30 Simple Ways to Enjoy Life

Posted by Donald Latumahina 98 Comments

Do you want to live a happy life? If you say yes like most people do, then it’s important to learn to enjoy life. Some people may think that they can only enjoy life when they already have a lot of money or have a successful career. But that’s not true. You can enjoy your life where you are with what you already have. You can enjoy your life now.

Here I will share with you how to enjoy life. But before that, I’d like to share two tips that are essential to live a happy life. The first one is to be grateful. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is. No matter how many pleasant things you do, if you don’t learn to be grateful you will always see things negatively.

Enjoy LifeThe second one is to slow down. Life has a lot of simple things you can enjoy. But if you move too fast you will overlook most of them. So don’t be in a hurry. Don’t move too quick. Slow down and pay attention to the world around you. Most of the ways I’m about to share will work well only if you slow down.

With those two tips in mind, here are 30 ways to enjoy life. Pick the ones that work for you:

  1. Enjoy your meal. Don’t just eat. Taste it and appreciate its richness.
  2. Learn to cook.
  3. Feel music and not just listen to it.
  4. Play music. More than just listening, playing music allows you to express yourself.
  5. Sing.
  6. Gather with old friends.
  7. Take a walk in the park.
  8. Go hiking.
  9. Read a novel.
  10. Find and watch a movie you like. IMDB‘s recommendation engine can help you find movies you may like.
  11. Give yourself a lazy day.
  12. Play board games with your friends.
  13. Have a candle-light dinner with your spouse.
  14. Play mini games.
  15. Read comics.
  16. See beautiful pictures.
  17. Read inspiring quotes.
  18. Learn to paint.
  19. Read a classic book.
  20. Exercise with friends.
  21. Watch funny videos.
  22. Play with kids.
  23. Play a mind game.
  24. Have a cup of coffee.
  25. Get a massage.
  26. Go to a museum.
  27. Go to a theater.
  28. Watch sunrise.
  29. Take pictures.
  30. Browse your photo album for your treasured memories.

I’m sure there are still a lot of other ways to enjoy life. What is your favorite way to enjoy life?

Photo by Per Ola Wiberg


Categories: Attitude

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  • http://www.allnursingnotes.com Linda

    wow this has been really helpful… There have been times when I do need to di-stress myself from the world.

    - Linda

    • Karthik

      I don’t even time to enjoy my life. I’m living a mechanical life office – home that’s it.
      Saturday is also a working day.
      Sunday almost wasted in bet.

      GOD! I DONT WANNA LIVE THIS WAY

      HELP ME

      • Narayan Rao Ch

        Boss, life is very little just 36500 days only even you live for 100 years be enjoy the life, nothing is serious. there is only to things possible 1) Happen and 2) Not happen. You cannot stop any happen thing like that you cannot do the non-happen things. Be cool and call me when u feel stress in life.

  • kumaresh

    i dont know how to enjoy the life.help me.i am always stressed

    • Faizer

      Dude.. just get a life for your self.. take things easy! don’t think that life is stressful… dont get marry soon and make lots of babies.. simply.. get a life for your self.

    • rohan

      Hey health is wealth.At the end of the day u must be able to have a sound sleep without taking tension of the world.calm down slow down take some time to reflect.pamper yourself spoil yourself for a day and try learning something new.All the best dude.Your stress is not worth your health.

  • Ahmed

    I am 27 M in chennai with some average setteled. But i feel bore at home . Right now i am not in job .I was good enough in thees many days .I was suffered for enjoyment . i want to know how to go on in my youth life .Iam ready to spend money but i donk drink at all ,there should be some other enjoyment . my only way of enjoying is watching New movie on very first day. But i need some intresting one to enjoy . I should not feel as a looser of my youth life. can some body give me a tips for it.

    • Sabrina

      I am 20 I work and study. I have little friends and I don’t drink at all.
      And plus i work weekends! so no use to catching up with friends. etc.
      I get sad too mostly. But you can play some music, listen to your favourite songs. Clean the house. read a book, learn new skills from the library or online. Buy some home decor, make yourself enjoy your own home. Cook some desserts, invite your friends here for party dinner. Join a day tour on your surroudning cities. Go to the beach. Go to a pool go exercise!

