10 things for you to do everyday to Improve your Life

How many days do we waste? How many days have we spent snugly lounging in the couch and watched TV all day. Being useless and all. On a conservative realistic count, we’ve probably wasted YEARS being unproductive.

 

 

Well, let’s put an end to all that. This time, starting today, we’re going to start doing things that improves our lives!

Here are 10 of them.

 

1) 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 stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest living people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long lifespan than exercise.

Friends are keys to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly become happier? Do something kind for them.

 

2) Challenge yourself:

Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ.

Not learning new stuff or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.

Note: I don’t mean enroll in an expensive school. I mean read a book, or articles :)

 

3) Meditate:

Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span — while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you’re not religious.

You don’t have to pray to a certain religion, just give thanks to the universe for having a great life so far.

Here’s how and why you should meditate 

 

4) Get out in nature:

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, research study says that you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

 

5) Exercise:

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makesyou smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.

 Here’s how to make exercise, fun

Here are 5 ways to exercise at home

And here’s how to start running

 

6) Express gratitude:

It will make you happier.

It will improve your relationships.

It can make you a better person.

It can make life better for everyone around you.

 Here’s how to deal with evil people

 

7) Get enough sleep:

You can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. Lack of sleep = more likely to get sick. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making.

Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically. And there is such a thing as beauty sleep.

Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Here’s how to power nap properly.

And here are the 8 stages of staying up all night 

 

8) Laugh:

People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship. Humor has many benefits.

 

9) Touch someone:

Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.

Here’s how to kiss a girl (or a boy)

 

10) Be optimistic:

Optimism can make you healthier, happier and extend your life. The Army teaches it in order to increase mental toughness in soldiers. Being overconfident improves performance.

 

So what do you think?

What other things can you do each day to improve your life?

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Stella is an aspiring writer. A mom working a fulltime job, but still finds time to write. Update: I'm unemployed right now, taking a break. Spending a lot of time with my loving family. I'm so happy.

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