30 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest

“Begin at once to live and count each separate day as a separate life.” ~Seneca

At times, it’s seemed as though life contains an endless supply of days.

I thought this for sure when I was younger. It didn’t matter how long I held a grudge or how long I waited to do something I wanted—there would be an unlimited pool of other opportunities. At least, that’s what I thought back then.

Maybe it’s a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood, the moment when you realize life happens now and that’s all you’re guaranteed. It doesn’t really hit you when you merely know it intellectually, like you know your ABCs, state capitals, and other concrete facts.

It hits you when somehow you feel it. Your health declines. You lose someone you love. A tragedy rocks your world. It isn’t until you realize that all life fades that you consider now a commodity, and a scarce one at that.

But maybe that's irrelevant. Maybe living a meaningful, passionate life has nothing to do with its length and everything to do with its width.

With this in mind, I recently asked Tiny Buddha’s Facebook friends, “How do you live life to the fullest?” I was inspired by what they had to say, so I’ve used them to create this list:

1. Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future. (Tanner Christensen)

2. Fully embrace the now, no matter what the situation. (Patrick Flynn)

3. Do the things you love. (Diego Felipe Villa Serna)

4. Learn to forgive and embrace unconditional love. (Ann Glasgow)

5. Live every day as if it’s your last, embracing each experience as if it’s your first. (Jennifer Fertado)

6. Believe in “live and let live.” (Satyendra Pandey)

7. Use quiet reflection, honesty, and laughter. (Erin Rogers Kronman)

8. Be other-centered. (Tricia Mc)

9. Find calm in making art. (Z.r. Hill)

10. Focus on today and how you can do your best to live it to the fullest. (Amelia Krump)

11. Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by. (Lindsey Wonderson)

12. Stay healthy, eat right, and most importantly, be kind to all. (Tho Nguyen)

13. Forgive yourself, appreciate others, listen to your gut, do things you enjoy, and remind yourself that we are all loved and connected. (Sandra Lumb)

14. Don’t sweat the small stuff. (Allison Gillam)

15. Question everything, keep it simple, and help whenever and however you can. (Lynda Corrigan Sutherland)

16. Try to enjoy every minute of every day. (Maria Ahlin)

17. Appreciate life’s every second. (Anna-Karin Boyaciyan-Demirciyan)

18. Step through new doors. The majority of the time there's something fantastic on the other side. (Terri Mindock)

19. Remember that all is a gift, but the most precious of all gifts is life and love. (Debbie Teeuwen)

20. Keep your spirit free, be flexible, let go. (Leslie Brown)

21. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~Baz Luhrmann (Adam Raffel)

22. Don’t attach to outcomes. (Wp Ho)

23. Spend as much time with a two year old as possible. (Jackie Freeman)

24. Enjoy each and every moment of life. Every day is a new challenge and opportunity to discover something new. (Chirag Tripathi)

25. Budget travel. It is always an adventure! You get to enjoy what fate has to offer with limited means. (Ruby Baltazar)

26. Be honestly thankful for every breath you take. (Jonathan Carey)

27. Just be. (Catherine Halvorsson)

28. “Trust yourself. Trust your own strengths.” ~Gandalf the grey (Jonathan David Evan Fulton)

29. Pause momentarily before everything you do so that you notice everything you should or could notice. (Scott Hutchinson)

30. Follow your hopes and not your fears. (Jody Bower)

What have you done today to live life to the fullest?

Photo by gaborbasch

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • primaltoad

    This is absolutely beautiful! I will be printing this out and sharing it with millions of people for the rest of my life 🙂

  • This is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs. Keep up the good work, very inspiring.

  • luckynlovenlife

    Just printed it and shared with my co-worker. Thank you!

  • Brian Bevans

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  • Jeff~ Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy it.

  • What a beautiful image–very cool! Thank you, as well.

  • You are most welcome. Happy Saturday =)

  • Wow that's fantastic! I'm happy to know you feel inspired to share this. I really enjoyed learning how other people live life to the fullest. There's a Tiny Buddha in everyone =)

  • SM

    Hi, found your site recently and really enjoy reading your posts, am spending time going back through your archives for some truly inspiring reads. Thank you!

  • Fantastic! I hope you find some others you enjoy.

  • Thippeswamy

    Hi, this site is helping me to live my life to the fullest by enjoying every moment. Thank you so much for such a wonderful work you are doing.

  • You're welcome! I'm so happy you find the site helpful. =)

  • David Henderson

    Every single one of these was a repetition of its predecessor. Of course, that leaves out the first, which simply just “was.”

    This was a waste of time.

  • Thank you for the post. Great advice! (:

  • Greg Quinlivan

    Thanks again, Lori. I know someone who could do with this advice right now. And, I suppose it won't hurt me either.

  • Happy to help =)

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  • I love all of these! Especially number 23. It's amazing what all you can learn from a life so young. I agree with Jeff, keep up the good work!!

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  • Great article, it’s good to remind ourselves every now and then. Love reading your blog, so glad that I came across it.

  • Thanks Moon! It’s a pleasure to make your e-acquaintance =)


  • Interesting and very helpful post.. This is great..

