Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~From movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Do you want to live a happy life? If you say yes like most people do, then it’s important to learn to enjoy life. Some people may think that they can only enjoy life when they already have a lot of money or have a successful career. But that’s not true. You can enjoy your life where you are with what you already have. You can enjoy your life now.
How do I enjoy my life now, you may ask?
Well, first, is to be grateful. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is. No matter how many pleasant things you do, if you don’t learn to be grateful you will always see things negatively.
Second, learn to slow down. Life has a lot of simple things you can enjoy. But if you move too fast you will overlook most of them. So don’t be in a hurry. Don’t move too quick. Slow down and pay attention to the world around you. Here are a few examples:
- Enjoy your meal. Don’t just eat. Taste it and appreciate its richness
- Gather with old friends
- Take a walk in the park
- Go hiking
- Give yourself a lazy day
- Play board games with your friends
- Have a candle-light dinner with your spouse
- Read inspiring quotes
- Read a classic book
- Exercise with friends
- Play with kids
- Get a massage
- Go to a museum
- Go to a theater
- Watch a sunrise
The key to changing your life is to enjoy the ride. Make a conscious choice to enjoy the journey you’re taking.
If you listen to people and what they say about their lives, it’s nearly always negative. “I’m in a really bad place right now. I’m down in the dumps.” “You know what, I’m broke, I’m strapped for cash, and I’m struggling financially.” Or, “My health is failing and my family’s health is failing and my daughter is in the hospital. She has just had 13 surgeries and she has been in the hospital for four months. She is undergoing rehab.”
But in spite of these things happening in life, as unavoidable as some of these circumstances are, you have a choice to either be down in the dumps about it all, to fall into depression and negativity, or to accept that this is part of our experience. Every circumstance you face in your life, whether negative or positive, can become a valuable part of your journey.
You can choose to enjoy your ride and enjoy the bad experiences along with the good.
Of course, it is easier to enjoy the happier, good experiences in life and everybody would rather have positive experiences, but honestly, without the bad experiences, the good experiences are not as good. Those experiences are not as rich. When you walk through the valley, when you persevere through the hard times, the view from the top of the mountain is so much richer.
If the weather is warm and sunny all year around, it gets boring because you have the same weather every day. However, after the rain falls and the sun comes out again from behind the clouds everything looks so much brighter, fresher and more beautiful.
Start by deciding what you want then plan how you are going to get it. Take some action, continue to review your results, stay on the path and enjoy the journey. Wherever your journey leads you, whether it is a valley or a mountaintop, it is part of your journey.
Enjoy every part of the ride you are on, as you enjoy the journey of your life.