Tips for Using Your Bucket List: Be Happy, Reduce Stress, & Enjoy Life!

by | Jan 26, 2010 | Goal Setting, Health | 2 comments

Can you think of all the times in your life that you’ve said, “Oh, I really want to try that!”  or “I hope someday that I get to do __________.”  But then life get’s busy, you’re schedule is home-to-work, work-to-home, and all of the things you want to see, or do, seem to get pushed to the far depths of your brain and seem to be forgotten.

What’s on Your Bucket List?

I’m going to encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now, and get out a piece of paper, open a word document on your computer, or click open the notepad on your phone and start jotting down anything and everything that comes to your brain that sounds fun, exciting, and needs to be on your bucket list for dreams and goals that you’d like to make happen before you actually “kick the bucket!”

Here are some things that your bucket list might include:

  • Health and fitness goals
  • Places to go
  • Things to see
  • People to meet
  • Stuff you want – house, car, jewelry, new bike…
  • Wild Adventure – skydiving, bungee jumping, African safari, heli-skiing, climbing Mt. Everest…
  • Talents to develop – art, dance, fly tying, knitting, singing….

It really doesn’t matter how far-fetched or crazy the things you write down are – just do it!

Not too long ago I found a list that I’d made more than 10 years ago.  When I started looking at the things on my list – I realized that many of them had been achieved!  And some of them were way out there and at the time I didn’t really believe I could ever make them happen.  (But I wrote them down anyway!)  And several of the big ones for me actually happened all in the same week!

Here’s the point…writing things down on your bucket list is the first step in making them become a reality!  Set your intention and then have fun making your dreams come true.

There might be some things you can start taking active steps to make happen today.  Other things on your list, might manifest with the help of a friend, or will come to happen down the road – But it’s actually great to keep this list in front of you, or at least put your list in a safe spot where you can find it and pull it out every so often to see what you’ve accomplished so you can say – “Wow!  I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to do _____________!”

Chances are once you start paying attention to the things you really want to enjoy and achieve – you’ll find your stress level will go down, and personal happiness level will increase.  You can be confident that you’re not just in a home to work, work to home rut, but are taking daily action steps to really enjoy life!

Fill your Bucket with fun and crazy things to do, and then enjoy emptying it one fantastic experience at a time!

Aliesa George: Over the past three decades, Aliesa George has helped assist people with their personal health journeys by sharing, teaching, and developing Pilates, Foot Fitness, and other Mind-Body programs.


  1. Jesse Harding

    I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the small steps that make the biggest difference. Even what might seem a huge and impossible goal can be broken down into incremental steps that you can begin to do now. Like you, I too found an old bucket list and I rewrote it; adding more and getting rid of ones that I had managed to cross off. Even though I’m only 17 years old, I think that anyone and everyone can learn a lot about themselves and what is most important to them, simply by making a bucket list. It doesn’t take long, but the rewards last for a long time.

    • Aliesa George

      Congratulations Jesse! You are on your way to enjoying a fantastic and amazing life to be so young and already doing great things to dream big, stay focused, and enjoy achieving your goals! Thanks for sharing your comments.



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