New experiences supply a basic psychological need. The more stable and routine life becomes, the more claimant grows the need. If you notice that you are losing your zest for life perhaps you are not paying attention to these demands. To inject new zest and interest into your life, implement one or more of the following suggestions as quickly as possible.
1.Do New Things:
There is nothing like embarking on some new hobby, interest or
sport for rekindling enthusiasm for
living. What activity has beckoned to you in the past which you have
never got around to engaging in? Was it
painting or cookery or gardening? Was it
stamp collecting or reading? Whatever it might have been, go after it now. Have
a go! You will not regret it. You have nothing to lose but your boredom and depression.
Soon you will realize that your
interest is kindling. Soon the light will come back to your eyes and the spring
in your step. Soon you will be regretting
why you did not start earlier. Your
life can be an exhilarating and enthusiastic journey through a golden avenue of days,
humming a happy tune.
Remember, a new activity means
CHANGE – new ideas, new books, new
topics of conversation, new people, new
experiences, new skills, new muscles
used, new things to spend your money on. It entails a turning outward, a
turning away from a preoccupation with self, and one’s aches and pains,
problems and loneliness. It means an end
2. Learn New Things:
You will readily admit that there are
many sectors of human experience and knowledge about which you know but little.
To keep life interesting it is a good plan to turn to one of these areas and
devote the leisure time to acquire some knowledge of it.
For example, if you have not already
done so, you might turn seriously to classical music. You will discover new
worlds of interest and pleasures as you become familiar with the great
symphonies and concertos. Learning
something about the lives of great musical celebrities like Beethoven, Brahms and Berlitz will add
Incidentally, you might even
entertain the idea of learning to play a musical instrument, if that is not
already one of your accomplishments.
If the arts do not interest you why
not try astronomy, geology, wild life or collection of antiques?
3. Visit New Places:
Man needs change and novelty – an
environment which doesn’t reveal all at a
glance. Ask yourself whether you must spend your weekends the same old
way. Or whether you must have the same kind of holiday every year.
You might ask yourself when you last
visited a museum or an art gallery, or an exhibition. Consider too the
possibility of visiting events which have not appealed to you in the past. You
might discover that the visit was, in fact, interesting. Certainly you will
widen you knowledge and experience and break the fetters of habit.
4. Develop New Attitudes:
Two men looked out from prison bars.
One saw mud, the other saw stars.
Because of our daily routine we can easily allow ourselves to be
obsessed by tragedies and human follies. Despondency comes in and interest goes out. On the other hand,
we can regard life as perpetual challenge, keeping alert to its wonders, beauties, and opportunities.
This later attitude is the one you
would be wise to develop. Work at it till it becomes second nature with you. Make it a way of life. Fostering
mental curiosity and a sense of wonder will keep life an interesting business.
The more one knows the more one realizes how much more there is to know.
Finally in view of the fact that life
is mainly other people, see that you change your attitudes to all with whom you
come into contact. Look for the best in
them. Learn to like them by accepting
them with all their failings. After all, that is how you would like them to
Others will sense that you have a
basic liking for them, and they will quickly like you in return. This leads to
more friendship and more fun, and much more pleasantness and interest in the
As you carry out these suggestions
you will discover that your life will become a continual panorama of interest.