Loving the life you have is not an event, it’s a process. Too many of us are waiting for something big to change in our lives so that we can finally say we’re truly happy. You might think if I only had a different partner (or one at all), a better job, or kids that listen to what I’m saying, then surely I’d be happy and have a life truly worth living. But being happy isn’t something that happens based on how others are living or what people are doing for you. Happiness starts from within. The quickest way to living a life you love is through learning to love the life you live. In order to accomplish or succeed in any great endeavour, it must first start with you. Here are seven simple ways to love the life you have.

 

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Become Aware

If you want to shift from where you are to where you want to be, you must become aware of the choices that you make each day which take you away from your desired goals. There’s no way you a can change direction if you aren’t aware that you’re not headed in the direction you want to go. You must also discover what your true hopes and dreams are. In order to love the life you have, you must strive for more. Be in the process of building and expanding yourself as a person, not just focusing on success in one area. The more you grow yourself, the more you will grow in life.

 

Practice Gratitude

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, and express more compassion and kindness than those who don’t. If you want to love the life you have, ask yourself daily what things you are grateful for. Remember, gratitude doesn’t have to be reserved only for momentous occasions. Yes, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also show your thankfulness for something as simple as making it to work this morning.

 

Balance

Living a balanced life will help you feel calm and grounded. To be balanced means that you have a handle on the various elements of your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any direction. People who are balanced, more often than not feel calm, grounded, clear-headed and motivated. It’s important that you find internal and external balance. Some people focus more on external things, like work, relationships and actives and pay very little attention to what is going on inside their heart and mind and vice versa. Make sure that both of these areas are balanced. If either side is taken to an extreme, something that is intended to be positive can end up being detrimental.

 

Accomplish Your Goals

What goals and desires do you have that you’re not living out. If you want to live a life you love, you must accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself. It’s also important to have a teachable spirit. You couldn’t imagine the levels of success you can achieve when you possess this. Once you’ve done the work to identify your goals and the specific steps you can take to achieve them, there are a variety of things you can do to increase the chances you have to achieve these goals. One of these things is keeping your goals on hand. Think of your goals often and keep them in mind when making decisions in your life.

 

 

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Positive Friendships

There are so many benefits to having positive friends. First, a positive friend is around to uplift your spirits. They provide support when you need it. They’re the ones who rally behind you, offer a smile and hug and leave you feeling better about yourself. Upbeat friends are the real gems in life. You should spend more time with encouraging friends and less time with negative friends who are more focused on pulling you down. If you’re trying to figure out if the friends you have are a positive influence on your life, look at that friend’s overall character. You can simply reflect back on how you feel when you’re with them. This will give you all the insight you need.

 

Become Your Own Authority

Trying to live the life you love may not be an easy task. Pursuing your dreams can prove to be more difficult than you had ever imagined. Because of this, you have to be the authority over your own emotions. This doesn’t mean you will automatically know how much time it will take you to get where you want to go. You may not have realized how long you would have to keeping paying the price of your own happiness as a result of the many demands placed upon your life. But what determines the successful from the mediocre is the ability to take authority over their tiresome times, deeply believing that the payoff of their hard work will make the times of great sacrifice well worth it.

 

Learn Something New Everyday

Most of us have at least one area of knowledge that we strive to know very well. This may be things related to our job or our hobbies. While it’s important to develop a deep understanding of the things that matter most to us, it’s also important to develop a broad understanding of what’s going on in the world around us. There are a lot of good reasons to make learning a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality. Because we are learning creatures, the lifelong process of learning is what makes us human and our lives worthwhile. When you take the time to learn something new every day, you will begin to feel more knowledgeable and empowered because you know things that you never knew before.

 

Focusing on these seven components will make a difference in how you enjoy your days. When you slow down your pace, you will begin to notice what God already has in store for your life. Instead of focusing on the life you wish you had, love the life you already have!

 

Jodie xxx

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  1. Hi Jodie,
    Fantastic words to live by! Knowing and understanding (loving) yourself is the starting point but to improve is always a goal. Your seven points are a great way to begin a new life and to learn more about yourself. My favorite tip is to learn something new everyday. You are so right that it does not have to be practical, just knowledge for knowledge sakes alone. Thanks for a great article!

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