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10 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Life

10 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Life

Perhaps one of the most underappreciated aspects of life is this: every day you’re here is another chance to be better than you were the day before.

Day-to-day trivialities often get in the way, however, and we get bogged down with mundane tasks. There comes a time for most of us, however, when we embark on a quest for greater fulfillment in our lives. If you seek to continually improve your life, here are 10 simple things you can do every day, starting today.

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#1: Spend time with those you love most.

For most of us, there aren’t many things in this world more important than the relationships we have with those we’re closest to, so make it a point to spend quality time with your loved ones every single day. Don’t let geographic boundaries deter you either—pick up the phone or send an email if you can’t see someone in person. Reach out to a friend or family member you haven’t spoken with in a while. Let them know you’re thinking about them.

#2: Say “please” and “thank you” more often.

These days it seems like we live in a “It’s all about me” world. While having good manners may be a lost art, practicing politeness daily can make life a little better for those you interact with. And this, in turn, can help improve your life. The world is a crazy place filled with dreadful acts of violence and sadness, but one small action can set in motion a far-reaching chain of events that can yield miraculous results. Make a someone’s day by thanking them and telling them how much you appreciate them.

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#3: Laugh out loud.

Laughing is one of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself every day, according to research, so spend time with funny friends or watch your favorite television comedy. And when you’re wasting a few minutes watching a funny video at work, definitely do not feel bad about it.

#4: Prepare at least one healthy meal.

There’s a direct correlation between the foods you eat and your level of happiness. Spend time preparing one (or more) healthy meals every day, and try eating more of these foods:

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  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats and fish

#5: Find time for exercise.

Exercise may not be on the top of your priority list some days, but here’s why it should be: exercising every day (even just 15 minutes) can help you lower your blood pressure and reduce your body fat.

#6: Say “I love you”.

Think about someone you’ve lost in your life whom you cared about deeply. What’s the one thing you would say to him/her if you had the chance? You’d probably tell him/her how much you loved them, right? Don’t take time for granted … because you never know when yours will be up.

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#7: Listen to music.

Jamming some tunes is another scientifically-proven way to improve your life and make every day a little better. Classical music, in particular, has been shown to help improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, and help you sleep.

#8: Perform a random act of kindness.

Let’s face it: helping other people feels good. If you want to improve your life, help others improve theirs first, so give a dollar to a homeless person. Compliment someone at your office. Offer to do a friend a favor without asking for anything in return. The universe will reward you back many times over.

#9: Carve out some time to be alone with your thoughts.

Improving your life means cultivating positive thoughts on a regular basis. To do this, you need time to let go and recharge. Try this: spend 5 minutes when you wake up and 5 minutes before you go to bed relaxing. Lay there and focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Let the thoughts flow through your head like clouds. Do this every day and you’ll be amazed with the results.

#10: Learn something new.

People who are content with their life share this in common: they never, ever stop learning. Make it a point to feed yourself knowledge every day, whether it be in the form of books, websites, television, etc. While you’re here, learn as much as you can about as much as you can.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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