Of course, life is hard, but the idea that it has to be this way should not dictate your existence. You can have a laugh and appreciate life’s little things. Sometimes the simplest ideas bring the most joy. A few laughs and some adoration of life really allow the world to be a better place.
Maybe you’re new to this and need some inspiration?
Here is a list of twelve reasons why you should take life less seriously and how you can do better than worrying.
1. Because laughter is the best medicine
Sometimes life’s downers add up and you just can’t seem to get rid of them. That’s where laughter comes in. Put on that comedy DVD, turn off your phone, and relax for an hour or so with some laughs. It takes all the stress away and gives you a fresh perspective on what really matters: happiness and the people around you. Laughing with others makes for great memories and even better friends!
2. Live in the moment
No matter what we do, we must confront the idea that we will one day die. The idea may not be pleasant, but in a world where we’re in an infinite loop of wants and needs, it’s a good idea to take a step back and live in the moment. The present moment can be so fulfilling. Relish it.
3. Enjoy the simple pleasures
Sometimes we take for granted how lucky we are to have so much in our lives. In an attempt to improve our lots, we push harder and harder at work, personal relationships, and other important areas of our life; the one thing we don’t realize is that we’re sacrificing the simple pleasures that make life worthwhile. It’s not worth sacrificing all you have for something that could even be fleeting (like money for example).
4. There is more to life than consuming
The world is full of people who never stop wanting more. It’s a sort of jaded thought process that can be detrimental to your health and overall well-being, not to mention the way it affects your relationships with others. Living a healthy life is about giving back and enjoying what you have, rather than always wanting something else.
5. Laugh at yourself
Self-deprecation can lead to a greater appreciation for others and a better sense of self-worth in the long run. Learn to laugh at yourself with good humor instead of taking yourself too seriously. In the words of Stephen Hawking, “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
6. Find out how to be happy
In psychology, there is a phenomenon called the hedonic treadmill. The concept of the hedonic treadmill is that we adapt to changes in our environment, and as a result, we eventually return back to a happy place where we started. You can adapt your lifestyle and learn how to be happy. Happiness is something that cannot be bought – it must be found from within!
7. Be okay with being imperfect
Maybe you’re trying too hard to please everyone around you? It’s impossible for any one person to live up to society’s expectations so being okay with being imperfect is the only way you’ll ever really be happy. Society places an emphasis on perfection in order to feel good about themselves so why bother trying to be perfect if it’s not worth it?
8. There is no perfect life
We rarely see perfection in this world. Happiness is so much more than cosmetic. To be happy you must be strong and be honest about your own shortcomings; otherwise, you’ll only end up pursuing external goals that may or may not bring you happiness. You can’t get there from where you are, but if you’re willing to work toward your goals then the journey will be special, thus making the achievement all the more rewarding when it arrives.
9. Laugh at the outrageousness of the world
There are so many absurd things in this world. The kind of things that leave you shaking your head in disbelief, maybe even rolling on the floor laughing. That’s why humor is healthy for your mind. Sometimes to the average person looking in, nothing makes sense but after taking a moment to look through it all with a more comedic outlook, you realize that life is pretty crazy!
10. It’s okay to be vulnerable
Vulnerability can be scary but it can also be liberating. It’s easy to hide behind a facade to protect ourselves from rejection and disappointment, but there are times when it’s important to be open with others about our true feelings.