6 Ways to Get More Out of Life: Daily Tips & Advice
Everyone wants to get more out of their life. But it's not always easy to know where to start or what steps you need to take in order to make the changes you want. If this sounds like you, then the following tips may be just what you need.
We have compiled a list of simple but effective methods designed for bettering your daily routine in order to lead a happier, healthier lifestyle. Try integrating as many of these tips as you can into your daily routine to start getting more out of life every day.
Studies suggest that people derive more happiness from the process of learning than from the prospect of getting more money! How can you continue to learn in your life? Try acquiring a bit of a foreign language with the free app Duolingo. Or check out local courses, social clubs, or community schools with lessons in dance, archery, cooking, entrepreneurship, or anything new that will engage your mind and spirit.
Set Achievable Goals
There’s a reason why bullet journaling has swept the country by storm. It mixes creativity with getting things done. Science tells us that those who set goals may be happier than those who don’t, but there’s a caveat. Deriving happiness from setting goals holds true more for social goals than material goals, like money and things.
Be Open to Meeting New People
Surprisingly, both introverts and extroverts report feeling happier when they are instructed to act like extroverts. So get out and talk to some new peeps! MeetUp, Nextdoor, Facebook, and even your local library are fabulous resources to find events where you can encounter new people and expand your social horizons.
Nourish Vital Existing Relationships
Critically, appreciating your existing relationships is essential to your happiness. In fact, the Harvard Gazette tells us that the benefits of solid, loving relationships include better health, longer lives, and decreased likelihood of mental deterioration with advancing age. Your closest relationship may be with a spouse or life partner, but also could be with a parent, sibling, or intimate friend. It may help to think of relationships like bank accounts; remember to put more positive deposits in than negatives (criticism and complaints) which draw down the happiness level.
Establish a Balanced, Healthy Routine
Look to balance your time across healthy activities in life. Monitor your sleep, exercise, and the type of calories you consume. Balance also means keeping the Netflix binging in check. Your bullet list or an activity log can help you track where you’re spending your time. Strive for activities that put you in a state of mental “flow” or committed focus and absorption of the task at hand for optimal satisfaction with your time.
Okay, we’ve mentioned that dreaded word exercise in maintaining a balanced day above. But getting physical activity merits a place of its own. It’s super important for getting the most out of life. Even as little as 10 minutes a day of activity can impact your happiness, so just do it! The numbers don’t lie. A Forbes article cites a recent survey of Harvard grads, in which 78% of those who feel extremely happy said they exercise at least three times per week compared to those who exercised very little.
Putting in the time and effort to incorporate these habits takes work and patience, but it is worth it! Once you start seeing changes for yourself, your daily routine will become easier to maintain on a regular basis. Whether you are a busy executive or an overwhelmed college student, these small lifestyle changes can be made almost immediately and will provide enormous benefits over time.