How to Live Life to Its Fullest

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Let me directly ask you – do you live life to its fullest? Or do you feel there are many things that you still need to do.

I know that some of you’re going to say that you aren’t living life to the fullest because there are so many things you desire to possess, places you wish to visit, and people you want to meet.

With so many expectations you feel that you can never really live life to its fullest.

But life is full of surprises and suspense. You don’t always get what you plan for in life, and sometimes the day you wait for never comes.

I remember this wonderful quote from the movie Forrest Gump that goes like this –

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” ~ Tom Hanks.

You can’t wait for any particular day or occasion to feel that you’re living life to the fullest.

In-fact, you need to take each day of your life as a new chapter you read of a book – a new page every day. That’s really how to live life to its fullest. Are you doing that?

The meaning of your life is what you make or create every day with your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Every person is given 24 hours a day – no more, no less, for as long as they live on this planet. However, people live as though they’ll be here forever.

Though you shouldn’t live in fear or worry about dying, but those wanting to live life to its fullest should determine what they really value and live with intention.

Or else, they’re destined to struggle through and waste the days.

Don’t blame people if things aren’t the way you want them to be. It’s your life, your choice, and your decision. So, choose wisely.

“Make every day your masterpiece.” ~ John Wooden

5 Ways to Live Life to its Fullest

There are certain things you can do to live life to the fullest. Though the list is an endless one, but here I’d share just a few ways that I feel make a difference.

1- Live each day

I’ve always believed in living in the moment, the present, the NOW, and I’m sure most of you must know that because I keep repeating it so often.

You need to live each day as if it were your last, and live it to the fullest. Just like they say – yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.

Don’t hang onto the past, nor stress out about the mistakes you’ve made – take them in your stride and learn from them.

Each day brings forth new opportunities, it’s a new start with options waiting to be explored. So, be present to enjoy each passing moment. Do you do that?

2- Find your purpose in life

Your physical life started when you were born, but your real life starts when you discover your purpose. What is the purpose or mission statement for your life?

Mine is to help people by touching their lives in more ways than one, and help them achieve their highest potential so that they live their best lives.

All of you are here for a purpose, but how many of you really know and understand your purpose in life? So, you need to find something that gives meaning to your life.

It could be your parent, children, spouse, grandparent, friend, teacher or neighbor. Or it could also be your work, occupation, or something outside your work that makes a difference to others.

The meaning of your life is what you have to decide. Once you find something to live for, you will live better. Set your goals and move towards them by taking small steps, one at a time.

3- Remain positive

It’s rightly said that if you focus on good thoughts – good things will happen. The Law of Attraction surely works here. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just be, say, think, and do positive things.

I know it’s not always easy and we all do tend to think negative at times. Let those thoughts come and go, and like they say it’s all in the mind. You have the power to change your negatives to positives.

Try resolving the root cause of any bad or negative thoughts, and cancel each one with a positive affirmation. With time, you will feel better.

Look to the brighter side of life, and remember that things could’ve been worse than they are now. Look at the glass as half full, instead of seeing it as half empty.

4- Appreciate the little things in life

Stop rushing through life and stop a while to appreciate things around you. See or do things in a way that you’ve never experienced or done before.

Just open your eyes and heart and find the beauty in the smallest of things that surround you. Be part of something you believe in and find meaningful.

Take a fresh look at the clouds, the sunrise and sunset. Or see the beauty in the plants, tress, flowers, and how they sway when the wind blows.

Observe the various forms of life like the insects, animals, birds, and humans. When you do all of this, it clears off the monotony that kills the joy of living.

Don’t do things for the sake of doing them or because you have to do them, instead do it because you love or want to do them.

Also, take nothing for granted. Instead, appreciate those around you, whether they are your family, friends, pets, house, or the world. So, appreciate them while you have them.

5- Listen to your heart and soul

Listen to advice, but remain confident in making your own decisions. Listen to your own heart and soul because that seldom goes wrong. Use your instincts – don’t let others tell you what to do.

