Sometimes life can get a little boring and you may ask yourself, “Where has that spark gone? Where’s the excitement gone?” If you have been feeling less excited about life in general, please know that it’s perfectly normal to sometimes fall into that “business as usual” routine. But it doesn’t have to always be that way. To help you reignite the spark, Linda shares her tips on How to Get Excited About Life Again.
#1 Claim Your Joy
Contrary to what many people might think, you actually don’t need a nightlife or an exciting job to be excited about life. The truth is, we can create our own joy in all the things we do. Don’t wait for your life to be exciting, claim your own joy! It’s an active pursuit rather than a passive wait.
Try this: Start with your thoughts. Is there something new that you can learn that can make you excited again? Is there a hobby that can get you focused on working towards new exciting goals? Melynda J. decided to try her hand at the violin at 45 and has not looked back since. She enjoys her practice sessions and is excited about reaching new grades. Carolyn S. picked up golf at 40 and now enjoys staycations at different golf courses with her friends.
#2 Seek Out Interesting People
Guess what? Happiness really is contagious. You can literally catch a good mood.
According to a study by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, when a person becomes happy, a friend living close by has a 25 percent higher chance of becoming happy themselves. A spouse experiences an 8 percent increased chance and for next-door neighbours, it’s 34 percent. You know what this means… you need to make an effort to seek out and spend time with happy people! Before you know it, you’ll see that extra spring in your step.
Try this: Avoid spending too much time with people who are toxic and draining. Instead seek out people who are fun and interesting.
#3 Spoil Yourself
Come on, break that routine and allocate some time to spoil yourself. If you’re into health and wellness, book a retreat or a spa session. If you enjoy travelling, why not go on a spontaneous staycation? But wait, sometimes spoiling yourself can also be something really simple like enjoying a lovely bottle of wine with a friend or curling up to a really good book.
Try this: Look out for staycation deals and if you find something that suits your timing and budget, book it! Once in a while, if you are able to, go for an unplanned body massage.
#4 Don’t Waste Time
I bet the most exciting people you know are always up to something. You know why? Because they don’t waste time and they grab every opportunity they get to live life! If you really look at your day, you’ll notice quite a bit of time wasted on non-value added things like checking Instagram, watching TV or playing games on apps. Wasted time is energy draining, and how can you feel excited when you are drained? So when you know you need to get up do something, you will find the time and the energy. Exciting people always find ways to fill their time with things that matter and add value to their lives.
#5 Stop Caring About What Other People Think
Because they are not living your life for you, you are. One of the biggest reasons we don’t follow our heart is because we care too much about what other people think about us. As a result, we get discouraged and don’t pursue things that might fill us with joy.
Try this: Focus on finding the courage to do things that make us happy regardless of what others think.
#6 Start Volunteering
There is a reason why people who volunteer are a lot happier. It’s because there is something truly fulfilling in helping others. Giving back to your community doesn’t just make a difference in the community but also makes a difference in your confidence. Your self-esteem will be boosted and your general psychological well-being elevated.
Try this: Think of a cause you believe in and look for a volunteering organisation that is linked to that. You’ll get the most out of the experience because you believe in it and it will feel more meaningful that way.