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Isn’t a full and satisfying life something we would all want, given the chance? The problem is, many people expect this life to come and seek them out. They think somebody is going to knock on their door with the winning lottery numbers, the answer to all of their problems, or happiness packaged up in a pretty little mason jar. Unfortunately, this is never the case. You are the boss of your own life and happiness. If you want to feel like you’re living a full and satisfying life, you don’t need to have lots of money, and you don’t even need to go on a 3 month long cruise break every year. Here are your step by step instructions to a full and satisfying life:

Step 1: Identify What Isn’t Working

The first thing you really need to do is cut the BS, take a long hard look at your life, and figure out what isn’t working for you. Are you struggling with late night’s and early mornings? Perhaps you’re spending far too much time on Facebook and you’re in need of a digital detox. We’re all guilty of creating bad habits from time to time, but identifying them before they become a huge issue and stop us from focusing on what’s really important is crucial. Write a list for yourself and work on changing just one thing at a time. It will be hard, and it’ll take patience/practice, but you’ll get there.

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Step 2: Identify What You Need To Do

Now you know that you need to cut out social media, for example, figure out a plan to help you do it. Perhaps you’ll block social media on your computer, or change your password to something like ‘stop procrastinating’ to remind you of what you’re doing. This will help you to be more mindful, as it’s so easy to log on and scroll these days without even realizing it.

If you’re struggling with snoozing your alarm in the morning, how about moving it across the room so you have no choice but to get up out of bed? Little tricks like this can help you to break those bad habits and put new ones in place.

Step 3: Get A Hobby

Hobbies are greats ways to spend time. Many of them have proven benefits too. Exercising is a wonderful hobby as it has a positive effect on mental and physical health. Knitting has therapeutic benefits. Why not try different types of hobbies and see what appeals to you? Don’t feel obligated to stick with something just because you’ve tried it. You could be at a salsa class one week and learning a new language the next!

Step 4: Never Stop Learning

Learning is one of the most satisfying things we can do, even as we age. Failing to continue our education can make the brain wither away and many find their cognitive function declines. You could learn by doing an Online Master of Arts, or even by going to an evening/weekend class in person – whatever you can fit in. You don’t have to get a degree to learn. Just aim to better yourself by learning and do things that satisfy you!

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Step 5: Find A Way You Can Contribute To Society/The Community

Something many people find satisfying is contributing to society/the community. Could you volunteer your help at a dog shelter? Maybe you could simply offer to babysit for a friend? You could even pay it forward in a coffee shop. Acts of kindness both big and small should be performed daily. Not only will you realize how happy giving can make you, you should find that you experience more positivity in your life as a result.

Step 6: Repeat!

Make sure you repeat these steps for the best results. One of the worst things you can do is get stuck in a rut again, even if you’re in a better place than you were when you first started! Make sure you always assess what’s going on in your life and know what isn’t working for you. Get rid of the things that no longer serve you and aim to get rid of bad habits and create good habits. Sure, it’s hard work, but many people have done it and will tell you it was the best thing they ever did.

If you want a high quality, full and satisfying life, take the steps outlined here as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!

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