Thursday, February 25, 2010

21 Ways to Enjoy Life More!!

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -Marcus Aurelius


How to Enjoy Life More:

Learn how to express self-love more often. It is easy to become overwhelmed with doing things for others and forget about the most important person in your life: you! Take the time to do nice things for yourself. It can be something small like rewarding yourself with a surprise ice cream sundae or those pair of shoes you've been lusting after. It can also be something simple like taking a long bath, getting a massage, or taking an afternoon nap.

★ Try very hard to manage your stress and anxiety. If you let it, stress can eat up all of your energy and leave you feeling lifeless and depressed. Stomp it out with some stress relievers like exercise or meditation! I have to take a really long bath or shower every night before bed to help me center myself and get rid of all of my stress. Try to figure out what works for you!

Surround yourself with people who inspire you. Seeing others enjoying life encourages you to have a more positive outlook on your own situation. People who are successful are motivated, hardworking, and positive. Being around people with these qualities will cause you to feel an urge to match their vivacity. Make friends with people whom you admire, follow celebrities who inspire you on twitter, and read the blogs of positive and life-loving individuals. It will rub off on you!

★ Sing in the shower!! 

Find a hobby that makes your heart happy. Or pick up an old hobby you have neglected. Doing things for yourself will make you feel good about yourself. Paint, skateboard, garden, sew, collect stamps, crochet, play video games, blog, scrapbook, play banjo, doodle, bake, or a million others hobbies! And never let anyone make you feel bad for spending time on your hobbies! It's important to have YOU time!

Watch cartoons and laugh out loud!

Find the humor in awkward or uncomfortable situations. Humor is one of our greatest weapons. It allows us to get through any hard situation and helps us to laugh to keep from crying. Without humor, humans could not deal with the day to day lives that most of us have. Take advantage of the power of humor.

And never be afraid to laugh out loud! Laughter is soooo good for you! So go on, giggle!!

Don't let other people impose their expectations and ideals on your lifestyle. You will live a much more enjoyable life if you just do your own thing and shrug off the judgment and criticism of others. Yes, people are always going to open their big mouths and make you feel that you owe them an explanation for your decisions. But that is simply not true. At the end of the day, the only person who needs to feel convinced is you.

Incorporate more color into your life! Buy things in colors you wouldn't normally choose for yourself! Paint your walls in vibrant shades! Hang up colorful posters! Wear a different color combination than you are accustomed to. Colors are visually stimulating!

Reconnect with nature and breathe in the positive energy of the trees. Most of us live in urban areas and that often means we are disconnected from nature. Every so often, take some time to appreciate the miracles in nature. Go for a walk and appreciate all the trees, birds, and daffodils. Spend an evening stargazing. Go for a hike and spend the day communing with mother nature.

Listen to your body! Never deprive yourself of the things you need to feel healthy. Make sure to eat plenty and often! Low blood sugar is the biggest culprit of a crabby mood. Make sure to get enough sleep (most people need at least 7-8 hours!) Rest when you feel drained and relax after you have worked hard. Drink lots of fluids, especially water. Being dehydrated can cause headaches, misinterpreted hunger, dry skin, fatigue and nausea. Keep a bottle of water handy and sip on it often.

Stop comparing your talents to others! Especially those who have more experience than you. While it is inspiring to see someone who has developed their skills, you shouldn't feel discouraged just because you have a long way to go. Everyone starts in the same place. At the beginning!!

Give yourself time to analyze before reacting to a negative situation. I find it comforting to compose a letter to myself explaining why I am so upset about the situation. The letter allows me to reveal my true feelings and gives me the insight into myself that I might disregard otherwise. Taking the time to understand why you are upset helps you take a more proactive approach in repairing the situation. It also prevents you from doing or saying anything you might regret in retrospect.

Try to eat healthily most of the time, but always leave some room for an occasional treat. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cookie or some french fries every once in a while. The world is not going to end if you eat that piece of chocolate cake. Giving yourself permission to indulge feels wonderful!


Reward yourself for hard work.  If you have a big to do list, plan to reward yourself for getting through it.  It will give you incentive to push through to the end.  You can take yourself shopping, watch your favorite television show, or enjoy a tasty treat like ice cream.

Surround yourself with inspiring objects and images. Cover your walls in pictures, posters, and artwork that make you feel positive and happy. Every so often rearrange your space to give it a new look and get rid of things that are no longer inspiring. You are constantly changing as a person, and you should replace the old with new things that represent who you are right now.

Throw on some loud dance music and dance around like a crazy person until you are completely out of breath.

Get excited about life!! There are a millions things that are worth happy dancing about!! Always think about those things first! Life seems so much more magical when you find things to be happy about!!

Allow yourself to say no. This is probably one of the hardest words to say when we feel obligated to please everyone. But you have to learn how to say no when things become unrealistic. Don't overwhelm your schedule just because you were unable to say no. It is ok to be selfish sometimes and it helps you to realize you are never going to be able to please everyone. Say yes to things because you want to.

Stay close to those who love you the most. They are your life cheerleaders and you need them to pick you up when you fall down. Remain in contact, even if it isn't always easy.

Celebrate all the little things that make your days wonderful! Cups of tea, walks in the park, lunch dates, library books, cupcakes, spaghetti, music, naps, everything! It's all important and learning to appreciate it helps you realize that you really do love your life.

It's almost the weekend!! We can make it, Lovelies!!
Hope you are having a fantastic week!!

Don't forget that you are a bright and shiny ★!!

Mwha!! 

10 Quirky Comments:

Impressions Of My Life At The Moment said...

These are awesome ways to enjoy life more!I will surly try to incorporate these more!

Tuesdai Noelle said...

I love the 2 that states:

Don't let other people impose their expectations and ideals on your lifestyle.

AND

Surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Well said. I live by these daily. Thanks for the inspiration :) Good day.

Shep said...

I'm in love with this post. Thank you thank you thank you!

Leah said...

Thank you Jacque... love the list. I believe in all of them.

I smiled at the part about colors... my surroundings are colorful. My house is filled with colors, I have red brick walls, green wallpapers and lots of colorful stuff.

But I really don't wear much color except the usual black, gray and whites. :-) Will my smile do to cover-up the non-existent colors in my wardrobe? xoxo

cris (cristal) said...

i always sing in the shower hahah.

-cris

Miss Peregrin said...

This is wonderful! I only recently got pointed in the direction of your blog, and just wanted to say, I love it.

Aury said...

I really love your blog! You are one of those inspiring happy people whose energy motivates me to strive for more :)

EFFIE said...

I love it! And I love your blog! :)

New York City Dreamer said...

this is the first time i've ever read your blog and i have to say it made me so happy that tears literally sprung to my eyes. i think lately i've been too focused on trying to be the prettiest, the smartest, the best at school and everything, i feel i am constantly comparing myself to other people and it's taking a toll on my happiness. your blog post just cheered me up and made me smile, reminding me of the good things that really matter in life. thank you so so much, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

*LIKE* XD

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