  • Living the life to its full extent is never so easy…if and only if someone read this post….The 30 tricks listed here really the important ones to keep in mind,so that we never forget to enjoy the life we have…

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  • Omar

    This is really inspiring. Thanks for this. God bless you.

  • Microsoft

    Seems like i can relate to this since im 14 and growing

  • Imee_catriz

    It is a great help for me..In my everyday life.Thanks be to God in the highest!

  • Meganza-is-ace

    Living life to the fullest? Always be carful in what you do though! But me, yeah, me, I did a triple back flip of the highest diving bored today! thanks to this article, I seem to live life to it’s fullest every single day! If you read this page, y’all understand that you throw yourself into your life, body and soul, after reading this article! You take great Belifes after reading! So I warn any one who is dangerously stupid, not to read this article cus you’ll end up Killing your self! Believe me!

  • Meganza-is-ace

    I’ve got another one to add as number 31, youve got to take risks, and ive also got one as 32, 32: feel the fear and do it any way

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    my name is vidhant and ashish is my best friend

  • Josh T.

    All is good. except #25 there is a big difference between fate & destiny. fate isn’t so good.

  • LaTia Johnson
    I was going through your blog, and the way you asked people have they live their lives to the fullest, i show pictures of what i do to have fun. I was really fascinated by how you felt and how everyone respond in different ways

  • Adii

    hey…i like your page !!awesome….you knw i love life enjoy life….iam a very crazy person and evevn my friends are…i wanna b a footballer…i knw iam gud…but i get demotivated by some people….i trust myself…but u knw their even thought pulls me down… me over come it….plzz

  • R.J

    This site is simply awesome.The blogs,articles has such a profound effect on changing the lives of the readers’s.Wish you all the success in your endeavour..

  • Onry

    I’m 14 years old and people are asking me more and more what do you want to do when you grow up and I have found this very inspiring I have also found a few company’s that seem to reflect on this the biggest being mercy ships

  • Darrien Eouse

    great post. Its our turn, now. To make a difference and Change the world. So many of us worry about the future and dwell on the past. That actually makes it worse for us. The only moment that can change anything is the present moment. we must live now and live in the present moment, being present and constantly improving ourselves to change the world and society with it. Please read my blog about this very subject.

    Darrien Eouse

  • leena

    Living life to the fullest is interesting topic.

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  • Shiv kumar

    Live the life as everythings has its own specific reason.

  • Shiv kumar

    I likes this pages very much.

  • Zarak khan

    wow amazig m loving it , please post more so can chk t daily get some motivation thns alot,,,

  • Ameer

    Been doing my best to live “in the present” for about a month, took some practice and yet I’m still a beginner but … wow ! somebody can tell me what’s that feeling ? sometimes I feel like my chest is about to explode and by times I’m so afraid that I want to go back to my good old me only to feel “normal” (normal according to my old standards I mean). That good feeling makes me lose any notion of time and at the age of 34 , for the first time in my life I cried from hapiness. I suffered a lot in the past and now, it’s like I’m becoming a little child who pays attention to every single detail. What’s that feeling and why does it go sometimes ?
    I’m new to spiritual matters so for the moment I have no answer for that ..

  • Neha Mehra

    i absolutely agree with the #1 one. If we practically look at ourselves, we spend so much of our important time in things that are not important and later we regret about it that we never got a chance to enjoy our lives.It’s really sad as life is not complicated, we humans make it but over thinking too much and that leads to stress, it keeps you away from LIVING.I came across this video that i would really like to share with you It just shows us how stupid we humans are and waste our time on things that doesn’t even need attention.

  • fastlearner!extremelyfast:)

    thank you 🙂

  • Niall

    This has to be the simplest and most helpful blog ever! So much wisdom within simplicity

  • Thijmen van Kooten

    Have the courage to think and act on your own. And have the courage to disobey.

  • Omar Lebbe

    Lovely Lori, I have shared this on Linked In.

  • Thanks so much, Omar. =)

  • y

    Awesome blog. Love it!

  • Deepanshu

    Live your life as u will die tommorow and gain experience as u have to live forever

  • Definitely like 3. Do the things you love. (Diego Felipe Villa Serna) I think this one idea can change how we see the world and it is surely helping me to live each day to the fullest!

  • bonjovy

    these ways of living life are bullshit! everyone should just go and fuck themselfs

  • Kindrick Weatherbee

    Wow this blog is really a mind opener! i am slowly becoming my dad who works 24/7! i am forgetting to live for my self! I have checked if my mental healthh is still in check with an article from The Consumer Health Digest as my reference and ooh boy, the reuslt got me scared. I really should try and adapt your tips, I need to think things through

  • Lovely nuggets of insight. Thank you for sharing!

  • Truth77

    Yes I did that for 3 days and felt a high that had no intoxicant involved, but after that I’ve been worse than before, my mind is and has always been in control. The key is to ignore it, even though I know this I am still very much in control so it’s very powerful

  • Truth77

    Also this is a really old response and you probably won’t read this but if you do can you tell me how you are now and any advice you can give me?

  • Marcus M

    Very Inspirational quotes Thank You for sharing.