We live in an ever-changing world of constant comparison, looking at people’s carefully curated digital lives, wistfully wishing that we had more of what they have. While we all understand that Instagram and reality often sharply contrast, it’s natural to still be left wanting more and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, you can find ways to bring more purpose and fulfillment into your days to truly live your best life.
Add an Income Stream
No matter what your current income is, having a little extra money would likely make it easier to live your best life. Adding an additional stream of income is one of the simplest ways to help you achieve the lifestyle you have been dreaming of. By choosing the right income stream for your goals, you can often completely finance your lifestyle changes without having to restructure your current budget.
First, decide how much extra money you’d like to make every month in order to reach your lifestyle goals. For some people, taking on a side hustle like selling Amway to make money online is the perfect fit, while others with more money to invest upfront may prefer an automated income stream like real estate rentals. By considering your financial goals and how much time and money you have to invest in a new income stream, you can find something that is the perfect fit for your personal needs.
Explore Somewhere Unfamiliar
In order to truly live your best life, you need to give yourself ample opportunities for personal growth. One of the easiest ways to encourage personal growth is by stepping outside of your comfort zone and visiting a foreign country.
By traveling to a new place, you can broaden your horizons by learning about a new culture, language and the ins and outs of the destination. By seeing how the locals live firsthand, you can glean insight about your own life and get a deeper appreciation and understanding of what is really important to you.
While you may want to travel with a group of friends or family, resist the urge to travel with a big group. Often, this dilutes the quality of your experience as it is all too easy to spend your time focused on the familiar rather than taking the time to really be present and take in all that is unique about your destination.
Find a Cause & Give Back
It’s all too easy to get caught up in our busy lives and not make time to give back. But when you find yourself looking for a sense of purpose and a way to add more meaningful experiences to your life, volunteering is a great opportunity.
Find a cause that aligns with your interests and resonates with your personal values. For some, this may be by helping those less fortunate at a shelter or a soup kitchen, while others may find more fulfillment helping with natural disaster relief or nature conservation.
You could even seek out an opportunity that aligns with your career to help you further your professional growth as well as satiate your altruistic desires.
Stress is toxic to your health, plain and simple. It can affect the functionality of all of your body’s most important organs and cause heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, among many other health issues.
To get a handle on the stress in your life, take inventory on the root causes of the stress that you are experiencing. Eliminate and change what you can. For all of the unavoidable stuff, learn better coping mechanisms. Many people find exercise as a great outlet for stress relief, while others find meditation to be transformative.
By adding an income stream, exploring new places, volunteering and minimizing your stress, you can go a long way toward living your best life. On the journey to fulfillment and self-discovery, you will also find many additional ways to make each day better than the last.