Metropolitan Center for Psychological Services

5 Reasons to Live in the Now and Take Each Day as it Comes


It’s easy to get caught up in planning a secure and happy future. But too much attention to the future can stop you from to focusing on the here and now.


Consider these five reasons that you should start living in the here and now:


  1. Each day, you grow older. Each day of your life has the ability to be monumental, but each day only happens once. Every moment of every day, you’re given a chance to make a lasting memory. If you’re concerned about the future, you can start paving the road for it today. Living your life to the fullest at this very moment so you feel fulfilled in the years to come.


  1. You can replace worry with contentment and stop worrying about what’s to come. Focus on enjoying your reality.


  1. Knowing yourself. Your wants, needs, and interests are constantly evolving. If you’re wrapped up in planning for tomorrow, you may never truly get to know the person you are today. By defining yourself in the here and now, you’re able to truly figure out what you want.


  1. Spend more time with your loved ones. If you’re a parent, you know better than anyone that those precious moments disappear in a blink of an eye. Also, devoting time to your spouse is important even more so. When you do, you nurture your marital relationship to ensure that your significant other is feeling loved and cared for.


  1. Experiencing all life has to offer is important to maximize every moment by experiencing each moment to its fullest. This is the time to be spontaneous. Take your family on a random weekend vacation. Surprise your spouse or go out with your friends. These are memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime!


So many meaningful things happen in your everyday. If your mind is trapped in the future, all of these events will slip by before you’re even able to notice that they’re gone. Live in the now!

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