It is a common misconception that living a fuller life requires a significant lifestyle or
personality overhaul. We all feel stuck in a rut from time to time, and it can be challenging to
see a way out. But the truth is, you can strive for a life of happiness and fulfillment by making
small, simple changes to your daily routine.
If you’re a Christian, we ultimately find our worth and fulfillment in Jesus. But many of us still end up wondering what that means and feeling like we’ve gotten it wrong.
The benefits of living life to the fullest go beyond feeling happier and more fulfilled.
Leading a fuller life can also help with an improved mindset, increased productivity, and a
better sense of self-worth!
So, let’s look at what we mean by ‘a fuller life’ and how you can start living one today.
What Does Living Life to the Fullest Mean?
Chances are, you’ve heard that we should all ‘live life to the fullest.’ But what does that actually mean?
For some, living life to the fullest means taking risks and embracing new experiences, even if
it’s out of their comfort zone. Others focus on enjoying the moment and savoring life’s simple
pleasures. And for many of us, it’s a combination of both.
There’s no ‘right’ way to live life to the fullest – it’s all about finding your own path. The
important thing is to find what works for you. With this being
said, we can all implement a few simple steps to get us on the right path.
7 Steps to Start Living a Fuller Life
Do you want more out of life but are unsure how to make it happen? If this sounds familiar,
don’t worry – you’re not alone. It’s a common problem and one that a lot of people struggle
with. But the good news is that there are things you can do to start living a fuller life.
Make Time for the Things You Love
When was the last time you did something just because you loved it? We often get so
caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to make time for our passions. So, if you
want to start living a fuller life, it’s essential to make time for yourself.
It doesn’t matter what you do – it could be a hobby, a sport, or anything else that brings you
joy. Just make sure to schedule some ‘me time’ each week to do the things you love. You’ll
be amazed at how much better you feel after taking some time out for yourself.
Set Realistic Expectations
We have all felt frozen in time at some point, and as soon as the next new thing comes along, we think it will make everything better. I like to call this the ‘itch’ – where you jump headfirst into what you believe is a solution to a problem, but it usually isn’t. When we do this, nothing ever really ‘scratches the itch,’ and we are left feeling just as unfulfilled as before. Many people end up in a never-ending cycle of trying to find the next best thing. But really, the answer is often much simpler than they think. If you’re unhappy with your current situation, take a step back and ask yourself what you want out of life. Set realistic expectations for yourself, and think before you act.
Connect With People
Connecting with other people is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. We
are social creatures, and we thrive when we have strong relationships. Whether it’s spending
time with family and friends or meeting new people, interacting with others is a key part of
living a fuller life.
If you’re struggling to open up and let people in, remember that taking things at your own
pace is okay. Start small by chatting to a colleague or neighbor, and work up to attending
social events and meetups. The important thing is that you try to connect with people
Live in the Moment
One of the best pieces of advice for living a fulfilled life is to focus on the present moment.
It’s easy to worry about the future or dwell on the past, but this is a surefire way to miss out
on the present. All we have is now, so it’s important to make the most of it.
Take a step back from your thoughts and focus on what’s going on around you. For
example, if you’re cooking dinner, pay attention to the process and savor the smells and
flavors of the food. Or, if you’re out for a walk, focus on your surroundings and take in the
sights, sounds, and smells of nature.
The more you practice living in the moment, the easier it will become. And soon enough,
you’ll begin feeling fulfilled, even during the most ‘mundane’ moments.
Do Something New
A big part of living a fuller life is expanding your horizons and trying new things. While it is
sensible to move at our own pace, it’s also good to challenge ourselves from time to time.
Too often, we get stuck because we’re afraid to step outside our comfort zone and struggle
to find courage in the face of fear.
Doing something new can be anything from taking a different route to work to trying a new
food. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, the important thing is that you’re challenging yourself
somehow. By pushing your boundaries, you’ll start to feel accomplished and energized – two
excellent benefits of living life to the fullest.
Give Yourself Some Grace
We all make mistakes, and that’s okay! Instead of beating yourself up, show some grace and
compassion. Part of living a fuller life is learning to accept ourselves, flaws and all.
If you’re finding it difficult to show yourself some love, try thinking of a time when someone
else showed you compassion. Now, extend that same compassion to yourself. It’s a simple
but powerful way to start living a fuller life.
Be Thankful for What You Have
Perspective is everything when searching for a life of happiness and fulfillment. When we
take the time to appreciate the good things in our lives, it’s easier to see the positives. One
of the best ways to improve your outlook is to focus on gratitude.
Start each day by thinking of a few things you’re thankful for. It could be as simple as a good
cup of coffee or something heartfelt like the blessings of God. By practicing gratitude, you’ll
soon find it’s easier to focus on the good – even when things are tough.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to show gratitude towards others, too! A simple ‘thank you’ or asking
a meaningful question can go a long way.
Final Thoughts On Living a Fuller Life
When embarking on the journey of living a fuller life, remember that it’s a marathon, not a
sprint. A life of happiness and fulfillment will appear different for everyone, and there is no
benchmark to reach. For you, a full life may mean enjoying the little things and taking time to
appreciate the good moments. And that’s perfectly okay!
The most important thing is to be gentle with yourself and to enjoy the journey. After all, life
is a beautiful adventure, so don’t let it pass you by. Take small steps towards your goal, and
you’ll be reaping the benefits of living life to the fullest in no time.
In a recent episode of my podcast, Boldly Pursuing with Caitlin Henderson, I had the
pleasure of interviewing Anjuli Paschall, author of the amazing book AWAKE. Come and join
us as we talk all about life and what living life to the fullest means to us!