35 Ways To Enjoy Life More
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Tell me, when was the last time you stopped, looked around, smiled, and thought: “Hey, I’m really enjoying my life”?
Most of us busy, working, studying, children-growing or freelancing women are so overworked today that this question can feel sweeping off your feet.
We’re ridden with stress, anxiety, ticking deadlines, social media, and constant pressure to be perfect. And no, it’s not a cliche.
We might be talking about mental health a lot now but this pressure to succeed is still there.
Yes, we talk about our flaws, illnesses or traumas bravely… on the internet. But when it comes off the social media, when we get back to that real, everyday life, we’re still expected to meet certain standards at home, at work, and everywhere else. Call it an invisible everyday drama.
And you know what can I say about that? Excuse my language, but SCREW THAT!
Life is way too short to feel pushed. It’s way too short to feel unhappy and stressed – even if you have problems or suffer from anxiety.
I used to be a victim of the darkest thoughts about myself and my problematic life – even so much that I’ve forgotten how grateful I should be for simply being alive.
It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, what is happening today, or what’s coming tomorrow – I am alive. You are alive. We are given this exact moment. So what do we do with it?
I say we celebrate it like it’s now or never! Here are 35 ways to enjoy life more – right now, this exact moment!
35 Ways To Enjoy Life As It Is – Be Happy, Be Hopeful, Be Free!
1. Enjoy life more by noticing every little victory
No more “this one doesn’t count” or “I could have done better”. Did something great? Finished a task? Pushed through a difficult situation? Solved a problem? Notice it! All of these things are absolutely valid reasons to enjoy life and yourself.
2. Decide to go through your life with a smile.
If you want to enjoy life as it is, learn to go through it with a smile, not a frown. If you’re not used to it, it might feel weird to smile through bad days, but there are a lot of people who have learned it and they simply thrive!
3. Stop giving in to negative thoughts.
You can’t really enjoy life if you’re in a constant battle inside your head. God, it’s really hard! Don’t waste your time on it, save your energy! Your life is moving forward, are you really that into negative self talk? Leave it to the past, and take a step forward by being your own support, not an enemy.
P. S. These printable tools can help you to deal with negative mindset once and for all:
4. Wake up and go to sleep with HOPE.
Hope is what drives us forward and once you notice how impactful it is, you start to understand that it’s easier to enjoy life when you’re living with just a little bit of hope.
5. Help others without expecting a return.
Helping the less privileged, or people who need help is one of the easiest and fastest ways to really rethink your life and to understand how grateful we should all be.
6. Don’t stress over the little things.
Don’t spend your precious moments stressing about things that have only a menial impact over the long run! By filtering those out, you will 100% enjoy life more, because your head will be so much lighter, and less cluttered!
7. Write down a bucket list.
When you want to enjoy life more, what do you do? Of course – you go and do all the things you’ve been wanting to do! Well, maybe not all of them at once, but some of them – why not! Write your bucket list and make it a personal game to complete as many things on the list as possible!
8. Go chase your dreams – and have fun with it.
Just like with bucket lists, dreams are also a perfect way to enjoy life a lot more. Have you’ve been dreaming of getting a dog? Living in a great apartment? While some dreams are easier to attain than others, what matters the most is your willingness to work on those dreams, enjoy life, and yourself in the process.
9. See your fears as a challenge.
Fear can prevent us from feeling happy, secure, and confident. If you want to enjoy life, fear should not disappear completely, but it should definitely take the back seat! Life is so too short to be afraid of trying things, wearing things, saying things, and exploring things. As long as you’re safe, tell your fear to let you go and do more of the things that excite you!
We all have our anxieties, and some of us have full-blown anxiety disorders (yours truly, ahem), but if you want to enjoy life more, you have to stop treating anxiety as a curse. It’s not! Anxiety is unpleasant and sometimes – really scary, but that’s all it wants – your attention. By giving it to her, by fully noticing those anxious thoughts and feelings when they happen, you are actually making your anxiety smaller.
