The art of living a fulfilled life: 15 daily practices

Are you feeling a bit lost or unfulfilled in your daily life? Do you feel like life has become a blur of meaningless days that look and feel the same? 

It’s not uncommon to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and lose sight of what truly makes us happy. Many of us function on autopilot, not really living life as joyfully and meaningfully as we should be. 

If that’s how you feel, it might be time to take stock of your routine and see how you can improve it. 

Don’t worry, there are some simple daily practices you can incorporate into your routine that will help you live a more fulfilling life

In this article, we’re going to explore 15 of these practices to get you started on the right path. 

Let’s dive in!

1) Practice self-care

Let me start by saying that a fulfilled life begins with self-care

It’s pretty simple: you can’t live well and wholeheartedly when you’re not physically or mentally well. 

So, make sure you set aside time to do something that makes you feel good, whether it’s taking a bubble bath, going for a run, or simply reading a book. When you prioritize your own needs, you’re better able to show up for others.

2) Start your day with intention 

The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it. So why not start with a clear intention? 

Take a few moments each morning to reflect on what you want to achieve for the day. Write down your goals or affirmations, and visualize yourself accomplishing them. 

This will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the day.

Here are some examples of positive and intentional statements that can get you started: 

  • I give myself permission to be myself. 
  • I’m getting better and better every day. 
  • Today, I aim to be fully present in the moment. 

3) Practice mindfulness

That’s right, being fully present should always be part of your daily intentions. 

Mindfulness isn’t just some New Age blabber; it’s an actual practice that helps us stay grounded in the moment without judgment. 

For me, it’s necessary, so I can fully enjoy what life has to offer each day. I’m a worrywart (or rather, I used to be), but once I worked a mindfulness practice into my daily routine, I found myself able to let go of my worries. 

So take a few moments each day to practice mindfulness, whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or simply focusing on your breath. It’s also perfect for calming you down during stressful times. 

4) Cultivate gratitude

It’s easy to take things for granted in our lives – this is what I was talking about when I said that sometimes we go through life on autopilot

What happens when you stop taking things for granted and start practicing gratitude instead? What happens when you take note of every little thing and appreciate it for what it is? 

Here’s the good news: An attitude of gratitude opens the door to joyful living. That’s a fact – it actually makes you happier! 

If it doesn’t come naturally to you yet, that’s okay. You can start by sitting down at the end of the day and reflecting on what you’re grateful for. 

You could write them down in a journal, share them with a friend, or simply think about them in your mind. This will help you cultivate a positive mindset and find joy in the little things.

5) Express kindness

As you develop an attitude of gratitude, a curious thing happens. You become a better and kinder person.

And you know what? That adds tremendous value to your life. 

Acts of kindness not only make others feel good but can also boost our own sense of well-being. 

There’s something about expressing kindness to others each day that gives us a sense of purpose

Whether it’s a small gesture like holding the door open for someone or a more significant act like volunteering for a local charity, you’ll feel like you make a positive impact on someone else’s life. 

6) Let go of grudges

Now, the great thing about practicing kindness is it softens us up and teaches us to forgive those who have hurt us. 

See how it’s all connected? 

It’s not enough to be kind to others; we have to be kind to ourselves, too.

And that’s what letting go of grudges is – it’s an act of kindness toward yourself. 

Whenever someone has hurt me, I like to think about the pain and anger I feel as a rock I’ve got to carry on my back for the rest of my life. 

It’s not a pretty picture, so I make a conscious decision to forgive that person and let go of the resentment I feel. 

They might not deserve it, but I do. I deserve to live a life free of anger and negativity. 

And so do you.

7) Connect with others

Here’s another practice that will give your life more meaning – making connections with others. 

The truth is, although we might say we’re fine being alone, we’re still social creatures. Connecting with others is essential to our well-being. 

Research points to the many benefits of social connection. 

For one, it really drives the happiness meter up. It also has an impact on your physical well-being – people with strong social ties have better health and longer life. 

So, make time each day to connect with friends or family members, whether it’s through a visit, a phone call, a text, or an email. 

8) Connect with nature

At the same time, don’t forget to leave yourself some me-time. Better yet, spend that precious alone time in nature.

Spending time in nature can be unbelievably restorative and grounding. 

