Life is way too short to not be enjoying every minute of it. Unfortunately, there is a surprisingly large amount of people out there that are kind of clueless in regards to “how to truly enjoy life.” How they are confused about this is beyond me and at times it often baffles me as I find myself reflecting on the subject and observing the people around me.
First off, because we are individuals, we all find different ways to enjoy life.
I’ve always tried to put myself in the position not to judge other people’s life methods; there’s that old saying, “different strokes for different folks.” I always do my best to stay mindful of that statement. Example: Just because I personally think it’s a waste of time to sit in the same bar every weekend, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong (although professionally speaking it may not be the healthiest thing for you to be doing, but that’s another subject.)
As I gave some thought to this subject, and wrote down some of my thoughts, it seamlessly became a very basic and easy “How To” on “Enjoying Life.” Please keep in mind that this is strictly my two cents on the subject, for whatever that’s worth, but I do hope it may shed some light on the subject, maybe get someone thinking or ultimately inspire someone to make a positive change in their life.
1. Learn to be a positive person no matter what. Positive thinking greatly manifests nothing but positive things into your life. You will notice people want to be around you and you will attract other positive people, which will energize your life and create an amazing and very powerful life force for you to tap into. Go places where the people around you are positive, uplifting, clear-headed and support your positive attitude and thoughts.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that drinking alcohol or taking drugs will make your life any more enjoyable. These only provide a brief, shallow and unhealthy means of enjoyment. Placing too much reliance on alcohol or drugs can ultimately deconstruct your ability to enjoy life.
2. Get outside and enjoy time in the great outdoors. There is nothing better for your mind, soul, spirit and body. Yes, take time to smell the roses, a corny saying but no truer words have been spoken. Never put yourself in a position where this is not possible, you will deeply regret it some day, remember the clock is ticking.
3. Stop doing things that you do not enjoy. Think about all the things that you don’t enjoy and simply do your best to stop doing them. This shouldn’t mean that you should quit your job if you hate your boss, but consider change, maybe spend some time looking for another job, no one should be constantly stressed and feel pressured or uncomfortable in the work environment, it’s just not healthy. In the mean time, I know often easier said then done, try to find a positive side and seek out new ways to make your job and your troubled work environment more pleasurable and entertaining.
4. Be grateful for all that you have! Don’t put too much thought or importance on the things you don’t have. With that thinking you will never obtain those things you desire.
5. Always put more importance on life experiences rather than material things. Cars rust, houses burn, you can’t take it all with you when you die, but at the end of the day it’s life experiences that will ultimately be what’s priceless and valuable. Remember money and material things alone can’t make you feel fulfilled, happy and enjoying life.
6. Never take your good health for granted and do everything in your power to maintain and improve your good health daily. Good health is something a lot of people sadly take for granted until they lose it. Exercise daily and control your diet. Never abuse your body, treat it with respect and it will serve you well for years to come.
7. Be open to change and new life experiences. Too often people fear change and more often than not, change turns out to be something wonderful. Always be open to new life experience, try everything once, “Don’t Die Wondering”, this is one of my personal mottos.
Meet new people, go to new places, learn new things, adopt new hobbies, experience physical challenges, get out of the habit of doing the same old-same old, etc.
8. Become a generous person. There is no greater and more uplifting feeling than giving. I am not just talking about giving material things or money, often time or a helping hand means so much more. Being of service to someone is a beautiful thing.
9. Become a more compassionate person.
“Compassion is not religious business, it’s human business, it’s not a luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability and it’s essential for human survival”. His Holiness The Dalai Lama – Need I say any thing more!
10. Tell the people in your life that you love and care about that you love them daily!
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