Everyone wants to live a good happy life. But how can you do that exactly? How can you improve your life and make it better?
Well, there are no fixed things that you can do, life doesn’t come with a checklist after all. But there are a few key things that have helped many people and today I’m gonna tell you what they are.
Here are 12 things you can do to improve your life:
These things are simple and easy, and if you can do these few key things right, you will see significant improvement in your life. I will discuss each of the points so that you can get a better understanding.
Avoid negative people
Let’s start off with strong advice, this is the best thing you can do. If you want to improve your life, first you gotta stop negative people from entering it.
Remember you are the average of the five people you hang out with the most.
If you hang out with negative people, you will inevitably get affected by it.
Have you ever noticed that all your friends seem to dress alike? It is so weird. One day you wear a nice looking t-shirt, and after a few months, all our friends are wearing something similar.
It’s because when a few people spend a lot of time with each other, they subconsciously start to mimic the other person’s behaviour, as human beings we like to feel like we belong and we want to be accepted by our peers, that is why we do the same things that our peers do.
If you hang out with people who are always studying, you will inevitably start to behave like them. If you hang out with people who are a big fan of football and watch it all the time, you will inevitably start watching football and become a fan of the sport. Similarly, if you hang out with negative people, you will inevitably become like them.
We all know who these negative people are. You know what I’m talking about. The people who always complain about how bad their life is, they always blame others and never take accountability, people who immediately shut themselves off to new experiences and try to bring you down when you start to improve and get ahead of them. People who always speak ill of others and never praise someone or give them the credit that they deserve.
These people are everywhere, we all know them, we all know that they’re bad for us. And I wanted to give you the best advice that I can right from the beginning.
Your life will only improve when you stop letting negative people affect it negatively and start positive things to come into your life.
And to let positive things come in you first gotta kick out the negative things.
Now I am not telling you to be rude to negative people in your life (although sometimes it is a good idea to give these people a piece of your mind, maybe that’s what’s finally gonna encourage them to change) but you can start with avoiding them, whenever they ask you to hang out with them tell them you have other important tasks to do, be polite and give them a reason, ignore them long enough and they will get the message and stop trying to come into your life.
Have you noticed that everywhere you look now all you see are obese people?
The number one reason behind this obesity is bad eating habits.
Fast foods now dominate our diet, and they are really bad for us. Research has shown that eating fast foods and unhealthy things lower your productivity and ruins your motivation.
How can you expect your life to get better if you’re always eating unhealthy food?
Remember, you are what you eat.
Make sure what you put in your body is healthy and helps you stay healthy.
We all know what healthy foods are. I don’t think I have to explain that. But what I will say is this, if you start eating healthy foods, not only will it start to improve your life but it will also save you a tonne of money.
Fast foods are usually expensive, and they are bad for you, whereas vegetables and organic foods are cheaper in comparison and you can save a lot of money if you can cook and prepare your food by yourself.
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Study regularly (read books especially)
To improve your life, you should always be on the lookout for knowledge.
When it comes to a list of things you can do to improve your life, regularly studying has got to be among the top things.
In an age of people always busy with social media and keeping up appearances, what will get you ahead and make your life better is knowledge. Real knowledge.
And where do you get knowledge? The best answer: books.
Reading books allow you to gain knowledge and learn about the world. Learn from other people’s experience and allows you to not make similar mistakes.
Look at any successful person, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, the thing all of them have in common is that they read books.
When Elon Musk was asked how we learnt to build rockets, he said: “I read books.”
If you don’t like reading books, then don’t think you get a pass. This is the 20th century, after all. And you can gain knowledge from anywhere.
You can watch videos online. Youtube is a great source to find amazing videos that will teach you so much stuff.
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The point is to improve your life, you should always be learning new things, studying and improving yourself.
Remember, you grow by learning new things. And the best way to grow is by studying regularly.
Find your passion
We all have a passion. It what gives us joy and makes us feel good. It could be painting, singing, dancing, and to improve your life, you should try to find your passion.
You see in life we do so many things, but how many of them do we do out of passion? Probably not that much.
When you find your passion, and when you do what you love, you will automatically enjoy it and find fulfilment.
Now your situation might be difficult, you might not have the financial freedom to do what you love doing, you might have to work in a job that you don’t like but have to do anyway because you can’t afford to quit it. I get that, I’ve been there.
