Posted by: universitymindlab | August 10, 2008

Enjoy the Amenities

Enjoy the Amenities

By Bakari Akil II, Ph.D.

Every community has amenities. It is up to us to discover and use them.

Many of us live in neighborhoods where we could rattle off the amenities. Some of us may have to think a little but could come up with them if we had too. Front porches, patios, yards, sidewalks, bike trails, ponds or lakes, tennis and basketball courts, gyms, swimming pools; you get the picture.

However, how many of us fully use these amenities to our advantage?

In our haste to make a living, take care of our families or a myriad of other responsibilities, our surroundings may not be our primary focus. But enjoying the amenities we have available greatly increases the quality of our lives. When choosing a place to live we often do so based upon the amenities. When we tell people about where we live, we tell them or show them all that our neighborhoods have to offer. Since we are paying for it, why not enjoy the wealth we have chosen and benefit fully from our investments. Further, enjoying your amenities makes you feel wealthy. If you have never taken advantage of them, you have to experience them to know what I am talking about.

Additionally, enjoying the amenities increases our fun meter. Who can’t enjoy relaxing on their porch or patio, riding bikes on paths or trails, a golf game, shooting some hoops, working out in a weight room, or taking a leisurely stroll? Children aren’t the only ones who can have fun.

Also, by using your amenities, you can socialize, meet new people and create new relationships. This helps to forge a sense of community as well as belonging. The only way to really build human relationships is to get out and socialize, which increases our opportunities in many areas.

So enjoy your wealth and increase your quality of life by enjoying your amenities.

I’ll see you outside.

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