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Maximizing Your Happiness: Five Steps for Living Your Best Life Every Day

Living our best life every day is not just a wish—it's a blazing desire that pulses uniquely within each of us. The definition of the "Best Life" may differ for each individual, but the yearning to embrace our very best every single day beats in all our hearts. Ready to turn that desire into reality? Here are 5 vibrant practices to light up your path to the Best Life You Desire!

1. What Next?

At the intersection of life's disappointments, ask yourself, "What Next?"

"What if’ I had done that course"

"What If I had taken that decision"

"What if’ I had said yes to that offer"

These thoughts are disempowering and unproductive.  Most times, these thoughts are rooted in the inability to put disappointment in perspective. 

Trying to avoid feeling disappointed is pointless, disappointment is part and parcel of being human – it reflects your real passions. Don’t resist it – instead, embrace it. Understand it, then channel it to create more in life.

While navigating life's twists and turns, it feels like standing at a crossroads and you can appraoch it with two distinct mindsets: the "What If" or the "What Next.

The "What If" mindset, a natural response, is a place where questions linger without offering much in the way of progress.

Now, imagine a shift in perspective, a powerful pivot towards the "What Next" mindset. Here, a compass needle points you towards growth and resilience, it will guide you to a more resourceful life path. By harnessing the lessons, you can propel forward with newfound strength and wisdom. 

Moving from a What if mentality to a What Next mentality  is all about putting disappointment in perspective. So, as you stand at the intersection of life's disappointments, ask yourself, "What Next?"

2. Follow A Growth Plan

Does your personal growth plan that take you higher daily? 

In the Map of Consciousness, there are 17 levels of consciousness – from the raw edges of Shame to the radiant illumination of Enlightenment. Each level shapes your experience, and the higher you climb, the richer your life becomes. Achieving higher consciousness comes from your commitment to personal growth. Do you desire to design a personal growth plan that takes you higher daily? 

Consider Tony, a woman who is professionally successful, spiritually attuned, her circle of friends expansive, yet she discovered a critical missing piece—her physical health. It was a wake-up call that brought to light the essence of living your best life. Despite the triumphs in other realms, neglecting even one facet hindered the fullness of her experience.

Therefore living your best life necessitates a holistic approach—think of it as a symphony where every instrument plays a crucial role. Whether you're aiming for success, abundance, spiritual awareness, or a thriving social life, neglecting any aspect creates a discordant note in the orchestra of your life. 

So follow a growth plan that will help you grow in all areas of life.

3. Tick Item in Your Bucket List

Let your list be a celebration of your quirks, passion and wildest dreams

I know it sounds silly, but a bucket list is a powerful motivator to live your best life. What is a bucket list? A bucket list is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. According to the Stanford Bucket list Project, these  six are the most common  themes in a bucket list. 

  1. Desire to travel (78.5% of participants)

  2. Desire to accomplish a personal goal (78.3%)

  3. Desire to achieve specific life milestones (51%)

  4. Desire to spend quality time with friends and family (16.7%)

  5. Desire to achieve financial stability (16.1%)

  6. Desire to do a daring activity (15%)

So basically the purpose of a bucket list is to constantly nudge you towards epic adventures and soul-nourishing experiences. It's not just a checklist; it's your cheerleader, whispering in your ear, 'Go on, make it happen!'

The list is not about right or wrong; it's about what sets your soul ablaze. As long as the items on the list are meaningful to you and sparks a fire in your belly, whether it's soaring on a hot air balloon or mastering the art of making the perfect omelette, it deserves a prime spot on your list. 

So, toss aside the notion of conformity, and let your list be a celebration of your quirks, passion and wildest dreams.  Here are some bucket list categories to help you get started.  

  • World Festivals & Events

  • Art & Literature 

  • Health & Fitness

  • Adventure 

  • Food & Drink 

  • UNSECO World Heritage 

  • Nature & Wildlife

  • Personal Growth 

  • Culture & Entertainment 

  • People & Relationships 

  • Style & Luxury 

  • Travel 

  • Spiritual 

  • Specific Experiences 

Think of your bucket list as a series of invitations from your future self to live your best life. These categories are just ideas for you to choose from to create an epic adventure called life. So don't shy away from something, because you think it is difficult or fearful, if it inspires you, put it on the list and explore it before you reject it.  