Don’t let desires, obsessions, and possessions possess you – free yourself from them. Hear your inner voice, and if need be accept change and adjust to life, taking it as a positive change.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

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What YOU Can Do to Live Life to its Fullest

Some more steps that YOU can take for living life to the fullest –

  • Be yourself. Be true to yourself and know your inner self.
  • Stop complaining.
  • Be proactive.
  • Accept yourself without judging yourself if you really want to live life to its fullest. Because if you judge yourself, you limit yourself, and if you do that, you aren’t living life to the fullest.
  • Instead of thinking ‘what if’, think, ‘next time’.
  • Live more consciously every day.
  • Discover your values and hold yourself to the highest conduct.
  • Create your bucket list, and then try to achieve them. Remember, you live only once!
  • Do the things that you love doing, because life’s too precious to be spent doing anything else.
  • Discover your passion in life and try making your passions a full-fledged career, and then pursue it.
  • Learn from criticism and mistakes, and don’t fear your failures.
  • Focus first on what you want, before thinking of how to do it. Anything is possible, provided you are determined and put your mind, heart, and soul to it.
  • Stop worrying, whether about money or about what others will think about you.
  • Work to live rather than live to work.
  • Concentrate and be grateful for what you have, instead of what you don’t have.
  • Make time for your family and friends because they aren’t going to be with you forever.
  • Learn to let go of those people or things that pull you down, discourage you, or make you unhappy.
  • Nurture the ones you love, and experience the magical feeling of love. Rekindle the love in your marriage and relationships.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Smile more and be happy.
  • Keep a journal to self-reflect.
  • Forgive those who hurt you. Yes, it’s tough initially, but it’s the only thing that eventually makes you happier.
  • Give back, and be selfless in your service to others.
  • Lastly, never give up! Don’t accept defeat, even if it seems like it’s the only option you’ve left. Remember, things take time, so remain patient.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy; but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” ~Leo Rosten

I think living life to the fullest doesn’t mean spending more or less of money. It doesn’t mean buying expensive things, or buying cheap ones. It doesn’t involve anything about spending money at all!

Remember, it’s not always about the money – sometimes you have lots of money and yet you’re not able to live to the fullest.

To live life to its fullest for me involves learning something new and doing something constructive and worthwhile. It involves stretching my emotions and trying to understand things as others see it.

A great life just doesn’t happen – it’s created. If you want to live life to the fullest, you need to take specific steps to make it all happen.

The choice is always yours. You can either sit there and do what you’ve always done and get the results you’ve always got, or you can start with a new beginning by starting today to live a better life. It’s up to you.

So, if you aren’t living life its fullest – act NOW! We live only once, so let’s life our lives in excellence 🙂

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” ~ Grandma Moses

Over to you

Are there things you’ve put off that you need to be doing? Or are you pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest? Share more ways how you live life to its fullest in the comments.

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  1. Shalu

    June 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This is so true. In fact living life to the fullest is extremely important. Sometimes, you feel old age is creeping on you like grime and will smoother you and shortly everything will be all over.

    So life has to be enjoyed to the fullest. I whole heartedly agree with you about all the points.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Hi Shalu,

      Yes – it IS, though most of us don’t realize this fact, or realize it after long or when it’s too late, and as you said when old age creeps in.

      I guess if we live life to its fullest we at least have that satisfaction that we’ve done and tried our bit – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views.

  2. Oluwaseun Babajide

    June 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Leena,

    Do I live life to its fullest? YES.

    For now I think I have done it all. What I want to start now is more traveling and India is already on my list for next year!

    When you have good family, friends, husband/wife etc what more is it to life than? I always appreciate these wonderful people in my life. This is what I call living life to the MAX!

    Thanks for sharing this. 🙂
    Thank you,
    Seun

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Hi Seun,

      I’m so glad to hear that 🙂

      And I think with the new bundle of joy in your family – you have all the more reason to do so! I still have to reach that level of complete satisfaction myself, but I’m gradually getting there I think. Oh yes…you did mention your love for travelling in your earlier post, and that in itself is a great way to live life to its fullest as you explore and discover new places, and enjoy them.

      I agree with you there – it’s the people around us and the relationships we share with them that makes all the difference to our lives. What more could we ask for 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  3. Jan Koch

    June 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I totally agree with you. I try to focus as much on the present as possible since I recently saw a research about mind-wandering.

    As we let go of the present situation and concentrate on something different, most people feel unhappy. When I remember it correctly it is, because our mind gets attracted by fears like ‘what if this won’t work?’.

    That’s why your tips in this post are so valuable! In fact I’m just building an online business to live more than to work, and it feels awesome.

    Taking action and getting rid of things pulling you down is really important, regardless of your monetary situation. I’m making less money right now and still feel happier and more confident about my future.

    Best regards,
    Jan

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Welcome to the blog Jan!