11. Enjoy life more by practicing positive self talk.
Yes! Why would you keep bashing yourself and everyone around in your head? It’s devastating! Allow yourself to be free of negativity and let your mind speak things that are beautiful and positive. Allow your mind to be friendly to you!
12. Start loving your body without exceptions.
… And don’t be afraid to explore your body and what you like! Falling in love with your body, whether it’s perfect or not, is one of the most powerful ways to enjoy life and start living it to the fullest.
13. Accept the reality without stressing about anything.
If this article sounds like a complete overjoy fiesta, rest assured that I am not insane and I do understand that sometimes, life truly is lame. That doesn’t mean that you should enjoy life only when there are no problems to solve and no things to fix (that’s impossible, and you would go crazy, trust me). Even when things are not great, you still can enjoy life, if you learn to…
14. … Always make time for self care.
That’s right, self care is absolutely crucial both when things are going well and vice versa. Believe it or not, you can learn to enjoy life, even when it’s full of problems. To do that, you need to know how to properly relax, give yourself enough time, and practice the best self care you can offer to yourself.
15. Honestly be happy about other people’s success.
If you want to enjoy life of yours, learn to enjoy and appreciate the success and beauty of other people too. Find that’s impossible? Probably because there’s a little bit of envy in your heart, and in that case…
16. Instead of being jealous, choose to admire.
It’s not easy to be completely jealousy-free, maybe even impossible. Yet, there’s one thing you can do to minimize envy and enjoy life more – try to replace your jealousy with admiration. Here’s a more in-depth explanation of what I mean: How To Stop Being Jealous
17. Acknowledge beauty everywhere around (including what you see in the mirror).
To enjoy life more, practice noticing all the beauty, and things that are good! We’re so focused on all the negativity around us, on the news, on the internet – the human mind is easier to intrigue when you offer it something negative… Don’t be a victim of this game! Look for things that are good, positive, and pretty! Fill your eyes, heart, and soul with beauty, and soon you’ll notice that you really enjoy life more and more with each passing day.
18. If you’re different, be proud of it.
And if you don’t think that you fit in, that you as good as everyone else, please read this! 5 Ways Being Different Can Lead You To Success
19. Let go of all the past burdens that are weighing you down.
Are you still beating yourself up for past mistakes? Big or not, it’s hard to enjoy life when you keep dragging your past failures behind you. It’s time to let it all go, and make space for a lighter, happier, better mindset – it’s time to enjoy life despite the past!
20. Stop measuring your happiness with money.
Money is important, but you can find inner happiness without material possessions.
Money is not a magic pill to all of your problems. Yes, it can solve a big part of them, but some problems can never be fixed with money. You can’t fix guilt with money. You can’t buy the feeling of self-love. You can’t put a price on real friends.
Learn to enjoy life despite the money, or even without money. It’s not an easy task for most of us, but it’s something that can give you the biggest change in your mindset.
21. Don’t live with a problem – do everything you can to solve it.
If there’s a problem that makes you doubt if you enjoy life at all, then the longer you stay with this problem, the longer you will feel unhappy. Don’t let it be your burden anymore – do everything you can to solve or improve this problem. Be brave and push through!
22. Never, ever give up on yourself.
Failed once? Twice? Thrice? Doesn’t matter. To fully enjoy life, you have to accept the fact that you will make mistakes, many times in your life. But here’s the catch – the more you fail, the more you learn, and failure is not a reason to give up – it’s a reason to change something and try again.
23. Be grateful for every little thing.
Ah, those beautiful mornings… Sunny summer days… Cosy winter evenings with a cup of cocoa… There are so many things to be grateful for! To enjoy life more, you have to open your eyes, your heart, and soul and start noticing all of the things that you have taken for granted. Here’s a perfect gratitude list to open your eyes to how many things we should all appreciate more!
