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60 Things for Your Bucket List Other than Getting Married

60 Things for Your Bucket List Other than Getting Married

It seems like the dreams of many involve wanting to get a great job, get married, and have kids. We are so caught up in the many conventional tricks and doings of this world that we never stop to learn and discover through the simple and unconventional interests of our world. This is where a bucket list comes in. There is splendor in abundance only if we took the time to catch a breath and appreciate other pursuits and interests that could also fill us with happiness and excitement.

Our goals in life are mostly framed within a certain social context. However you can create or aspire to pursue things that can open up this context. It is simply in looking beyond the closest image and setting your sight at anything and everything you wanted to do.

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Open your heart to the joys and thrills that could be attained even in activities on your bucket list that have nothing to do with gaining a job or getting married. At the end of the day you can look back at the past and nurture a memorable thought when you go after these 60 things that have nothing to do with marriage and having kids (but you can do with or without these things).

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“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” – William Ross

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  1. Learn a new language.
  2. Go skiing.
  3. Climb a mountain.
  4. Connect with past teachers and tutors.
  5. Go on a road trip with friends.
  6. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  7. Offer a heartfelt surprise to someone.
  8. Be a mentor someone.
  9. Do a kind deed and do not expect anything in return.
  10. Sing to an audience.
  11. Start your own business.
  12. Swim under a waterfall.
  13. Pursue your dream, whatever that may be.
  14. Fly in a hot air balloon.
  15. Volunteer in a way and give back to the world!
  16. Make a difference in someone’s life.
  17. Google yourself.
  18. Leave a note for a total stranger.
  19. Take a drive to an unplanned destination.
  20. Walk or dance barefoot in the rain.
  21. Experience a sunrise and a sunset — maybe in the same day.
  22. Plant a tree and either nurture it or watch it grow.
  23. Publish a book.
  24. Host a cocktail party.
  25. Befriend a stranger.
  26. Speak in front of a thousand people.
  27. Match-make for your friends.
  28. Learn how to dance.
  29. Learn how to play a violin, a guitar, a piano or any musical instrument.
  30. Give your lunch to someone who is homeless and hungry.
  31. Give blood to someone who needs it.
  32. Get a drink for a stranger.
  33. Witness a solar eclipse.
  34. Run barefoot.
  35. Have your fortune read.
  36. Backpack and set off to a location you have never visited.
  37. Be an actor, whether in a self-produced flick or otherwise.
  38. Live in another country for at least six months.
  39. Read a book on an abstract subject you’ve always wanted to know more about.
  40. Live through four seasons of the year in one particular location.
  41. Cook a meal for your loved ones.
  42. Take a walk into the heart of nature.
  43. Knit a scarf.
  44. Connect with an individual or company that you adore and thank them for their service/product/what they do.
  45. Reach out and volunteer at a hospice.
  46. Bake a cake for someone special.
  47. Fly a kite.
  48. Fall asleep on a grassy plain.
  49. Practice some meditation.
  50. Attempt a vegan diet.
  51. Get brave, prepare for, then face and conquer your biggest fear.
  52. Adopt a rescue pet.
  53. Donate some of your hair for cancer.
  54. Invest in the stock market.
  55. Teach kids.
  56. Learn a new skill.
  57. Disconnect from the world around you for a week. Switch off your phone and tablet and spend some quality time with yourself and the people around you.
  58. Do something that does not represent who you are, at least for once act stupid and don’t act too serious.
  59. Try a delicacy you have never eaten before.
  60. Go on a romantic getaway.

So here you have 60 things you can do apart from getting married and getting a good job. Now which one sounds most appealing to you? At least that could be worth a try in the next two days?

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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