Can you remember the best time of your life?
Was it when you were a toddler, running wild and carefree through the sprinkler in the backyard?
Maybe it was when you were a bright, sparkling star in high school.
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s right now.
When the stars start to align, and everything in your life begins to fall into place, you can suddenly realize that you’re well on your way to living your best life. And guess what?
It gets even better.
In this article, we’re going to look at all the different aspects of life that are improving.
We’ll see eight signs you’re on the brink of living your best life, and if you’re feeling them, this means the best is on its way!
1) You’re taking care of your health
My grandfather had an old joke he’d whip out whenever you could.
A man is walking down an alley when a robber jumps out, points a pistol at him, and shouts, “Your money or your life!”
The man answers, “Take my life. I’m saving my money for my old age!”
Ridiculous, I know, but we laugh because it’s a sentiment we all seem to recognize. So many people have some strange idea that they’ll get to a point in their lives where they’ll start taking better care of themselves.
Someday soon, but not now!
Hmm… so when will that day come, then?
The older you get, the more difficult it is to regain fitness if you’ve let it slip away. It can also be harder to change your diet when you’ve been eating the same things your whole life.
And how do you teach yourself to exercise, get enough sleep, and do all the other things you know you should have been doing your whole life?
If, on the other hand, you’re already taking care of yourself, you’ll know just how much better that makes your life. Once you realize the value of taking care of yourself, you’ll never stop!
2) You’re loving your career
I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever met who walked into a career they loved from the minute they started working their first job.
Most of us start out at the bottom of the totem pole and try to work our way up so we can at least get a bit of a view (or a corner office!). We usually have to perform unsavory tasks and take jobs that, if we don’t outright hate, we certainly don’t love.
But at some point in your career path, after moving from one post to the next and the next, you might one day realize that, hey, you actually enjoy what you do!
Waking up on weekday mornings doesn’t fill you with dread but instead with expectation and – dare I say it?! – purpose.
If that’s where you are right now, you might already be well on your way to living your best life.
3) Your relationship is as solid as a rock
I have to start out with a disclaimer here – by no means does everyone need to be in a relationship to be happy and successful in life!
Many people are just as happy being single as being in a relationship, for sure.
But if you’re a person who does want a relationship, I’m sure you want one that’s positive, constructive, loving, and in no way dysfunctional.
Am I wrong?
Well, if that’s how you feel about your relationship now, you might have to go out and buy yourself a cap so you can stick a feather in it.
It may have taken a lot of work to get to this point, but once you’re here, in a relationship that makes you feel respected, fulfilled, and comfortable, you’d better take a minute and enjoy it right now.
Because many people find this kind of relationship to be the puzzle piece lost behind the couch that keeps them from really living the life of their dreams.
4) Family life is grand
If you have a family and it makes you feel good instead of bringing you down, trust me, you’re doing well.
First off, many people don’t have any family, and this means they miss out on an important social unit that can provide you with stability and support in your life.
What’s even more common, though, is having a family that causes you stress.
This can mean both your parents and extended family and also a partner and kids in the family you’ve started.
An unhappy family life can really take a toll.
For instance, a good friend of mine has a great career, a wonderful partner, and two fantastic kids. However, her younger brother has a serious substance abuse issue that causes her constant stress, worry, and pain.
Though it seems like she should be living her best life, this big part is interfering with all the rest and keeping her from being happy.
So if you have a great family that you can depend on, that gives you warmth, support, and respect even if they are a little weird, believe me, you’re ahead of the game.
5) Your friends are fantastic
It’s impossible to overstate how important great friends are to a happy life.
But if you have them, you probably know that already.
You might have dozens or just a handful of really close friends you can’t imagine your life without. Either way, these are the people who fill your life with joy and happiness, support and companionship along this wild ride called life.
They’re like the family you choose, and that makes them immeasurably valuable to a happy life.
But you also need to have the time to spend with them and connect to make your life incredible. If you’re able to enjoy each other’s company, help each other out, and support each other through thick and thin, then your friends are a critical part of your life being great.
6) There are bright lights on the horizon
If things are going well, you’re probably enjoying a background level of happiness every day.
But I’ll tell you something I’ve learned:
Life is all the more enjoyable when you have big events and great activities to look forward to.
An imminent wedding or birthday can buoy your spirit through a tough week. The thought of your next trip abroad might add excitement and anticipation to your life, giving it just a little bit of extra tingle.
Many people are just going through the same daily grind and don’t have a great deal to look forward to in the future except more of the same.
But those who have these great events that they’re anticipating tend to be more positive and optimistic and are closer to living their best lives than people who don’t.
7) You’re true to yourself
You certainly can’t be living your best life if you’re being fake.
If you’re living a lie or representing yourself as something that you’re not, there’s really no way that you’re ever going to be as happy and satisfied as you could be.
This can only happen when you’re true to yourself.
One of my best friends got some incredible news just a couple of years back. His parents flew to see him, saying they had something important to talk about.
It turned out that his father, who had lived the life of a straight man for over 60 years, had come to terms with the fact that he was actually. His mother, though upset by this revelation, managed to accept it and encouraged his father to come out.
Just a few years later, his dad is a very different person. He’s so much happier and positive while he used to be a horrible grouch.
I’m not saying you need to encounter this kind of situation to bring you to the brink of living your best life, but you certainly need to be living in a way that’s true to yourself and lets you express your true feelings.
8) You have genuine gratitude in your life
Psychological studies have revealed the power of practicing gratitude in enhancing people’s lives.
And I know from my own experience that taking time to reflect on the positive things in my life has made me a much happier and more positive person.
But an even bigger sign that you’re really doing great in life is that you don’t have to practice gratitude – you live it.
If it’s natural for you to appreciate how wonderful things are right in the moment and to regularly feel thankful for the state of your life, what else could this be aside from a sign your life is going in the absolute right direction?
These eight signs you’re on the brink of living your best life can also be seen as great goals to set.
They could represent the building blocks of the perfect life you can have, and they’re certainly factors that can bring you great happiness.
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