Dec 282010
 

These tips for a more interesting life range from wearing red cowboy boots to setting life goals – and they’ll answer your question about making life better.

Before the tips, a quip:

“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 Downit’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? 7 Tips for a More Interesting Life

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.

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 hiring writers for my Quips and Tips From the Working World 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. My Quips and Tips for Spiritual Seekers blog partner, Gini Grey, wrote an article called Set Spiritual Goals for the New Year. Here’s what she says about deeper, more meaningful life goals: “Spiritual goals are not necessarily measurable in the same way material goals are. 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

  1. Tackle your biggest fear
  2. Talk to people you don’t know
  3. Wear red cowboy boots
  4. Go to live concerts – not necessarily the big expensive ones!
  5. Stop watching TV and movies every night
  6. Play an instrument
  7. Become a mentor
  8. Join a Meetup group
  9. Stop talking about other people
  10. Start a hobby
  11. Take a sushi making class
  12. Travel
  13. Invite your neighbors over for dinner
  14. Get serious about your life goals
  15. Read 120Things to Do When You’re Bored

If your life isn’t good because you don’t feel good about yourself, read10 Reasons to Forgive Yourself for the Bad Things You Did.

What do you think – what are your tips for a better life? Comments welcome below!

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen (but I wish my name was Rosie Frost!). I'm a bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer. My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher, Mr Merritt, always used to ask me that. And I am happy - despite a difficult childhood (schizophrenic mother, no father, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian.

How is your life unfolding - what do you need? I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion.... Laurie

  5 Responses to “How Do You Make Life Better? 7 Tips for a More Interesting Life”

  1. I think having something to focus on outside your job is so important. Most people have some level of stress because of their jobs. It can make life problems seem worse than they really are. Try sports, hobbies, church, etc to get your mind off of work. I did this and my stress level dropped dramatically which made my life a lot more enjoyable.

  2. I forgot to mention how helpful ALL your articles have been!! An hour ago I couldn’t even breathe with unstopable crying, and now I can actually feel joy by everything your articles have given me! thank you! :)

  3. Hi Laurie! For the past hour I’ve been going link-to-link reading your articles, either here or over at See Jane Soar! I started with the mother-daughter relationship (again!) and obviously it led me here (cause I need to focus on who I wanna be, rather than what I wish I wasn’t because of my mom!)

    After reading probably around 20 of your articles, I’ve noticed a few similarities between us. In this piece however I noticed a new one being “Spending money isn’t easy for me, since I grew up with nothing and clutch every penny with both fists.” Since we have already established how for both of us “freedom means not worrying what other people think and not beating myself up for making mistakes.” I have a question for you: being weird with money, for example worrying constantly about being ripped off, or always making sure we spend wisely, could it be it goes along with being a perfectionist as in worrying what other people think or being overly critical about ourselves? I would love your thoughts on that, as well ways to deal..for example, could it work in the opposite direction, as in first trying to let go of money issues in order for the critical aspect to loosen a bit too? Or by not caring (at least too much!) about sometimes being ripped off, or losing money, maybe we train the same part of ourselves that will not be too judgmental when we make mistakes?

    I can’t wait for your thoughts, thank you! :)

  4. Thanks for your comment, Ashley.

    For me, the best way to make life better is to read books like the one I mentioned in the article above. I find those motivational books SO helpful! And, they make life interesting, too :-)

  5. Taking a proactive step towards living the life you’ve always wanted is not easy. There are things that must be consider to live a successful life.