Is your life dull, flat, colorless? These tips for a more interesting life range from wearing red cowboy boots to setting life goals – and they’ll help you re-create your life.
“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson.
The beauty of this quip is that sunshine, freedom, and flowers mean different things to different people. For instance, to me freedom means not worrying what other people think and not beating myself up for making mistakes. It means acceptance balanced with healthy growth (which is what quips and tips are all about!).
What do freedom and flowers mean to you? That’s one of the best ways to make life better – figuring out what big, important concepts like freedom and sunshine mean. If you’re not living the life of your dreams, you have to read This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down — it’s one of the best books about achieving life goals and living your best life.
And, here are several tips for making life more meaningful and interesting…
How Do You Make Life Better?
1. Figure out what a “better life” means. To my parents, a better life means financial security. To me, a better life means courage, freedom, and forgiveness. It’s achieving goals, moving forward, learning, and not judging myself or others. I’m not into hobbies, movies, video games, or coffee dates – I love writing, blogging, exercising, traveling, and making out with my husband. What about you? Do you know what makes life interesting for you? If not, maybe it’s time to figure it out!
2. Experiment with different lifestyles. I’ve tried both the single life and married life (I didn’t get married until I was 35), and I like married life better. I’ve lived in Africa and Canada, and I like Canada more. I’ve lived on islands and in big cities, and I like the North Vancouver the best. I’ve had about 60 jobs, and I love what I’m doing now (I’m a full-time blogger) the best. How many lifestyles have you tried? If you’re bored with life, it’s time to try on a new hat. Want to live and work overseas? Read 10 Things You Need to Know About Living in Africa.
3. Make a “wish list.” This isn’t a list of life goals or New Year’s resolutions, it’s a list of 20 things you wish you could have. Pretend you’re five, 12, or 16 years old again, and let your imagination run free! A horse, red cowboy boots, a cameo in a Brad Pitt movie, a baby brother, your own restaurant, a trip to Egypt. Be as creative and wild as you like – this is your Wildly Improbable Wish List. This is to get your creative juices flowing, to help you tap into yourself.
4. Take risks. One of the biggest risks I’m taking in the new year is starting my new How Love Blossoms blog. This is a big step, as it requires a financial investment. Spending money isn’t easy for me, since I grew up with nothing and clutch every penny with both fists. But, all the risks I’ve taken in the past have led to better and bigger things – even when they failed. What risks can you take to make your life better, more interesting, more enjoyable?
5. Get counseling or life coaching. Maybe this should be my number one way to make life better! My year of counseling opened up my life in ways I could never have done on my own. A good counselor or life coach can help you see yourself in different ways, with objective eyes. My counselor taught me so many things about myself, my family, my childhood, my choices, and my perspective on life and love – without her, I’d still be single, scared, and suffocated.
6. Make work better – or start a new career. Where do you spend most of your day? At work. If you’re bored at work, dislike your coworkers, or hate your job, it’s no wonder you’re searching for ways to make life better! One of the best tips for a more interesting life is to find work you love. Take risks with your career: go back to school, apply for a promotion, find an entirely different job. Do something different.
7. Set spiritual life goals. Here’s a reader’s comment from a recent blog post I wrote: “Spiritual goals are not necessarily measurable in the same way material goals are,” says Ginny on If You’re a Christian, Why Aren’t You Happy? “There isn’t a measuring stick or end result to love, forgiveness and patience. They blossom and materialize in a variety of ways. Yet, with the simple power of intention, you can set them in motion without any specific plans in place.”
“The power within you is greater than the power that’s in the world.” ~ Michael Beckwith.
15 Quick Tips for a More Interesting Life
- Tackle your biggest fear
- Talk to people you don’t know
- Wear red cowboy boots
- Go to live concerts – not necessarily the big expensive ones!
- Stop watching TV and movies every night
- Play an instrument
- Learn how to recreate yourself after a divorce
- Join a Meetup group
- Stop talking about other people
- Start a hobby
- Take a sushi making class
- Invite your neighbors over for dinner
- Get serious about your life goals
- Tell me a story in the comments section below
If you’re sad and lonely, read When You’re Homesick for Your Old Life.
What do you think – what are your tips for a better life? Comments welcome below!