Many people talk about the pursuit of a better life. What they usually mean by a better life is the pursuit of more. This includes the pursuit of more money, more recognition, and more things.
The question is, when is more enough? When do you reach a point where you aren’t expected to pursue a better life?
The answer is, whenever you want. You don’t need to continually go for more. You can make a conscious decision to have the best life possible right now.
Here are ten ways to do just that.
1. Take Care of Your Relationships
Your relationships, as long as you nurture them, will be there for you no matter what. The ones that matter don’t hinge on your salary, or whether or not you are pursuing bigger and better things. That being said, they do require an effort. This means telling people that you love them, being proactive in spending time with them, and finding ways to resolve conflict and heal hurt feelings.
2. Focus on Experiences
Physical objects nearly always cost money. Even if they are free, they take up space and require upkeep. Experiences, on the other hand can cost absolutely nothing, or whatever you can afford. In addition to this, experiences create memories that last for years. Obtaining an item is initially thrilling, but that soon wears out.
3. Nurture Your Spiritual Side
You don’t need to be devoutly religious or even believe in a supreme being to have a spiritual side. Taking the time to meditate, count your blessings, and focus on positive thoughts will boost your energy. You’ll also find that improves your interactions with others and your ability to get past disappointments.
4. Don’t Let Others Set Your Priorities for You
Since you were a child, other people have been creating your map for you. Stop letting them do that. Find the path that makes you happy, do the things that you want to do, and ignore the pressures that other people put on you to conform to their expectations.
5. Take Care of Yourself
Eat good food, drink plenty of water, don’t drink to excess, and get a little bit of exercise every single day. See a doctor every year. Take care of your teeth. If you are having mental and emotional problems, get help for those as well. You can’t live life to the fullest if you are unwell.
6. Always Have a Project
A life lived to the fullest always has a purpose. Make sure that you are always working to accomplish something. This could be an art project, mastering a new language, or building something with your hands. Just be sure it is something that is meaningful to you.
7. Spend a Portion of Your Time Performing Acts of Charity and Kindness
Start by spending just an hour a week volunteering your time, or make it a goal to perform one random act of kindness each week. You will be amazed at how uplifting it is. Then, multiply that feeling by doing even more. You’ll also meet great people as you take the time to do for others.
8. Don’t Carry Grudges
Nobody is completely happy with anybody all of the time. The reality is this, people will do things that hurt and upset you. Sometimes the actions are malicious, sometimes they are purely accidental, and other times they are a result of insensitivity. In the end, none of this matters.
Holding onto grudges is toxic, and it inhibits your ability to be truly happy. It’s okay to have conflict with people, to stand up for yourself, and establish boundaries. Ultimately though, you have a decision to make. Let the person go, or actively forgive them and move on.
9. Continue Learning for the Sake of Learning
There are so many ways in which learning can enhance your life. Every minute you spend learning new things, expanding your horizons, and indulging your natural curiosity will be repaid to you many times over.
People who are continually learning meet interesting people, have great experiences, and are better citizens of the world. The best news about learning new things is this; it doesn’t need to cost money. You can join a book club, take an online class, visit a museum, or download an educational podcast and learn amazing things.
10. Do Something Physical Every Day
Walk, hike, play with a toddler, and chase the dog around the back yard. Walk up and down the stairs five times. Shoot a game of pool. Movement is great, not just for physical health, but for mental health as well.
About the Author
Kerry Creaswood – blogger from Savannah. She is fond of various forms of art and thinks that everything we can imagine is real.
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