For many people, life is about experience and growth. There are many different ways these things can play out in someone’s life. Perhaps, for one person, it is all about travel and seeing as much of the world as possible. For another, it may all be about close-knit relationships, family, and friendships. Some of us are solitary creatures, only feeling free when alone, but for many others, being alone is tantamount to torture. They only feel truly alive in groups of people. Maybe you are all for learning about science or history or nature. The truth is, experience and growth happen whether we are aware of it or not. Life goes on, and if you don’t change and grow with it, perhaps you are living in a cardboard box. Anyway, here are some ways to maximize your life experience.
Get off social media. If ever there was an invention that sucks the joy out of life, it was social media. Spending too much time on social media is not good for your mental health, and it is a way of not living. Do not sit there and compare your life to the highlights offered by other people. This is not going to make your life happier. You should be living your life the way you want, not worrying about how your picture is going to look on social media. Social media can be insidious and can take over the way you act and behave if you allow it. This means that instead of living, you are worrying about what will be posted and what comments you will receive. To maximize your life experience, live, don’t post on social media.
Learn something new. Everyone is interested in something. So, perhaps you want to learn about ancient Mayan culture, or maybe you want to start a cooking class, whatever it is you want to know, do it. There is no time like the present. Having something you are interested in can be a great way to start a conversation at a party, or it could start a whole new career. Bradley University, for example, offers some great online courses. If you want to know something, nothing should hold you back.
Diet and exercise. If you are fit and healthy, you will have a much better life experience. You are more likely to remain healthy as you head towards your twilight years. You will feel happier, stronger, and more attractive too. Do not underestimate the powerful effect a bit of diet and exercise can have on the way you think.
Confide in people. Sometimes we all need to let rip every now and again. Simply venting a few frustrations can make you feel better. So get on the phone with your best friend and have a good conversation. Talking is good for you as a social being and will allow you to release some stress. Bottling up your worries and anxieties makes you think about them even more, and this can lead to some seriously negative consequences.
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