Some people believe that to enjoy life, they need to do things like:
- Earn more money
- Have the perfect relationship or friends
- Become well-respected or famous
However, plenty of people have these things and more and are still unhappy. But if there are already so many things to enjoy in life, why don’t we enjoy every day? Because learning how to enjoy life takes practice.
We need to cultivate a positive mindset, develop good habits, and fill our life with meaning. Still, there’s probably no better skill to practice than learning how to enjoy life to the fullest, right?
Here are some simple ways you can enjoy your life more, starting today.
I promise you that next year you’ll be happier, healthier and will enjoy life more.
1. Focus on Yourself
It’s hard to enjoy life every day if you never put your own needs first.
If you want to feel content and peaceful, you need time to relax, have fun, be productive, explore new things, and develop healthy relationships.
Other people will always be on hand to offer up their opinions and advice. Ultimately, however, it’s you who has to live with the consequences of your decisions.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with outsider opinions and advice, go off the grid for a few days. Get off social media, put your phone on silent, and tap into your own thoughts and emotions to figure out what your next step should be.
2. Make Time to Relax
It’s pretty challenging to learn how to enjoy life to the fullest if you’re tired, burnt out, or stressed.
We all need time to rest and recuperate. However, there’s so much happening in the modern era – we have to work, study, do housework, keep up with COVID-19, manage our finances, take care of family, and more.
It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing.
Relaxing can involve doing a favorite hobby, taking a short nap, going for a walk, or even taking a quick weekend trip. Find what works to get your stress levels down and do it.
3. Avoid the News
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to enjoy life more is to reduce the negativity in our lives – and one of the simplest ways to do this is to consume less news and social media.
It can be damaging to constantly be reading the news because constant exposure to negative information can impact our brain.
It’s all too easy to get sucked into public drama, online and offline. Trust that if something important happens, you’ll know about it. Otherwise, save your energy and spend your time on something more worthwhile than doom scrolling.
So, cut some of the negativity and save your attention for things that uplift you.
4. Nurture Positive Relationships
Having positive relationships in our lives is essential to feeling truly happy and content.
Make time to nurture the positive relationships you have with friends and family. Identify the people who lift you up and focus your energy on them.
Cultivating positive relationships in life has been proven to increase overall well-being. One study even found that “people who have good social relationships are half less likely to die early than are more isolated people.”
So, work on improving your relationships with your close friends and family.
5. Get Rid of Clutter
You know what they say: ‘Tidy space, tidy mind.’
Physical clutter equals mental clutter. Reducing the amount of stuff around us fosters a calmer mental state, too. By tidying up around the house, you can increase your focus, productivity, and positive emotions.
It’s no secret that a cluttered home can feel stressful and take longer to clean. On the other hand, clean and tidy spaces can help us feel calm and relaxed. Plus, we can earn extra money by selling our unwanted stuff.
If you want to get rid of some clutter, put aside some things to donate.
6. Celebrate Small Wins
In a goal-obsessed society, it’s easy to bounce from one milestone to the next without savoring our successes. Make time to celebrate your wins – no matter how small, and focus on enjoying the journey rather than the destination.
These days, social media can fool us into believing that life is about hopping from one experience or achievement to another. But life is not made of achievements or experiences – it’s made of the moments between them.
Don’t just celebrate milestones – after all, they only happen once every mile. Instead, learn how to enjoy life by celebrating every step of the way.
7. Get Outside
Science has proven what we all intuitively know: Spending time in nature improves our health and happiness.
Feel the wind on your face, the sun on your skin, and enjoy a good dose of Vitamin D and fresh air. Science has found that being out in nature reduces stress and increases overall well-being.
One study found that walking in nature, compared to simply looking at nature, reduces cortisol (stress-hormone) levels and improves mood.
8. Speak Your Mind
When we hold back our thoughts, opinions, and desires out of fear of displeasing others, we’re not being true to ourselves. Speak up and feel uncomfortable in the short-term and you’ll enjoy life more in the long-term.
Many of us find it challenging to enjoy a calm, “normal” life. Because its all in the mind, so say it loud.
Give yourself permission to enjoy a drama-free existence and focus on finding pleasure in your daily experiences.
9. Contribute to Others
You can combine the positive effects of good relationships and a strong purpose by finding ways to contribute to others.
Spending time on activities that make a difference to others, through pursuits like volunteering, helps instill a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. Even though some of the activities might not be that enjoyable or exciting, the simple act of giving back is a reward in itself.
10. Keep Learning
Learning something new can be fun and interesting, but the initial excitement can often wear off quickly. On the other hand, there’s a deep sense of joy, pride, and satisfaction when we learn to master something.
Find enjoyment through a sense of purpose, and make time to explore subjects that interest you. After all, you never know where your interest might lead!
Wherever you are, be there totally.– Eckhart Tolle
Dr. Satgurupreet Kaur alias Kaural is a techno-functional seasoned professional with expertise in Business Development, Human Resources, Marketing and Corporate Communications. She is a PhD in Human Resources and an MBA in International Business and Human Resources.
She owns the label Kaural Artistry (@kauralartistry) which customizes handcrafted art and craft décor. She is also a Blogger of the food blog Dash ‘N’ Dishes (@dashndishes) on Instagram. She is a coffee lover, painter, and a strong woman.