As morbid as this might sound, there is only so much time we have on earth. Thus, it’s best to make the most out of it.
Ever feel like everyday is just clockwork? You get up, head to work, come home, sleep and the cycle pretty much repeats itself.
Instead of spending your time in the same manner everyday, here are 7 little things that can help you become a better person and live a happier life:
1. Appreciate The Things You Have
We often underestimate the power of positive thinking, but mastering this skill can significantly turn your life around.
Learning to appreciate the things you have is the basis you need to form all good habits in your life.
That doesn’t mean ignoring the bad things in your life, becoming complacent, procrastinating or not fighting for the things that matter to you.
Positive thinking is all about finding a new perspective so you can solve your problems more efficiently. Instead of dwelling on the negatives or finding others to blame, you are empowering yourself.
Say you want to start exercising. You go to the gym for one week, then life happens and you need to take a break.
Instead of blaming yourself or quitting, you can focus on your success: you actually managed to exercise for one week. That’s great! It means you can do it again and again.
Exercising seems more like a hobby, not something that can actually change your life. Sure, it can help you be healthier and look better, but that’s it, right?
Well, no. Exercise has important benefits on your mental health and your whole perspective about life.
- Exercising releases oxytocin, a neurotransmitter better known as the “love hormone,” which is secreted in massive amounts for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. This hormone is what helps you connect with others and have better relationships.
- Exercising releases endorphins, happiness hormones that relieve stress and help you keep up with your positive thinking.
- Finding exercises you can do according to your strength level gives your confidence a big boost. You can use this confidence to find better solutions to your problems.
- Exercising brings more oxygen to your brain, so you can eliminate mental fog.
- If you’re fitter and healthier, you can enjoy life more – play with your kids or go out with your friends without feeling sluggish all the time.
3. Start Reading
Reading an actual book might seem like so last century ago, but it has a proved relaxing effect on your brain, unlike watching TV or browsing your mobile phone. As such, reading helps reduce stress and decreases sleep-related issues.
Besides, reading is what helps you learn more interesting stuff, stimulates your creativity and brings forth enticingly new perspectives on life.
4. Avoid Multi-tasking
In today’s hectic world, everything moves at an accelerated pace and we’re tempted to multitask so we can keep up with our schedules. But it’s been proved that our efficiency plummets when we multi-task.
Make a habit out of single-tasking instead. That way, you can make a list of the things you want to do and the order they need to be solved in. When you switch between tasks, your brain needs an adjustment period, so you’re losing precious time.
Secondly, multi-taskers are constantly distracted. Your brain associates “new” with “urgent,” so when a new task arises you might feel you need to solve it on the spot. That also increases your stress levels.
The same goes for your goals. Instead of tackling five goals at a time, consider breaking the goal into measurable long-term, mid-term and short-term objectives. That way, you can do something every day to work toward your final habit.
For instance, you can focus on reading 30 pages every day. You can also plan your exercising sessions if you want to make a habit out of leading an active life. One day you can go to the gym, the next you can ride a bike with your friends, and the next you can go hiking with your kids.
5. Say Goodbye To Non-essential Things And People
Of course, the first thing you should do is to find out who and what is essential to you.
People often complain they’re too busy to visit their parents, see their friends or spend time with their kids. But we lose a lot of time being busy with unimportant things, like mindless internet browsing or long shopping sessions.
You can reduce the time you spend on non-essential tasks by activating an alarm to limit your online procrastination or with a shopping list.
The time spent on non-essential people is trickier. Some relationships are worth investing in, even if they don’t make you happy now.
Other relationships put you through a constant whirlwind of unhappiness, frustration, and bad habits, and it’s better to cut those people out of your life.
6. Practice Being Kind
Kindness isn’t an innate ability, it’s something you can actively work at.
This habit can have a profound effect on your life if you work at it on a daily basis. It can also increase your confidence and gain a new perspective on life. Besides, kindness reaps kindness.
Even the smallest things can have a butterfly effect on other people. With just a good word or a smile, you can help someone turn their life around.
But how can you become kinder? Break this goal down into small, daily objectives.
Make a point out of never being mean to people. Is Henry wearing a kitschy tie again? Keep your comments to yourself. Did the girl from Starbucks write your name wrong again? Smile and move on.
When you’ve mastered this ability, focus on being kind to five people each day. Open the door for someone who’s carrying a lot of luggage. Help that mom with twins with her bags. Bring coffee to your overworked secretary.
7. Minimize Your Social Media Time
Social media is linked to depression, anxiety, stress, and short attention spans, but people still spend an average of 1.5 hours each day browsing through social media.
Start small and turn your phone to silent when you’re going to dinner with your friends.
Replace the need for browsing with a hobby that cultivates your attention and improves your memory, like reading or playing a board game with your friends.