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My list of 5 ways to live life to the fullest

Posted by Jessica Swiatlo on Dec 26, 2016 6:02:58 AM

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How do you live your life to the fullest? There are so many ways to experience a meaningful life, but a lot of it is about finding what fills you and accepting who you really are. With that said, a fulfilling life does not just fall on us but is created by daily small, mindful decisions toward our goals.

For that purpose writing down your main goals in life can tremendously help ground the things that will make a fulfilling life. So - Grab a post-it. Now write down 5 things you would like to be able to say you did or have included in your lifestyle 5 years from today. 

What Does It Mean To Live Your Life To The Fullest?

For each of us living life to the fullest or experiencing a meaningful life is different. However, there is one common trend for all of us, and it is to do what makes us feel happy in life. As we all have parts of our life that we love and parts that we like less it is important to maintain the right balance. For some meeting family and friends will balance hard work days while for others creating art will be the answer. So to have the best outcome for your life is to first know what it is that makes you feel good when you go to sleep. This way, you’ll never be able to say you wish you’d done more. See more. Experience more. And hopefully, the content you choose will take up more space than the things you like less and you’ll live your life to the fullest. Here are some ideas to make you feel alive.  

How do you find the right “content” to make your life fulfilled?

Sometimes it’s an experience you can tick off your bucket list. Sometimes it’s an ongoing thing you’ve included in your day-to-day life. Spending time with friends, calling your kids, eating with your family, going to the movies, watching a great TV series, taking a trip, enrolling in a class, going for a walk – that’s all life content. And there are also ticking accomplishments in life like learning a new language, traveling to new locations, or simpler ones such as creating a food blog or social page, reconnecting with old friends, or just getting out for a show or a movie every week.

Here is my list to live life to the fullest and experience a meaningful life. What’s yours?

1:  Become fluent in a new language

Enjoy new places with new language skills

One great way to live your life to the fullest and have a fulfilling life is to remain a student, always.  There is no better way to fill your life with content than to remain curious and learn new things.  Not everyone has the time to sign up for a weekly class or a private tutor. There are other options out there. 

Here’s one I like:

Duolingo  - this app is awesome and an easy way to live your life.  You can choose almost any language and practice when you have a moment here or there. It can be a language you already are somewhat familiar with or an entirely new one.  You can set daily goals (even just 5 minutes a day) and meet them.  I’m studying Italian with it and frankly, I’m addicted.

Stargazing is a great way to experience the world and learn. Try these places for stargazing on your next trip to Israel.

2: Travel to a new country

Travel to India it will surly make you happy

This is one of my favorite ways to experience a meaningful life. Travel to live fully. My father is from Argentina (and did me the favor of teaching me Spanish) and my family members are all travel addicts that love to visit other places.  I was brought up learning to appreciate what the world has to offer.  I was also very lucky to have parents and grandparents that took me with them to see the world and instilled in me their obsession as I’ve grown older.  They definitely taught me how to live my life to the fullest. Every new place I go to adds a little perspective to who I am.  It makes me richer. More sophisticated. More experienced. I am convinced that part of feeling like you’re living life to the fullest is to travel.  Sometimes we have time for major trips, other times shorter ones to closer destinations will have to be done.  Whatever you do, don’t put it off until you have more time.  Life gets more complicated, not less.  Make traveling a priority and visit other places. 

I’ve been to most of South and Central America, and some parts of the Middle East, I’m from the East Coast of the US, and I’ve traveled to Europe extensively. I’m dreaming about a trip to India.   I’ve chosen this as my next destination for a major trip because it’s so different from every place I’ve traveled to before. I want a destination packed with culture and colors.  I want to see the Taj Mahal  (that’s on my bucket list).  I want to eat authentic Indian food.  There are lots of ways to travel to India.  I’ve passed the backpacking days.  I want to do a 5-star deluxe trip.  I want to experience Indian opulence.      

For city lovers, find the best streets to visit in Tel Aviv. 

Why is traveling so fulfilling?

Traveling is an opportunity to meet new people and to feel free of the constraints of our everyday life. It opens our eyes up to new worlds and cultures and shows us all the different versions of life that exist in the world. 

