I want to share 15 practical tips to help you lighten up and enjoy life more. If you often take life too seriously, these strategies can bring more joy, laughter, and relaxation into your daily routine.

1. Play More Games

One of the simplest ways to lighten up is to play more games. Turn off the TV and connect with friends, family, or neighbors through your favorite games. This strengthens relationships and brings fun and joy into your life.

 2. Constrain Negative Input

Limit your exposure to negative news and information. Stay informed by reading concise, factual articles and set a daily time limit for news consumption, ideally between 10 to 30 minutes. This helps prevent the negativity from weighing you down.

3. Use Safety Mantras

Practice mantras that promote calmness and safety, such as “I am safe” or “It’s safe to feel good.” These affirmations help you remain centered and peaceful, especially during stressful times.

4. Identity Mantras

Create “I am” statements that reflect who you want to be. Examples include “I am light,” “I am fun,” and “I am joyful.” These positive affirmations can shift your mindset and help you embody the qualities you desire in your daily life.

5. Notice Glimmers

Look for micro-moments of joy and happiness, known as glimmers. These small moments can compound, helping you to see more positivity in your life. Keep a journal to note these moments each day.

6. Smile More

Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, which improve your mood. Make a conscious effort to smile more throughout your day to uplift your spirits and those around you.

7. Change Your Physiology

Incorporate movement into your day to improve your mood. Whether it’s walking, exercising, or simply sitting up straight and rolling your shoulders back, movement helps to change your physical state and enhance your well-being.

8. Laugh More

Set a goal to laugh at least once a day. Watch comedies, and funny videos, or talk to friends who make you laugh. Laughter is a powerful way to lighten your mood and reduce stress.

9. Create Margin

Add white space into your daily routine for rest and connection. Take naps, visit with neighbors, and ensure you have time for self-care to prevent burnout. This space allows you to approach your day more lightly.

10. Find the Pause Before You React

Before reacting to any circumstance, take a moment to pause. This pause allows you to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively. Practice pausing and taking a deep breath before responding to challenging situations.

11. Decide to Not Care

For insignificant issues, decide not to care. For example, if your home is messy, choose not to react negatively. This decision helps you maintain a lighter outlook and reduces unnecessary stress.

12. Listen to Music

Upbeat music can boost dopamine and serotonin levels, while calm music can relax you. Use music to influence your mood positively. Create playlists that match your desired emotional state.

13. Balance Work, Rest, and Play

Ensure you have a healthy balance of work, rest, and play in your day-to-day life. Engage in activities that you find relaxing and fun, and make time for creative work. This balance is crucial for maintaining overall well-being.

14. Get Outside and Be in Nature

Spending time in nature is healing. Fresh air, a change of scenery, and connecting with the natural world can significantly improve your mood and help you feel more grounded. Plan regular outings in nature.

15. Drop Your Rule Book

Let go of rigid rules and be more flexible. Love harder and forgive more easily. This flexibility will make your life easier and your relationships more enjoyable. Reflect on your personal “rule book” and make conscious efforts to be more adaptable.

Bonus Tips

16. Imagine the Positive

Shift your perspective by imagining the best-case scenario instead of the worst. Give the positive story as much attention as the negative one. This practice can change how you approach challenges.

17. Decide to Not Worry

Focus on what you can control and let go of worries about what you cannot change. Worrying doesn’t solve problems and can drain your energy. You can still care deeply without the constant burden of worry.

18. Pet Your Furry Friend

Pets provide unconditional love and can calm your nervous system. Take breaks to pet your furry friends and enjoy their companionship. This simple act can bring immense joy and relaxation.


Incorporating these tips into your daily life can help you cultivate a lighter, more joyful approach to living. Practicing these strategies regularly will replace stress and overwhelm with joy, laughter, and positivity. Remember, these tools are simple but require consistent practice to see results.

How can you lighten up in your relationships, everyday life, and goals? Access your wisdom to answer these questions and start making small changes today. You’ll feel softer inside, more creative, and more connected. Your relationships will become more loving, and everything will get easier.

Let’s lighten up and enjoy life more together!

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