometimes labelled a member. But he isn’t alt-right at all, he is just conservative.

That said, Conservatism isn’t necessarily bad, surely a wide range of perspectives is the best approach to any question. That said, we shouldn’t disregarding ideas simply because of the label someone else has put on it. It is our responsibility to decide for ourselves.

There are a lot of opinions these days, and just as many people telling us what to think. On top of this, the Overton window seems to be narrowing.

This means the range of topics we can talk about seems to be getting smaller. That said, we can learn to combat this problem by being careful not to judge too quickly. Instead of jumping to conclusions based on someone else’s label, dig deeper and think for yourself.

The truth is, it is better to decide for ourselves what we like and ignore the rest. From that position, we can let other people do the same thing.

In the long run, it isn’t a good idea to be ok with banning ideas we dislike. Because the tides may turn one day and our opinions may be the ones that people ban.

The best way to protect yourself against narrow minds and the limits on acceptable ideas is to think for ourselves.

You are always the best judge of what is a good idea for you. So you are also the best judge of what you should avoid and seek out.

Think for yourself and fight against the urge to let other people decide what you should think.

Only you know what is best for yourself.

What Would You Do?

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The other day I was talking to one of my coworkers about work. In particular, I asked him what he would do if he didn’t have to work.
His first response was to say that he loved his job; he likes doing it and didn’t even think of what he would do otherwise. Then he said, he like worked, because it was challenging and satisfying and a whole pile of other things.

When I pushed him a little more, “what would you do if you didn’t have to work?” He thought a while then said he didn’t know. Then he told me about how his father retired at 50. Now he spent his life in vacation mode and no longer challenging himself.

The next day, we met again and talked about some other things. Later in the conversation, I brought up the question, “what would you do?” This time he was more honest. He said, “You know, I thought about the question last night, and I couldn’t think of anything.” I tried to comfort him by saying, “You only spent a few minutes thinking about it.”

Whenever I talk about this issue with people, they talk about how good their job is or say they like their position. It is almost like talking about ‘work’ somehow always gets confused with ‘this job.’

For context, my current job is the best job I have ever had. It is very understanding of work-life balance, which is excellent when it comes to picking up my daughter. On top of that, they give more vacation time than most jobs, and the salary is ok. You could say that the work is meaningful, as the organization’s role is to educate and inform the public.

But the problem isn’t the job; the challenge is the idea of work indefinitely. Even the best job takes up most of your time and more or less determines what you can think.

But this isn’t new for jobs, most of our lives we’re told what to think and do. From when we start going to school, to the day we retire, most of our choices are confined by our circumstances. If you aren’t independently wealthy or homeless, then you pretty much have to work. We have little choice about work, yet it is a massive part of our lives.

Once again, this isn’t about a specific job; it is more about the obligations of life in general. While going to school, we taught how to think, then we go to work and we again are told how to think.

This is what it is about; it is tough for us to think on our own, or think about what we want. So much of our lives are about being told how to live and what to do. The real challenge these days would be coming up with some ideas of our own.

Even more, we should strive to figure out what we want for ourselves. We don’t have to stick to what we have been told to want.

Yesterday it was pouring, so I had no choice but to walk in the Path. The Path is an underground set of shops and pathways under the downtown of the city.

When I go down there, I feel like I am in a world of false expectations. It is a definition of success and least in the middle glass business suit way.

It feels like an ideal of the ‘right thing’ to do. It isn’t so much my definition of success, but it would be the general societal definition of success.

It is also an artificially manufactured place, rather than the nature of outside. Put another way, being outside walking, in the city along the same route feels open and free.

It is about putting things in life that are choices, rather than only living the requirements of existence. For me, that is about creating videos like this one, writing books and creating other content.

For you, it will be something different, though it could be the same. In general, we need to take the time to think and reflect on what we want in our lives. It is easy to sit on the sidelines of life and say, “I want a good job, and house, a pension… etc.”

But is that what you want? Or is that what you think you are supposed to want. By no means, am I saying those are bad things to want, security and a place to live are of supreme importance?

At the same time, if we focus too narrowly on the things we are supposed to want, we limit ourselves to finding what we want.

In some ways, that is what life is all about. Finding what we want and trying to get it. We should be careful not to get stuck in the traps and expectations set for us. Instead, we should focus on finding what we want.
But first we need to figure out what we want, and if you are anything like my coworker than that is going to take some time. But once you have an idea, the world is your oyster. From there, you can figure out how to get where you want to go.

So before you get worried about the limits of your life or the ways, you have been trained. Remember, you always have a choice.

The is especially true when it comes to thinking for yourself about what you want to do.

But then again, it seems like the real question is, what would you do?
I want to live a life where I create and live a comfortable life with the belief that I have a positive future ahead.

