When you ensure you enjoy your day, you also ensure a fulfilling and complete life despite any ups or downs.
By making small adjustments to the way you live each day, it is possible to create a major shift in how you feel. Adopting simple habits and practicing them every day can bring about a significant change to your health, happiness, and wellbeing.
Besides, is there a better daily outcome than to enjoy your day to the fullest?
What Does It Mean to Enjoy Your Day?
It’s the go-to goodbye for many retail employees: “Have a nice day!” A well wish to some, a challenge to others, it’s ingrained in us that the goal of each day is to make it nice. Or enjoyable at the very least.
But what does an enjoyable day look like?
In all honesty, it depends on the person. A new job promotion is rare but certainly counts. But so does a simply pleasant day with no catastrophes. One where you feel good and present, make positive changes in the world, and try your best.
Enjoying your day doesn’t have to be monumental. And you may miss a day or two of enjoyment due to factors outside your control.
But there are some proven ways to ensure you enjoy your day. Let’s take a look.
5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Your Day
Happiness is accessible to all of us no matter where we might be in our lives. The best part is, it doesn’t take much to enjoy your day. We just need to open our hearts and lives to plant some new seeds.
Let’s take a look at 5 methods you can use right now to start to enjoy your day.
1) Love Yourself
Perhaps the most important, often most neglected, way to enjoy your day is to love yourself.
It can feel challenging to acknowledge that we might be making life difficult for ourselves. It can also feel selfish to put ourselves first. But the truth about loving oneself is that by truly nourishing and nurturing our mind, body, and spirit, we can be in a better position to give to others.
Treat yourself the same way you would treat someone you really love. Take care of what you eat, how much you sleep, say no when you need to, do things you enjoy, walk in nature, exercise, and spend some time alone without any screens.
When all else fails, keep coming back to your truest friend–your breath.
2) Clean Your Space
Cleaning is therapeutic. It can significantly reduce stress levels, help us feel more relaxed, and make us more productive. In addition to the act of cleaning itself, the results of cleaning lend a healthy boost to one’s state of mind.
Simple acts like making your bed every day has a significant impact on how you feel when you walk into your bedroom in the evening. The same goes with doing the dishes. Seeing everything neat and in its place can free your mind up.
A cluttered physical space blocks the surrounding energy, according to some beliefs. This may be too esoteric for some, but it goes to show that the effects of cleaning have been talked about for a long, long time.
Even a small amount of cleaning each day goes a long way to enhance joy and ensure you enjoy your day. Start small, work your way up, and then all that will be left is occasional maintenance cleaning.
3) Practice Gratitude
A research conducted by Harvard Medical School talks about how gratitude is “strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.”
It is possible to feel grateful even when we are in the depths of dark times, which should make it much easier to practice in everyday life.
Yet, we often fail to count our blessings. A happy day is surely a day enjoyed, so let’s take a deeper look.
Maintaining a gratitude journal is a habit that has life transforming potential.
But even looking back at the day when you finally retire to bed and feeling thankful for its blessings can do wonders to increase your happiness quotient. Which means you can enjoy your day after the fact and it’ll still work wonders.
4) Be Kind to Others
Always. There is no substitute for kindness. Not only does it benefit the receiver, it improves our relationship with our own selves.
Kindness does not mean overcommitting yourself and surrendering to any demand others make of us. It means opening our hearts to the pain and suffering of others, offering help when we can, and when we cannot, still holding that person in our thoughts and sending them love and strength.
Kindness also means forgiveness. It means accepting people for who they are and relieving them of the expectations we place on them. Even small acts of kindness done every day can help boost positive emotions and reduce stress.
The best part about being kind to others is that you can enjoy your day while helping others enjoy their day.
5) Find Your Purpose
There is enough evidence from research on how finding purpose or meaning in life is associated with being less distressed.
For each person, what adds purpose or meaning to their lives is unique. For some, it can be learning something new each day. For others, it can be a hobby they are passionate about. The goal is to find what charges your spirit up and to actively pursue incorporating that into your life.
For instance, your calling may be connecting more deeply with their spiritual side, becoming part of a community, or spending time with loved ones. The first step is to identify your calling, and then you must go about finding ways to walk the walk.
Whatever it is that adds value to your life, fostering a consistent connection with that inner dimension can help you feel more in touch with your inner self. That’s the key. After all, how can you enjoy your day if you don’t feel in touch with yourself?
Final Thoughts: Enjoy Your Day
We can only give to others what we have within us. The more joy we feel, the more joy we spread.
Feeling joy is not something that has to wait for when the “right” things happen in our lives. We can make every day more joyous by giving our best to the present moment.
If there is something you do that helps you enjoy your day, please share in the comments below.