      Glad you could resonate so well with the post 🙂

      You’re absolutely right, and that’s what exactly happens! The unknown fear of ‘what might happen’ often are the ones that grip our mind, because we let our mind wander away from the present to the future, or even to the past – we actually forget to live in the NOW or present, which is SO important. I myself am guilty sometimes of this too.

      Nice to hear more about your online business, and I’m sure its going to be a nice one as it’s concerned with living more than anything else. I agree with you there – money does matter, but where we have to choose between living a happier life with less money as compared to having lots of money and no happiness – I would choose the former too 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post 🙂

  4. Andrew Freed

    June 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    First, thank you for this post. It was what I needed to start me off on a positive note today.
    I don’t focus on the present as much as I should, I am a dreamer at heart, but I am taking steps to maximize my now.

    I like the “next time” focus instead of the “what if.” It really helps me take steps to prepare. I love the 2nd time around!

    I am living life according to my purpose and it is ever unfolding. Each day is like a step in a journey that takes me closer to God, and my dreams.

    Thanks again
    Warmest regards,
    Andrew

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Welcome to the blog Andrew!

      Ah…nice to know that and I’m glad your day took off on a good note too 🙂

      You’re surely not alone if you don’t yet live life to its fullest because most of us sail in the same boat. But I like the fact about you being a dreamer because when you dream is when you also build on what you want to achieve and your goals. Though yes, a little of that and more of doing what needs to be done by being in the present is what we all need.

      A life lived with purpose IS a meaningful life and it surely does take you closer to the Almighty.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  5. Evan

    June 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Living life to the fullest? Always be careful in what you do though! But me, yeah, me, I did a triple back flip off the highest diving board today! Thanks to this article to live life to its fullest every single day! If you read this page, y’all understand that you throw yourself into your life, body and soul, after reading this article! You take great beliefs after reading!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Hi Evan,

      It’s a great feat you achieved on the diving board, and I’m sure you felt great too in that moment. However, you’re right in that you do not have to go to extremes and try out wild things to live life to its fullest! Of course, you need to be very careful regards that.

      Living fully involves creating a balance between your body, mind, and soul and getting fully immersed in the moment.

      I’m glad you could take home some ideas and beliefs to live fully.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  6. B k chowla

    June 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Each one of us has just one life to live and the only way to live is to live lie to the fullest.
    There can not be a prescription for it,but,each one must look positively ahead to ensure in whatever manner one can,is that person next to her/ him gets to live life to its fullest

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Hi BK,

      Absolutely! But as I mentioned earlier that even though we know of this, we forget to live life to its fullest, until we are made to realize it or realize it ourselves.

      I agree that there’s no fixed formula for all and what suits one might not be suitable for another. But we all need to find what works best for us and take it up from there.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  7. Debbie

    June 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Excellent advice Harleena!

    The older I get , the more I try to do this, because, life is short and as you said, we only live once. This is a banner year for us, in that I will be fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Greece. It has been on my “bucket list” since childhood and I can still hardly believe it’s finally going to happen! 😀 To do it in celebration of our 40th anniversary is equally unreal. I used to be one of those “live to work” people and it was a stressful situation. Life is much better now!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      I can understand what you mean because I feel the same way too and I think such thoughts come more with age for most of us.

      Moments of life never return and if you can understand that you live only once so live life to the fullest – you can life a better life. Ah…visiting Greece – that would indeed be wonderful, and I’m sure you’d have a lovely time for your 40th anniversary. What more could you ask for 🙂

      I guess I need to take lessons from you and begin lessening down my work and taking life as it comes so that I enjoy it more – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  8. Dwayne Castle

    June 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I like the suggestion about adhering to morals and highest code of conduct. To take it further, I find that too many people, (previously myself included), veer from those things that are “principles” we hold (kindness, integrity, faith, etc..) because in the moment there is an instant gratification for us. If, however, we would hold fast to that which is true and good, the delayed gratification is much more potent and rewarding than the cheap thrill we nearly purchased at the cost of our own selves.

  9. Joanne Duong

    June 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Great post Harleena!

    Being proactive is so important if you really want to live life. I use to always tell myself, some day I’ll do this or some day I’ll do that but I learned you can’t wait for things to happen. You just gotta be proactive and make things happen. Just do it! 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Welcome to the blog, Joanne!

      You’re absolutely right – the right approach to live fullest is to be proactive by living life every moment. I remember my parents always teaching me that do today what you planned for tomorrow. And what you thought to do later in the day, do it now! Making the most of the moment gives you satisfaction, don’t you too feel so?

      Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the post. 🙂

  10. Babanature

    June 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    I am living life to the best of the best-est way i can. Life is sweet, life is beautiful, life is full of wonders that if you sit down you might not see…

    One thing i love doing and its my naturality, is always be yourself and tell the truth even if it’ll hurt you. And believe you me, my boy is giving me all the joy i need and we are both living our lives to the fullest…

    Thanks for this wonderful post and i hope you’re having a nice vacation trip? 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Babanature,

      I like that and I’m happy to hear that you ARE living the real life dear friend 🙂

      Yes indeed, life IS beautiful and full of twists and turns – that’s what makes it so interesting and live-able. Sadly though, most of us realize this so late in our lives.

      I agree with you there – be who you are, without trying to imitate someone else and being true to yourself and others is of utmost importance.

      I know how much you love your son and it’s so nice to see both of you bond so well and live life to the fullest.

      Oh yes – I’m on the tail-end of my vacation now and loving each moment of it, so taking it a little slow on other things and social media.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  11. M Nirmal Anandh

    June 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks for sharing such a great & interesting post. Always you are killing(Killer Post) your readers with, such a awesome post. Hats off to you always………

    According to my point of view, there is no one in the world, live their life to its fullest. By following your given facts, we can try to achieve, life to its fullest.

    I like the point, “Listen to your heart & soul”. It’s the truth, we have to follow this to lead our life better.

    Harleena, I hope to see your guest post on my blog soon.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Nirmal,

      Ah…thanks for your kind words of appreciation, and I’m glad you liked this post on how to live life to its fullest 🙂

      I thought that too, but a few of our friends here are living their life to the fullest which I feel is commendable. I guess I still need to reach that level of satisfaction as yet.

      I think when we listen to our heart and soul we can never really go wrong because that’s what we can best connect to.

      That’s so kind of you to ask me to guest post for your blog. But honestly speaking, I haven’t yet started writing guest posts, but whenever I do start off with you’d surely get to know and perhaps then I’d write one for your blog too, though I’ve already got a long list of people asking me to guest post for their blogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  12. Suhas

    June 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Harleena

    As always this is a very useful and detailed post. I can really understand that commitment while writing that you show because you posts have always been truly detailed.

    The top five points that you have mentioned have made me happy because I follow all of them. I do not mean to say that I am living life to the fullest but yes I live a positive life and never had complaints about life.

    Thanks for working hard to remind us about good things that make our life better but we usually forget about them.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Suhas,

      Glad you liked the post, and yes, I do like to give my readers the best of information through my posts so that it helps them in some way or the other 🙂

      Nice to know that you are already following these ways to live life to the fullest, and I think if you are trying your best to reach somewhere nearby too its good. I think when you see things in a positive way without holding any grudges or complaints, you are living a good life.

      That’s what happens I think, and we often forget to live our lives to the fullest as we think more about our future or the past and don’t live in the moment. I just hope this post helps people realize this and get better.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  13. Liz

    June 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is such an important reminder for all of us. It’s so easy for all of us to forget to live our lives to the fullest.

    Every day I read the Serenity Prayer on my wall that reminds me of this.

    It’s not the first four lines of the prayer that we’re all familiar with, it’s the rest of the poem that I love:

    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    As it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    If I surrender to His Will;
    So that I may be reasonabley happy in this life
    And supremely happy with Him
    Forever and ever in the next.

    Liz 🙂

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      Harleena Singh

      June 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Liz,

      It sure is, and that includes me too 🙂

      That’s such a lovely poem and I think you’re lucky to go through this prayer on your wall. Reminds me to take a print out for my room too – thanks so much for sharing this with us.

      It’s all so beautifully said in these lines – that we should do our best to live life to its fullest but leave the rest to Him and his decisions, and we have no control over that – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post 🙂

  14. Ashley Porter

    June 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I think those are all good tips Harleena! I like being optimistic and journaling (although I could do it more often). I was 25 when I realized 5 years had flashed before me so quickly and to start to live life with more purpose and enjoyment.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Hi Ashley,

      Glad you liked these tips on how to live life to its fullest 🙂

      I can well understand what you mean by life passing by so quickly and realization coming in so late – don’t we all go through that phase. I’m glad you found your life’s purpose and are living it to the fullest.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Ahsan

    June 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    I think to live in fullest is very important. We need to maintain a peaceful & happy life Life is once. So we need to enjoy in fullest where we get peace & happy life.

    I enjoy all the points where you said how to enjoy life in fullest. Everyone has to enjoy life in fullest to get highest satisfaction.

