“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” ― Bessie Anderson Stanley
How often do we catch ourselves living life on autopilot, going through the routine of the days, accepting what life throws at us and have each day pass by like the one before. Everything probably looks as normal as you feel, except maybe for a niggling feeling at the back of your head which says “it’s time for some changes”.
If you want to break free from the chains of existing and truly want to start living, here are 8 ways to live life to the fullest!
#1 – Look around you at all the great things and people in your life – and appreciate them.
We fail to notice the little things people do for us until they stop doing them. Don’t be one of these people. Be grateful to your spouse, parents, children, friends and anyone else who touches your life. You don’t want to appreciate them when they are no longer with you. Appreciate the life you have and you will find so many reasons to live.
#2 – Treat yourself as a bank account and don’t allow people around you to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life.
If you let other people’s negativity and problems get to you. Your balance will run out if they don’t contribute enough happiness too. Remember that no one has the right to judge you, block out negative comments and get a control over how you react when people try to hurt you.
#3 – Forgive.
You don’t have to trust people who hurt you, but you can lighten your burden and forgive people who have hurt you. Do you actually want to spend the precious time you have on hating people? Should you not be too busy loving the people who love you? Remember that the person who forgives is the stronger and braver and happier one. So, start being stronger. Be brave. Be happy. Be free.
#4 – Choose your relationships with great care.
It is easy to be in relationships where there are good times. The true test in relationships come about when you are faced with obstacles that you go through together and still manage to say ‘I love you’ at the end. It is also not about saying ‘I love you’ to someone every day, it is about showing your love every day in every way.
#5 – Don’t forget to love yourself too.
You have all the people you love around you – your children who make mistakes, your spouse who annoys you at times, your mum who nags for your good, your dad who has opinions about everything, your friend who is always late – but you still love all these people with their little imperfections. It is time to love yourself too! Stop thinking you are not smart enough, not beautiful enough, not tall enough. Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat these words daily – “I deserve the best. I forgive myself. I fully accept who I am. I love you.” Then smile and go on to enjoy your day 🙂
#6 – Do things today that the future you will thank you for.
What you do every day is more important than what you do every once in a while simply because you are using a day to create a better tomorrow. Make sure it is worthwhile.
#7 – Remind yourself every once in a while that the best things in life are free, so don’t forget to enjoy these things.
Running around in the rain, enjoying a sunset from a terrace, enjoying a long drive with a loved one, an intimate chat with your partner or child – enjoy these precious moments today so you don’t regret not doing it all tomorrow.
#8 – Leave aside some time for fun every day.
Take a step back more often than not and see things clearly. Don’t let your life get so filled up with work, your mind crammed with worry and your heart filled with old anger that you have no space left for love, fun and joy in your life.
Check out this great video below. It will show you the importance of making the most out of your free time and your daily routine.