Enjoy Life – 5 Principles for a Successful Life

Pleasure in your job puts perfection in the work. Many of us neglect our earliest passions and pursue our goals of making it to the weekend. Regardless of your particular job or background, use your own talents and strengths to make a difference in the lives of others. Helping those around us is vital for truly enjoying life. Using whatever means possible to help others is really living. Develop habits and patterns that allow you to be gratified by your work every day. Your happiness depends on you. Learn to look forward to certain tasks in your work and find pleasure during the workday. Take regular breaks from the business of everyday life. There should be aspects of your work that are truly gratifying to you. The faster you can teach yourself to appreciate the task the more likely you are to achieve your dream. As your skills develop in an area, gratification comes when you are able to stretch those skills.

Positive emotions such as joy and contentment have the potential to broaden people’s habitual modes of thinking and build their intellectual and social resources. Negative emotions such as fear, anxiety and stress tend to narrow thought, action, and tendencies and make it harder for someone to think of potential options. Seek pleasures that allow you to escape the everyday activities and relax. Create patterns of activities that experience gratification, joy, and contentment thereby making the process of working hard enjoyable throughout your life. We only get one life and God intended for each of us to get the most out of it that we can. There will be suffering but the self-induced variety unusually brought on by a future we don’t know is needless and destructive. There should be no guilt in the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of life.

Being grateful and pleasant. The best way to enjoy life is being grateful. Be thankful for what you have and who you are with. All you have to do is slow down and look around for what you have. Be aware of what you have and express gratitude. A simple shift in your mindset can make a difference in how you view your life, which can change your thinking. Count blessings versus burdens. If you want a better life, be grateful for the life you currently have and the blessings around you. At the end of the day, reflect on your day. Try to be pleasant when you feel satisfied. Few people want to be around someone who is unpleasant. Being pleasant when faced with obstacles, stress or turmoil will provide the biggest payback. Make a point to be pleasant and welcoming to everyone you meet. Respect is important.

Recovery. There have to be periods of renewal to offset periods of all out effort. Establishing the right rhythm dramatically increases your ability to be effective and achieve a lot. There are four types of recovery – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Physical recovery includes sleep, food, water and exercise, making sure you have enough energy to be effective. Emotional recovery is relief from emotional distress including fear, hopelessness, doubt and anger. Negative emotions tend to stimulate our urge for immediate reaction while positive emotions broaden our ability to think. When emotions run high, step back and take a breath. Mental recovery provides the brain with a rest. Hard work will get you ahead, but times of rest provide the energy needed to work hard. Take time to recover. Spiritual recovery provides the opportunity to rejuvenate your spirit. They are important and remind us who we really are. Challenge yourself by seeking out situations of stress. Become stronger in all areas of your life without snapping. Learn to back off and try again. Find time to relax, recover, think good thoughts, and be ready for the work ahead. Set high goals and work hard to achieve them.

Giving to others. Happiness consists of giving and serving others. True charity comes from the heart and mind and reflects a shared sense of humanness. When you help someone, you increase your own sense of being human. When you help others, some day they may help you. Charity provides the ability to care for someone else. Charity assists those in need and benefits those who give. Charitable giving appears to give back. A charitable person has an estimated higher income than those who don’t give to charity. Giving provides a sense of control and mastery in our life, which makes us happy. A helper’s high. Give your time and talent to the service of others and you won’t regret it. Know your own strengths and weaknesses and all you can about your endeavors. Never play the should’ve, would’ve, could’ve game.

Flowing through life. If your goal is not only to enjoy the pleasures of life and experience gratification, you must take control and create the experiences of flow. Flow is the sense of effortless action for those moments that stand out as the best in your life – when you’re in your zone. You want to create more flow to increase your best moments. These are the times when you forget your worries and your errands. Those are the moments you are truly living life to the fullest.

Finding your flow is finding those moments when everything comes together. These moments occur when you are in a state of flow – the ability to reflect back on a moment as an effortless involvement. You can create flow and work and physical activities when you set higher goals. When you take the activity into account a trivial job can become a memorial performance. For everyday tasks, a few tactics can increase the probability of obtaining flow. Place the activity in the context of a larger goal creating periodic goals and exercising control of when and how the task is to be completed. You can reach your goals by putting them into action. Give it complete focus and it will help you achieve your goal.

-Karl