    Anyway I always love reading your post as you add lots of beautiful quotes.

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      Harleena Singh

      June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Ahsan,

      It absolutely IS 🙂

      When we live life to its fullest we are more at peace and that brings us happiness indeed.

      Glad you like the quotes and I cannot do without adding a few of them in all my posts too.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  16. Allison Ingram

    June 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I so badly need this today. Reading such post motivates me to strive the best that I can be each day. Thank you!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Allison,

      Glad this post could be of use to you, and I hope you could gather some good tips on how to live life to its fullest as well. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  17. Bren

    June 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

    This is awesome Harleena!

    How often do I tell my hubs, let’s do it now while we can for tomorrow can be gone in a blink of an eye. Life is definitely to short to put things off. If you have the means to do it today, by all means do it! I try to remain as positive as possible however the drama at my job gets me down daily any more. I try to step away and it tends to follow. Yuk! But I am working for that day when I work at home and no longer have to deal with the egocentric any more. There’s also some girly growing pains I’m going through and I do complain about those a bit but I also make jokes about them. If you don’t joke about some things, you’ll just shrivel up and cry.

    Live for today for you never know what tomorrow holds, if anything at all.

    Great post gf. Makes one think!

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      Harleena Singh

      June 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Bren,

      Glad you liked the post and could relate to it too 🙂

      You’re so right to think that ways, something that we all need to do too. Tomorrow might not ever come and you might just keep waiting for it lifelong. I wish more of us would realize this simple fact, and live life to its fullest, instead of living in the past or the future.

      Ah…that’s what pulls me down too – the work load and the daily pressures and stresses of life. I know of those pains as I’ve read about them at your blog – I wish they get alright with time, but till they do, the pain remains and if you can laugh it all through it, you’d be better off, rather than cry about things that aren’t in your hands.

      Today IS what matters, and it’s these passing moments that we all need to treasure and value before they too pass.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post 🙂

  18. Viola Tam

    June 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I really like the themes of living in the moment and not rushing through life. There is one ONE life to live as we are not cats! Living it to the fullest is so meaningful. It is a shame that many people do live life by fitting into another person’s agenda!

    “Be yourself”!! This is so important! Ladies in particular, when are we giving ourselves permission to shine? In order to be truly happy, we need to honour our own self 🙂

    Awesome sharing, Harleena! THANK YOU 🙂

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum

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      Harleena Singh

      June 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Viola,

      Nice to know that you liked the post and could relate to it too 🙂

      Yes indeed, we are all given just this ONE life, and it makes sense that we learn to live life to its fullest before it just passes us by. I wish more of us would realize this fact and learn to live each moment by taking it as our last.

      So true – being yourself is of utmost importance, for anyone for that matter. We need to concentrate on being happy being ourselves and loving ourselves for who we are.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  19. Ashutosh

    June 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    A wonderful post putting the deep insights about life in a very simple way. You are right, we get so busy in running behind the big things that we forget that happiness is not dependent on its small or big objectification. It is like the deer running around behind the sweet smell of kasturi, without realising that it is not outside but deep within our own selves.

    I have seen the most affluent people grudging about everything in their life, as if they have planned and committed themselves never to remain happy. It not only troubles them but also troubles the people around us.

    On the other hand, I have even being with some people who don’t have much in material sense but they are happy and content in themselves.

    Thanks for sharing your insights and letting us give a chance to think why can’t we be happy!

    Thanks
    Ashutosh Kasera

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Ashutosh,

      Glad you liked the post and could resonate with it 🙂

      Yes indeed, we do get too busy that we often forget to live life to its fullest. We either tend to live in the past or into the future, and in turn fail to live in the present or the now.

      Ah…I liked your example of the deer 🙂 Oh yes…we have so many types of people, those who remain happy with little, and those who complain about any and everything – with such people it becomes more of a habit with time if they don’t keep a check on it. And yes, their troubles also affect people around them – it’s brought upon by themselves, or they asked for it.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  20. Corina Ramos

    June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Wonderful post Harleena and filled with excellent advice!

    I was just telling my husband the other day how much we’re enjoying life now than when we were younger.

    When we were in our 20’s we were nesting and just starting our family. In our thirties we settled in our careers and worked hard while raising four kids.

    Now that the kids are young adults we have more time for ourselves and can take little trips here and there. We’re having so much fun now and living life to the fullest.

    Your advice is right on. I practice most of these (still a work in progress 🙂 ) like staying positive, not worrying, and working to live…that’s the best one for me 🙂

    Thank you for this post Harleena! Have a great day!