    • pandi

      hello ahmed i am pandi 23 yrs old , i have tips for u ahmed.ur Njoyment r near for u how wait,u want like just frnd plz choose a best nd lovable frnd ,share anything for ur frnd because that’s only very very happy for all k.next u solve some our family problem r others problem.u have always tension free k. LIFE IS YOURS ENJOY………..:)

    • bernardita fundal

      visit to philipines injoy your life to spend beutiful beach boracay in the philipines.. im sure you will be happy simple life no stress

  • Saram Chak

    I would also like to add the most important thing u can do to enjoy life is have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Well for me of course, nuthing beats that :)

  • S. Raghavan

    I enjoy reading newspaper, cooking, gardening, listening to music.

  • akshay

    Thanks a lot

  • Dr. Ramesh

    Great! Yes, a life is a great! The thing you describe where you are, what you are doing when you are doing and how you are enjoying…. It does matter every second when my time and life enjoying being the Emergency Medicine Physician.

    Every second is important to diagnose the problem and treat the problem and … you know when it cure and make happy to some one you feel also so happy and enjoy the life. I am feeling the life is precious. Therefore, each and every second you must enjoy the life even when you have to cry with pain and all the pain that we can see someone but we can’t make life cure and diseased such that we can’t cure at all with present medicines and equipments.

    Therefore, let’s enjoy your life wherever you are, whatever you doing, whenever you doing and however you live with hard busy work earning a money and spending it, try to learn enjoying and you will and will definitely enjoy the life.

  • divya

    I am very possessive with my husband. i am unable to tolerate if he talks to a girl or even with his family members. we crossed 12 years of married life. He is not understanding my feeling. he always hurts me with filthy words. I too realize that i am over possessive, i should reduce. i tried over years. but its growing, not seducing. so many times i feel depressed. we have 2 kids. i am unable to concentrate in my work and studies also. pls pls pls help me………………..

    • pandi

      Hai divya i clearly unterstand ur problem mam……..i send one life story for ur mail ,that’s story was read nd ur problem solving answers r there k.plz send ur mail address for this mail mam(pandimuthu691@gmail.com)i will send…………..LIFE GOOD

  • Kumaran

    Think your husband is a ordinary human boy with his own interests and a child who seeks small pleasures in life . The mere thing that you had married him should not be an obstacle for him in enjoying life provided he doesnt cross the limit . Concentrate no novels that touches the minute feelings of life ,atleast feel for the poor, have nots and destitutes even if you are not able to help them .this way you can divert your obsessive arrogance towards your husband and lead a peaceful life _regards madam

  • Roos

    I just hate my life. I think it’s boring and when I bought something, next day I want more and more and more. I’m BORED everyday but I don’t know why?? All of my friends are so happy..

    • http://www.onemilliontee.com Edwin

      Have you tried finding something you like and do it often?! haha. That’s what i do, i want to make a better place for the poor and thats why i started my project! oh. and hopefully do it with someone that has the same passion as you. it will be fun!

    • lynn

      hi ,i somwhat feel we had been jus where we are who we are d same as ytd.

  • http://SMAN2BAUBAU MUH. Rasyid

    I like this article very much. It gives me a great motivation to enjoy life. I try to apply what you have already written through this blog, Thanks a lot.

  • Kevin

    I work all the time and i travel for my job. im 27 and im doing okay, but i worked hard to get where i am. as glad as i am to be doing better than most of my high school friends, i noticed that im also not as happy as them. i have a beautiful girlfriend, a good future ahead (financial wise) and i do play music, read, and write stories and articles. i am never satisfied tho and always feel that i need to be productive. i would love to just zone out, enjoy my tv show or book and not always worry about everything else i need to do in life. im worried that if i dont think constantly about everything i feel i need to do to continue being successful that ill lose focus and not do so well anymore. but im tired of stressing and making tons of lists all the time and not enjoying the moment cause im thinking about the future all the time. any tips for a busy and ocd man like myself on how to just do what i gotta do and enjoy the moments without stressing about what obligations i have to do next?