The second part is universal, but the first part isn’t, that part is up to you.
But first, you must realize you have a choice, then come up with an answer. If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know how to get there.

How To Be Amazing! A Manifesto – The Book


A few years ago, before I wrote this book, some of my friends said I was being too pessimistic. I begged to differ, but rather than being pessimistic, I decided to write a book about all the positive things I could think of. This book is that list, but by no means is it complete, this is only the start.

In many ways, this book is about the search for meaning. It is easy to get caught up in everything that is going on in our lives. But in a way, that takes away our sense of meaning and makes life feel purposeless. It isn’t so much that our lives have changed, but the world around us has. With social media and news, the world moves faster than ever before. There are so many distractions. To combat this existential crisis, I’ve come up with 42 ways to create a more meaningful life.

Some of these ideas are serious, while others like drinking coffee or showering at night are something different. Some are old, like setting a good example and starting a family. There are ideas about good habits, including reading books and keeping a journal. The purpose of this book is to help you fill your life with more meaning. If you are already living a meaningful life, then you are in luck, because this book can help you find meaning in what you are already doing.

The target audience, is young urban-dwelling people, as it contains conversations about getting started on your own. But even if you are older, you will still find insights in this book. In truth, How To Be Amazing! A Manifesto is for anyone who feels like modern life is missing something and wishes to make it better.

From The Back Cover

Daily, we are bombarded with advertisements, news, and social media diatribes. We’re encouraged to consume and pushed to distraction—all at the expense of thinking for ourselves. Our constant need for external validation has led us to compromise our values and allowed us to stagnate as individuals.

But, how much progress could we make if we set goals, stopped procrastinating, and finished what we started? What could we accomplish if we reclaimed the importance of introspection and self-improvement?

In HOW TO BE AMAZING!, author Robert Carr will show you how to discover meaning in a chaotic world. From journaling to midday walks to cooking your own meals, Mr. Carr lays out 42 ideas on how to make your life more amazing.

Review From The Editor

“HOW TO BE AMAZING by Robert Carr is an inspirational guide to harnessing your ambition and revealing your true potential. Filled with candid observances based on Carr’s personal life experiences, HOW TO BE AMAZING is a meaningful look at the importance of introspection and forward motion in a society that is gridlocked by technology and the constant need for external validation.”— Abigail Stefaniak, Editor

10 Benefits of Walking

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We all do some walking every day, and for the most part, it is a normal part of life. But have you considered that walking, outside of being necessary is also fantastic for your health? Let’s talk about some of those benefits. Here are 10 benefits of walking.

1) Great For Your Physical Health

There is little doubt about the physical benefits of walking. Walking gets your body moving and gets your blood flowing. Also, walking is a low-intensity workout that can be done conveniently and without any equipment.

Walking is good for your body as when you walk, you are getting exercise, and so you are burning calories. At the same time, you are strengthening your bones and burning fat. You are also giving your body a chance to move. Moving around gives you a chance to stretch out your muscles and joints. It also helps you feel better about what you have done with your day, as you’ve gotten out a moved around.

On top of this, physical activity and your physical health are related to many conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, getting enough exercise helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Walking is a great way to get your body moving, this is especially important when you spend most of your time sitting down. Sitting down, in some ways is comparable to smoking in the adverse effects it has on your body. For this reason, walking is the perfect antidote and will undoubtedly make a difference if you aren’t already doing it.

Regular walking is excellent for your physical health. Not only does it strengthen your body, but it also helps you keep fit. On top of this, it helps prevents some of today’s leading causes of death. These benefits are even better, as walking is low intensity and doesn’t do the same damage to your body that other activities can do.

2) Great For Your Brain

Walking is excellent for your brain, however, this isn’t something you might commonly consider. We tend to see walking as a physical activity that is mostly good for our bodies. But then again, the brain is a part of the body, so this makes perfect sense.

Walking helps get the blood flowing, as mention before, but this is especially good for the brain. Proper blood flow helps improve circulation which brings blood to the brain. Blood flow carries glucose and oxygen to the brain which helps it function better. Bringing nourishment to the brain is good in that it helps create new neurones, which in turn improve memory.

Also, the creation of neurones strengthens white matter. White matter is the stuff that connects different parts of the brain. In a sense, the improvement of white matter and neurones helps you think faster and more clearly.

There is also research from the University of Illinois which suggests that improved blood flow also improves myelin. Walking and enhanced blood flow is essential for healthy myelin. Issues related to poorly functioning myelin include Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.

One thing to keep in mind with these conditions is that it is great to stay active when you are younger. Activity has all kinds of benefits for you right now. But remember as you get older, the negative consequences of not taking care of your body get worse.

Walking is excellent for your brain for all the same reasons that it is excellent for your physical health.

