Researchers from the University College London found that
people who enjoyed their life the most were three times more likely to live
longer than people who enjoyed their life the least. If you want to live longer
by making sure you get the most out of your life then these 10 tips are for
Having good friends in your life may not seem like a
priority, but it should be if you want to get more out of your life. The Centre
for Ageing Studies at Flinders University in Australia studied 1 500 older
people over a 10-year period and found that those older people with good
friends lived longer. The researchers suggest that friendships improve our
lives because friends boost our self-esteem, help to keep us healthy and
provide support when we’re in need. So,
if you want to improve your life make sure you work on your friendships.
Wave goodbye to your routine, forget everything you thought
you knew about yourself and throw yourself into new challenges, experiences and
situations. Trying new things out, even if you don’t think you’ll like them,
will make you feel free and you’ll also probably have a lot of fun along the
way. Even if you didn’t enjoy an experience, by doing something that is outside
of your comfort zone your confidence will be boosted. Just make sure you don’t
do anything that goes against your morals or that could put you in danger.
Can’t afford a car or a new holiday? Then enter a free
competition. Not only because you might actually win an awesome prize without
having to fork out, but also because according to a study conducted by
moneysupermarket.com winning a competition you had forgotten you had entered
was the second most popular little success that people found boosted their
moods. The first was finding money you forgot you had in a pocket.
See yourself through other people’s eyes
A lack of confidence can be a big fat barrier that stands
between you and opportunities that will help you to get the most out of your
life. Yet building confidence can be a long process. If you want a quick
confidence boost to get you through the short-term, pretend you are someone
else and look at you through their eyes. Remember that other people won’t judge
you as harshly as you do, plus they will also see qualities you miss.
Make more effort
If you don’t put any effort into things you can’t expect to
get much out of your life. Making an effort, whether that means making
exquisite meals when you can or putting 100% of your effort into your
relationships, will ensure you get more pleasure out of the experiences and
people that are already in your life. Alter your attitude and add some
enthusiasm into your life so that you can really enjoy living your life.
Although we’re always told that money cannot buy happiness,
a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Warwick has suggested
otherwise. The study looked at 9 000 British families and found that those
families that had a big windfall of money became happier and their
psychological health improved. The researchers estimated that it would take a
whopping £1m to turn an unhappy person into a happy person. So, if you want to improve your life it might
be time to start playing the lottery.
Take the best bits
Some situations in your life won’t seem like much fun, but
learning strategies that help you enjoy those parts you don’t enjoy will boost
your overall happiness. For example, if you hate working away from home try to
do things when you’re away that you can’t do at home, such as indulging those
habits that wind your partner up.
In 10 years time
A great exercise that will help you get the most out of your
life is to imagine in 10 years time what you will regret more – not taking on a
new challenge or opportunity, or taking the risk? Projecting yourself into the
future helps you to take the enormity out of the present and you will feel more
empowered when you have to make decisions that could help you get more out of
None of us are perfect, but that doesn’t stop us from
striving towards flawlessness. Although we shouldn’t be too harsh on ourselves,
recognizing areas that we can improve upon can make our lives a lot better. Ask
yourself simple questions like: do I listen to people, am I too judgmental,
could I be more proactive? Once you’ve
found one or two areas that need improvement, work at making yourself better.
You’ll quickly notice how situations you might once have struggled in become a
lot simpler to handle.
You have the power
There are some things in this life that are totally out of
our control. Yet equally there are lots of things in our lives that we can
control and if you want to get more out of life you should make an effort to
understand which parts of our lives we can control because then we know what
areas of our lives we can change.
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