50 Ways To Love Life


Life’s simple pleasures are often swept away with such busy and hurried lives. Stress, being the captain that rules most things, can easily talk us out of doing the things that we really want to do.

It seems that we’re so often distracted by pressures like body image, family, career and financial stress that the love affair life wants us to have can go unmet and malnourished. Yes, there are important things that require our attention, but the real task is about balance; it’s about doing what is necessary while still taking the time for what is deeply satisfying. When we’re living from a place of ease, life’s to-do list can be so much more manageable and enjoyable. As we’ve all heard time and time again, life is about celebrating the small things and relishing in the uncomplicated pleasures. These moments will stay with us long after the stress has settled.

To spark your own love affair with life again, here are 50 simple ways to welcome joy back in:

1. Have monthly picnics in your favorite park.

2. Bake with the intention of sharing.

3. Swing on a swing set.

4. Write anonymous love letters to those in need with The World Needs More Love Letters.

5. Volunteer reading books to children at your local library.

6. Try a new DIY project like beautiful shebori dying.

7. Send postcards to those you love.

8. Take a Sunday drive with the intention of getting lost.

9. Join a community garden.

10. Trade cookbooks with friends to discover new cuisines.

11. End the day by naming 10 things you’re grateful for.

12. Compliment strangers for the sole reason of making someone else’s day.

13. Say ‘I love you’ and mean it.

14. Devote Saturdays to doing only what you really want.

15. Wear your favorite lipstick and heels to run errands.

16. Get a pedicure.

17. Subscribe to a new magazine.

18. Shop at your farmer’s market as a way to get to know your community.

19. Ride your bike to run errands.

20. Light candles at the breakfast table.

21. Give yourself permission to stay in bed longer than normal.

22. Take a social media fast for two days or more.

23. Sun-brew tea in a windowsill or on a porch.

24. Declutter your space.

25. Wear glitter and sequins often.

26. Search out the perfect lake and rope swing.

27. Make a pot of midday tea.

28. Hang your laundry to dry in the sun.

29. Decide your “someday” is today.

30. Make a running list of fun things to do for each season.

31. Give yourself reasons why you can and will.

32. Snuggle more.

33. Leave inexpensive flowers on someone’s doorstep.

34. Choose faith over fear.

35. Give $5 worth of gold coins to a child.

36. Unabashedly ask for what you want.

37. Each day, use a new word like some from this list.

38. Host a wine party.

39. Have a glass jar full of positive affirmations.

40. Learn how to preserve food.

41. Have s’mores inside around your fireplace.

42. Create a signature perfume for yourself.

43. Make a fort out of sheets just like you did as a child.

44. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect.

45. Take more baths.

46. Discover new music.

47. Return a favor.

48. Eat healthy foods that make your body scream YES.

49. Invest in yourself.

50. Love genuinely and love often.

What would you add to this list? Share below and on Instagram using #thats darling.

Image via Izzie Rae Photography

Based in Portland, Oregon Ashley is a life purpose provocateur, coach and writer. She empowers women to live extraordinary lives everyday.

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  • Karli Wessale April 16, 2014

    Reading each of these gives me warm, fuzzy feelings. So much of my time is waisted flipping through social media sites and browsing buzz feed. But the simple change of intentionality with my time, with help from this list, helps me remember the beauty in each day and simple moments. Thank you Darling & Ashley!


    • Ashley August 7, 2014

      I’m happy you’re inspired! It’s the whole point of the list 🙂

  • Carly April 9, 2014

    51. Reread your favorite books from your childhood.

  • Corlie April 9, 2014

    These are brilliant, the moments make up the whole of your life, best enjoy them and keep creating good moments!

  • 3girls1apple April 8, 2014

    I had to immediately send this to myself. Very great points. I feel like I want to do ONE a day. Thank you for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

  • Leslie Musser April 8, 2014

    These suggestions are so marvelously simple and yet hugely inspiring. Each one attainable and both self-empowering yet others-conscious. It is amazing to see small instances or breaks from routine reform our outlook on a day/week/month/even lifetime.


    • Darling Magazine April 8, 2014

      Thanks, Leslie! We so agree.

  • Leslie Musser April 8, 2014

    These suggestions are so marvelously simple and yet hugely inspiring. Each one attainable and both self-empowering yet others-conscious. It is amazing to see small instances or breaks from routine reform our outlook on a day/week/month/even lifetime.