3) Helps You Lose Weight or Maintain it

Everyone knows that exercise is good for our health. We also know that exercise helps us lose weight. But we might not put two and two together when it comes to walking, because walking seems so causal and non-intensive. However, that isn’t the case, as walking is a great way to help you manage your weight.

If you aren’t getting any exercise at all, walking is a great and easy way to introduce some activity into your life. Walking although it is low intensity is still exercise, and any exercise is better than none.

Walking is especially helpful when you are overweight, as the heavier you are, the more calories you burn while walking. The intensity of a walk is also important. However, as a general rule of thumb, a 30-minute walk will consume between 90 and 200 calories.

If you aren’t burning any extra calories at all, then walking for 2 hours has the potential to burn 800 calories. Also if you are eating healthy, this will surely help you lose weight. If you are already maintaining a healthy diet, walking will help you manage your weight more easily.

The scale of the benefits to your health of walking is going to depend on other factors as well. These factors include your current weight, diet and the amount of exercise you get. Regardless, a little bit of walking will go a long way in helping you maintain your weight if you are already eating healthy food.

4) Great For Creativity

Walking is excellent for your body and brain, but did you know it was also great for creativity. For regular walkers, this might not be too surprising. While walking it is common to think of different things that you don’t usually consider.

Walking is excellent for many reasons related to creativity. To start, it gets you out of your environment and forces you to see new things. Seeing new things can trigger memories or inspire new thoughts. Getting out also exposes you to things you hadn’t seen before or wouldn’t have seen if you stayed at your desk.

You could also say, that while you are walking, you are improving blood flow. For this reason, your brain is getting more oxygen and glucose which will help it function better. A healthy mind is more likely to have strong connections between neurones. These connections will help you come up with new ideas or connections while you are out in the world.

Researchers at Stanford University did an experiment where they asked participants to come up with a list of uses for an item like a shoe. They did this twice, once while the participant were sitting down and another time while they were walking on a treadmill.

What the researchers found, was that the participants came up with much longer lists if they were walking. An added benefit was that after the walk, the people were still more creative, so the effects of walking seem to last longer than the walk itself.

Overall, walking will help you be more creative, not only while you are walking but even afterwards.

5) Reduces Stress

Walking has many benefits when it comes to reducing stress. Walking will help you handle pressure and will cut down stress when you are stressed out. In many ways, stress is one of the leading causes of death, so a great way to live a better and longer life is to do the best you can to cut down on your stress.

One way that walking helps reduce stress is that it puts you into a sort of meditative state. We may all be aware of the benefits of meditation. However, research suggests that walks can get us into a similar state. For this reason, walking will help you cut down on stress and help you get into a state of flow. A state of flow is a state of focus and calm, which in itself helps drive away stress.

In addition to the meditative state that walking brings, it is also a great time to get out into nature. Studies have found that walking in nature, a park or forest, etc., is even better for reducing stress. Interestingly, this is still the case if you aren’t enjoying the walk or if it is too cold. The underlying idea is that walks help reduce stress, improve focus and memory.

Another reason why walking helps reduce stress is that it boosts your bodies release of endorphins. Endorphins make you feel good and are known to reduce anxiety, mild depression and improve self-esteem. Your body wants you to feel better, so by walking, and exercising you are helping the body do what it is supposed to do and releasing the hormones that make you feel better.

In addition to the benefits of releasing endorphins, walking also helps you feel less tired. Being less tired is excellent as it will help you deal with stress and other negative emotions.

Finally, walking can do an even better job of reducing stress if you walk with friends. Walking with someone else may seem more interesting, yet at the same time, it isn’t something you may usually do. That said, being with friends will help you feel better. It will also give you a chance to talk about the things that are on your mind and potentially causing your stress.

Now that we are halfway through our list of 10 benefits of walking let’s move on to the next five items.

6) Helps Improves Mood

In a lot of ways, walking will improve your mood. You could say, the improved mood is similar to a reduction in stress. In other words, if you are stressed, and you are doing things to get to ‘normal.’ Then doing those same things when you are in a ‘normal’ state will help you feel better.

Assuming there isn’t already too much on your plate, walking is going to help you feel better in general. But even if you are too busy or stressed, taking a break and going for a walk will make you feel better.

Researchers at Saint Xavier University found that doing similar tasks while sitting or walking gave different results. When people are asked to watch a boring video while resting, they will get less enjoyment out of the experience. Whereas, if they are to walk while watching a similar video, they will feel better and are more uplifted afterwards. These studies accounted for many factors by telling the participants that they would need to write a paper later. They also did the research in the same room, so that the exercise equipment was always present.