24. Fill your home with flowers and sun.
This is one of my favorites! Enjoy your surroundings – enjoy life as well. And if there’s anything around that doesn’t make you happy (mess, clutter, not enough light), most of these are probably solvable and you should not postpone them!
25. Enjoy that dessert!
Or your favorite meal! Diet, healthy eating – all of it is great, but the food is one of the best parts of our living. Eating that dessert once in a while will not sabotage your diet goals, but it can help you to enjoy life more. So don’t be afraid of those extra 400 calories on Sunday!
26. Make peace with yourself.
This one is deeper, but you probably knew this was going to be on a list. Because honestly, this might be a reason why you are reading this list in the first place. Most of us are constantly unhappy with ourselves, and this inner conflict can be one of the biggest reasons why you find it so hard to enjoy life as it is. You can change it. It takes time, and effort, but there are so many things you can do to make peace with yourself and develop more helpful thinking patterns. Here’s a great place to start.
27. Make peace with others.
If you want to enjoy life, you gotta make peace with other people too. Don’t add a heavy rock on your heart by having an enemy. Make peace with, or let go of all the people that you’ve been in a conflict with. It’s not easy, I know, but in a quest for a better life, this step is essential.
28. Give gifts – just because you want to.
Ah, the joy of gift-giving! One of the easiest, prettiest, and most fun ways to enjoy life is to create joy for others. Giving gifts is absolutely the easiest way to do that! Plus, it’s really satisfying to see how a small but thoughtful gift brightens someone’s face.
29. Take a break when you feel you need it.
It’s impossible to enjoy life when you’re completely physically, or mentally exhausted. When you’re tired, you need to rest. There’s no other way around. A few extra cups of coffee won’t recharge you effectively – only a real, well-planned, and fully enjoyed (!) rest can do that.
30. Create a joyful ritual and practice it every day.
Your personal ritual can help you to learn to enjoy life more, day by day. Let’s admit that a mindset change is not an overnight thing. You need to work on it. A personal joy ritual can be as simple as reading this list before sleep or sitting in the sunshine for 10 minutes in the morning. You don’t really need much for that. Even a happiness-boosting self care set can do the trick:
31. Enjoy life by buying yourself something beautiful.
I know I said that money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy you more joyful experiences. And it’s not even about spending a lot – regularly allowing to pamper yourself (by getting something nice) is just healthy.
Don’t deprive yourself too much, ever. Even if you’re on a budget, choose something inexpensive, but allow yourself a moment of small joy at least once a month.
32. Be kind.
This may sound strange, but you really can enjoy life more when you’re kind and respectful towards others. Kindness is a beautiful thing to give, and in the world where we are getting more and more divided, it’s one of the purest ways to enjoy life and make it more enjoyable for others.
33. Don’t be afraid to make yourself a priority.
Not just sometimes – always. And I’m not telling you to be selfish or to forget people that rely on you. I want you to know that if you want to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself first. Otherwise, you’re just trying to run from an empty cup.
34. Enjoy life by trying new things.
The joy of discovery is one of the best things a human can experience. You can always boost your happiness by making effort to see, taste, hear, or try more new things. It works absolute wonders on our mindset and, in my personal experience, it’s also one of the most effective ways to beat depression.
34. Stop limiting yourself with irrational beliefs.
“He didn’t call back, so it means he didn’t like me”. Really? What about “he didn’t have time”, “he felt too shy”, “he is still going to” and a myriad of other, positive and still viable options? To fully enjoy life, you have to stop allowing your mind to suffer. Not all things have a bad ending, not everything that goes wrong is your fault, and not every bad thought will come true.
35. Stop trying to be perfect.
This is the most important thing of them all. To enjoy life as it is, to live in harmony, balance, and peace, simply let go of a perfectionist mindset. Remind yourself that you will never be perfect. Neither will I, or anyone in the world. Perfect doesn’t exist. You are good enough and while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to do better, you’re whole and complete now, just as you are. You are wonderful!
So what do you say? Are you ready to enjoy life like never before? You can start just right now! I hope the decision is already in your heart.
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