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!