Appreciating Life: Where It All Starts

As you know, the name of this blog is Life Optimizer and the topic is optimizing life. My goal with this blog is to optimize my life, share what I have learned with you, and learn from all of you.

But what do you think is the foundation to optimizing life? What is it that gives us the motivation to do that?

After thinking about it, I believe that the answer is appreciating life. Appreciating life is the starting point to optimizing it. Why? Because if you appreciate your life, you will want to make the most out of it. You will want to live your life to the fullest.

In my case, I believe that my life is a gift from God. Plus, I can only live my life once. For those reasons, I want to make the most out of it. I don’t want to regret not living my life to the fullest.

No matter where you are in life, start appreciating your life more. Be grateful for it. Realize that it is a miracle. Treat it as something precious, and don’t take it for granted.

You will then have the motivation to optimize it.


Any thoughts on how to appreciate our lives more?

Comments here.


  1. Yes, be positive, be grateful, but this is much easier said than done.

    Also, god most likely doesn’t exist.

    • I’m fortunate because appreciating life feels natural to me. For me, believing in God is a big reason for it.

      • I agree, JLO, it is easier said than done. No one said it would be simple, and no one should expect it to be, but I agree with Donald that it’s really important for motivation, living life to the fullest, and just being happy overall. Also, while you may not believe that a god exists, and would never gain from that belief even if you did hold it, other people do. Different beliefs are just other sources of motivation and strength. Some people believe in a deity, some do not, to each their own. Every person needs different things, and so, in my opinion (as long as no one’s getting hurt), people should be able to believe whatever makes them happy optimizes their life the most.

  2. I believe it’s in appreciating the small things we have in life. In the end, all the big things in our lives are made out of small things. If we can enjoy walking, talking, eating and breathing, we appreciate life to the fullest 🙂

    Interesting post, appreciation can indeed lead to great motivation. I do think, however, that people can get motivation out of other things as well. So having motivation doesn’t mean people appreciate life. I think appreciating life is the best place to get your motivation from!

    Thanks for the article,

  3. I think appreciating life also includes living by some fundamental human values, such as respect, love and understand for our co-humans, and encourage people to add them more into their daily life. After all, we want to enjoy life because we only live once, but should we not also enjoy and embrace our fellow people, as they also live once? I think it could help us be more optimistic and motivated as Steven Tyson said!

  4. Mary Ng Shwu Ling
    Mary Ng Shwu Ling

    Thanks Donald for this article! It is like a wake up call for me to take stock of life and appreciate life at this stage and moment cause when i am tired after a long day of work, sometimes I do wonder “what a life! Is this all that is to it?” It helps to take a break and enjoy life. Whether it a holiday or a day to do what I like to do or even just a moment to count my blessings, it makes me happy and appreciate the little things in life.

  5. Appreciating life starts with the the small things and the little moments – from a first sip of coffee to start the day to the magic of moonlight.

  6. By appreciated our life we will enjoy our life

  7. It was very sad to hear about the attack in indonesia. I hope soon everything will be fine.
    And your article is too good about appreciating life. Everyone have must to be appreciate their life and be thankful to what we have.

  8. The greatest attach, these days is an attach on our families, homes, children. I can tell you Donald… it is surely an attach on our conscience. The greatest danger I believe it is not a terrorist attack… but an attack on our VALUES!

    Someone wanting to reign the moral up bringing of our children and the family. Check what is happening in the middle East* Is it not an attach on our beliefs?

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