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Corina,

      Nice to know that you liked the post and could relate to it 🙂

      I guess your enjoyment might be because your kids are a little grown up now, though there are other hassles with teens around 😉 But yes, overall you mature and learn to love each other through the years, which bonds you better – isn’t it?

      Oh yes…starting out to know each other takes time, especially if you are a newlywed couple. Then with the kids and career to take care of, you are forever juggling between them and rarely find time for yourselves. I guess you and me sail in the same boat where our kids are concerned, though my younger one is as old as your eldest one I guess – but they still need us around, don’t they?

      That’s great indeed! One can’t really do everything, but one can keep learning to get there and take it one step at a time. Yes – work to live, not the other way round, and start taking life a little easy.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  21. Hannah

    June 27, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Very warm and inspiring post. The part about finding your purpose in life really spoke to me. I always thought my purpose was to be successful in my career. Then I met my amazing husband and things changed…slightly. I’m now expecting our second baby and I work part time from home. Not exactly what I expected for myself 10 years ago, but I couldn’t be happier!

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Welcome to the blog Hannah!

      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      I guess we tend to think that our purpose of life is something different than it actually is, and it often takes a person or a reason for a change of thoughts about the same. And that’s when realization sets in.

      Nice to know more about you, and I wish you the best with your second one on the way. All the happiness for you and your family. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  22. Carol B

    June 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Hi Harleena, Love this post!

    I can’t say that every day I live life to the fullest, but every day, I make the effort. One thing I really need to work on is to have confidence in myself. Oh, and to stop complaining when things don’t go my way! But seriously, I learned a lot when my son went through a life threatening illness. That experience taught me that you really do need to take what each individual day offered, and enjoy it as best as possible. And yes, I have created a bucket list – mine is for travel, as that is what I love to do. And I love having my boys explore other cultures. Happy day!

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Carol,

      Nice to know that you liked this post 🙂

      Absolutely!Making an effort to live life to its fullest is enough because we know we tried our best. Ah…I guess most of us do complain, and once in a while it’s alright too, or else how do we show our feelings if we don’t like something.

      I agree with you, sometimes life teaches us a lot, and in your case, your son’s illness perhaps taught all of you to live life to its fullest by making the best of each day, which is God sent.

      I know you love travelling, and I’m sure it must be a lot of fun to visit and see new places each time, or just the fact that all of you are together is enjoyable in itself.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  23. Joe Hart

    June 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I can’t tell you how much motivating this is. Truly inspiring. You just made my day. I think every now and then everyone needs to analyze their perspective of life. I will from now on think ‘Next time’ instead of ‘What if’.Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Joe,

      Nice to know that the post inspired and motivated you 🙂

      Ah..yes..do try the ‘next time’ formula instead of the ‘what if’ that most of us tend to think. It does make a differnce.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  24. Mayura

    June 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for being late to comment dear. Hope I’m not too late 😉

    Love the facts and steps you mentioned in this post 🙂 Especially “Instead of thinking ‘what if’, think, ‘next time’”. They aren’t complex either. I believe in simplicity 🙂

    I know, waiting is not the way to go. Reminds me the story of busy dad. If we live in the present, we make best out of it and never regret 🙂 Even within limitations, you can be satisfactory when you are happy with what you have got. Sometimes people really stuck in past and make lives miserable, no? The thing is people know what’s the right thing to do, but they simply don’t 🙂 BTW yet I believe the best days are yet to come for me and it’s when I can do many things I ever wanted in my life with my loving ones 🙂

    I always believe it’s our choices create our life stories Harleena. Even when it comes to things we have no control, we can make a change and get away with it.

    My purpose of life is helping needy ones as I can and make ’em happy Harleena 🙂 It makes me happy too. Sometimes it can be me who need me the most too. If someone stealing from us, we feel sad. But when we made our mind to give away something, we feel happy. It’s our attitude. Isn’t it? 🙂

    Finally, I believe it’s a matter of perspectives Harleena. Some people always look at the bright side while others asks why they born to this World.

    You have a joyful week dear 🙂

    Cheers…

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Mayura,

      You are never late dear friend 🙂

      I know you like simplicity, which is like me too. I think if we spend our time in thinking of the ifs and buts in life, we really can’t live life to its fullest – isn’t it? We need to move ahead and think of what’s ahead and take it up from there.

      Nice to know that you still remember that story of the Father who had no time. Yes, we DO need to live in the now, though think a wee bit about the immediate future, but that’s just so that we know what’s planned out or what we need to do tomorrow.

