Life can be hard sometimes but there are things you can do to make it a little easier and more enjoyable. This article outlines fifteen things you can do that should make your life more fulfilling now and in the future.
Preferably in the morning. Exercising in the morning gets your day started in the right direction. It will help wake you up by getting your blood flowing, make you more alert during the day and help you sleep well at night. Exercise helps to sharpen and focus your mind, help relieve stress and so many other health benefits.
2. Tomorrow never comes.
Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow” because tomorrow never seems to come. Tomorrow tends to be a convenient excuse that most people use when they don’t really have any intention of doing whatever it is they want to avoid doing. If you truly don’t want to do something, just say NO.
3. Follow your passions and your dreams.
Don’t settle. Not for a job and not in your relationships. Not for anything. If you believe that you are capable of more, then go for it, just make sure that your dreams are not pipe dreams but based in reality. You would hate to wake up one morning alone and penniless because your passions and dreams were delusional.
4. A penny saved, is a penny earned.
Save, Save, Save. Start early and be aggressive about saving for your future. I’m not saying not to have fun but concentrate on making sure you have a nest egg, 10 years from now, you’ll probably be extremely happy that you did so.
5. Don’t hold grudges.
Don’t let hating someone eat you alive because if you do, they win. Besides it takes a lot of energy to be mad, so don’t bother. Learn how to let things go. Remove people from your life that only inspire negative vibes, you’ll be happier and have less stress in your life.
6. Let a smile be your umbrella.
Laughter is one of life’s cheapest and most effective medicines. Having a bad day? Smile, a big one. Ear to ear, force it if necessary. Think of someone or something amusing. Bookmark a website that you can go to for a quick pick-me-up. But find a way to smile genuinely. It’s scientifically proven that smiling and laughter helps with even the dourest of moods.
7. Be thankful and grateful.
When things are not going as you planned, or horribly wrong, instead of slipping into despair, think about what is going right for you. You will probably come to the conclusion that you still have it pretty good. But don’t wait for something to go wrong in your life to stop and think about everything that you have. Be grateful for all that is good in your life and appreciate your family and friends on a regular basis.
8. Silence is golden.
Turn the ringer off on your phone when visiting with family and friends. Enjoy their company and the time spent with them. Unless it’s an emergency that phone call or text will keep. Let your family and friends know that their time with you is important.
9. Don’t be shy.
Talk to people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with complete strangers. What’s the worst that will happen? They’ll ignore you? Be rude? So what? You don’t ever have to talk to them again. Not only will this teach you not to be afraid of rejection, but it will teach you how to network, be personable, read people, and maybe meet some really great people.
When someone is talking to you, LISTEN. Don’t just think about what you are going to say, but really listen to what they are saying. Then when they are done, you can take a second to process what you heard and think about your reply.
11. Be yourself.
Don’t try to be want you think others want you to be. Never be afraid to be who you are. Never be afraid to be rejected by someone who was looking for something that you are not. You can’t live your life trying to be what others want you to be. You will drive yourself crazy and it’s not fair to others. Life is so much easier when you are not pretending to be what you are not. Surround yourself with people who love you for you and enjoy being you. Unless you’re a selfish asshole, then maybe you do need to pretend to be someone nicer, just sayin’.
12. Be open minded.
Just because you think you know it all, you DON’T and you never will. Open your mind to different possibilities. After thinking rationally about something you may still come to your original conclusion but at least entertain the notion that someone else may have a better understanding and solutions for certain situations.
13. Ask questions
Don’t always take what someone tells you at face value. If you are not sure of what is being said, ask questions or do your own research. Not only will you gain respect because people will know that you are not a pushover and will value your feedback, but it will also cut back on the bull that some people try to pull.
14. Pay it forward.
Being charitable isn’t just about giving when it makes sense, or once or twice a year at holiday times. It’s the small, everyday things. Helping someone across a slippery snow covered street, tipping the waitress even when she was bitchy because maybe she’s just having a really bad day. It’s about smiling at the cashier ringing up your purchases who looks tired or upset. It’s about giving a job to a kid who is persistent even though they may not have the greatest resume. Sometimes the little things in life can make all the difference in someone’s day.
15. Don’t neglect yourself.
Sometimes you have to come first. Sometimes in life you have to think of what’s best for you and only you. If that means taking a job in a different state because of the opportunities it will provide, even though your family objects, if it’s what’s best for you DO IT! Do what’s going to make you happy. If that means going ghost for a weekend to recharge your batteries then do so. If that means buying those shoes that you really want, but shouldn’t… do it! As long as you are saving and doing all the other things that make you a decent human being splurge a little on yourself and smile. You deserve it!
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