100 Ways to Enjoy Life


The Great Outdoors

  • Feed the ducks at the park.
  • Cut some fresh wildflowers for your table.
  • Go fishing.
  • Hike somewhere with pretty scenery.
  • Go jogging with a friend.
  • Take your dog for a walk.
  • Get a group of friends together for a water balloon fight.
  • Try to find out about little-known waterfalls in your area and explore to find them.
  • Volunteer for a non-profit association.
  • Go camping at a place you’ve never been before.
  • Learn how to sail a catamaran.
  • Visit a farm with a friend.
  • Go off-road mountain biking.
  • Take horseback riding lessons.
  • Find a quiet place with beautiful scenery to read a favorite book.
  • Find a wildflower information book and explore to see how many flowers you can identify around your town.
  • Go kayaking.
  • Start a garden.
  • Run through a water sprinkler.
  • Organize a barbeque with the neighbors.


  • Run a 5K race or fun walk just for fun.
  • Join the local community orchestra or choir.
  • Take ballroom dancing lessons.
  • Take up a new instrument.
  • Write a humorous poem.
  • Go see the nearest symphony orchestra.
  • Read to grade school children.
  • Join a recreational basketball or volleyball team from the local community center.
  • Go to a nearby coffee shop and listen to any intellectual conversations going on.
  • Become a mentor to a student that wishes to enter your profession.
  • Organize a scavenger hunt for friends and family.
  • Listen to a new genre of music.
  • Explore small shops downtown in your city.
  • Send a postcard to a child.
  • Ask a veteran to tell you some if his or her favorite stories from years in the service.
  • Send flowers or a card to a friend just for fun.
  • Go to a music store and try out all the grand pianos.
  • Go shopping to find a gift for someone who has been kind to you.
  • Go visit your alma mater to see what has changed since you graduated.
  • Go watch a high school play.

Around the house

  • Bake some cookies for your neighbors.
  • Buy a pretty house plant.
  • Try out a new kind of tea or coffee.
  • Make gift baskets for a local charity.
  • Start a canned food drive for needy families.
  • Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn and talk with them afterward.
  • Find an ugly corner in the yard and turn it into a small garden.
  • Try out a new recipe for supper.
  • Take a bicycle ride.
  • Organize a neighborhood-wide game of sardines.
  • Take some time to look through old family photos.
  • Invite friends and family over for supper.
  • Start a scrapbook.
  • Get the family together and watch old home videos.
  • Let a child help you give your dog a bath (this doesn’t work so well with cats)
  • Make your own root beer. As an added benefit, this is also a nice money saver.
  • Make up your own variety of smoothie with your favorite fruit.
  • Start a practical joke war with a sibling or long suffering friend.
  • Record yourself singing a friend’s favorite songs and give the CD to them.
  • Save a snowball in the freezer and get to throw it at someone on a hot summer day.
  • Make your own fountain with Diet Coke and Mentos.
  • Camp out in the living room with your kids.
  • Build a fort out of cardboard boxes.
  • Make homemade ice cream.
  • Listen to your old cassette tapes or records.
  • Call your parents just to say “hi.”
  • Help your kids make homemade cards for relatives.
  • Check out a book of jokes and read it.
  • Build a house out of cards.
  • Make a gingerbread house during the summer.
  • Print some digital pictures and hang them in your house.
  • Repaint a room with a cheerful color.
  • Rearrange your furniture.
  • Put your TV in the closet for a month.
  • Reupholster an old piece of furniture.
  • Make a slip ‘n slide for your family. (keep safety in mind)
  • Make a pie, draw or paint a picture, or grow and arrange flowers to enter in the county fair.
  • Help your kids make cards for nursing home residents.
  • Explore iTunes for new music to listen to.
  • Try out Pandora Radio.


  1. says

    I must say that’s a really nice list compiled with ideas most of which can easily be managed by everybody. It’s funny how sometimes we forget how simple things can make us so happy.

    • david brightman says

      I think you hit the nail on the head there Manish.
      Too often we all try to think too much, organise too much etc
      It is often as you say, the simple things that are worth doing and give you the most enjoyment.

      People need to start sitting or being still and watch what is actually happening around them.
      I love people watching at the Cafe or anywhere really.

      Enjoy life now, nobody knows what happens afterwards!

  2. meme1111 says

    you blogger people who make lists of things for other people to do in order to make yourselves sound like gurus just end up looking like self indulgent fools. do you feel proud? there is absolutely NOTHING novel on your “oh-so-fantastic” list of things to do.

  3. david brightman says

    People should try being positive about things whatever the things are, instead of being negative.

    Lists are a good start and often other activities come off at a Tangent, and lead to new exciting stuff to do.

    We are often a cumulation of our past, the people and the environment around us, so to read a list like this can give you a new idea for something that you would have not thought of.
    Not everyone is able to create, and sometimes its good to get information from others.
    Its up to yourself, if you do anything at all!

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