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8 Ways to get the Most out of Life

2015/03/11


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

1)      Follow your passion
Do what you love and love what you do. It sounds simple, but many of us forget that money doesn’t necessarily amount to happiness. If you can find a way to earn a paycheck for something you already enjoying doing that’s wonderful! And if not, try to find aspects of your work that fulfill you. Khalil Gibran wrote, “If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” When you have an emotional stake in your professional endeavors you’re more likely to succeed.

2)      Smile
It may be an old and worn cliché, but it’s easy to forget that it really does take more muscles to frown than to smile. Constant negativity drains a lot of energy and always wearing a sour expression can change others’ perception of you. Sporting a smile will not only lift your own spirits, but may be just the thing to brighten the day of another who may be feeling a little down.

3)      Do something good
“Doing something good with the expectation of a reward isn’t really doing any good at all.” Sometimes making yourself happy isn’t necessarily about accomplishing for yourself but about helping others achieve as well. Your actions don’t have to make an impact on a universal level. It can be as simple as taking the time to visit with an older relative that may be lonely, or volunteering with a local organization. Take stock in the idea of karma that the good deeds you send out into the world will come back to you.

4)      Stay healthy
You don’t need to be built like a pro-athlete to make the most out of life but taking the time to keep yourself in good health, both physically and mentally, will benefit you in the long run. You wouldn’t expect your car to run well without the proper maintenance and fuel, so treat your own body with the same upkeep. Take the time to go for daily walks to help clear your mind, or spend a few hours playing with your kids and four-legged friends to keep active and sneak in a little family bonding time too.

5)      Laugh and be happy
Just because we’re getting older doesn’t mean life has to be so serious all of the time. Sometimes you have to do child-like things to remember the happiness and wonder you took from life as a child. Jump in a large pile of leaves, build a snowman, memorize a funny joke or two, or spend a Saturday morning watching cartoons in your pajamas. Whatever it takes to get a laugh out of life.

6)      Surround yourself with people who add value to your life
Strive to surround yourself with people that lift you up, motivate you, possess qualities that you would like to see in yourself, and generally add value to your life. Too often we become bogged down in the problems of the emotional vampires that drain our energy and leave us feeling deflated. As such, old friends do not necessarily equal good friends if they are detracting from your life’s value. Make a point of meeting new and interesting people and form relationships with those who challenge you as well for it is through adversity that we are motivated to grow.

7)      Challenge yourself
It’s been said that life begins outside of your comfort zone. Every once in a while do something that scares you. Set goals for yourself that will stretch your abilities and take you to the next level in life. Don’t be afraid to fail and get hurt emotionally because sometimes in the midst of our failures we find our greatest opportunities.

8)      Set goals and follow through with them
Goal setting is easy. We can all write lists of our most desired achievements but unless we follow through they have no more impact on our lives than the grocery list we wrote beside it. It’s important to continue to work towards growth and development in life in order to take the most from it. It can be hard to follow through on these action plans, but there are a few ways to help us reach our full potential.

  • Don’t tell everyone your goals. Announcing your plans to the world can put so much pressure on you that your goals become another chore that has to be completed and gives others the chance to talk you out of accomplishment for fear of failure. Try confiding in one or two people you can trust to support you and keep you accountable for your actions.
  • Break it down step-by-step into measurable successes. You need to give yourself a time frame to have each small step within a larger goal accomplished or what should take a day may end up taking a year. Separating an achievement into smaller actions will help it seem more realistic and attainable.
  • Stay inspired. Write your goals down and keep them somewhere you will see them often as a reminder. Whether this is on the fridge, in your wallet, or an online Pinterest board. If it’s out of sight, it’s likely out of mind.
  • Remember to be proud and reward yourself for each of your achievements. Give yourself the occasional break and reward to help you stay on track. Keep in mind that no one is a machine, so be realistic with the goals you set and don’t punish yourself if you fall behind.

Share with us! What activities and practices do you do in your day to day activities to get the most out of life? Leave us a comment below!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 2013/02/28 7:32 am

    Excellent; thank you.

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