It was Eleanor Roosevelt who is said to have suggested that you should do one thing that scares you every day.
While we wouldn’t go quite that far, confronting the unknown can be a surprisingly liberating and empowering experience.
So here are five ways to do this.
Take up writing
Even if the most creative thing you ever write is the shopping list or an email in the office that’s no reason to refuse this challenge.
Just put 15 minutes aside each day to write whatever you want in a journal.
It could be an incident that’s happened to you, a description of the fall-time colors in your local park or even a piece of prose or a poem expressing how you’re feeling.
Trust us, the more often you put pen to paper, the easier it will become.
Try your luck
Lots of us have never set foot in a casino before – but millions of us have.
And everyone who has experienced one for themselves will tell you what a buzz it can give.
But these days you don’t need to venture to Vegas or Atlantic City.
There are countless sites where you can play online.
Lots of them even give you a pretty generous welcome bonus just for signing up.
Then, when you have, you’ll have a wide choice of games like roulette, blackjack and even slots to play.
Go to the opera
Opera’s one of those art forms that lots of people think that it’s just not for them.
It’s too fancy, you have to get all dressed up for it, you won’t understand what’s going on.
Well guess what?
None of those things are true and there are lots of different reasons why people from all walks of life fall in love with the art form.
And who knows?
Maybe you’ll be one of them – but you’ll have to try it if you ever want to find out.
Learn a language
They say that the world’s getting smaller by the day as travel becomes easier and cheaper and communication has sped up like never before.
When you visit a country there’s no better way to guarantee a warm welcome than by being able to converse with the people in their own language.
So take your pick – French or German, Italian or even Mandarin and get ready to head back to class.
Perform an act of kindness every day
It’s easy to go through life in our own little bubble but it’s a far more fulfilling experience if we spare a moment to think for a moment about the needs of others.
It may be a co-worker who’s stressed out and needs a helping hand or a homeless person trying to get the price of a cup of coffee.
So make some room in your day to help out when you can.
All of these are sure to make your life feel a little richer and more complete and that, surely, is going to be a very good thing.