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10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Better

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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!

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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.

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.

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 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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