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How to Make the Most of Each and Every Precious Day of Your Life

Sadie Holloway is a workshop facilitator who teaches interpersonal communication skills to help people strengthen their relationships.

Making the most of every day means spending time with people you love.

Making the most of every day means spending time with people you love.

It doesn't matter if making a fresh start is on your mind right now; any time in life is a great time to start thinking about clearing out clutter and improving all aspects of your daily life. From organizing your closets to consciously freeing your mind of unnecessary mental hang-ups, you can find creative ways to live a simple, abundant, and deeply satisfying life.

People who strive to live in the moment and make the most of each day tend to do the following things:

  • Believe that they have unique talents, gifts, and strengths that can and should be used in service to others.
  • Pursue hobbies, artistic practices, community-minded projects, and/or business ventures that positively impact their lives and the lives of others.
  • See themselves as empowered and responsible agents of change who can make the world a better place through simple acts of kindness.
  • Be open-minded and willing to do things differently in service to the greater good.
  • Give thanks for and honor their family and friends, their life’s work, and their communities.

Does that sound like the kind of life you want to live? Here are five inspiring ways to start making the most of each and every precious day of your life.

Our intention creates our reality.

— Wayne Dyer

1. Visualize what a joyful day looks like to you.

Making the most of every day means starting with a clear intention of what you want to accomplish that day. But that doesn't necessarily mean creating a long to-do list and mapping out how you want to go about doing all those things.. Making the most of every day could start with the simple act of naming what you want more of in your day. Choosing simple concepts such as laughter, honesty, energy, and so on is a way to tell the Universe what you want that day and then letting go and letting the Universe (or God or the Creator or your Higher Power) answer your needs in the best way possible.

Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.

— W. Clement Stone

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2. Reach out to others and ask for help.

Get people—friends, family, co-workers—involved in helping you achieve your goal to live a simple, uncluttered life. Tell them that you plan to make small changes in your life and that you will need their help and cooperation. After all, simplifying your life will most likely involve having to say no to some of your friends and family when you need to cut out commitments. If they understand that your goal of simplifying your life will make you happier, they will less likely begrudge you your new found assertiveness.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

— William Arthur Ward


3. Express gratitude.

When you are feeling stressed out, create a mental gratitude list and just keep adding things to it off in your head until the stressful moment has passed. It's impossible for humans to simultaneously hold both stress and gratitude in our brains. Gratitude has a natural way of cancelling out anxious feelings, so when you start to feel overwhelmed by stress, flood your brain with thoughts of all the things that make you feel blessed.

No matter how good or bad you think your day was, always end each day by finding five things you are grateful for. Write them down in a gratitude journal or share them with someone close to you, like your spouse or your best friend.

Compliment three people every day.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

4. Compliment others.

One of the worst things about having a bad day at work or at home is the potential to take it out on those around you. So when you feel the cranky mood coming on, take a look around and find something nice to say to someone. It doesn't have to be a big gushy compliment. It could be something as simple as complimenting a piece of jewelry your co-worker is wearing, or telling your husband how handsome he looks in his sexy-man sweater. By offering a sincere compliment to someone else you take your focus off yourself and become more present, more aware of what's going on around you.

What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?

— Frederick the Great

Writing in a journal at the end of the day can help bring peace and closure to the day's events and help set you up for success tomorrow.

Writing in a journal at the end of the day can help bring peace and closure to the day's events and help set you up for success tomorrow.

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5. At the end of each day, take a few minutes to write down what you learned.

Did a child in your life tell you a funny joke? Did you learn something new that surprised you or challenged your beliefs about something? Did you make a mistake -- a flub, a gaffe, a faux-pas -- that you never want to make again in your life? Great! Write it down! As long as you are learning something new each and every day, you're making progress.

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© 2017 Sadie Holloway

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