Walking has been found to give people a sense of engagement. So if you go for a walk before doing something you aren’t very interested in, you will feel more engaged because of the walk. Related to this, walking, in general, will make you feel better. Meaning that walking before doing something will help you feel more involved and confident about the experience. In general, all of these things will put you in a better mood.

7) Helps Increased Productivity

Walking has great benefits when it comes to improving creativity, decreasing stress and improving moods. For many reasons, these improvements will also contribute to better productivity.

That said, increased productivity comes down to the way you feel while you are working. With less stress, you are more focused on what you are doing. The focus will allow you to get more done and help you from drifting off onto other things.

Improved mood will help you work better with others. When you are in a good mood, you are less likely to engage in conflict or give a wrong impression to your co-workers. The idea being, that when you are in a good mood, you can be your best self. Meaning you will work better with your co-workers, and they will be able to work better with you.

As mentioned before, when improving your mood, you will also work better because you will be happier and more satisfied with what you are doing. Often, work can be exhausting and uninteresting, but being in a good mood enables you to be more engaged even if you don’t want to be.

Another benefit and something similar to what we will talk about in the next section has to do with walking meetings. If you walk with your co-workers, you can work out issues or figure things out in a less stressful environment. At times, the workplace can sterilize conversations, so walking is an excellent antidote for that.

8) Great For Your Social Well Being

For me, this is one of the best things about walking. Though at the same time, it isn’t something I do very often. I usually find that I often go for walks alone, but when I do walk with someone else, we often have great conversations.

When you are walking, there is a lot less going on, than if you were sitting in a coffee shop. In a busy place there are lots of people around, so distractions are plentiful. Also, there are phones and other electronic devices that distract us and disengaged us in our conversations. Walking outside is the perfect environment for a discussion because it lacks all those distractions.

On top of this, walking gives you an opportunity to spend time with your friends or family members. Like mention above, walking is an excellent opportunity to focus on the people that you are with at the time. Meaning you can concentrate on the conversation with less of the typical distractions found at home.

Walking in itself is healthy, and spending time with the important people in your life is also healthy. So doing both of these things together is going to have cumulative benefits.

Exercise and positive social experiences will help you release endorphins which will make you feel better. Better still, spending time with friends or family while walking will improve everyone’s experience.

A relationship is nothing without time spent together. Going for a walk is an engaging, cheap and healthy way to spend time with someone. For this reason and those above, walking is a great way to help maintain healthy relationships.

9) Soak Up The Vitamin D, Breathe in the Fresh Air

One of the most obvious benefits of walking is the time you spend outside. There are some factors to consider, but in general being outside means, you are going to be getting fresh air. Also, seeing the sun means you will be getting vitamin D as well.

For obvious reasons, these benefits are going to be more prevalent when you are walking in a forest or park rather than in the city. It is also going to work better if it is the sunny season and a non-cloudy day. But all in all, these are only a small part of the equation.

The benefits of fresh air are enormous as fresh air helps you clear out your lungs and get more oxygen. It also helps you with digestion by increasing the oxygen in your bloodstream. Increased oxygen is also good for your heart and blood pressure. Also, it helps with your immune system and makes you feel happier in general.

Vitamin D has all sorts of benefits as well. According to WebMD, vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium which strengthens your bones and body. Vitamin D is also significant because it reduces the risk of various types of cancer and heart disease.

Another thing to consider is that you can take vitamin supplements, but the best sources are always the more natural ones. So in this case, sunshine works best.

Walking outside in the sun is excellent for your health because of all the fresh air and vitamin D you get.

10) Reduces The Risks of Old Age

For all of the reasons listed above, walking is an excellent activity for your body. The more you take care of your body today, the better shape you will be in as you get older. For this reason, walking will do wonders for helping you maintain a healthy body into old age.

Some special considerations for old age are those concerning certain types of cancer and body strength. As people get older, their risk for many different kinds of diseases increases. Bone strength is essential when it comes to osteoporosis and conditions related to ageing. Keeping fit will put your body in a better position to deal with these potential complications as you grow older.

Another thing that happens as we get older is that we tend to become less active. While you are working, you have no choice but to move around to get from place to place. But when you have less to do, you have fewer reasons to move. For this reason, walking is going to give you extra exercise that will potentially make a big difference.

Walking is also good for your social health in old age. I know my mother, who is now retired goes on a walk every day with her friends. Walking together is an excellent way for them to get exercise and spend time with their friends. If they weren’t walking, they might feel more isolated. A common problem for older people is the feeling of isolation, so walking with friends is a great way to combat that.

Overall, the benefits of walking are all the more critical as you get older. So as you walk more, you will live a more healthy life today and in the future.

What do you think of these 10 benefits of walking?

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it undoubtedly covers a lot of things. Do you know of other benefits that I may have missed or overlooked? Are there other reasons why you may walk that don’t have to do with these benefits?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.