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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 October 9, 2018

27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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  1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
  2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
  3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
  4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
  5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
  6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
  7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
  8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
  9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
  10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
  11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
  12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
  13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
  14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
  15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
  16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
  17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
  18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
  19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
  20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
  21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
  22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
  23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
  24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
  25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
  26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
  27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

Remember:

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It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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