    • Margot

      hi..i know you wrote this a year ago…but i just read the article today. are you still there?

  • Alan spring

    Yes sometimes we need gentle reminders of how to enjoy our life..

    • Dewi

      I work monday to saturday 8 AM to 6 PM, feels no time to get relax and fun herghh…i know i can find another better job with more time to free, but the problem is, no place can give me money as much as this place, i can buy what i want “”sure not allll” but for me its more than enough, but sometimes i feel i have it but i dont have time to enjoy it????? so its a big dilema, i want have a good money with more free time, how?????

  • Abby

    I do some of it most of the times when Im so depressed, but only makes me happy for a while, it doesn’t cure the inner hunger.

  • john

    i feel really lost inside because when i graduated high school all my friends got married young and had children and then 5 years down the road they have nice houses and cars and everything is great. some went to college and some didnt and yet all of them are successful. i dropped out of college not knowing what to major in and so i worked in and out of factories for 12 years. i never made more than $15 dollars and yet i worked very hard at my job lifting and producing for the company. 12 hr days roll by and i have no way out. i dont make enough to save anything and get back to school. i work all the time so i come home tired and have to sleep to get prepared for the next day. i pray to god and ask him to send me a girlfriend and i ask girls out and they reject me constantly and i dont know what to do anymore. without money, love, or a god that answers prayers what do i do? how can i be happy constantly striving for things when the doors are closed? im 30 years old and i want to live and be happy like all my friends were and are starting when they were 20. why did it all come to them and for 12 years now they have enjoyed success and love and for me i recieved nothing? i worked just as hard as them and i chased love down just as much and yet no decent results? do i have another 30 years left of wasting my days working my life away and getting nowhere? does anyone else feel like i do? has any guy or girl out there been where i am at or have had the same life? i feel like giving up and all i wanted was a simple happy life. how much more effort do i have to put out to get what i want…simply put..LOVE!

    • Zizi

      Hi John , how are you now? after 8 months, did anything change for you?

  • john

    another thing i want to know from another persons opinion is this. does anyone else feel like this life is extremely awkward and that you just dont fit in? you go through life and all the beautiful people judge you and youth is gone so quickly and here you were 18 yesterday and not that 12 years go by everyone views you as old. plus everyone makes it seem like getting a date or getting married is the easiest thing in the world and that meeting someone is easy but i feel like i have 3 hrs to do anything every day working from 7-7 everyday. anyone else feel angry like they just dont have the time, money or energy to do what they want or get someone else interested in them? i just feel like im stuck in a twilight zone type of world. the more i tell people my life experience and see if they relate or can understand or have gone through the same feelings or situations , the more they act like i have a problem or that what i am saying is stupid or its not reality or they cant believe what im saying?? its weird. why doesnt anyone relate? did everyone get married find the one and have a perfect job later on in life? because if so why the fuck didnt that happy for me? am i a loser or something. did leaving college seal my fate to live an empty life forever or what?? god i just dont get it.

    • Mary

      You are not a loser. There are other people just like you. Lots of them. Keep trying. Keep believing. Change something if you can. There is nothing wrong with you.

      • john

        thanks mary :)

    • A Fighter

      John, I do not want to reveal my name. But I find myself in a similar situation. My case is slightly different.I have Education, I had a nice job. But I resigned to start my own business. Since 4 years I met hundreds of failures. To be honest even I feel depressed sometimes and ask myself the same questions you have asked. But then when I look at my friends who have settled for a mediocre life, I find myself lucky. I am an Optimist. And I know for sure that I am going to succeed. I have been risk taker throughout my life, and things have always turned out in my favor. I take calculated risks with a plan.

      The secret is a magic word called BELIEF. What you truly believe about yourself will become true, either way. I suggest you read biographies of people who started from scratch. Believe me they were in a worse position in life than us.If they can do it, why the hell can’t we? And yes first thing, stop comparing yourself with others and get out of this self pity trap. It sucks.Just imagine how much you will love remembering these days of hardship and telling your grandchildren about it. What a fantastic story it would be, unlike the boring life stories of your friends.

