How To Lead An Effortless Life

2013-11-12 (Tuesday) by Mikael Linusson

Lately I've thought a lot about living an effortless life. We all have a tendency to make life harder than it really is. So here are some thoughts about leading an effortless life.

  1. Don't make life harder than it is! Life is seldom more difficult than we make it.
  2. Be grateful for what you have, are, and can do. Even better, be grateful for everything.
  3. Don't invent needs that you don't really need, it will only create more requirements from you and your life.
  4. Strip away things that make your life more difficult or uncomfortable.
  5. Don't try to do everything, cut down on your so called "musts". Free up time so that you can spend more time enjoying life.
  6. Spend more time doing things that you love.
  7. Don't do things that you dislike doing.
  8. Spend more time with people you love and enjoy, people that are having a positive impact on you.
  9. Avoid people who are having a negative impact on you.
  10. Spend more time doing things just for the fun of it, not to reach some far away goal.
  11. Don't rush around stressing through life.
  12. Live in the now, don't worry about the future or dwell on the past.
  13. Don't expect things from other people or life in general. Expectations is a great recipe for disappointment.
  14. Avoid having too many goals and plans. You will never live an effortless life if you schedule it like a maniac.
  15. Spend time in solitude, just you and your thoughts. Meditate, talk a walk in the nature, create something, just be.
  16. Keep things simple. As Thoreau said "Simplify, simplify, simplify".

Even accomplishing major things in life can probably be made quite effortlessly if we find the right way to do it and if we learn to think (or not to think) in better ways.