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The quote ‘live your best life’ is very popular right now.
First mentioned in 2005 by Oprah Winfrey, nowadays the quote is used to describe almost everything.
On social media, ‘live your best life’ quote is used in connection to holidays, food, cars, entertainment, and even fashion.
The True Meaning Of ‘LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE’
While used to describe almost everything, the saying is in fact describing a lifestyle that makes YOU happy.
A life of travelling, working on your dream house, or enjoying your dream job.
However, the most important word in the ‘live your best life’ saying is ‘YOUR‘.
That’s why, regardless of how many posts you find on social media, how you define and live your life is entirely up to you.
Unfortunately, while the idea of living your best life sounds great, the hardest part is to find out what makes YOU happy.
For that, I’ve put together the following questions, designed to help:
What are YOUR goals and needs today?
Are these needs and goals similar, 5 years from now?
Write down the answers to these questions and return to the questions a week later.
Answer again. Are the answers still the same?
If yes, you’re on the right track, keep doing what you’re doing, you know what makes you happy.
If not, use the 10 tips below to guide you further on how to discover what makes you happy in order to live your best life.
1. Know What Matters To You
First and foremost, you must decide what’s IMPORTANT TO YOU.
The questions above were designed to help you find out what’s important to you.
By now, you should have the answer to this critical question.
Find that essential thing that matters to you, now and in the future.
2. Enjoy Every Moment Of Your Life
Remember, life is not a destination but a journey.
Make it pleasurable!
For that, form a habit of enjoying even the smallest moments of your life.
As the idiom states: “the devil is in the detail”.
Similarly, your life is composed of small moments that add up so enjoy every second of it.
Pay attention to the micro-moments that make up your life.
3. Listen More – Become Empathic
Learn to become a good listener.
The simple act of listening will be life-changing for you.
That’s because listening more will help you understand better those around you.
The more you listen, the more you learn.
The more you listen, the more emphatic you become.
The more emphatic you are (genuinely) the more they’ll trust you and share their stories with you.
4. Be Flexible
Being flexible is such a critical skill right now.
And no, I am not talking about physical flexibility but mental.
Mental flexibility means the ability to adapt to stressful situations, on the go, and find solutions fast.
The more flexible you are, the more comfortable life will seem.
5. Become Self-Aware
Self-awareness starts by being more objective about your actions.
For that, you have to start reflecting on your mistakes.
The secret here is to remain honest and impartial with yourself.
But, at the same time, try not to put yourself down.
Just acknowledge the errors you’ve made, and try to change for better.
Learn from your past, always with a positive attitude.
In time, you’ll become your best friend and start living your best life.
6. Do What You Love
Now that you know what’s important to you, you have to start looking for the most entertaining ways of achieving that.
In simple terms, make sure you’re doing what you love.
Enjoy the journey, but without losing the long term goal from your sight.
7. Develop Positive Habits
Some might think that the idea of creating positive habits is simple.
Yet, establishing long term habits is hard.
Start by breaking down the habit you want to create in small parts.
For example, you want to read a book every week.
Start reading a sentence on the first day. Then, read two sentences on the next day.
Try to read a page by the end of the week.
And keep going, until you reach a comfortable reading point.
Most importantly, always focus on the positive parts of these habits and live your best life in the process.
8. Increase Your Physical Activity
Guess I don’t have to remind you here how crucial physical activity is for your body and your mind.
But, I have great news.
Living your best life requires little physical effort.
Little but SMART effort. So, what do I mean by that?
Well, recent research shows that even just 5 min a day of exercising helps with feel great.
Also, you have to be careful not to fall into the obsessive exercise trap.
Take easy steps, always have fun, and exercise to feel good not to break your body down.
9. Spend Time in Nature
Science has also given its verdict in another long term debate: nature vs nurture.
According to science, it is mostly the surrounding environment that makes us who we are.
Therefore, make sure you spend plenty of time outdoor.
Connect with nature at every opportunity you have.
Go for walk in the park, to visit friends, to walk your dog.
Also, do your physical exercises outside, as exercising and spending time in nature go hand in hand.
10. Value Your Relationships
Last but not least, to live your best life you must treasure the people around you.
Nurture your relationships, keep your connections healthy, happy and intact.
However, don’t be afraid to take any necessary steps to fix your relationships.
If not fixable, have the courage to let go.
Choose to surround yourself with friends that have similar values, objective, and priorities.
Together, enjoy the journey of creating and living your best life.
Live Your Best Life – Final Thoughts
Remember that everyone is different, and while these ten tips of how to love your best life should apply to all of us, some things might not apply to you.
That’s fine and the reason why #liveyourbestlife h-tag can be used and interpreted in so many ways.
Life is diverse and different for everyone.
Only by focusing on the answers – after asking the right questions – you’ll find what live your best life means to you.