Yeah, we all get it, life sucks! But do you really need to wallow in all things negative? If you really want people to picture you as this crazy hermit afraid of even breathing, then this article is not for you.

Let’s face it: Life is amazing, life is messy, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. How else would magical things happen, or—dare anyone say—even miracles?

That being said, all of us only have so much time on earth, so how do we do it all?

You don’t. So pick only the essentials. Here are 30 things you need to experience to understand how amazing life is.

1. Travel

Yeah, yeah, this is something everyone recommends. Getting to eat that dish you’ll remember for life. Meeting hot babes. Laughing along with locals who remind you friendly people still exist. This are just a few of many reasons why people recommend it.

2. Waking Up next to a Loved One

Who wouldn’t want to experience something awesome right from the minute they wake up?

3. Fail Epically

Sounds cheesy, but it is through our failures that miracles occur. Opportunities will come knocking on your door, I promise.

4. Succeed at Something

It doesn’t have to be something grand like making a million dollars, but celebrate any type of success you have.

5. Work at Your Dream Job

What would you pursue if you could have 100% chance of success? Working at your dream job will ignite your passion and you’ll wonder why you’re getting paid to do something you’d easily do for free.

6. Do an Extreme Sport

Come on, I dare you.

7. Be a Mentor

You’ll feel a rush of excitement and be so proud when the person you mentor achieves success because of what you did.

8. Get a Mentor

You need a mentor, too, to show you that life can be more than you dreamed of.

9. Exercise the Heck out of Your Body

Remember how awesome you feel after each workout?

10. Try Your Hand at Becoming a Minimalist

Like they say, less is more. You’ll soon notice at how much happier you are when you have fewer things to worry about.

11. Outsource Menial Tasks

You’d be surprised at how much leisure time you have, or even how you can get more done, when you outsource tasks that suck up more time than you initially realized.

12. Take a Week Off to Unplug

It’s amazing how getting away from an electronic device (especially our phones!) can really recharge our batteries. (Ha, ha, get it?)

13. Go for a Spa Day

Come on, even men could benefit from a relaxing massage. You’ll emerge a new man (or woman).

14. Ask for Help

You’ll cry knowing how much you’re loved when people step up and help you when you’re in need.

15. Be an Extra in a Movie

Who wouldn’t want to meet celebrities in person?

16. Take an Online Course

Many of them are free, and you’ll remember at once the joy you felt when you learned something new. Especially something you’ve always been curious about.

17. Blog

Express yourself! You also get to be in awe of the power of the internet, and how many people connect over this nifty little thing.

18. Learn a New Language

It just opens so many doors, such as meeting and being friends with people you normally wouldn’t be able to communicate with.

19. Laugh. A Lot.

Nothing is better in life than laughing until you cry or can’t breathe anymore.

20. Fall in Love

You know that high everyone talks about? Yeah.

21. Have at Least One Sexy Outfit.

That doesn’t mean it has to be revealing. Just something that makes you feel good inside and out.

22. Read More

Is there anything better than getting lost in a book?

23. Spend More Time with Family

Do I really need to elaborate on this?

24. Spend More Time with Friends

Why wouldn’t you?

25. Meditate

Getting into a calm state of mind really helps you change your perspective on how good life actually is.

26. Cry. A Lot.

Sometimes, all we need is to simply cry in order to feel better. It makes us realize that life goes on, no matter what.

27. Writing in a Gratitude Journal for at Least a Month

Having a grumpy day? Think about the good things in life and you’ll be sure to realize how amazing life is

28. Hang Out with People Who Laugh until They Make You Cry

Laughter is such great medicine. Really.

29. Smile

It’s scientifically proven that smiling (even when you don’t feel happy) boosts your mood. So why not do more of it?

30. Mix up Your Routine

Sometimes we forget how awesome life is simply because we’re bored with what we’re doing.

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