      I agree with you there – people mostly know the right from wrong, yet they don’t live life the way they are supposed to because they have unknown fears that are linked to their past lives or other problems.

      Of course – your best days are yet to come, and I look forward to seeing you married and have lots of kids! 😉 You are the master of your life and how you live it – all depends on you totally. We are who we think we are, so rightly said – isn’t it?

      I know you have a very kind and noble heart, and that’s what makes you so special. It isn’t easy to reach out and help people selflessly, but I know so many wonderful people like you who are doing it, so that’s living a life of purpose according to me.

      Yes – there are both sides of the coin – some people take each day as their last and live with gratitude, while others live each moment cursing their lives. It all depends from one person to another.

      Thanks for stopping by and adding so much more to the post. Have a nice week ahead as well 🙂

  25. Emmanuel

    June 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Live each day! That’s the point that struck me hard. Now wonder your blog is Aha-NOW.
    Living the NOW moment is of course very paramount but with respect to whether I’m loving life, I guess not and this post has really come in handy.

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      Harleena Singh

      July 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Absolutely! I DO believe in living life each day and live it to its fullest too. I guess you can relate that with the blog’s name being Aha-NOW 🙂

      Don’t worry if you aren’t loving now as yet, sometimes it takes some time before you start getting it’s essence. Rome wasn’t built in a day – was it? So, hold and wait on, the time will come.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.:)

  26. Sylviane Nuccio

    June 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Well, I had a comment already this morning but after 3 tries it didn’t go through, and for a reason too long to explain I couldn’t saved it.

    To live in the moment is very important. As a matter of fact if we don’t know how or forget to live in the moment, life will pass us by and we will only be left with regrets and lack of achievements.

    Thank you for those great reminders of living life as we should.

  27. Samir

    June 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Hi Harleena!
    This is one topic very close to my natural frequency. OR I resonate with it 😛
    Anyway, when doing my Integrated MSc in Physics at IIT Kharagpur, I realized that waiting was not an option to live my dreams. I knew what I wanted – to understand the Universe as well as I could – and had gained enough confidence to go for it. A few months later I had come up with enough results to go ahead and live my dream of discovering the beauty of the Universe without relying on or having the excuse of a regular job. The funny thing is, most people I’ve come across think they have to get somewhere to be happy. Why not enjoy the journey itself? I say we all should have the confidence to start living our dreams rather than pursuing them!

  28. Theodore Nwangene

    June 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hi Leena,

    I agree with you on what you said about living each day as if it’s your last day. This life is only one and it does not have a duplicate so, its good to live it to the fullest knowing that one day, we will all depart.

    Yes, its also very advisable to always be positive because, I’ve noticed that most of the time, we’re usually the ones that always causes problems for ourselves from the way we think and what we feeds our mind with.

    If you’re always feeding your mind with fears the, you will always be afraid. There are no two ways about it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us and, have a pleasant weekend 🙂

  29. Mary Stephenson

    June 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Hi Harleena

    Great post and a much needed reminder to get with some action. Go in and out of slumps at time. Things are just not moving fast enough in the right direction. Got to put all the negatives aside and go with the flow each day. Had a project and it was not going as planned, needed to pull the plug on it. Days shot, so had to regroup, but now I need to get up to the momentum I had before. May be I shall just chill out for a few days to feel better, before I hit the next phase.

    But thanks for the reminder about living life to the fullest, I think I needed a wake up call today.

    Mary

  30. Gladys

    June 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Hello Ms. Harleena

    I hope you are well.
    As always your articles are so inspiring for all of us that visit your site.
    I personally Live One day at a Time, always with goals for “tomorrow”, but enjoying the “moment”. I do have places I would like to visit, like every state in the United States, but I do not sweat it. I cannot allow negative things to consume my mind. As I get older, I am discovering what is really important. I love creating memories with my children, grandchildren and friends.
    Thank you so much…. so inspiring

    Gladys recently posted Five Help Tips To Help You With Apathy

  31. Adrienne

    June 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

    As I was reading this Harleena I was trying to find something that I could add to this. Okay, probably the only thing is to not beat yourself up if you haven’t found your life purpose yet. I didn’t realize what mine was until I was over 50. By the way, ours is about the same. 😉

    But you really have done an excellent job sharing with us how to live life to the fullest and just be happy. I know that most people feel there is some hidden formula to this when it really is just this simple.

