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30 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Life Experience

Improve your life experience

1. Create a feel good morning. Start the day off spending some time (at least 20 minutes) doing whatever makes you feel good, even if you need to get up a little earlier. Start your day by connecting with yourself.

2. Get enough sleep. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get however much sleep you personally need to wake up feeling rested. You cannot function optimally if you start out tired.

3. Take a wake up shower.I think of it as water therapy. It makes the transition from sleeping to up and going much more enjoyable. Besides, I like to start each days life experience clean and refreshed.

4. Breathe. The very force of life is maintained and fueled by the simple act of breathing. Stop doing it for 5 minutes and nothing else matters. Periodically it is very beneficial to take slow, deep, controlled breaths and fill your lungs with oxygen.

5. Dress to feel confident.Some clothes just make you feel better about yourself. The way we present ourselves sends powerful signals to others, but also to our own nervous system.

6. Preview your day. Take a few minutes to visualize how you want your day to go and what you intend to accomplish. See your day’s life experience unfold in a natural and satisfying way and allow yourself to look forward to it.

7. Don’t over schedule yourself. This helps prevent stress and creates a sense of control. Drop nonessential activities to create a feeling of manageability. Find ways to reduce the feeling of being rushed.

8. Do one thing at a time. Try to lay out your schedule so that you can focus on just on task at a time. Allow sufficient time to make a meaningful dent in each scheduled activity. If you can’t do that then reduce the number of things on your list.

9. Clear your head. During the transition between one activity and the next, take a moment to clear your thoughts. Close one mental file before you open the next. This will help you focus on the task at hand.

10. Get up and move. Find ways to incorporate some walking into your day. Park farther away, use the stairs, or walk to lunch. Do whatever it takes to get some fresh blood flowing through your system.

11. Eat like you care. You wouldn’t put sugar in your gas tank so don’t put garbage in your body. Your energy levels, mental clarity, and your entire life experience require that you eat the right amount of healthy food. Eat as if you care.

12. Limit distractions. Creativity and productivity are focus related. Don’t purposely invite distractions into your productive times. If need be, deal with the distractions first so you can focus on the job at hand.

13. Smile at everyone. When you smile at someone else, most of the time they will smile back. It’s a quick way to communicate friendliness to everyone who makes eye contact with you. You can lift their spirits and feel good doing it.

14. Be polite. When you are courteous, you show honor to others. When people feel honored by you it tends to foster mutual respect. Being polite and friendly will help bring out the best in those around you. It will improve their life experience and yours.

15. Express appreciation. Look for opportunities to legitimately commend others. Say thank you and acknowledge their efforts. The more appreciation you show, the more others will try to do nice things for you.

16. Show empathy. You can do this by validating other people’s feelings instead of telling them they shouldn’t feel a certain way. Everyone is entitled to their feelings and your validation can do wonders for their confidence.

17. Eat slower. Take time to chew and taste your food. This will make the experience more enjoyable and improve your digestion. Eating slower helps you feel satisfied with smaller meals and avoid overeating.

18. Focus on the moment. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, try to be aware of that moment. Spend as much time as you can fully engaged in your own moment to moment life experience. As the saying goes, be here now.

19. Take pride in everything you do. I truly believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right. Nobody benefits from a halfhearted effort. Doing your best will give you a greater sense of accomplishment and self-respect.

20. See the good in others. Everyone has something to contribute, some gift or talent that makes them special.  When we train ourselves to see the good in others it changes our life experience and our world suddenly fills with possibilities.

21. Cultivate patience. This can be challenging when you are in a hurry but it also brings a more relaxed feel to your life. Lack of patience can foster rude behavior and a negative life experience. Allowing extra time makes it easier to be patient.

22. Always be honest. Speak the truth tactfully. It is better to side step an issue then to needlessly hurt people’s feelings. But lying is never a good idea. Don’t excuse lying by breaking it up into degrees; a little lie is still a lie.

23. Laugh often. Laughter is powerful. It makes you feel good and it is contagious. People have healed their health and their broken lives with laughter. There is too much sadness it the world and laughter is a good antidote.

24. Be grateful. Before you go to bed, review your day and count your blessings. We all have much to be grateful for, we should take some time to feel grateful every single day. The closer you look, the more reasons you will find for gratitude.

25. Greet others. If someone looks at you, say hello. Extend a warm greeting to strangers and watch what happens. Even grumpy faces will often light up with a smile and a simple greeting. Help others enjoy their life experience.

26. Get regular exercise. Set aside time for regular exercise. Workout, play racket ball or tennis, run or speed walk, go dancing, hiking, or whatever you like to do. Just make sure you do it at least three times a week for no less than 30 minutes.

27. Learn new things. Our minds are built for learning and that’s good because there is a lot we don’t know. Learning is a way to keep life interesting and exciting. The ability to learn is a gift that we should always appreciate and use.