But you should always strive towards a future where you can do what you love.
It’s absolutely right if you are currently going through a tough time, then keep going, work hard and keep pushing forward. Set your mind towards achieving your goal and improving.
One day you’ll get there and when you reach that point, do what you’re passionate about.
Always try to remind yourself that you’re doing what you’re doing for your passion.
Appreciate people around you
This one is easy. You have people in your life, take a bit of time and appreciate them.
Think about how miserable you’d be without them.
Especially your loved ones. No matter how strong we are, we cannot survive ourselves.
We are where we are because of our loved ones. You, me, everyone we all could afford to be a little bit more appreciative and thank the people around us.
Sometimes a little bit of appreciation can make your life a whole lot better.
Have some me-time once in a while
After you’re done appreciating people around you. Take a moment for yourself.
Scientific research has shown that we genuinely need that me-time.
We deal with so many problems day-to-day, we get busy with the world, with family, with friends, with work and so many different things, but we forget to take a moment out from our busy schedule for ourselves.
To improve your life, you should make time for yourself.
A great way to find time for yourself is to wake up early.
Waking up early is very good for your health, in the morning you can have a few hours for yourself. This time is reserved just for you. Before the world wakes up and the hectics begin.
You can use this time to do what you love. You can read books, go out for a walk, exercise, anything, it’s your time.
Taking out time from your busy schedule for yourself is a great way to improve your life.
Create a routine
Human beings like routines. From waking up, eating, even going to the toilet, our brain likes to do things in a certain order.
If you create a routine for yourself and stick to it, your brain automates the process, for example, if you wake up at exactly the same time every day, you go to bed every day, exercise every day, these things become a habit and your brain doesn’t have to waste any energy thinking about these things.
What this does is it allows your brain to focus on more important things, as your brain doesn’t need to use any energy thinking about regular things, it automates the process, and it has a lot more energy to spend on doing creative things.
This is why you should create a routine for yourself and stick to it, you will notice a great improvement in your life. I guarantee it.
Get a pet
I just had to put this in my list. Want to improve your life? Then get a pet.
Sometimes watching your dog do crazy things is all you need to make your life better.
If you’re a cat person, then get a cat. The point is, having a pet is great, and you should get one.
Instead of texting or chatting all the time, Call your friends and family.
We live in a world of texts, DMs, emails, posts and daily stories.
But these are not what gives us satisfaction. So instead of texting, try calling your friends and family.
Once a week call your loved ones, ask them how they’re doing. Gossip with them. Take an interest in their life, share stuff with them.
You will feel a lot better, and you will see how this doing this simple thing improves your life.
Exercise! Exercise!! Exercise!!!
You should be exercising daily. Even if it’s just for half hours.
I can tell you this from personal experience. Last year I noticed I gained a bit of weight and decided to create an exercise routine for myself. I worked out for 45 minutes every day.
Within 2 months I lost 24.2508 lbs (11 KGs), and I noticed I felt a lot better, I was more productive, I felt better and yes, looked good too.
From then, it became a habit and exercising is part of my daily routine now.
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Dress up/ step up your dressing game
Did you know that dressing up can significantly boost your confidence?
Yes, it’s true if you want to feel confident, then you should start developing a habit of dressing well.
And in this time of sneakers, sweatpants, and oversized t-shirts wearing a simple button-down shirt can make you stand out and give you the extra confidence you need to get ahead of the competition.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my sneakers. But every clothing has a time and a place. If you wear an oversized t-shirt and your sneakers everywhere, it’s going to be very difficult for people to take you seriously.
So step up your clothing game and make your life a whole lot better. You don’t have to wear suits everywhere, just try to dress up a little bit whenever you get the chance.
Slow down, put space between things
Trying to get ahead of the competition, working towards your goals, getting that promotion, hustling, these things are great. But from time to time you should slow down a bit.
Often time we hurry and make mistakes, we panic and don’t see solutions that are right in front of us.
Taking a step back and slowing down can be a great way to just breathe and think rationally.
You should spread out your tasks and take frequent breaks, whenever you get stuck, take a step back and relax, take your time. You will see solutions just by taking a break.
Hustling is great, but sometimes what you need to do is slow down.
This was a list of things you can do to improve your life and make it better. What do you think of the list? Do you feel we’ve missed something? What would you recommend? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section. And check out our other great blogs.
Have a great time. And keep improving your life.
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