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12 FRIENDLY TIPS FOR IMPROVED LIFE

To achieve success you need positive forward action. No one attained fortune or fame by being lazy or complacent.  They took their journey step by step and built their house of success one brick at a time.

 You don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action.

  1. Eat appropriately

Neither overfeeding nor underfeeding is appropriate. Eat only what your system needs and not all your money can buy. Good meal planning can give you a more balanced diet at no increased cost.

  1. Meditate regularly

Count each breath.  Focus your mind on only your breath or the count.  Do this 50-100 times.  Great work…you have just meditated.  It’s that simple.

  1. Walk at intervals

You’ve heard this before sure but are you really doing it?  Take the stairs, park at the end of the parking lot, walk out of the way on purpose, and so on.

  1. Take naps 

Study after study points to the amazing benefits of napping.  Sleep is integral to being a healthy human being.

  1. Engage in sports or physical activities

Try as much as possible to avail yourself the opportunity to do sporting activities at intervals. It is a great mind and body refreshing technique.

  1.  Listen more

Most people love to hear themselves talk and will often interrupt you to get their words in.

An integral tenant of great conversation (and winning friends and influencing people) is listening.  That means to be calm and really hear what someone is saying.  Try to understand, relate, analyze and not just consider what the next thing you can say is.

  1. Smile more

Smiling has been scientifically proven to put you in a better mood and make you happier; hormones.  The body can dictate what the brain thinks.  You will notice that depressed, angry, and generally unpleasant people rarely smile.  While on the flip side, happy people smile often and without effort.

  1. Get up and move

We are made to move and we are doing it less and less in our society.  Sitting for a long time is not encouraged, and is prevalent more now than any time in the history of man.

For desk sitters, it is recommended to set a timer to take frequent stretch/walk breaks every 30 minutes.  This will also rejuvenate your energy.

8. Spend time with friends and family

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think. Not feeling socially connected can make you more depressed. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Friends are key to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiastically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Do something kind for them.

  1. Help someone

Some of the greatest rewards in life come from helping and giving to others.  Don’t be the selfish giver; one who thinks in terms of favours and equal exchange.  Be a giver: one that gives to improve the lives of others; no receipt needed.

  1. Take action.

We live in a procrastinating, excuse-ridden society.  We love to find reasons why we shouldn’t, can’t, or won’t do something.

The only thing that brings result in life is action; Intent is incomplete.

The people who create success for their lives are the ones that act. They are the doers.  They schedule the meeting, they make the phone calls, they create the spreadsheets, they put themselves in uncomfortable situations, they ask twice when once wasn’t enough, they do while others dream of doing.

  1. Accept Your Mistakes

You’re human. We, humans, are making mistakes. Accept what you did wrong and try to do better next time. No need to punish yourself forever. In fact, accepting your mistakes is the only way to make them disappear. 

  1. Change your Mindset.

Ask yourself these two questions every day:

  1. What can you control?
  2. What can you not control?

Number 1 is all that should matter and don’t waste a second on number 2

This is the premise of Stoic philosophy, of which I’m a devout follower/believer.  You should not spend any energy on things that are outside of your control.

Things outside your control are:

  • Weather/Nature
  • People
  • Accidents
  • Nation’s Economy
  • War

These often cause: despair, worry, dread, fear, stress, aggression, speculation, prediction, etc.

Things within your control are:

  • Your thoughts
  • Your actions

You can eliminate pain and anguish by changing your thoughts.  Focus on what you can do and only that.  Spending time worrying about externals is a losing proposition.

References:

Colin Stuckert 2011; 15 Ways of living a Better Life. Retrieved from www.agymlife.com

Marelisa Fabrega. 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days. Retrieved from www.lifehack.org

Eric Barker (2014); What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life? Retrieved from www.time.com

Dragos Roua (2009); 100 Ways To Live A Better Life. Retrieved from www.dragosroua.com

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