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10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Better

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10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Better

 

Do you ever feel as though you are stuck in a rut, sad, or just not as happy as you could be? Many of these issues can take some time and effort to work through and solve completely. After all, if everyone could instantly make their lives perfect, we would all be happy!

But, far too often we get stuck with the idea that the ‘little things’ don’t matter that much. Does it take time to work through some of the big issues in life? Yes. Does that mean you can’t find enjoyment and pleasure in everyday things? Absolutely not! In fact, you may just find that the more of these simple life-improvers you fit into each day, the better you will start to feel. Making your life better can be achieved by simply taking baby action steps every day. So, why not make these baby steps as enjoyable as possible?

If you are not sure about what you can do to make your life better right now, take a look at the list below. Try to pick at least one (if not more!) of these actions to accomplish every day. If you do, chances are it will bring a smile to your face and add a bit more brightness to your day. 

1. Make Time for Your Favorite Hobby

We all wish we had more time each day to do the things we love to do. The truth is, you may have more time than you think if you are just willing to make some. Try rearranging your schedule, or even waking up earlier to invest 20-30 minutes a day into something you enjoy doing. It could be anything from reading a book to drawing, or exercising. Creating quality time for something you really enjoy doing can either get your day off to the perfect start, or offer a wonderful break of relaxation in the middle of your day.

2. Learn Something New

It is easy for life to feel stagnant or perhaps boring sometimes. So, why not commit to learn something new? Sign up for a class that you might be interested in. Is there something that you have always wanted to know how to do, but you never took the time to learn it? Make a commitment to sign up for something today! Not only will it give you an opportunity to grow as a person, but you could develop a new enjoyable hobby in the process.

3. Contact Someone You Care About

Sometimes a simple message, or hearing the voice of someone we love can instantly turn a day from bad to good. Want to feel better? Call someone you care about. Or, simply send them a quick message. They will feel great knowing that you are thinking about them, and getting a response or being able to have a conversation with them can really make a positive difference to your day.

4. Write Down What You Are Grateful For

It may sound a bit cliché, but sometimes we lose track of all the great things in our lives because we can be so focused on the negative. Want to feel better about yourself and life in as little as five minutes? Sit down and write a list of everything that you are grateful for. It might feel a little strange at first, but chances are you will end up with a list longer than you originally expected!

10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Better

5. Laugh, Laugh, Laugh!

The old saying about laughter being the best medicine, isn’t too far from the truth! Studies have shown that laughing at something that you find genuinely funny can actually improve your mood and lower stress levels. Take a break at some point during your day to watch something really funny and have a good laugh. Your whole body (and mind!) will benefit from it, and the endorphin rush can last for hours.

6. Make a Daily Plan

Feeling overwhelmed can sometimes bring us down. Life is busy, but thinking about everything you have to do in a day can sometimes make it feel ten times more daunting. Start out your day by making an organized plan of everything that you have to get done. List ‘things to do’ by priority, so that you will get the most important tasks accomplished first. You will feel less stressed, and more accomplished by the end of the day when you see a completed plan in front of you.

7. Exercise

Exercise will not only make you feel better about yourself, it will also release serotonin into your brain. “Runner’s high” isn’t just a myth – there is real proof that working out can actually make you feel happier! Plus, it can give you a boost of energy throughout the day. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during and after your workout. Water will also help you to stay fully energized and feel more awake throughout the day.

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8. Go On a Day Vacation

Need a vacation but you don’t have enough time to take a week off of work? Why not plan a day trip? Think of something that you would really enjoy doing that can be accomplished in a day or perhaps a weekend. There are probably plenty of ‘vacation-like’ opportunities in your own community, or somewhere within driving distance. Don’t be afraid to get creative, and turn something small and simple into a relaxing and highly enjoyable day trip.

9. Meditate

Meditation can sometimes get stereotyped into being something far more serious and difficult than it needs to be. You don’t need to chant, or set aside hours a day to do it correctly. Starting your day off with five minutes of deep breathing and relaxation can do the trick. Meditating is all about clearing your mind and focusing your energy. Find a few minutes to yourself, and you will see how effective it can be when done correctly.

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10. Dress to Impress

Did you know that you can feel better just by wearing something that boosts your confidence? Why not start off your day by picking out your favorite outfit. Putting on your favorite clothes might seem like a small factor in how your day goes, but it will allow you to feel comfortable and happy with the way you look all day long.

Finding Happiness in Everyday Situations

The tips listed above may not change your entire life overnight. But, they can make wonderful improvements to your life each day. Most of them take only a few minutes to do, and can make a big difference.

As the little things start to add up, you might think of more everyday tasks you can include to improve your life and help you to feel a bit happier each day. Life is often much better than we think it is, and very often we are really doing OK in life. Sometimes, it just takes a little reminder to get us back on the right track!

 

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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