When was the last time you stopped, looked around, and thought: “Hey, am I really enjoying my life? How to enjoy life even though some things are not going my way”?
Most of us busy, working, studying, children-growing or freelancing people are so overworked today that this question can feel intimidating. We are ridden with stress, anxiety, ticking deadlines, social media, and constant pressure to be perfect.
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 we get back to real, everyday life, we’re still expected to meet certain standards at home, at work, and everywhere else. That’s an endless drama of life.
And yet, life is too short to feel pushed. It’s way too short to constantly be unhappy and stressed – even if you do have problems or anxiety issues. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, what is happening today, or what’s coming tomorrow. You are alive. We are alive. We are all given this exact moment.
So what do we do with it? We do our best to enjoy it. Here is a collection of our favorite tips on how to enjoy life more, from now on.
How To Enjoy Life And Be Happy, Hopeful & Free
1. Enjoy life more by noticing every little victory
No more “this one doesn’t count” or “I could have done better”. Did you do 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, allow yourself to go through it with a smile. If you’re not used to it, it might feel weird at first. But you don’t have to forcefully smile through the bad days – maybe just smiling more on the good ones can be enough.
3. Don’t give in to negative thoughts
It’s hard to enjoy life if you’re in a constant battle inside your head. Don’t waste your time on it, save your energy. Your life is moving forward, and you’re probably not that into negative self-talk. Leave the past in the past, and the future in the future. Decide to take a step forward by being your own support.
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 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 enjoy life more because your head will be so much lighter, and less cluttered.
7. Write 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. Chase your dreams – and have fun with it
Just like with bucket lists, dreams are also a perfect way to enjoy life a little more. Have you 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, and yourself in the process.
9. See fear as a challenge
Fear can prevent us from feeling happy, secure, and confident. If you want to enjoy life more, fear should not disappear completely (it’s impossible anyway), but it should definitely take the back seat more often. 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.
10. See anxiety as a gloomy friend who wants your attention (you can also call it Edgar Alan Poe if you want)
We all have our anxieties, and some of us have full-blown anxiety disorders. How to enjoy life when it’s overshadowed by constant worrying? You can do that if you stop treating anxiety as a curse.
Anxiety is unpleasant and sometimes – really scary, but all that it wants is your attention. Yet, by fully noticing your anxious thoughts and feelings when they happen, you can actually make your anxiety smaller.
11. How to enjoy life more by practicing positive self-talk
The way we talk to ourselves can be a defining factor in how we feel about ourselves and the world around us.
Why would you keep bashing yourself and others 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 every day. It takes time to achieve it, but once you do, every single second spent with yourself will become golden.
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 more and start living it to the fullest.
13. Accept the reality without stressing too much
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). Even when things are not great, you still can enjoy life, if you learn to do the next step (scroll down).
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 enjoy your “alone time”, even when life is 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 yourself.
15. Honestly be happy about other people’s success
If you want to enjoy life more, learn to enjoy and appreciate the success, achievements, skills, and beauty in other people.
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 that: How To Stop Being Jealous.
17. Acknowledge beauty everywhere around (when you look in the mirror too)
To enjoy life more, practice noticing all the beauty, and things that are good and positive. We’re so focused on all the negativity around us – the news, the internet dramas, and so on – because the human mind is easier to intrigue when you offer it something negative. Instead of falling for negativity, 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. How to enjoy life if you’re different? Be shamelessly proud of it!
And if you don’t think that you fit in, that you are as good as everyone else, please read this: 5 Ways Being Different Can Lead You To Success.
19. Let go of all the past that is 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, and better mindset – it’s time to enjoy life despite the past.
20. Stop measuring your happiness with money
“How to enjoy life when you are under constant financial stress?”
Money is important, but you can find inner happiness without material possessions too.
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 can 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.
22. Never, ever give up on yourself
Failed once? Twice? “Thrice?”… It doesn’t matter how many times. To fully enjoy life, accept the fact that you will make mistakes, many times in your life. All of us do. 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 take your lesson, 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… A glass of cold water when you are really thirsty… There are so many things to be grateful for. Open your eyes, your heart, and your soul to 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 the sun
If you can enjoy your surroundings, you will likely enjoy life more 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 or can be improved. If not – just let it be as it is and enjoy the sunshine.
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 life. Eating a delicious dessert once in a while will not sabotage your diet, but it can help you to enjoy life more from time to time. 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, supportive thinking patterns. Here’s a great place to start.
27. Make peace with others
It’s a beautiful idea to make peace with other people too. Don’t add a heavy rock to 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, but in a quest for a better life, this step is essential.
28. Give gifts (if 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 an ideal 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’re tired, and you need to rest. There’s no other way around it. 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 also help you 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 yourself to get something nice is just healthy.
Don’t deprive yourself too much, ever. Even if you’re on a budget, choose something very inexpensive (like a new set of hair ties), 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 toward others. Kindness is a beautiful thing to give, and in a world where we are getting more and more divided, it’s one of the purest ways to color your own life & make it more enjoyable for others.
33. Don’t be afraid to make yourself a priority
Not just sometimes. Always. That doesn’t mean you have to be selfish or forget all the people that rely on you. But 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. How to enjoy life more 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, touch or try new things. It works wonders on our mindset and can also be one of the most effective ways to lower depression.
34. Stop limiting yourself with irrational beliefs
“He didn’t call back, so it means he didn’t like me”. Huh? 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? 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 anyone in the world. Perfect just doesn’t exist.
You are good enough as you are and while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to do better, you’re complete – today, now, at this moment. You are wonderful, even if you decide to do absolutely nothing from this list. This list does not matter. What matters is to appreciate and celebrate your life (not be a slave of “things you should be doing”).
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