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Life is short…kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.
– Mark Twain
Even though people are living longer these days, life is still short in the grand scheme of things. Life is only as fun as you make it. Sure, there are times to be serious and stay focused and work towards your goals. Yet, an argument can be made that life isn’t really living unless you take time to enjoy your life. Here are five tips for getting the most enjoyment out of life – no matter how adventurous you are:
1. Learn Something New
You don’t have to go skydiving or bungee jumping to get more enjoyment out of life, unless that’s something you truly want to accomplish. Take time to learn something new everyday. It can be something small such as learning how to play chess, learning how to paint with watercolors, or even learning the name of the clouds you probably only pay attention to when it’s raining. Start by making a list of things you’d like to learn or try without thinking “Do I have the time for this?” or making other excuses as to why you can’t do it.
Suggestion: Take a class. Many community centers, churches, and other local organizations offer classes in everything from self-defense to making clay pottery. These classes are sometimes free or only require you to pay for supplies.
2. Enjoy the Little Things in Life
Even the little things in life can give you more enjoyment. Take a walk through your local park or visit your local library. When was the last time you literally took time to smell a rose or even lay on the ground and look for shapes in the clouds? You just might be surprised at how many things there are to appreciate.
Suggestion: Have an Internet-free day and think of things to do that don’t require logging in or typing a message in 140 characters or less. Learn how to ride or horse of just find a book from your local library and read it outside.
3. Start a Garden
Now that you’ve smelled a rose, why not grow one? A garden can bring a lot of enjoyment out of life if you have the right perspective. Don’t think of taking care of a garden as a chore. Take time to pick out beautiful flowers or even a few vegetables. Not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re growing something, but you can save money by growing your own vegetables and herbs.
Suggestion: Create a small garden area for your kids. This way it’s easy to control and it gives your kids a chance to reap the rewards of growing something and learn some responsibility in the process.
4. Meet Someone New
Meeting someone new involves more than just accepting a friend request on Facebook. Say “hi” to people in the park or visit your local community center and take some time to meet people. How about taking some time to find out what your co-workers are interested in? Maybe talk to your classmates about non-class stuff. You don’t necessarily have to become best buds with your co-workers or classmates, but you never know where you’ll find a new friend.
Suggestion: Visit your local senior center. Many seniors enjoy meeting new people and have many interesting stories and life experiences they’d love to share with someone.
5. Take a Trip
You don’t have to go to Hawaii or Disney World to get more enjoyment out of life. Take a look at a map and see what’s around you. Visit local parks or lakes. Spend the day at your local zoo or take some time to enjoy a local carnival. How about planning a weekend camping trip? You don’t have to spend a fortune to take a trip somewhere. You just might be surprised at how many places there are to see and visit right in your own back yard.
Suggestion: Call up a relative you haven’t visited in a while and set aside a few days to visit them. Do some planning and pack snacks and prepare some road games to keep you and your family entertained along the way.