Go for a hike, take a walk in the park, or simply sit outside and bask in the sunlight. Breathe in the fresh air deeply and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature around you. 

This will help you feel more connected to the world around you and reduce stress. 

I can attest to this – every time I feel stressed, I go out for a walk in the park near my house and sit there for a while, just watching the ducks muck around in the pond. I always come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle new tasks!

9) Engage in creative activities

Another lovely idea for releasing stress and finding meaning in our lives is exploring our creativity. 

We all have a creative side, so why not tap into it? 

Engaging in creative activities like painting, writing, or playing music can be a great way to express ourselves and relieve stress. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself “creative,” you might surprise yourself with what you’re capable of when you give it a try. 

And you know what? Your brain will thank you for it! When you work with your hands and do creative work, something special happens. Your brain chemistry gets altered, and you forge new pathways in your brain. 

Isn’t that amazing? Who knew things like knitting or painting could actually keep our minds fresh and active?

10) Learn something new

When it comes to keeping our minds sharp and engaged, there’s nothing like staying open to learning new things. 

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to learn something new. Look for ways to challenge yourself each day, whether it’s reading a book, taking a course, or listening to a podcast. 

When you challenge yourself to grow and learn, you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

11) Choose experiences and relationships over possessions

Talking about learning leads me to my next point…

If you’re longing to infuse your life with more joy and meaning, perhaps it’s time to stop thinking about accumulating more things. 

See, society loves telling us this: in order to live a happy life, we need to have the latest phone, designer bag, car, and so on. 

But that’s all about perception. The real story is that possessions and material things don’t really equate to happiness

You know what does? New experiences and healthy relationships. 

That ought to give us pause in life’s consumerist culture. 

Instead of spending money on things you don’t really need, choose to invest in experiences that teach you new skills and that you can share with others. 

In the long run, you’ll find yourself feeling more fulfilled

12) Be disciplined in your personal and professional life

Now let’s talk about something that does require a bit of rigor – discipline. 

Being happy in life doesn’t mean living a hedonistic and pleasure-filled lifestyle. 

Sure, going out to clubs and letting loose can indeed feel good in the moment, but think about this: would it feel as good every time if that’s all you ever did?

Here’s the truth: life’s pleasures are much more enjoyable when you temper them with discipline in your daily life. 

You see, being disciplined in your personal and professional life gives you a key ingredient for a fulfilled existence: power over your life. 

Discipline helps you achieve your goals, do the right thing, and maintain good habits that help you grow and succeed. 

13) Reflect and learn from your mistakes 

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that one of the biggest fears we all have is to grow old filled with regrets. 

We don’t want to look back at our lives and say, “Oh, I wish I had/hadn’t done that.” 

Now, I don’t mean to say that you literally should have zero regrets – that’s impossible and unhealthy. Regrets do serve a purpose, and that’s to help us reassess our lives. 

What I mean is to make those mistakes count – learn something from them that would help you as you go forward. 

Because if you don’t, those regrets could keep you from living a life that feels whole and free. 

Make a habit of reflecting at the end of the day and seeing where you could have done better. That way, you’ll find value in everything that happens in your life, whether good or bad. 

14) Live in alignment with your values

Another benefit of reflecting is that it allows you to check if the things you do and the words you say are aligned with your values. 

But before you can do that, you need to first define what exactly those values are

Is it integrity? Responsibility? Service to others? 

Values differ from person to person, but one thing remains true: when we live in alignment with our values, we feel more authentic, satisfied, and fulfilled

15) Celebrate your accomplishments 

Hey, you’re living life the best way you know how! You’re still out there fighting and giving it all you’ve got. 

That deserves a pat on the back, and maybe a glass of champagne or two!

No matter how small those wins are, make sure you celebrate them. Life isn’t easy; we all have our own struggles. And every time we overcome one, it’s cause for celebration. 

Final thoughts

Living a fulfilled life is something that we all aspire to, but it can be difficult to achieve without consistent effort and intentional daily practices. 

With so many distractions and responsibilities in our lives, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of living unmindfully and letting life happen to you. 

Hopefully, this list has shown you what daily habits you can do to take control of your life. With consistency and mindfulness, you can start living with passion and purpose

Roselle Umlas

I am a freelance writer with a lifelong interest in helping people become more reflective and self-aware so that they can communicate better and enjoy meaningful relationships.

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