How To Take Life Less Seriously

how to take life less seriously

I was thinking of how to take life less seriously for my own purposes and decided it would make a great post to share with everyone.

Life can really drag you down with hectic schedules and loads of responsibilities, but ever notice how some people seem to be having the time of their lives while others of us are barely making it through each day?

What is their secret?

Actually, it isn’t a secret, and if you Google “how to take life less seriously” you will find lots of suggestions that really do work.

The key here is that you must change your habits. If you are super serious all the time, then you simply cannot continue down the same path if you want to change your outlook. Below are four habits you can incorporate into your life today that will begin to affect you before bedtime.

Seriously…..ok, bad choice of words.

For our purposes here, I am going to focus on the things that work for me personally. These are the methods I can personally endorse, although many others might work wonderfully for you as well.

1. Be in the Present

If you live in the past or the future all the time, then you will probably be in a constant state of worry about things that have already happened or might happen in somewhere down the line. Try to be present in the moment and let everything else fall away. Yes, you must plan for your future and learn from your past, but give these things some consideration and then put them away.

2. Include Funny Books and Movies in Your Life

Nothing raises your spirits and gives you a light feeling better than some good humor. You can also seek out any other activities that makes you laugh. (I also like to spend time with people who make me laugh.)

3. Imagine Stressful Situations Differently

I know this is an old one, but imagine mean people in their underwear. That can actually make you laugh rather than get angry. Another good one is to imagine them as a small child throwing a fit. Or even better….imagine both at the same time.

4. Don’t Overthink Things

I am SO GUILTY of this one! I overthink EVERYTHING!

However, the biggest problem with overthinking is that it leads to worrying. In fact, overthinking and worrying go hand in hand and are sometimes difficult to separate.

In order to stop overthinking (a.k.a. worrying) you will need to first make the decision to stop and then stop yourself every time you realize you are doing it. I know that sounds painstaking, but most of us can do it through practice if we work at it. Remember, all that practice is what made you an overthinker in the first place.

In conclusion, I would like to close with this quote by Abraham Lincoln:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

This is So TRUE!

Be More Instead of Having More

be more instead of having more

Be More Instead of Having More

It’s hard to embrace minimalism or the simple life in many ways.

For example, the other day I decided to look online for a Kavu pack. I had thought about getting one for some time, but didn’t want to pay the price for one and also wasn’t completely sure I would use it that much.

So I sat staring at me computer (off and on) for a couple hours while I deliberated on whether or not to add this item to my closet when I am trying so hard to actually eliminate things instead.

I know I am not the only person who has this problem.

Getting rid of the clutter in your life sounds great until you have to go item by item to make decisions, right? You think you can eliminate about half the stack, but after considering each item you only eliminate about a quarter of it.

One Easy Trick To Cut Clutter Even More

I have one little trick I use on myself (and my husband and kids) that works like a charm. Well, it’s not really a trick actually. But it moves the process along for us and helps us stay of track.

I always tell myself is this:

If I ever need this item again I can always go buy another one!

Duh….I’m sure we all know that, but sometimes I need to remind myself of this.

Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference. At least for me.

In a culture that is addicted to “stuff” I find myself being overly materialistic just like everyone else. We were all raised in the same toxic environment of “give me more”.

However, even though my journey has recently begun, I find that I already feel freer just by getting rid of one to two bags of useless stuff each week.

I also feel like I am putting more importance on people and relationships than finding, buying, cleaning, and storing stuff. That makes me a better person in general, and definitely a better wife and mother.

Be More

If you want to be more in life (and I mean “more” in the minimalist way), then you must learn to love people over things. The problem is that most of us already think we do that, even if we don’t.

If asked straight out, most people are NOT going to say, ” I love my things more than my friends and family.” But we all know that many people do. Some people would literally give up their spouse before their lavish home and cars.

You know some of those people. We all do.

Conclusion

You are more than the stuff you own. You are more than what naysayers think of you.

We all want to make a positive impact on the world. We want it to be a better place because we were once here.

Today is a good time to get started making that happen.

So do it today –  be more.

(By the way, I bought the Kavu pack because I realized it fulfilled a need that none of my other bags did. But I got rid of three bags I already had.)