7 Ways to Live Each Day Like it Matters
Are you feeling in a slump right now, wondering what your purpose is and how to change the mundane routine your stuck in? Do you wonder if there’s more to life? We all feel this at times. Here are 7 tips on how to live your life to the fullest.
- Wake Up Early
Many successful people are known for rising early. This can be a peaceful, quiet time to establish the day ahead. It’s a time alone to journal, meditate, read, or listen to an inspirational podcast. This slow-down time can set your day out on a good start.
- Get outside your comfort zone and try new things
It’s easy to get in a rut with our habits and routine, but changing them up can also bring a new spark to our life. It can be changing simple things such as trying new dishes or a different route to work, but it can also be long term ideas like learning a new language, skill, or hobby. When we try new things we never know where it might lead to other adventures or people in our life.
- Enjoy time with those you love
Time is truly the most important gift we can offer others. This is a way to not only show your appreciation and love for those close to you, but a way to combine it with activities everyone enjoys as well. Giving experiences is so much more meaningful then giving gifts because experiences are memories we carry forever.
- Be in the present moment
We may have all heard this one before, but it’s cliché for a reason. Living in the past can hold us back from the future we want to create. Living in the moment and appreciating what we have can inspire us to be grateful for the little things—and big things—right before us in the here and now.
- Be appreciative
As you go through your day, tell others how you appreciate them. This can be a family member, friend, colleague but also someone in passing like the person checking out your groceries or the bank teller. Saying a simple “thank you” or “I really appreciate your help” or “what a great job you did” and addressing them by name can boost the spirits of others, and yourself.
- Get out in nature
We may often find ourselves indoors much of the time between home and work. Making an effort to get out in nature can not only boost your spirits but also give you a new perspective on life and reflect on what’s important to you. Make a habit of walking in the woods or a park or plan hiking, kayaking, or biking outings with those you care about.
- Don’t forget to laugh
Laughter truly can be good medicine plus it’s free! When you’re feeling down, watch a comedian or call a friend to share funny things that have happened recently or reminisce over fun times. It’s hard to feel sad when you’re smiling. Spending time playing with young children can also aid in our amusement as kids see the world through a unique lens. Even looking at life differently ourselves can infuse us with laughter.
Your life is the only one you’ll get. Appreciating each day, even the average and so-so days can help us keep a positive outlook and embrace all the good in our lives. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis is a good reminder of this.