We are constantly reminded that life is short and we only get one shot. While it can be positive to embrace the fleeting nature and unpredictability of life, trying to live our ‘best lives’ can create pressure or make us feel like we’re failing. Many of us want to be able to seize the day, but it’s not always realistic to live every day like it’s our last. In this article, we’ll go through some simple, accessible ways to help you get more out of your life.
Make the most of opportunities
It’s great to have dreams, but they’re not always viable. It’s important to understand and realize that there are limits, but it’s also crucial to try to avoid passing up opportunities if they do present themselves. Try to make the most of opportunities that come your way, especially if they are unlikely to happen again. From job offers to traveling with friends or tickets to a show you’ve always wanted to go to, it’s beneficial to say yes if you think it’s the right decision. You don’t want to have regrets or wonder what could have happened.
Find out what makes you happy
In the age of social media, it’s easy to become conditioned in terms of what happiness should look like. Many of us feel pressure to go out at the weekends or look a certain way, for example. Some people might want to spend every Saturday sipping on cocktails wearing a fabulous outfit, but you don’t have to have an Instagram feed worthy of an influencer to be happy. What makes people happy varies. We are all unique. Some people might feel blissfully content when they’re surrounded by nature or they’re curled up on the couch with their partner and a movie. Others may look for comfort, solace or meaning in religion and learning how to become a Christian, or they may feel happiest when they’re traveling and experiencing new cultures. Try to find out what makes you feel happy and devote time to your happiness and contentment. Avoid external pressures and don’t feel that you have to follow the crowds.
Don’t dwell on the past or obsess about the future
Many of us think so much about the past and the future that we miss out on the present. We dwell on what has already happened to us and we obsess about what is going to happen to us in the months or years ahead. It’s natural to have moments where we travel back or forward in time, but try to be present. Living in the past can prevent you from enjoying the here and now. Thinking too much about the future can increase pressure and make you miss out on what is happening in the present.
Life is short. It’s not realistic to live every day like it’s the last, but it is beneficial to try to get the most out of your life. If you want more and you’re on a mission to boost happiness and well-being, take advantage of opportunities, find out what makes you happy and try to focus on the present rather than the past or the future.
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