The Road to Living a Fuller Life
How many of these have you been through? Quite a few, I'm sure. There's never an easy way; there's no shortcut to being happy. All you can do is try as hard as you can. Just remember, we often only regret the things we didn't do, rather than the things we've done. Here are the 8 ways you can try and reduce the number of those regrets.
1) Nourish your body.
It's the only one you're gonna get. So take care of it.
Those potato chips aren't worth the protruding belly or the trips to the ER or simply the physical inability to get up and live your life to its fullest. You don't have to immediately join your nearest gym (let's be honest here, when have we ever used that membership?). But get off that couch, throw on a sexy outfit, and walk out that door.
Go for a jog, a swim, or just take a nice long walk. See the sights around you, the sheer beauty of Mother Nature (or the tall buildings, whichever you prefer).
2) Don't waste time.
Easier said than done, right?
In fact, this is the most overused advice of all time. Your parents say it, your teachers say it, those dusty self help books say it; but it's one of the hardest things to do. Why? Because we rarely understand the concept of time. Sure, work deadlines and such do hurry us along, but we're not talking about using our time to do something useful or productive, rather for something really meaningful; something really important to us, or we're really passionate about, or something that will in someway, help us achieve our dreams.
What's the point of being a great businessman and earning millions of dollars if you never actually get to spend that money? Unless of course, ambition and success is the aim of your life, then go right ahead.
All of us have that inner desire to do something or to be someone.
So every second of our life has to be spent , every step that we take has to be in the direction of that goal.
3) Learn a new language.
Personally, I'm extremely interested in languages, so I might be somewhat biased on this. But come on, everyone recognises the sheer awesomeness of being multilingual, right?
In all seriousness, it is a very important skill to have in this modern era. Our tiny world has now become so much larger as we've been enabled to access various nations and cultures with ease. And what better way to experience them than to learn their languages?
You may feel that it's too hard, or too much work to learn a whole new language, but hello, we have The Internet for that. You'll find a variety of sites and apps that will teach you a new language of your choice, and get this, for free! The only thing you have to put in is about 10 minutes of your time each day. Period.
4) Talk to people
And I don't mean your whatsapp or your facebook friends, although that's really okay. But I mean to the people around you.
Talk to the barista whilst waiting for your coffee, or your neighbour while you're doing the laundry or even the deliveryman. Strike up a conversation with people around you while standing in long queues.
It may be awkward at first, and you might actually embarrass yourself once in a while, but that's all part of the fun! And you'd be surprised at what you can learn from talking to random strangers, and all the friendships you could form. The friends you make need not be limited to the people from your school or your workplace.
It makes everyone happy.
Most of us think that we smile when we're happy, but some of you may know that it works the other way around too! Smiling can actually trick your brain into thinking that it's happy, and therefore make us happy!
It may be hard to do, especially after a rough day at work, but it's guaranteed to make you feel better. You don't need that pint of ice-cream or that bottle of wine. All you need is a little smile. Besides, it encourages those you smile at to smile back at you, and I personally think that's the best thing in the world.
<I apologise for saying the word, "smile" way too many times in this paragraph> .
6) Avoid complacency
“Humans are designed to seek comfort and order, and so if they have comfort and order, they tend to plant themselves, even if their comfort is not all that comfortable, even if they see clearly want for something better.”
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
Don't get too comfortable with your surroundings.
Change is not only inevitable, it is desired for, even if you don't realise it yet. Don't spend your entire life living in that same house, going to the same office and talking to the same people you've talked to your entire life. No matter how easy that'd be to do.
I'm not saying to immediately quit your job and to uproot your family, but take baby steps. Try something new.Aim for a transfer or try for a new job elsewhere. Challenge yourself to do things that you would have never done.
Do NOT take this as an excuse to break any serious laws though, the repercussions are not worth it.
7) Get rid of material attachments
Your phone, your laptop, your tablet.
No, you don't have to light a bonfire and chuck those items in it. Just try to wean off of them, day by day.
Try not to use your phone for more than 2 hours a day. It wouldn't kill you, I promise.
I'm sure that you must have important things in it like your schedule and your reminders. Here's an idea: Write them down somewhere.
Never get too dependent on your gadgets to remember everything for you. They sure make life easier, but an easy life isn't going to satisfy you. Your mind is a powerful tool, more powerful than your Android device, but only if you use it.
Train your mind to remember things; your mind isn't so fragile that it will break at the first sign of hard work.
8) Try one new thing at a time.
The worst thing you can to is to try to do all of these things at once. Believe me, it will not work. Baby steps, remember?
Start with the simplest and work your way from there. It may be hard at first, but perseverance is key. The first mile is always the hardest. Try sticking with it, and you might just find it worth your time.
© 2015 Sarah Andrews