You upgrade your wardrobe, computer, phone, and maybe even your furniture or household appliances. Are you ready to invest in yourself and upgrade your life experiences? Upgrading your life experiences is a way to get much more out of life.
Upgrading your life experiences is not about getting more things. Getting new things can be fun and might make you feel good for a little while, but new things don’t truly enhance your life. Who you chose to be, the people you spend time with, and what you do with your time will upgrade your life experiences in positive, productive ways.
Choose a Better You
According to a study published in the Journal of Adult Development, life experiences play a significant role in human development. Investing in yourself starts with focusing on who you are and who you want to be. Making positive choices in these areas will help upgrade your life experiences:
Your mood and attitude are how you think and how you present yourself. Do you want better life experiences? Start your day with positive intention and stay calm when you are presented with challenges. That way, even difficulties become learning experiences instead of disasters.
Pay attention to your health. The time you might spend being sick, managing a chronic disease, or unable to participate in things because you’re not well or strong enough only degrade your life experiences. Exercise, good nutrition, and getting plenty of rest pay off in the long run because you will be able to participate fully in the experiences around you.
Choose Your Friends
The people you spend time with can affect your mood and attitude. Life experiences are enhanced when you share them with trusted friends and family. The Italian National Statistical Institute’s multipurpose survey concluded that friendships are vital in quality of life and life experiences. Relationships take work. You need to find people you trust, get to know them and maintain your relationships. Consider these factors when choosing your friends:
Toxic people who drain your energy and stifle your personality do not make good friends. While it might be tempting to develop a friendship with someone popular but toxic, this type of relationship does not upgrade your life experiences. Instead, chose open, honest, friendly people and spend time getting to know them. If you know a toxic person at work or socially, limit your interactions with them as much as possible and keep your conversations brief and to the point. With a toxic coworker, focus on work tasks, not befriending them.
If all your friends look, act, and like the same things as you do, your life experiences will be boring. Upgrade your life experiences by seeking out different types of people. A diverse group of friends adds to your life experiences with opportunities to explore different cultures, likes, and thoughts.
Your investment in your friends helps keep your relationships strong and upgrades your life experiences. Friendship takes time and effort, so build and nurture your relationships as an investment in yourself as well.
Having the same life experiences over and over is not an upgrade. Get off the couch, turn off the computer, and look for ways to chose more opportunities to upgrade your life experiences. A Journal of Happiness Studies report showed that what you choose to do with your free time directly impacts your quality of life. Try these options to upgrade your life experiences:
You don’t need to be an expert to use your creativity or learn something new. Try baking something new or painting a picture. Remember, failure is only a learning experience. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology showed that spending time in nature enhances experiences, mental health, and overall well-being. Volunteering to help others can also be a positive experience that enhances and upgrades your life.
You can invest in yourself by upgrading your life experiences. Who you are, who you spend time with, and how you chose to spend your time all play a role in your experiences.