Does traveling make people happier?

Traveling on its own is not the end all be all for happiness, but it can enrich our lives and teach us about ourselves and the world. When we learn new ways of living, we learn different ways to be happy. New experiences and variety are also a way to be happier, and travel is a constant stream of new experiences.

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3:  Create an Instagram food diary
Insta food diary, lots of fun

Here’s why this excites me and why I think it’s a great way to live your life to the fullest:  I love food.  I love the way it can be made to look like art and I love the ways it can satisfy you on a cold winter day or a summery night.  I love how it brings people together.  I also love to cook.  I love the challenge.  I love seeing the faces of happy people at my home eating my food. 

Documenting the memorable meals I’ve had at great restaurants in my hometown and around the world when I visit other places, and the ones I’ve cooked at home is a way to collect memories.  It will list the places I’ve been to and will remind me of good times and memorable bites. 

Not only that, if you travel to live fully, this is a great way to keep track of your adventures. 

If you eat out more often than you do in, it just might encourage you to cheat on your usual dining spot and try a new restaurant.  You probably won’t go alone.  This means that you’ll be filling your days with quality time with your partner, friends, or your family.  Who knows, you may even inspire others to follow your recommendations.

What are you waiting for? Go live your life.

4: Rekindle a friendship with an old friend

friendship can help you feel fulfilled

You don’t need to travel to live life fully. Instead of visiting other places, live life fully by connecting with the people around you. Over the years, we make friends at different stages in our lives. 

  • Elementary school to high school friends: we meet these friends early. They know us before we know who we are.  Sometimes it sticks, and sometimes it doesn’t.
  • The college and grad school friends: these often tend to stick the most in the long run. We already have a sense of who we are and seek people with similar interests.  We experience things for the first time together.  We’re independent enough yet carefree enough to be able to have truly bonding experiences.  If spending hours every night in a college bar listening to good music and drinking cheap beer or traveling to an exotic place without a care in the world isn’t enough to connect people, well nothing is. 
  • The work colleagues: usually these friends are for the convenience of having a buddy at the office or someone that’s good for networking. When we’re lucky, it becomes something more.
  • The new friends with kids my kids’ age: this is a time in our lives when we make some new friends through new circles opened to us because we’ve joined the kids club. Sometimes it’s a convenience – someone to play with my kid, someone to ask for parenting advice, someone to go to the park with. Sometimes, it’s a pleasant surprise for a new friend for life.    

Once our kids are grown up, our friends are a mix of the list above.  Most will get lost along the way.  Occasionally we’ll get to meet someone later in life that we can call a friend. 

Maybe you have that one friend that you lost touch with.  Not because you had a falling out, not because you lost interest, it just happened.  That’s the person you should rekindle a friendship with to have a more fulfilling life. 

Start by being the one to take the first step.  Pick up the phone or write a Facebook message, whatever you feel comfortable with.  Don’t worry about how long it’s been.  Chances are, that person will be super happy to hear from you.  It’s a shame to lose out on good friends.  They’re hard to come by.  

5: Go to the movie theater once a week

no thing like good art to make you happy

Maybe this isn’t one of the best ways to have a meaningful life, but it can definitely add a lot to your life. Going to the movie theater (yes, I mean buying a ticket and some popcorn and actually going to the theater – not downloading a movie at home) is a dying pastime that needs to be revived.  When you watch a movie at home, you’re probably on your iPad and phone at the same time. Your partner or your children will choose to be annoying in the middle.  You’re not really concentrating on anything.  Going to the movies in a theater means that unless you want to be that person that moviegoers hate, you won’t be talking or using your cell phone for 2 straight hours.  You’ll concentrate on one thing and hopefully enjoy it.  You’re free to think for yourself if you want, but if the movie is good enough, you’ll even have the added benefit of turning off your thoughts for 2 hours too.  It’s a much needed respite in our cluttered world.   


Even if you can’t act on them just yet, hang that post-it somewhere where you can see it every day to have a meaningful life.  Read through the list often.  Eventually, when you’re ready you’ll just pick one and get started.  Reading that post-it, again and again, will be mental preparation enough to take that step and just get going.

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