You’ve probably heard the phrase “living in the moment” before. It’s a common notion that we should all be enjoying life and appreciating what we have right now, instead of worrying about the past or future. However, its easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to feel alive in each moment. But how does one actually live in the moment? What does it mean to be present as opposed to distracted by something else? And how can you find happiness in each new day?  There are so many things we can do in order to live more mindfully, but one of my favorites is simply not worrying about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow, but rather taking a deep breath and enjoying this very minute for what it is. Here are some other things you can do:

Live fully where you are.

When we say “live in the moment,” it’s not about being distracted or escaping from your responsibilities, and it’s not about indulging all of your whims at the expense of others. Rather, living in the moment means being mindful of your current situation—your surroundings and what’s going on around you—and enjoying what’s happening right now without judging it or trying to change it.

You are where you are, so live there.

The past is a guide, not a blueprint.

You can’t change the past, but you can change the future. Look at the past as a way to inform your present self, not your future self.

When we look at our own history as an endless line with no beginning or end, it becomes difficult to make sense of it all. We have no place from which to view this narrative and so are unable to step back and reflect on what we’ve learned—and how those lessons might inform our decisions today. Instead of viewing your life as one long journey with many destinations along the way (some good, some bad), consider that each destination could be seen as part of a series: one journey leading into another until finally reaching its conclusion at death. Each chapter can provide valuable information about who you are and where you want to go next; each experience will teach you something new about yourself while also helping define what happiness means in your life right now rather than later down the road when everything seems clearer than ever before; this momentary state of being will be gone soon enough anyway!

Acknowledge your feelings.

One of the most important things you can do to find happiness in the moment is to acknowledge your feelings. Feelings are not good or bad, they just are. You cannot control your feelings, but what you can control is how you respond to them. If a feeling makes you feel negative about yourself or others, acknowledge it and let go of it in a healthy way by acknowledging that this feeling exists but it does not define who you are as a person. If a positive feeling arises from something like an accomplishment at work or being with friends, allow yourself to enjoy this moment and try not to analyze it too much (which can often take away from enjoying).

Acknowledge what happened during each day so that when looking back on your day later on (or even during), there will be no question about what went down!

Let go of resentment

Letting go of resentment is an important part of living in the moment. The past is over and you can’t change it, so why dwell on it? Holding onto resentment will only hold you back from enjoying your life and being happy now.

If you’re holding onto resentment, then you are letting that person or situation control your life. You have no power over them – they don’t care if they hurt your feelings or make you angry! But if they are hurting another person’s feelings, then maybe their actions will change!

Pursue knowledge and wisdom.

Knowledge is power. You can gain knowledge in many ways—from books, from experience, from the internet and people. You don’t have to go to school or university to gain knowledge; you can do it yourself!

Wisdom is understanding knowledge and applying it to your life. Wisdom comes with age and experience but also through reading great books of wisdom (like this one!). As your mind grows in wisdom you will become more at peace with yourself as well as the world around you.

Focus on your strengths.

Focusing on your weaknesses can make you feel inadequate and anxious, which then makes it harder to function in the present moment. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do or have, focus on what your strengths are.

It’s important not to compare yourself to others or dwell on what they have that you don’t. Focus instead on what you know and can do, and don’t be hard on yourself if something doesn’t go right at first; there’s always room for improvement! Be kinder than necessary with yourself—we all mess up sometimes, but the important thing is learning from those mistakes so we know how not to make them again in the future.

Be curious and inquisitive about the world around you.

I’ve always been curious about the world around me. I’m a naturally inquisitive person, who is always looking for answers to questions that have yet to be answered. This curiosity has led me to learn new skills and create new things, which has helped me grow as a person and achieve success in life.

If you want to find happiness in this present moment, then you should be curious about your surroundings and whatever is going on around you at that moment.

The only moment you have is right here, right now; make sure it’s a good one.

This concept is easier said than done; our minds are constantly wandering from one place to another. We’re thinking about the past and future, but not what’s happening in front of us. We’re worrying about things we can’t change and comparing ourselves to other people who are better off than us in some way or another (clothes, money, looks). Instead of focusing on all this negativity, we should be finding joy in the small things: a walk outside on a sunny day; your favorite song playing on the radio; drinking coffee while reading a book; talking with friends over dinner or drinks after work.

Happiness is a feeling, an emotion, a choice and/or state of mind, a state of being, a state of consciousness. It’s something we all want to experience more often—and for good reason! When we’re happy, we feel better about life in general and ourselves as individuals. Living in the moment is about being aware of the present and how much you enjoy it. Don’t let this life pass you by! Be happy, have fun and laugh as much as you can.

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