Seven Ways to Live Your Life to the Fullest in 2014!

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by Jill and Britta Nystul


Happy Friday Everyone! Welcome to our 5th and FINAL day of “New Year, New You” Week! Today is a fitting end to our week-long discussion of the TOP FIVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS that people make each year because we are talking about how to LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST!

It is very common these days for people to feel as if their lives are passing them by. You wake up, go about your routine, go to work, take care of your daily tasks, and before you know it, it’s time to go to bed and start the whole cycle over again. You might find yourself wondering if you’re really living the life you want. Perhaps you’re one of the many people who added “Live life to the fullest” to your list of resolutions for the new year.

Fortunately, living a full and happy life is not nearly as daunting as is sounds. Here are a few simple changes you can make that will increase your happiness and satisfaction with your life in the coming year.


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1.  Increase your mindfulness

When we aren’t being mindful (that is to say, when we aren’t engaging with the present moment) it is easy to go into “autopilot” and let our muscle memory and habits carry us through the day. If you often find yourself going into “autopilot” and tuning out during your day, draw your attention back to the present by focusing on your breathing. In and out, slow and steady. Let your breathing be your “anchor” to the present moment. After you have focused in on your breath, try to think about the other sensations you are experiencing, such as taste, sound, and touch. Making mindfulness a habit will help you to feel like more of an active participant in your daily life!


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2.  Take time for your hobbies 

We often let go of our hobbies because we feel they aren’t a good use of our time. But if there is some hobby you do that brings you inner peace or happiness, you should MAKE time for it! Research indicates that spending time on enjoyable activities stimulates the parts of the brain associated with our outlook on life and encourages us to be more creative and to think positive!


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3.  Put yourself out there

This advice has two parts. The first part is to put yourself out there situationally. Research has demonstrated that being outside of your comfort zone creates a level of “optimal anxiety” which maximizes your productivity and performance. Pushing your boundaries once in a while will make you a more productive, adaptable, and creative person. Getting outside of your comfort zone doesn’t have be a huge event, like bungee-jumping or getting a dramatic haircut. You can find variations to fit into your normal routine, like taking a different route to work, or seeing a new movie without reading the reviews first.

The second part is to put yourself out there geographically. Travel and seeing new places is the best way to broaden your perspective on people, cultures, and the world as a whole. And you don’t necessarily have to travel the world, you can still see new and amazing things in your own backyard! Traveling is the perfect way to learn more about the world and make lasting memories at the same time.


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4.  Devote time to your friendships 

Make some time to grab coffee with your girlfriend, or set up a night out with your college buddies. Our friendships and social interactions outside the home can help us destress and feel happier. Additionally, healthy friendships can provide a sense of fulfillment that is separate from work or family, which is important to be able to fall back on.


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5.  Learn something new

Learning shouldn’t end after graduation! Being mentally “fit” and sharp will benefit you in many ways throughout your life. You’ll not only increase in knowledge and wisdom, you’ll be more adaptable to change, have more stimulating conversations, be more independent, and feel more satisfied with your life. So if you’ve been wanting to learn how to change the oil in your car, do it! Find a tutorial video on YouTube or ask your mechanic neighbor to teach you. Or read a book about a subject that interests you, like popular science or history. Never stop learning.


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6.  Give what you can 

Being giving of your time or resources is an easy way to feel more fulfilled in your life. You will feel happier (which will make you healthier), and you will feel more grateful for your own life and the things that you have. Think of a cause that is important to you, and find an organization that needs volunteers!


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7.  Practice positivity 

Positivity is one of the world’s most undervalued resources, in my opinion. There are few things more physically and emotionally draining than negativity, whether it is spoken or simply felt. Negativity causes stress, which can lead to mental and physical health problems. So devote yourself to positivity this year. Spend less time with the “Negative Nellys” in your life. Make your home or office a more positive place to be with decor or plants. Leave positive affirmation messages on your mirror. Cultivating positivity is an easy way to improve your outlook on life.


There you go! Seven SIMPLE ways to help you to get started LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Your life is what you make of it….let’s commit to make it AMAZING this year!


How do YOU live life to the fullest?

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  1. Susan says

    Thank you Jillee, I’m feeling more positive already. I am going to try to enjoy life more, have a more attractive home and garden and just be more optimistic in 2014. A new year and a fresh, positive new stage of my life.

  2. Rea says

    Thank you Jill these are very positive things to do. My only New Year Res this year was for this to be a ME year and do everything that I want

  3. Janette says

    Just reading this early this morning makes me feel great! I feel like I already do all of these things and I LOVE my life! It’s simple, drama free, rich in friendship, family and love! Very, very good advice Jillee!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Deb says

    Every day I write down 5 things that I am grateful for. The seven ways you mention are also things I do.

  5. says

    The “put yourself out there” has been especially hard for me since I’m basically a very shy person. After retiring from homeschooling my children after 16 years, I found myself missing contact with youngsters, so I signed up to substitute teach (which is very scary to me), and then took it a step further and offered my time as a volunteer at a local elementary school. One of the kindergarten teachers took me up on my offer and I visit her classroom almost every week and help with their art or help, one-on-one, any children that needs special attention with any schoolwork they’re having problems with. I come home after each visit to the school feeling on top of the world!

  6. CTY says

    Positivity about myself is a constant effort for me. Sure, outwardly I seem upbeat, but I am very hard on myself. This year I’d like to follow some advice from Gloria Steinem, “Do unto yourself as you would other”.

  7. Terri says

    Thanks for this! I’m printing it out so I have it in front of me everyday. Thanks also for the “clean print” feature! Let’s all enjoy a healthy and happy new year!

  8. says

    It feels so great to read this post. I made a drastic change in 2013 after decades of boring old lifestyle. I did and continue to do most of what you’ve written. It’s golden! And I couldn’t agree more on travel. I believe everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime. It’s such an eye opening experience!

  9. says

    After i read this article my felling get better. I really happy to follow this article for my life to live. Thanks for this article.


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