Nine rules to live life to the fullest
Life is too short to waste it worrying about silly things. I try to remember that every time I find myself stressing about trivial things that at the moment might not seem so trivial. For that reason, I have made a list of rules to help me live life to the fullest when the going seems tough. I can't claim to have mastered these rules, but I've noticed that whenever I implement them in my life, things change for the better.
Simplify means simplifying every aspect of your life, from the closet all the way to your spending habits. It means keeping only the things that you really, truly need. For beginners, simplifying bookshelves or closets might be a good starting point. Once you have mastered the habit of keeping your surroundings simple, start by simplifying more complex things, such as debt, work and the people in your life.
2. Be grateful
It's hard to be mad at life when you are grateful for everything you have. But it is also hard to be grateful when we don't take time to appreciate all the good things we have in life. Take time everyday to reflect on everything you can be thankful for. Think about your loved ones and how they make you feel. Think about the many things that have come to your life and how they have made you a better person. Don't let one day go without stopping to appreciate what you have.
3. Keep focused
Make a list of the things that truly matter to you. Don't include anything that can be bought. Carry this list with you at all times, and read it through every time you feel stressed out. This will help you determine what is trivial and what isn't.
4. Don't judge
Don't spend precious lifetime judging how others live. They were given their share of life and they have the right to use it as they please. This doesn't mean you won't try to help whoever needs it. It just means you will not talk bad about anyone, you will not judge their decisions by your standards and you will not spread gossip about anyone.
You know what I mean: Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, etc... You don't have to know what is going on with your friends 24/7. Concentrate on the moment you are living in and enjoy it. If you are playing with your kids, don't check your phone every 30 seconds. If you're having a conversation, keep your eyes on the other person and not on your phone. Live the moment you are living, and make the most of it! There's always something to be learned every step of the way, but we will miss it if we are obsessed about being connected at all times.
This doesn't mean you have to get a gym membership. It doesn't mean you have to kill yourself working out or lifting weights. It just means you have to move. Go out for a walk, get up and dance to your favorite song, ride your bike. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
There's no doubt that there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. If you want to live life to the fullest, give. This doesn't mean you have to go and buy presents for everyone. No, it's a little more difficult than that; you have to give your most precious resource: time. Some people just need you to listen to them, your kids just want you to play with them, and even your dog just wants time to be petted.
8. Slow down
A major source of stress is trying to do too many things at once. If we don't multitask, we feel we are not doing enough. That's what we have taught to believe. Multitasking = effectiveness.
However, multitasking can rob us of our focus and lead us to do none of the task at hand at full capacity. We end up doing things mediocrely, which can lead to stress, which we all know is bad for our health.
9. Do the things you love
I don't think this one needs much explanation.
There may be more things you may wish to add to your own personal list to live life to the fullest. So, go ahead, make your own list! And live by it!