    As I always tell people, life is about choices so you can choose to be happy or you can stay in your miserable existence but it’s up to you. It’s how you react to the things around you and once you finally get this then your life can truly change.

    Thank you Harleena for sharing this with us. What a fabulous guide.

    ~Adrienne

  32. Carolyn

    June 29, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is pure inspiration, Harleena. Such an important post because everyone should be following this advice. Know what your life’s purpose is and take these steps to follow them.

    A great life just doesn’t happen – it’s created. So true, Harleena, yet most people don’t even know where to start. You have provided the road map here for everyone to follow.

    I’m thinking your holiday must be inspiring you, Harleena. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

  33. clara54

    June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome reminders, Harleena!

    Living with intent every single day.

    Blessings,
    Clara.

  34. Johan Bengtsson

    June 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    So true Harleena, you only have one life, always try to make the most out of it.

  35. Arleen

    July 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Why be alive if you are not going to live life to the fullest. I don’t think you left anything out in your post. I find I do not have enough time in a day to do the things I want to do. I enjoy life and appreciate being here. I am a breast cancer survivor so everyday is a new opportunity. Yes as you age you have more aches and pains but you know you are alive if you can feel them. After you start moving around they start to subside and it is time to start living in the moment. You can never get that moment back.

  36. Sue Neal

    July 2, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Hi Harleena – a lovely post, which hits the nail on the head. I agree absolutely with all your points. I’ve found keeping a reflective journal really helpful, and just working to become more mindful, more self-aware. Being truly grateful and appreciative of what you have, and not grasping after lots of other stuff – also accepting yourself, and accepting other people as they are, not moaning all the time and wishing things could be different. Your point about not complaining is crucial – when we’re busy bemoaning our lot, we often fail to see the beauty around us.

    I think it helps, too, to reflect on our death – to keep reminding ourselves that this is it, we won’t be here for long – that really focuses the mind 🙂 I read a post on another blog a while back, which suggested we should treat everyone we meet as if they don’t have long to live – I often think about that. None of us knows how long we have on this earth – so we’d better make the most of it. Thanks for reminding us of that, Harleena 🙂

    Sue

  37. Navid Moazzez

    July 3, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Really great and valuable post, thanks for sharing! I think we should live each day like it would be our last, and this became even more true when my brother past away a few months ago. I used to make up stupid excuses and not getting things done, but I can’t afford to do that anymore, so instead I just started to take massive action in the right direction and focus on the things I want the most in life and the people around me. So from now on I want to really live my life to the fullest and do my best to inspire and help other people as much as I can as well with what I do.

    Again, thanks for sharing this awesome post 🙂

    Navid

  38. Sanjeev

    July 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I completely agree with your list of first 5 for the following reasons:

    Live each day – as if it is the last day of your life.

    Find your purpose in life – that is why HE gave you life.

    Remain positive – it is the only thing that ADDS to life.

    Appreciate the little things in life – It is only the little things that completely fill up the container. Big things tend to leave lots of gaps.

    Listen to your heart and soul – You are only heart and soul.

  39. Nate Leung

    July 10, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I agree with living life to the fullest and live by this rule myself. Appreciate the little things in life, and stop complaining is a way to do so. I also think it’s important to discover your passion in life and try making your passions a full-fledged career, and then pursue it. When you start concentrating on being grateful for what you have, instead of what you don’t have life is more meaningful. This is a great article, keep up the good work.

  40. Jessica Sweet

    August 12, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for this post! It is really easy to get caught up with the things that seem important in the moment, but really aren’t. These are not just the tiny things, like getting stuck in traffic, but also bigger things like all the “shoulds” we feel.

    I help people turn their passion into their career, and when the focus shifts from what they feel like they have to to or what’s holding them back, to the possibilities that exist, it is an amazing thing to see! You can really start to live to the fullest when you focus on the possibilities!

  41. Rachit Aggarwal

    December 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Good and Motivating read on Monday morning.However, I beg to disagree on the point that your real life starts when you discover your purpose.

    Another school of thought says that It is difficult to find the purpose in life, so live with the flow. Learn from the river which flows in a direction it gets and nourishes everything in its way. The drop of water does not plan its journey when it is the part of Glacier.

    Anyways, life always has a plan for you which s better than yours so why bother much. I have tried to find my purpose many times but later it becomes fad. Till date, i don’t know what i want really but that does not means I am not enjoying life. I am not saying that purpose is not important but it is not something which everyone discovers easily.

    Guidelines list to live the life to fullest is impressive.

    Regards
    Rachit




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