How to Start Living Life to the Fullest

There are certain areas and themes of existence that really make life worth living. Recently I realized it’s not so much about fulfilling some lifelong dream, such as traveling the world, climbing Mt. Everest, or becoming a billionaire.

These are admirable feats that really inspire me, and I can see why they offer people a sense of purpose and meaning.

But for me, living life to the fullest is more about how I experience each and every day.

It’s about finding purpose and gratification from what you do in the moment, and enjoying the time you spend with those you care about. It’s about knowing why you do what you do and having peace of mind that you’re living a harmonious life.

The remarkable achievements we wait our entire life for will come along eventually, but without each day offering joy, peace, and fulfillment; we are missing out on many moments to be fully alive.

Below are four broad ideas to help you construct a more fulfilling, enjoyable, and fruitful life right now.

Find more meaning

We all need meaning and purpose in life. We need to know what drives us forward and have a reason for doing what we do. In essence, meaning comes from having a daily mission that makes us feel inspired, proud, and joyful.

There are countless ways to make life more meaningful. Think about what gives you a sense of enjoyment and dignity. What are you honored to be a part of?

This may come from career achievements, relationships, or other daily activities. It may come from having an interest and curiosity in art, science, and literature, and might mean developing your faith and spirituality.

Regardless where you uncover more meaning, you need something beyond yourself to really experience meaning and purpose in life.

Uncover your passions and follow. Decide what you’re committed to and organize your life around your heartfelt desires.

Increase vitality

Having energy and enthusiasm is a major factor in living life to the fullest. I’ll admit there are days when I feel exhausted and resistant to take on my daily role. This is not living life to the fullest, and is when I know I’m becoming a slave to my goals, and am out of touch with my purpose and meaning.

On the other hand, there are times when I’m so excited about the following day I can barely get to sleep the night before. This is a true feeling of zest and passion.

When is the last time you were excited to get out of bed? When was the last time you really felt enthusiastic and fulfilled from what the day had to offer? What makes you excited and optimistic about the future?

A major part of vitality is using your strengths and doing what you were meant to do. We all have signature strengths that can offer us incredible fulfillment (take the signature strengths test here). You were probably using your strengths during a situation where time just seemed to fly by, and you really lost yourself in what you were doing.

To increase vitality start engaging in life by using your gifts, talents, and strengths.

Have greater connectedness

One way to immediately start living a fuller life is to begin making deeper connections to your family, friends, and loved ones.

It’s so easy to focus on our individual achievements and goals, and neglect the significance of our relationships. Healthy relationships offer us support, encouragement, love, and gratitude.

You can also find a sense of connection through nature by recognizing the oneness of everything. Take a walk through the park and focus on the magnificence of nature. Let the chirping of the birds and the wind against your skin help you come to life and experience a spiritual connection.

Finding a spiritual connection can also come through religious conviction or a community of like minded people who lift you up emotionally and mentally.

Regardless, feeling connected is crucial. The idea is to build healthy bonds and experience the emotion of love, and the more love the better.

Find peace of mind and serenity

Embracing the moment and taking time to experience the little pleasures of life is one area that is easy to forget about. We’re all on the run trying to get ahead and achieve our goals. I’ll admit this is a tough one for me. It’s easy to forget that every moment can offer serenity and pleasure.

Working to be more mindful and self-aware can be helpful to experience more moments of serenity and peace of mind. We can apply mindfulness to almost any activity, whether it be cleaning the house, riding the bus, or taking the dog for a walk.

Greater satisfaction can come from learning to savor the little things we take for granted. Maybe someone wrote you a nice message or sent you a nice card that you can really let sink in. It might be simply taking a moment to savor that cup of coffee or tea that is usually mindlessly consumed.

I prefer to meditate to achieve this peace of mind, but if you don’t have time to meditate find out what will work best for you to begin cultivating mindfulness and clarity.

Everything that has been mentioned above is of equal importance. All of these areas are interconnected, and by building and growing in one area, it will often enhance the others.

If we feel a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do and within our relationships, we’re more likely to be energized, full of life, and able to enjoy the present moment.

Consider how you might want to start living more fully. What’s one thing you could begin focusing on to live life to the fullest?

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  • Jaky Astik

    Pretty fun post! In fact, my idea of living life to the fullest is quite simple. It like, ditch everything that’s not working out and have fun with things you can do. I also had a post on it few days back. Many people don’t live their lives to the fullest because they down in relationships, career, money, education etc…..ect…the unending lists. Dump it man! Go get a roller coaster ride. That’s what you need!

