1. Be spontaneous.

Seize opportunities to do something interesting. For example; when a friend invites you for a drink or to the movies—don’t make excuses. Simply, say yes and go. Don’t turn down invitations to socialize when you know you have nothing better to do.

2. Visit a new place.

It’s a shame to not have gone anywhere else besides your little hometown; or seen anything else outside of your community. C’mon, there is so much to see. Drive, get on a bus or train and go see the world!

3. Do the unusual.

Do something you have always wanted to do but never made time for. Go hiking, camping, kayaking, run the marathon, go to the museum, attend a concert, visit an old friend or do some volunteer work.

4. Plan a “spice up my life day” and commit to it.

Mark the date on your calendar for a special vacation, trip or activity. Submit your official vacation day leave request today. Invite your friends to do the same. The more the merrier! Start planning for your special day, visualize yourself having fun and get in the mood to party!

5. “Tune up” your attitude.

Give up the “I don’t do this and I don’t do that” attitude. Be willing to participate in new activities and to embrace new experiences. Stop being uptight, be open-minded, let loose and have fun. You will be pleasantly surprised at what the right attitude can do for you!

6. Be fully present and in the moment.

What’s the point of going on vacation and then spending your vacation time thinking about work, bills and other stressful issues? You can’t really spice up your life if you are physically present and mentally absent. To enjoy yourself, be fully engaged in the moment— body, soul and spirit.

7. Leave your hang-ups at home.

When spending time with your friends…don’t let your pessimist outlook and woe is me stories ruin the day. Remember that your friends are there to enrich your life and not to baby sit you. So, during this special time leave you high maintenance behavior at home, be a joy to others and have fun!

8. Change your environment.

Introduce inspiring elements into your surroundings. Change your furniture, paint your walls a different color, get some potted house plants, a fish tank or even a pet.

9. Make new friends or foster existing relationships.

Technology has made it possible to connect with people faster and easily. Make friends with people from different cultures and learn something new. Contact a long lost friend and make plans to meet and catch up. Better yet, pay a surprise visit to a relative you haven’t seen in a while.

10. Be creative

Opportunities present themselves in the most unlikely ways. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now, this week, this weekend…to spice up my life?” Think outside the box.

Enjoy!

(by Caroline Jalango: http://www.motivationzone.com)

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