68 – Proof! Being Weird Helps You Live Longer and Happier
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Our guest Jason Siemer returns with proof that living weird can help us in ways we never thought before. Are you in? Then please do not miss this episode!
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Today’s special guest is Jason Siemer. He was our guest about a year on a segment titled How Being Weird Can Keep You Young. It ended up being one of our most popular episodes. One year later he’s back to talk about how being weird can help you live longer and happier!
Jason is one of the happiest people that Dr. Dave knows. Jason is the type of person that doesn’t follow the norms of society and instead does what he wants to do because it makes him happy.
It is a lifestyle that most people don’t live, in other words, weird. Dr. Dave and Jason like being labeled as weird because it means that they are living outside of the norm. Or, they aren’t doing what everyone else is doing just because everyone else is doing it. What some would think of as weird or abnormal, is normal to others. It all depends upon your own perception of how you live. Everyone has a different perspective in life.
Jason is a great example of someone who lives a “weird” life. Jason walked away from past employment opportunities because he knew he wanted to do things differently. He now owns his own successful video production company and plays in a band. Jason says that ultimately it’s about living life on your own terms. If you feel as if your life is not going in the way that you planned, then it’s ok to step out of your comfort zone. It can be scary to do but it’s necessary to make changes in your life in order to achieve happiness.
“It’s about being honest with yourself and with other people so that you can break through barriers to put yourself in a better situation.” – Jason
It’s a proven fact that when you are less stressed you feel healthier and happier. And if you are healthier and happier you will live longer, you will feel better, and your body won’t be as susceptible to disease.
If you accept your current situation as the norm and become complacent about it, chances are you won’t be happy and won’t feel good about yourself. You DO have the power to change your life. Always reflect on yourself and try to determine what you can do to become “better”. What is toxic in your life? What is not working?
Jason’s Relationship Advice
This past summer Jason went through a situation where he felt he needed to make a change in his life. In the past, Jason has been resistant to relationships because it was difficult for him to put himself in a situation where he would be vulnerable to someone else. Over the summer, Jason changed his way of thinking and began a relationship. However Jason found himself in a situation where he was not happy. After 4 months, he made the choice to end the relationship. We tend to ignore the red flags that we see at the beginning of the relationship. It is possible for a person to change but it takes a lot of work. Both parties have to be willing to commit to changing and making the relationship work. Take note of the reasons why your previous partners/relationships were making you unhappy. Make it mandatory that those characteristics not be repeated in any future partners/relationships. You will continue to be unhappy if you carry on the same relationship pattern.
Many people do things in their lives because other people think they should be doing them. Find something for you that makes you happy. Don’t rely on others or other things to make you happy. When you find yourself feeling stressed, put the situation into perspective. You don’t have to let the situations that are outside of your control, dictate your emotions and your happiness.
Do things that you truly love in life! Spend time with people that you enjoy! Surround yourself with people that make you a better person. Learning how to say “No” is a life changer. Don’t put yourself in social situations or relationships in which you do not want to be involved. Know what’s best for yourself and live the life you want to live today.
I challenge every listener to pick one thing in your life that you want to change. It can be a relationship, a job, your health, really anything. Create a plan and figure out ways to improve. Do it now!
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