Ask yourself this – do you love your life and are you happy how it currently is? Did you know that most people would answer no to this question? The first step to love your life more is to accept responsibility for creating your own happiness. You can take easy steps to start loving your life more right now. Here’s how.

1. Live in the present

By living in the present, you focus on only what is currently happening – not what happened in the past and not what may happen in the future. The truth is in any present moment, so long as you are healthy and safe you really have nothing to complain about! By enjoying the present moment, you will find that you are able to appreciate and love your life more.

2. Do what brings you joy

What are your true passions? What activities bring you the most joy? These are the things you should spend most of your life doing. You have one life to live, so make it count! With time being so precious, spend each day doing what you love the most. You’ll create more happy emotions and start feeling great about your life!

3. Practice gratitude

By practicing gratitude throughout your day, you are allowing yourself to focus only on the good things in life that you are thankful for. This is when positivity takes control of any negative thoughts you have. Gratitude keeps you feeling thankful, happy and positive!

4. Surround yourself with good people

They say you are the average health and wealth of the top five people that you spend the most time with. Marinate on that for a second, and you’ll realize how important it is to spend time with only good people. These friends and family are the type of people who inspire you to be a better person and support you when you need it the most. They lift you up and never make you feel bad about yourself. By surrounding yourself with good people, their positive energy will rub off on you and you will continue to grow into a person that loves life!

5. Get moving

Every day make it a priority to get your body moving and heart rate up- even if just for 15-20 minutes a day. You can choose whatever type of physical activity that you enjoy the most – running, dancing, yoga! After you exercise, you’ll feel recharged and focused – giving you the clarity to live the life you love!

6. Dress for success

The way we dress and look totally influences the way we feel. If you dress in old, soiled clothing, chances are you’re not going to feel like taking over the world. If you wake up and immediately put on work out clothes, you’ll be more likely to have an active day. If you put on a pretty dress and do your hair and makeup, you’re going to feel beautiful and confident. You get the point! Present yourself in a way that best expresses who you are and your confidence will shine through every aspect of your life.

7. Do something new

By constantly trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you will naturally ignite excitement and happiness in your life. Think about the last time you traveled somewhere new. How did it make you feel? Most likely you felt relaxed, inspired and happy! So get out and experience something amazing you’ve never done before.

8. Stop expecting

One of the most important keys to loving your life more is to accept that the only person you have control over is yourself. Start by dropping any expectations you might have for other people. This includes your parents, siblings, friends, partner, workmates, and even strangers you come across throughout your day. Time to cut them all some slack! Everyone is their own person, and you can’t expect them to live life exactly like you do. By accepting this, you won’t feel hurt or let down as often. Be your own person, be responsible for yourself and let everyone else do the same.