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There’s so much to experience in life. Are you pursuing your dreams? Are you doing things you care about? Do you live your life with passion? If you’re feeling stuck, there are things you can do to be open to opportunities that lead to fulfillment. Read on for 10 things you can do to get more out of life.
You know that feeling when you’re convinced you should do A, but you end up doing B, and it comes back to bite you? Then you kick yourself and say, “I KNEW I should have gone with A.” It happens to the best of us. When you get that intuitive feeling, listen to it. You may not always be right, but if it’s a decision that won’t adversely affect you or anyone else, go with your gut. That little voice inside is based on good information that you’ve already taken in at some point. Trust yourself more.
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You probably don’t need any reasons to be kind, but just in case, here are a few:
Kindness is a powerful tool that improves your life in countless ways. Kind gestures don’t have to be grand. Small acts of kindness often make the biggest impression.
Although some people are more creative than others, creativity is not fixed. Think of it as a muscle that can be flexed and strengthened with effort on your part. Creativity is useful because knowledge only goes so far. Anything that needs to be learned can be done quickly and easily on the Internet. Those who can use what they know to create and innovate will always be the ones who pave a new way forward.
Sometimes when there’s a big decision to be made, you may consider your options so that you do the right thing. However, you’re not doing yourself any favors when considering becomes agonizing. Thinking too long is the quickest way to put yourself in limbo. That feeling of inertia will keep you right where you are. Educate yourself, but put a time limit on thinking.
Trying to live a life that isn’t authentic to you to please other people is demeaning and exhausting. You know yourself better than anyone possibly could. If you don’t, then find and define yourself before someone else does it for you. There is no need to worry about what people are thinking of you. They’re probably not thinking about you as much as you think. And if they are, so what? Live the life that’s right for you.
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Most people have something they want to do or should do, but hesitate because it seems ludicrous that the outcome could be positive. Taking risks is often scary, but there is no better way to see what you’re capable of. If you are successful at the absurd, well, then, that’s one of many more amazing things that you can make happen in your life.
“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” —Albert Einstein
It’s almost always a good idea to put people first in your life. It’s easy to be distracted by the technology that you are dependent upon. When you put our smartphone and email to the side and become fully engaged with the person right in front of you, both of you will benefit. Putting people first means that you value and care for others and those feelings, more often than not, will be reciprocated. If you need to practice putting people first, start by giving compliments that are genuine and customized to each individual.
Our five senses are the way we experience and enjoy the world. Learn to make the most of yours by experiencing things that energize your senses. Make an effort to view beautiful things like sunrises and works of art. Listen to music that comforts you. Don’t just eat your food; learn to savor every bite. Light scented candles. Have at least one piece of clothing or an outfit that feels good to your skin.
Old friends are great because they share your interests and hobbies. But, meeting new people brings another level of adventure to your life. New people can introduce you to things you haven’t tried but might really like. Not only is it hard to be bored with new people, but you’re bound to learn more about yourself.
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There is much in this world of which we have no personal knowledge. Whenever I used to say to my dad, “I don’t know about that,” he would always say, “We could start a whole new universe with all the things you don’t know.” Touché, Dad. But, he was right. The world is vast and it’s impossible to have all the knowledge in it. Get in the habit of questioning what you do know and seeking answers and guidance about what you don’t know.
There are many things that can be done to get more out of life. What do you do to improve yours? Share your ideas below.
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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is managing editor of Good Enough Mother. Read more about Alexis on her blog www.lilliebelle.org or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5. You can email her at alexis [at] goodenoughmother [dot] com.