28. Share what you have. We all have something to share; time, money, talent, joy, knowledge, friendship, whatever. Sharing sends a message of abundance to our subconscious and adds the joy of giving to our life experience.

29. Enjoy some daily quiet time. There is a lot of noise and activity that fills our days and we need to balance that with some quiet time. It is important to reflect and get centered. I like to do this in the morning so it doesn’t get missed.

30. Continue to grow as a person. Keep working to raise your awareness and further your personal development. This adds increased dimension and depth to our life experience. Life is a process of growth, embrace it.

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43 Comments

  1. Rocket Bunny April 13, 2009 Reply

    This is a great list and I agree with it.
    I dress with confidence when I have to meet with clients but for comfort when I am working from home.
    I find #7-8-9 more of Thumper’s problem area. With 10 being a close one to add.
    I need a post on how to reverse sleep habits. I am serious.
    Cheers

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hello Bunny, isn’t it funny how we will go through a list and mentally assign certain points to ourselves and certain points to others. I think that is part of the appeal of lists, something for everyone. So, what are your sleep habits that need reversing?

  2. Jonathan, this is fantastic! I love these list posts. So much packed into such a little space. I wish I would have read this list 20 years ago.

    My favorites:

    8) Do one thing at a time.
    13) Smile at everyone.
    15) Express appreciation.
    18) Focus on the moment.
    30) Continue to grow as a person.

    I have to add my own:

    31) Take a walk in the sunshine and contemplate nature.

    I stop and feel, really feel with my hands, the power of the great oak trees. I stop and watch the birds and the squirrels. Most people think squirrels are rodents but how many people stop to appreciate them?

    Life is great. Thank you friend.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hey Stephen, good add. I am a hands on nature person also. When good weather arrives I would much rather hang out with the trees than push buttons on a keyboard.

  3. Robin Easton April 13, 2009 Reply

    This is a truly wonderful and “freeing” list. Very timely for me. In getting my book ready I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed and there were several things here that I know ill help, things I want to focus on more. Many of them I just do naturally but I REALLY love #1. It’s my favorite. Then I liked 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12. I hope you don’t mind if I print this out to revisit.

    You give others, myself included, permission to breathe and be more fully human. Such a gift, Jonathan. Thank you.

    PS: I have to say this is the best list I’ve EVER seen!. So filled with ….something…. far more grounded than most lists.

    • Jonathan December 14, 2011 Reply

      Hi Robin, I am a morning person and that’s why I put #1 where I did. The morning sets the tone for the whole day. I love to wake up with the day and feel a connection before anything else. I am so glad you liked it.

  4. Alik Levin April 13, 2009 Reply

    Loved 7,8 the most!
    #6 is the winner for me.
    Working hard to get to #29! Too hard ;).
    I’d add “Never regret. It never helps, only wastes your precious energy. Revise and improve”
    Good stuff.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Alik, You sound like a guy with a very busy schedule. I know how hard it can be to maintain a cap on our day activity level. I had a hard time fitting #29 in also. I finally started getting up a little earlier so I could just sit in the quiet of early morning and center. 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

  5. Rocket Bunny April 13, 2009 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    Yes, it is funny when you automatically see something in a list that could benefit your significant other or friends it also makes your own life happier;)
    Thumper is a wonderful warm hearted man that cant say no to his clients.
    Now he also has a horrible perception of time.Often creates stress multi-tasking at times.
    I try hard to take into consideration that he is a creative man and very skilled in his work.When he has an idea -he goes with it.Even if it means working in to the next day.
    We work from home and where hours can be flexible they are often too many added on instead.
    He is often under stress because HE over works himself.
    He is working on it and today he is doing EXCELLENT so I am thankful he took the weekend to rest up.Now if we can keep this up,it will be wonderful!
    Any advice is appreciated.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Bunny, Bunny, I think it can be hard to say ‘enough’ for many of us, especially if we call our own hours. Even though I am resistant to schedules, they are the only way I know to maintain balance. When your in a creative mindset, stopping just because it’s time to stop takes some self-discipline. But once you establish a more balanced pattern, even your creativity will benefit.

  6. Kikolani April 13, 2009 Reply

    These are awesome, simple tips to help you improve your daily life. I like to start the day out with yoga… I find that puts me in a state of peace right from the start, and I have more focus from then on out.

    Plus, this morning I also tried out doing the things that I dreaded doing first. That way, I didn’t have those to do’s hanging over my head for the rest of the day, and no possible procrastination issues into letting them carry over into tomorrow.

    Wonderful article, as always! :)

    ~ Kristi

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Kristi, That’s a good point, tackle your least favorite tasks first and get them out of the way. This is also an excellent way to prevent procrastination.

  7. Juancav April 14, 2009 Reply

    Remarkable advices.

  8. Daniel Brenton April 14, 2009 Reply

    Jonathan –

    I like these. Especially item #15, as you might expect.

    Thanks for this.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hey Daniel, yes and isn’t it nice that we can expect you to focus on that one. Our lives are so much richer when we openly express gratitude and appreciation.

