Live It List – Inexpensive Ideas

According to a Harris Poll, only 1 in 3 Americans consider themselves truly happy. That is horrible! So many people relate their happiness to money and that is not always the case. Many feel that the more money they have, the more “things” they have which in turn makes them “happier.” However, I believe that it isn’t about the “things” we have but instead the “experiences” we have that truly makes us happy.

The idea of a Bucket List is growing more popular everyday – however the thought of completing things you have always wanted to do before you die really isn’t a positive outlook. That is why we re-branded the traditional Bucket List into a “Live It List” – which is a list of things you want to do while you are enjoying and living life to the fullest.

Now with this list, there is often the stigma surrounding it that all of these experiences have to cost a lot money (think Bora Bora, Helicopter Rides, etc) and not everyone can afford it. However, I recently took it one step further and came up with a list of 25 things you can add to your list that are FREE and another 25 that cost under $100! It is possible to live a happy life without spending a lot of money.

Live It List Items – FREE

  1. Visit the Sculpture Gardens
  2. Learn a magic trick
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Go Christmas Caroling
  5. See a shooting star
  6. Sing Karaoke
  7. Chase a storm
  8. Dance in the rain
  9. Volunteer
  10. Live in the moment
  11. Pillow fight with kids or friends
  12. Be a tourist in your own city
  13. Do 50 random acts of kindness
  14. Wish upon a star
  15. Climb a tree
  16. Meditate
  17. Take the scenic route
  18. Donate blood
  19. Complete a crossword puzzle without cheating
  20. Try to break a world record
  21. Nap in a hammock
  22. Put together a 1000 piece puzzle
  23. Spend the day in bed watching movies
  24. Visit Minnehaha Falls
  25. Bike around Lake Calhoun

Live It List Items – Under $100

  1. Kayaking
  2. Cave Tour
  3. Horseback riding
  4. Paddleboarding
  5. Run a 5k
  6. Go snowboarding
  7. Play Paintball
  8. Play lasertag
  9. Do a Segway tour
  10. Take a self defense class
  11. Lawn bowling at Brits
  12. Get a massage
  13. Order room service
  14. Throw someone a surprise party
  15. Go to a comedy club
  16. Bake cookies for someone
  17. Buy someone coffee in the car behind you
  18. Pay for a strangers tank of gas
  19. Send a care package
  20. Go ice skating
  21. Dine at a small, locally owned restaurant in a small town
  22. Go on Craigslist and purchase cheap tickets to a last minute concert or sporting event
  23. Explore the bike trails at local parks
  24. Spend the day on a friends boat on one of Minnesota’s many lakes
  25. Go to a movie at a Drive In Theater

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