How to Make Everyday Life Better
We all want a better life. The way to get there can be complex and difficult. Lean on those close to you to help you achieve your goal. Nothing is wrong with a nudge or a reminder, stay the course, follow the steps to a better life because you are worth it.
Use this map to guide yourself to a life of happiness and success.
Day 1: Discover your purpose and enjoy the journey.
Remember, life is not about working all the time. Do you work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week? Think about that. If the answer is yes, learn to find joy in the journey along the way.
Day 2: Stop striving to be the best.
Day 3: Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Empathy and compassion are things you can do easily, and it starts with thinking about other people’s circumstances. We all have pains and frustrations and knowing that those emotions are every bit as real as our own. This helps you develop perspective, and opens you up to helping others, which also enhances your sense of gratitude.
Sharing knowledge, making an introduction, serving as a reference for a person, product, or service, or recommending someone on LinkedIn, Yelp, or another social place.
Day 5: Share your positive experiences with friends and family and watch your joy increase.
Studies published in BPS Research have found that sharing the good things that happen in your life is the way to happiness. In one study, participants that journaled and shared positive experiences with another person at least twice a week were more satisfied with life.
Day 7: Give thanks – There are always others worse off.
Start your day by being thankful for the things you take for granted. As it turns out, if you make more than $30,000, you earn more than 53.2 percent of Americans. If you make more than $50,000, you earn more than 73.4 percent of Americans. These stats should make you feel grateful. Say a little prayer and give thanks, and then pray for the other 73.4 percent. Because there is always someone worse off than you.
Day 8: Exercise more Patience.
Patience is something more people should practice. You will relax and rethink when things are snowballing out of control. Try to count 5 seconds before reacting.
Day 9: Reach out after an argument.
Day 10: Just. Say. No.
Most happy people live a simple life. They don’t take on more than they can handle and have strong boundaries around what comes into their life. And they have no problem saying no. Don’t feel pressured, Remember if it doesn’t make you better tomorrow than you are today, the answer is no.
Day 11: Smile and Say Hello.
It seems in our society today we don’t even look people in the eye when we pass them on the sidewalk, in the grocery store or through office hallways. A smile is contagious, so next look directly at them and smile and say hello. I promise the smile will be returned.
Day 12: Take some quiet time alone to reflect.