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10 Things To Start Doing Now To Make Life Better

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Happy life anyone? Who doesn't want a happy life? We work, we stress, we run around like crazy, kids, family, home, work, extracurricular activities, life sure is super busy. When do es it get fun? It seems in today's way of life, we are all working ourselves to the bone in hopes of making ends meet, keeping a nice roof over our heads, making sure there is enough money for little Emily to go to university in 15 years. Yes, life is tough. But there are some things you can start doing today to make life better.

Life doesn't have to be so hard or unhappy. It is simply as hard as you make it out to be. Here are a few ways to get the most out of life and try to actually enjoy it and not stress so much.

better_life1. Treat yourself daily.

Even to something small like an ice cream cone. Take 5 minutes, more if you can, and go get yourself a nice treat. Something that will make you ridiculously happy. Maybe a flavoured coffee at your favourite café or French fries from the chip stand. Whatever you decide, do it for you.

2. Donate.

When we can help someone else, you are guaranteed to feel better. You can donate clothes to your local shelter or donate time if you have it. Even an hour a week. Perhaps you can donate even $5 a week to the pet shelter. No matter what you decide, it will surely make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You'll want to do it all the time.

3. Meditate.

Some people still have resistance to this stating they don't have enough time to meditate or they can't calm down long enough to do it. Meditation takes a bit of practice but I guarantee, you can get a good session in, in under 10 minutes. Start practicing. You'll get the hang of it and soon you won't be able to go a day without doing it.

4. Smile more.

Sounds simple enough but why don't more of us do it if it's so simple? We are afraid of looking like weirdos walking down the street with a silly grin on our faces but do it anyway and see how much happier you instantly feel. People will smile back. How can that not make your day better?

5. Read inspirational quotes.

Every day for at least 5 minutes you should do this and read then out loud. Hear yourself reading them. Say them with meaning and enthusiasm. Today will be an awesome day. Say it again and again. Read lots of different ones or the same one over and over again. However, you choose to do it, make sure you do it. It will instantly make you feel optimistic and look forward to having a great day.

6. Treat a stranger to kindness.

Buy someone a cup of coffee, a homeless person lunch, walk an elderly person across the street. Do something nice for someone you don't know. A stranger. The world needs more kind and helpful people. If you can't find one, be one. When we can help someone who can't help us back, the feeling equates to pure joy.

7. Get some fresh air.

Some people who may work from home or not work at all tend to lock themselves up and not leave the house for days. You need to get some vitamin D in you and some fresh air. Once you get outside you will see great things like butterflies and chipmunks and all sorts of other ridiculously cute critters. That will make you appreciate the beauty of nature. Go outside more. Do it daily if you can even for 30 minutes.

8. Exercise.

3 times a week, 30 minutes each time. Trust me on this one. Once you start, the adrenalin rush is like nothing you've ever felt before. You will feel strong and empowered and healthy and you may even feel leaner and more toned. It's possible. And it's a great feeling. Exercise makes us happy.

9. Schedule some me time.

Even if it's only after all the kids have been put to bed or after all your work is done. Whenever it is, mark it on the calendar and do it daily. 15 minutes. Grab a book, get in a nice hot tub, listen to some chill music, whatever makes your soul happy, do that daily.

10. Journal.

Either in the morning or the evening, start journaling. It can be a gratitude journal or a hopes and dreams journal or maybe even just your thoughts. Write every day, what you feel, think or want. It's writing for the soul and it will certainly make you happy.

What kind of things make you happy and help you have a better life? Share them with the other readers below.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.