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Jaky,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! Society would make it seem like if we buy a new car or house on the beach we can be happy, but there is so much more to it than this. We need to do what we love, feel a sense of purpose, and experience love in our relationships. This is what will help us live a greater life. All the material things will come in due time. :)

  • Jk Allen

    Hello Joe – This was excellent and inspiring! For myself, living to the fullest is becoming more connected with my authentic self, which brings me even closer with my family and everything else. The direct correlation is amazing.

    Thanks for the knowledge sir – make it a great weekend!

  • Steve

    I think it’s great to focus on the day-to-day aspects of living life to the fullest. After all, things such as climbing a mountain or traveling to an exotic locale don’t probably make up a large portion of your life. It’s good to focus on daily living since that’s where most of people’s time is spent.

  • Angela Artemis

    Hi Joe,
    I think your post really resonated with me. I think when we focus on each day, it’s a lot like putting one foot in front of the other, we’ll always get to our destination. If we desire to live a significant and meaningful life there’s no better place to begin then with making each day count.

  • Dia

    Hi Joe,

    What I do to live life to the fullest is keep my focus on my goals. Depending on God, having faith, planning, focusing, and taking action is what makes me live life to the maximum. Also, countring my blessings is a crucial part…Thanks for sharing

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi JK,

    Thanks a lot! You have a great point here. When we start by understanding and developing out own personal values and mission, this can be the foundation we apply to our relationships and business. It gives us direction and stability as we make all the important decisions that come along with the territory. Very important notion!

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Steve,

    Nice to meet you and love your site! It’s important to invest and develop those areas of our life that are lasting and personally nourishing. We will always be able to engage in life-long dreams along the way. Though I think living for these moments can be a distraction from what’s truly important. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Angela,

    Living life more fuller can come from developing patience and peace of mind. This is something I am continually working on and have noticed that when I can focus on one day at a time, I cease to have all the worry and anxiety about the outcome of my goals. It as if we know things will turn out as planned without having to remain vigilant, which really leaves room to focus on joy, serenity, and relationships.

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Dia,

    Thanks for sharing! Goals are also what drive me forward and motivate me. Goals are clearly a major way to find meaning and purpose, and goals fall within many domains of our life, whether personal, relational, financial, or spiritual. The more expansive the goals the better. Having something beyond ourselves provides a chance to explore new opportunities and create greater all around growth.

  • Lori

    Hi Joe,
    I’m so happy to have found your blog (which immediately goes into my Favourite Blogs file!) You’ve inspired so many thoughts in me I don’t know where to begin… Ok, I’ll start with your questions:

    What are you honored to be a part of? – the blogosphere! I hope that when I’m no longer a newby that I remember to be as kind to the newcomers as this community has been to me. I LOVE it here!

    What makes you excited and optimistic about the future? Everything has changed in the last while and that’s a very good thing because somehow, finally, I’m living my dream (writing) and the future looks promising. That thought just dances around inside me.

    What’s one thing you could begin focusing on to live life to the fullest? This one is tougher because I feel like I’m already doing that. Had you asked me this a year ago it would have been different. A year ago my life was beginning to shift and it all looked bad. This was when I asked myself this question, or one close to it and it made all the difference.

    Thanks for a great post Joe!

  • Tess the bold life

    I just began meditating more, it helps with adding calm to my life. There are so many things we can do in the morning that will guide our day to happy. Yet we tend to tell ourselves we don’t have time or I’ll do that later. Then we don’t get do them and we struggle by mid morning. I’m changing that nonsense. Love this post. Truth!

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind


    Hi, it’s great to meet you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, you really provided great insight! We’re all part a greater purpose so continue to live out your dreams and deepest desires. It’s sounds like you have found something that really offers meaning. I’m sure you will inspire many people through your site. Look forward to hearing from you.

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Tess,

    I love this idea of starting the day off right and really making efforts to stick with our intentions. By doing things such as meditation we keep peace of mind and as well as increase our energy level. It takes a little dedication but as you mention once we get the routine going we really see the impact. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Aziah

    Hi Joe,
    As for me, to live life fully is to live through your soul in each moment of your life. Let your soul guide you and be true to yourself. Enjoy every moment of your life, don’t let a moment pass by on regrets and hatreds or worries of the future. Let it go and let it be. All you have is the present moment and your soul. Live your fullest in the present moment through your soul!

  • Joe

    Hi Aziah,

    Thanks for the inspiring comment! Living life by following and connecting with our soul will take us to our calling and a vocation that we’re passionate about. When we listen to our soul it also enlivens our spirit and gives us a vest for life. I agree, listen to your soul and let your spirit move you. Great addition to the post!

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