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Old School: 7 Ideas From Ancient Thinkers To Improve Your Modern Life

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1) Community Is Vital

For 99% of human existence we lived in small tribes. We were constantly surrounded by family and friends.

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, says it’s obvious why hunter-gatherers join modern society and not the other way around…

…but what are the advantages of the traditional world that they leave behind?

Always being surrounded by the people they love.

The solution? Use technology to facilitate face to face meetings with friends, not to replace them.

For more on how to improve your social life, go here.

2) “Mens sana in corpore sano”

Look at me getting all fancy with the Latin – actually it’s a phrase we’ve all heard: “A sound mind in a healthy body.”

Originally written by the Roman poet Juvenal, it was meant to make sure we kept our priorities straight.

But in the modern world we often neglect our bodies, eating bad food and not exercising.

Science backs Juvenal up. In fact, research shows having a healthy body is an essential part of having a sound mind.

Want to get smarter? Exercise.

What’s truly amazing is that exercise can help you totally overhaul your life.

Working out is what Charles Duhigg calls a “keystone habit.”

It’s a habit that research shows leads people to create other, often unrelated, good habits.

For more on how to build better habits and overhaul your life go here.

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