Living the good life can mean something different for everyone. However, there is still a general understanding as what this idea entails to most human beings living in the modern world. The good life, in its most simple form, is a series of never ending satisfaction that only grows more powerful as time goes on.
The good life consists of wanting to get out of bed every morning, excited to take on whatever each day has in store for you. It has nothing to do with the material possessions or artificially induced sensations. The good life is based on the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you strive to achieve, and the legacy you decide to leave behind as a result of the mark you made on the world around you.
Who could forget that episode of Entourage when the private jet was taking off and Kanye West debuted the chorus of the single “The Good Life?” What he was talking about was not the money the characters had attained but the celebration of everything they had been through, their recollection of their success as a team.
Far too many people get tangled up in the past and future, wondering what is going to happen to them and contemplating the “if’s.” They become numb to the little moments that are unknowingly the building blocks of time. Time, after all, is actually our single most advantage to living life to the fullest.
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. – Thomas Carlyle
Here are several simple ways to live the good life.
1. Slow Down
Urgency and haste instantly diminish accuracy, awareness and happiness. There is a big difference between getting things done and getting things done effectively.
2. Appreciate Life’s Simple Pleasures
The best things in life truly are free. From a quiet ocean sunset to sleeping in on a rainy day, life’s greatest simple pleasures can only be purchased if your mind is conscious of their arrival.
3. Foster and Nurture Relationships
A happy and fulfilling life is a life that is shared with people that you enjoy being around the most. Cherish those relationships and treat your friends as you would like to be treated.
4. Be Self Sufficient
Depending on other people for your own tranquility will only cause anxiety and frustration. Embrace your freedom and self-sufficiency. At the end of the day, the only person who can tell you what you really want or need is yourself.
5. Learn About Different Things
As many great men have said in the past, the day you stop learning is the day that you die. Every day is a chance to learn something new about the life you wish to attain or the person you wish to become. Keep inquiring and exploring. A jack of all trades is far more equipped than a master of only one.
6. Concentrate on Your Passions
Your passion is what you love to do every day because it gives you a sense of worth and fulfillment. This can be concentrated into your true life purpose, which is the key to real wealth on this earth. Use your passion in the most productive and universal way possible and you will discover the reasons behind your most important endeavors and goals.
7. Travel to Distant Places
Humanity has been blessed with a beautiful place to live. Experience all the natural and cultural wonders it has to offer. There are places in this world that will open your mind to realities you have never even imagined in your wildest dreams. These realities will inject your conscience with healthy, new perspectives.
8. Talk to Strangers
Meet new people who are like you and different from you in every way you could have imagined. This will help you embrace the gift of individuality and realize the role you play in society. Understanding these people will increase your knowledge of how the world works and the types of people its experiences creates.
9. Exercise Your 5 Senses
Sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Each provides a gateway to rewarding personal experiences, so use them to truly make you understand what it means to be a living, breathing human being. See the most beautiful things, hear the most pleasant sounds, taste the best food, smell the finest scents and touch the nicest pair of tits.
10. Use What You Have
Success is not the byproduct of limitless resources. Success happens when you stretch the limits of the available resources. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have and how it can help you get the rest.
12. Assist Others
What goes around comes around. You have no idea what type of fulfillment and security you will attain for yourself after you help other people more and more.
13. Be Clear on Your Goals
The sky is the limit but to get there, your goals need to be made crystal clear by believing in them with all of your heart and soul. You will never get where you want to go if you don’t know what you want and don’t think you have what it takes to get it.
14. Make a Decision
Each time you wait to make a decision, you are wasting your time and an opportunity is passing you by. Stop being indecisive and start listening to your gut. Decisions are how we learn about how to effectively build the life we have always dreamed of.
15. Practice General Time Management
Trying to achieve your goals without doing a little time planning is like sailing the open ocean without a compass and map. Sure it’s fun but at the end of the day you need to remember why you are out there in the first place.
16. Be Spontaneous
Opportunity sometimes knocks at unexpected times. Make sure you have enough flexibility in your schedule to respond accordingly.
Be spontaneous and step outside of your comfort zone at any chance you get. Experience new things that you may have been afraid of but always wanted to try for your own personal satisfaction. The most euphoric activities tend to seem incredibly scary at first glance.
17. Be present
One of the biggest problems people have in this world is that they are so trapped in the past or the future that they refuse to take control of their life by acknowledging the moment right before their eyes.
They are constantly worrying about other things; their body is there but their mind is somewhere else. Be present in each and every moment, it will make you a much happier and inspired human being.
18. Think More, Talk Less
The more you think and the less you talk, the more you will learn and the less you will miss. And when you do talk, make sure you do so with worth, meaning and conviction.
19. Own Up to Your Actions
Judge yourself based on how you act on your responsibilities and promises. Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you. Always remember that you are in the drivers seat so keep your hands on the wheel and stop texting.
20. Keep Your Promises
Not doing so guarantees loneliness and failure. Stay true to your word as that is what your character is based off of and how you will always be remembered.
21. Always Find the Positive Lesson
Every negative outcome holds a positive lesson. Remembering them is the key to greatness.
22. Forget Perfection, Find Satisfaction
There is no such a thing as perfect, there is only perception. The idea of it is based on your own definition. Instead of always searching for perfection, strive for the things that satisfy your individual wants and needs.
23. Work Hard
Being lazy and doing the bare minimum only guarantees mediocrity and dissatisfaction. Work hard to get closer and closer towards your goal every day.
We all need to work to make a living, so why not make this life-consuming activity as consistently fun as possible? Make sure your work is something that drains your energy but also makes you feel like you are making good use of it.
24. Sleep Well
A tired mind is inefficient and unhappy. No one can perform to the best of their ability without rest.
As the good old fashioned saying goes, those who laugh more are the ones who live longer. Stop taking life so seriously and realize that everything that makes you nervous or uncomfortable may really just be there to make you laugh.
26. Be Here Now
Right now is the time that you can use however you want to. Right now is life. Don’t miss it. It is an entire world waiting to be shaped by your own desires.