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20 Experiments for Enjoying a Happy Life

20 Experiments for Enjoying a Happy Life

The only way that one can grow as a person is to understand one’s self. The more one does to become a better person, the more they are going to understand what they are all about. Also, they are going to be happier. There are many things one can do to test themselves and break free of their comfort zones. These trials help people learn how to be more confident, stick up for themselves, have fun, and be more social with others. Here are some experiments to try that can help to improve your life:

1. Ask Someone Out on a Date.

Stop flirting and dropping hints. Come right out and let the other person know you are interested.

2. Get Rid of Clutter.

Throw away stuff you aren’t using. Clutter weighs people down.

3. Do a Good Deed.

Doing something nice for someone else makes people happy. It doesn’t have to be much. Even just buying someone a cup of coffee will make you feel good about yourself.

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4. Try Juicing.

Try eating nothing but vegetarian foods and drinks to improve your energy.

5. Be Spontaneous.

Buy a ticket to someplace you have never been. Then, travel alone and see how independent you can be.

6. Step Back from Bad Relationships.

If your relationship is going sour, take some time for yourself to think about what you really want from it. Either you will have a better relationship, or you will end it.

7. Talk to Strangers.

Even though Mom said never to do this, it can make you feel really good to just smile and say “hi” to people passing by.

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8. Go for a Walk.

Instead of driving or taking public transport, start walking whenever you can. You’ll be surprised at how much you notice about your surroundings when you’re walking around.

9. Tell Your Story.

Share something personal with the world by writing it as your Facebook status or in a personal blog. The more people like and share the post, the more you will be able to grow as a person.

10. Visit a Fortune Teller.

Have a reading done to help you choose future paths. Try unusual ways to see future like iChing, runes or precognitive dreaming.

11. Get Drunk and Get Creative.

Have a few drinks and try doing something creative, such as drawing or songwriting.

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12. Let Others Know how Much they Mean to You.

Don’t wait for someone to do something nice to let them know how much you appreciate them.

13. Live by Yourself.

Test yourself to see if you have the resources to take care of yourself and your home with no help.

14. Cut Coffee and Alcohol from Your Diet.

Giving these up can lead to better health.

15. Avoid the News.

The news can be depressing, so don’t watch it for a while. You don’t always have to be up on everything.

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16. Avoid Social Media.

Set a certain amount of time, such as a day or a week, to turn off all social media websites. You may be surprised to see how much fun you can have in life when you are not sitting in front of the computer all the time.

17. Turn Off the Internet.

If you are going to try giving up social media, why not give up the computer altogether for a few days? Find other things to fill your time, such as reading or other hobbies.

18. Stop Playing Video Games.

See how long you can go without playing your favorite games and try doing something else instead.

19. Spice Up Your Resume.

Create a resume that is unique and stands out from the crowd.

20. Be Offensive.

Don’t hold back just because you don’t want to offend anyone. Your opinions matter too.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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