The Art of Living

Having positive attitude in life is a tremendous resource that allows us to be resilient in the face of adversity. Can you actually influence your own positivity and wellbeing? I believe you can. How? Very simple: be grateful for what you have.

How many people around you (maybe also in the mirror) are unhappy or unsatisfied with their life? Unhappy about materialistic things that they don’t have, about career progression, about relationships, about current circumstances, about weather… the list goes on and on. It is quite sensible to set goals and to dream, but it is quite different thing than a continuous complaining of what you fear of missing out.

If you feel annoyed by bad weather or by Monday mornings, wouldn’t it be easier to just stop complaining, because you can’t influence the weather, can you? What about Monday morning? Either you accept it is as it is, or you decide that your calendar has no Monday. Unnecessary negative energy does not change anything. It will only make you feel worse, and it also contaminates your environment.

There are many reasons why life is sometimes hard to enjoy. There are tragedies, there are things that can spoil the moment and make you feel down or sorry for yourself. But still, life is too unique to waste it on the constant despair. Life is not a bed of roses. But life can still be enjoyable. Allow yourself to be positive. Give yourself permission to enjoy the moment. Allow yourself to apply for a change if your current environment does not allow such positivity. Try to bring more fun in your life! Influence the things you can do. When feeling upset, do something that will make you feel better. Enjoy small moments. In life there is a huge amount of beautiful, fine moments when you just want to see and enjoy them. Try to focus on finding them!

Where do you get joy, love and happiness? Rejoice about them. Enjoy them. Be grateful. Catch your day!

Social Philosopher Roman Krznaric likes to make a distinction between introspection and outrospection. In the 21st century we need to balance introspection with outrospection – the idea that the way to discover how to live is to discover how other people see the world, to put yourself in their shoes and see how they have pursued the art of living. We need to recognize that life is preciously short and now is the moment to make that change – whether it is talking to your sister whom you haven’t spoken to in a decade, or handing in your resignation letter, or starting a community puppet theatre whether it works or not. Ultimately, if we don’t take those chances, and if we don’t sometimes fall down as well as stand up and thrive, we’re never going to live a life which is both deep and adventurous.To learn how to live well we must look to the past, says Roman Krznaric. He recommends five books, from Thoreau to Orwell that inspires us to live more adventurously.