As a certified coach I spend a lot of time reading, researching, and considering the meaning of life with my clients. Is there a better way to live? What does happiness really mean? And how do we reach the end of life and be at peace with the life that we have lived?
There are many different ways to live a fulfilling life and it is up to us to find what makes the most sense to us personally. Our own personality, values, circumstances, and responses to life challenges can affect our choices and how we live each day.
Here are a few things, in no special order, that I have learned that can help guide you in creating your own “best life” list:
Live in the moment. We hear it all the time, but the present is really all we have. Put aside regrets about yesterday and fears about tomorrow. Instead, try asking yourself: what can I do today to make my day 3% better? I find this helps focus me on the present and on the things that are within my control.
Share and give love to others. It will only enrich your life further.
Keep learning. When we learn new things, we grow. When we grow as people, life improves. It’s that simple.
Know that nothing is permanent. Neither the good nor the bad times will last forever. Change is the only constant in life.
Practice gratitude. Every night I close my eyes and reflect on three things from the day that I am grateful for. It is a constant reminder that there is always something good around us.
Forgive others and yourself. Yep, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from those mistakes, to forgive and to move on.
Believe and dream. A lot has been written about the importance of hope and in believing that we can create the realities that we desire.
Do it. Take those first steps into the unknown. Choose to get unstuck and move forward, even if you are afraid.
Feel the good and the bad. Happiness only comes when we have truly experienced sadness. Be in touch with all of your emotions, in order to enjoy the precious moments that life presents to us.
My list could go on, but I’d rather you take some time to make your own additions. What do you believe you need to not just survive, but to thrive in life?
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