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Little Things You Can Do Every Day To Refresh Your Life

Little Things You Can Do Every Day To Refresh Your Life

Do you feel happy every day? Some people struggle to find true happiness as they have very high expectations, and they often focus on the negatives rather than the positives. However, there are things you can do every day to help you find happiness and refresh your life.

It is important to spend time focusing on making yourself feel happy and content. Many people spend too much time worrying about if they are achieving enough, or if they are successful enough. They frequently compare themselves to others and find themselves lacking. However, this attitude is unhealthy – and more importantly, it is a waste of your time.

It is more important to spend time making yourself happy and improving yourself so your life improves without you even realizing it. Check out some little things you can do every day to refresh your life and find happiness.

1. Do something you loved as a child, from playing on a swing to watching a funny cartoon.

2. Listen to your favorite album as a teenager and remember your youth.

3. Take a long stroll in the evening through a beautiful wood or forest.

4. Dance whenever you get the opportunity to do so. In the kitchen, down the streets, in the shower!

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5. Explore the area you live in alone, wandering through the streets and shops.

6. Make yourself your favorite hot drink in your favorite cup, and settle down on the sofa to enjoy it.

7. Try a yoga class so you can feel relaxed every day.

8. Listen to your favorite song while burning a scented candle.

9. Write down three things every day that you are grateful for in your life, from family and friends to chocolate muffins.

10. Work on a project that is important to you.

11. Sing a song you love and know all the words to.

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12. Sleep in late and make yourself a delicious, healthy breakfast you can eat in bed.

13. Try to grow a beautiful flower or plant. If you don’t have a garden, buy an inside plant for your home.

14. Make your favorite meal when you’re alone, and leisurely enjoy the process of cooking and eating something delicious.

15. Visit a free public place in your area, from local museums to your nearest library.

16. If you have a pet, give them a big, long hug every day.

17. Draw or paint something beautiful. If you don’t feel like you have the time to paint, simply doodle to relax.

18. Bake some delicious, healthy snacks at the beginning of the week so you have instant tasty food to grab all week.

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19. Spend some time with your best friend or significant other.

20. Start reading a new book you have always intended to read.

21. Compliment your friends and co-workers whenever you get the opportunity to.

22. If it is a sunny day and you are at work, eat your lunch outside and enjoy the weather.

23. Bake your favorite dessert to share with your friends and family.

24. Pamper yourself by deep conditioning your hair, using a face mask or getting a massage.

25. Pick up a hobby that will teach you a new skill, such as sewing or learning to play an instrument.

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26. Run a hot bubble bath and light a few scented candles.

27. Smile at a stranger in the street.

28. Watch the sunset or the sunrise to experience some of nature’s natural, calming beauty.

29. Watch a funny film to make you smile.

30. Contact someone who you don’t get to speak to often. If you don’t have much free time, just drop them a text – it is sure to put a smile on both of your faces.

What did you think of this list? Share it with your friends to see what they think!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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