      Fortunes do change, if you change your thinking.

      Hope to hear good news from you.

  • harinder sartaj

    That kinda helps but I need a more pacific answer than:
    Read a novel

  • Minami

    Ohhh common! Ways to enjoy life? There’s only one answer — Be a kid. Learn to Love yourself. Meditate. Watch YouTube videos of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.. He’s my spiritual guru :)

  • adarsh

    Hello everyone,
    I guess people around here have more to say than me.But i will say here only because i have no other place no friends to share this, at least no one will dominate on me here. I am 21 yr old, living in bangalore, working for in mnc, will not take the name. i am living with a friend, more of a dominating friend, and i cant leave him too, because he is my senior at my work place. He uses me like anything. At work place and outside he behaves like he is the most mannered person. But his real things,one can know living with him. he abuses his gf like anything. My living environment is like a hell.
    I have frinds from my last company, and they too seem very busy and avoiding me, may be i am kind of boring. So i am left alone like a fish in a tub. Nothing to do just watch the people watching me. I am not asking for any kind of sympathy.
    But i have nowhere to share this.

    //Adarsh

    • Ali

      Leave him,
      and start new life..
      It’s ur life but not his.
      Life has many options..
      change the one u r in and u will see..

    • Rockerz Nation

      dont worry adarsh politis in company are quite common but u have to lead in yourself so u should develop leadership qualities have a good day

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling

    Celebrate your friends’ and family members’ birthdays :)

    Also, celebrate your achievements :)

  • Daid Clarke

    I live in a large city, because of meds I take I don’t often go to pub, however I couldn’t afford to anyway. As a consequence I have a hard time meeting new people and forming friendships. You can go to theatre , watch a sunrise have a summer vacation. However it is more enjoyable to do it with someone rather than on your own. Surely good companionship people you can have a laugh and a joke with is one of the main routs to what happiness should be about.

  • Shawn

    Hi Everyone,

    I am Bram, 24 years old and still hasn’t discovered my purpose of life. I’m gay and live in a country which still think that gay is one of the greatest sinner on earth. My life is kinda boring, and full with regret. If only i could ask to the creator of me, i would rather to be created as a normal person. It is so hard to find a peaceful in my mind, i hate my life.. almost in all religion said that the people like me will get punished, but i dont know why? i dont wanna be like this… but i am now just the way i am. If you punish me because im committing a crime like murdering, robbing, or do that kinda bad things i will accept that. But i dont know what did i do to my self that made me end up as a gay. Im living with my partner for 2 years but soon hes going to leave me alone, because hes going to marry a woman. I have left my parents and move to the big city, and when the time has come my partner is going to leave me then im going to be alone. Life.. oo life.. Why everything is seem so hard to through…

  • lal mohammad

    Hi friends I wesh that your good and enjoy from your life,,,,,, i enjied my life with most of things like music,friends,family,and e,t,c so i live in pakistan ,lahor ,,,i am realy realy hapy from my life becouse there are my best friends to not allow the girls in my life,,,i love one beautiful girl in my university and she also love me but less and i also enjoyed with her,,,,,,wish you all the best .

  • Mae

    I am struggling every single day. I just battled cancer, and I am now cancer free. My life seems foreign to me know. Before cancer, I was a wife, mother, and teacher. My children got married just before I was diagnosed, and then I was fighting for my life, and now I’m not sure about my life. I hate my job as a teacher now. If I could do anything, I would sell my home, buy a camper and just travel. I just want a simpler life, but I’m not sure how to achieve that life. I still owe doctor bills, and I’m stead tracking up more because of the effects of chemo. Do you have any suggestions?

    • http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/ Donald Latumahina

      Hi Mae,

      First of all, congratulations for winning your battle against cancer! Great to hear that.

      Next, it seems that you need to find your purpose in life. That will help you live your life to the fullest. You might find this article helpful: http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2008/09/10/finding-your-life-purpose/

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