  9. Mike King April 14, 2009 Reply

    Great list Jonathan. The only ones I can think to add, ->get some sunlight EVERYday.
    ->Tell someone you love them or that you care about them EVERYday.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Mike, OK, you and Stephen both agreed on the sunshine part so lets make it official along with sharing the love.
      31) Take a walk in the sunshine and contemplate nature.
      32) Tell someone you love them or care about them everyday.

      Let’s grow this list, who’s got another one?

  10. Mark Lewis April 14, 2009 Reply

    I have had difficulty with 7 because I don’t like to say no to friends. I have improved my stress management lately significantly, however, by not over scheduling myself as you suggest.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Mark, being able to say no to friends is actually an important part of friendship. Would you ask a friend to do something if you knew it was going to stress them out and diminish their quality of life? No, because you care about them. So the key is being honest with yourself and your friends about your situation. Take the time to explain your reasons and a real friend will thank you for your honesty.

  11. Patricia April 14, 2009 Reply

    This is a great list. My favorite ones are: #13-Smile often.
    #15-Express appreciation.
    #23-Laugh often.
    #24-Be grateful.
    #30-Grow as a person.
    All 30 are very important to my continued growth as a person, friend, and spiritual being.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hello Patricia, good choices that all contribute to growth as a happy person. Being happy and grateful direct our personal development in a wonderful way.

  12. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. I love everything on this list. I have to admit though, I dress for comfort, not for confidence.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Stacy, sometimes comfort breeds confidence because we are the one making the choice rather than allowing someone else to dictate to us.

  13. snookiecollins June 27, 2010 Reply

    Hello Jonathan,
    This will be my very first comment on Advanced Life Skills and I wanted to say that your articles/blog have been very helpful to me and inspire me to stand strong & continue my fight in overcoming chronic pain by always maintaining a positive attitude towards Life!
    Thank-you.
    Love & Blessings to you and your family,
    –snookiecollins

    • Jonathan June 27, 2010 Reply

      Hi Snookie (what a great name), welcome to Advanced Life Skills. I see that your blog is focused on dealing with and overcoming pain. I see that it is something you deal with personally as well. I just wanted to say that I completely understand and admire your determination to manifest a positive outlook and attitude..

      For the last 39 years I have dealt with chronic back pain. I injured my back at 19 years old and have worked my way through several herniated discs over the decades. I’m all about using our almost limitless abilities to create our personal reality as a way to overcome any obstacle and realize our dreams.

      Thank you so much for joining the conversation and for your kind words of encouragement. I hope get a chance to become better acquainted.

  14. ashwani December 15, 2011 Reply

    Hey Jonathan,

    Its a great list. I think you pretty much covered everything that matters in our lives. I feel #12 : Limiting distractions and #18 Staying in the present moment are essential for a successful and happy life. We seem to be distracted by too many things in our lives and success is all about focusing on the task at hand and doing the right thing at the right time.

    • Jonathan December 16, 2011 Reply

      Hi Ashwani, isn’t that the truth. Trying to find the right balance is becoming more challenging and distractions seem to be on the increase. I guess we could say that it takes focus to focus. :)

      • ashwani December 17, 2011 Reply

        Nice one Jonathan :)
        No one could have said it better than you :)

  15. Nancy December 15, 2011 Reply

    My friend Jonathan,

    You ROCK!!!! You got all of them – I believe the first one is the most important – I like to wake up to I AM statements – and then say “may the possibilities of today excite me.”

    In gratitude,
    Nancy

    • Jonathan December 16, 2011 Reply

      Hi Nancy and thanks for the positive feedback. Where we allow our mind to go when we first wake up has such a powerful influence on the rest of our day. Positive self talk first thing definitely sets the tone for a positive day.

  16. Stephen December 17, 2011 Reply

    I like this post. It’s simple but true. I’m glad you included #16 showing empathy and my all time favorite #18 Focus on the moment. Reading this list every morning would be a great way to achieve #1. I’m printing this out and keeping near my bed. Thanks

    • Jonathan August 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Stephen, great suggestion for getting the day off to a wonderful start.

  17. Robbi January 29, 2012 Reply

    i LOVE THIS LIST!!! I have another one, get “there” early, like a half an hour to a hour early, sit meditate, treat yourself to a coffee, make your to do list, breath, enjoy the morning sun. Then arrive relaxed and on time. I love love love to do this before work!:)

    • Jonathan August 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Robbi, arriving early is an excellent addition. Thanks!

  18. Sandra Pawula August 8, 2013 Reply

    Meditate! This list resonates for me. It’s very close to how I like to live my life. Thank you, Jonathan.

    • Jonathan August 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Sandra, nice to hear from you. Glad these points resonated with your life. That says a lot for the way you live.

  19. sasindra kumar August 13, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    Nice list !!! As always you came up with more beautiful tips to make the life more happier !.

    Thanks Sasindra

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