Don't fret about fitting every amazing thing in there; this isn't about impressing anyone; it's about embracing what lights up your soul. If an idea whispers to your heart, and brings meaning to you. Put it on the list. 

But once you have penned down your bucket list, Take Action! The more you do, the more you'll feel the heartbeat of your own existence. It's not just a list; it's a living, breathing testament to Living Your  Best Life everyday! 

4. Seek to Give Kindness Daily

The simplest gestures can be the grandest gifts we give.

Kindness, my friend, is like the timeless little black dress of human interaction—never going out of style, always making a statement. It's the understated hero in the grand narrative of life. 

Did you know that a simple act of kindness, taking a mere minute or less, has the power to ripple through the chaos of someone's day, casting a luminous glow that lasts far longer. 

We all fall into the vortex of our own lives, swirling in the whirlwind of daily chaos we have woven for ourselves, we sometimes forget that the simplest gestures can be the grandest gifts we give. A smile, a compliment, covering someone's meal—these seemingly inconspicuous acts wield a surprising might. 

If you are wondering, what is something you can do today that will make the world a better place? Here is a list of ideas that do not require preparation, planning, or a long-term commitment, meaning you can do it today!  

Here are some ideas to get you rolling. 

  • Share a friend’s blog, business website or art on social media

  • Compliment a parent with polite and well-behaved kids

  • Write someone a thank you note

  • Do not correct someone, especially in public, even if you know they are wrong

  • Recommend someone for a job opening

  • Be patient, kind and gracious to the customer rep on the phone

  • Write or tell your partner what you love about him or her

  • Stop to talk to a homeless person

  • Smile at someone random

  • Put your phone away when in the company of others and do not keep checking it

  • Give someone a ride in your car

  • Pick up trash that you see

  • Tell your parents how much you love and appreciate them

  • Tip someone you wouldn’t ordinarily tip

  • Forgive someone who wronged you in the past

  • Cook food for someone

  • Do not complain about anything the entire day

  • Send flowers to someone, just because

  • Give up a parking space to someone and park further away

  • Let someone cut in in traffic

  • Write someone a thank you note

All acts of kindness have value, no matter how big or small. Imagine the ripple effect, if we can perform at least one of these kind acts each day, we will slowly, but surely, leave an indelible legacy of kindness in this world. 

5.  Spend Time With Enablers

Your social circle is your crew in the theatre of life

Anyone who has taken a trek through the rain forest, must have experienced bites from leeches, especially if the right kind of protective gear is not used. For most part, the leech bites are not noticed immediately.  Leeches suck your blood and are not fatal in most cases, if remedial measures are taken.

But If the leech is removed wrongly with the teeths stuck in your flesh, there is a possibility of infection developing, delaying healing and complicating the healing process. 

Likewise, there are leeches in relationships, they might subtly leech on to your life, sucking the happiness out of your life. They make you small , they make you feel not enough and they are critical of you often. You are never enough for them. 

Remember, Your social circle is your crew in the theatre of life, so When you spot energy vampires, those joy-sucking leeches, it's time for the grand exit. Make it a practice to identify people like that in your social circle and walk away now.

Instead make it a practice to lean on people who build you up, who enable you to be better and live life better.  So release the anchors dragging you down—those negative, dishonest, disrespectful, and critical relationships that stifle your growth. Surround yourself with enablers, the architects of your potential. Identify the uplifting forces in your life and let them be the wind beneath your wings. Who are the enablers in your life today?


Your Best Life awaits!

Think of your life as a raw block of marble. These practices are the chisel and hammer in your hands, ready to sculpt and refine that block into a masterpiece. Every choice, every action, is a strike of the chisel, revealing the extraordinary artwork within.

Let these 5 practices compose the vibrant melody of your Best Life. Empower yourself with these 5 practices, and seize each day with unbridled passion. Your Best Life awaits, ready to be sculpted by the powerful masterpiece that is you!

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