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37 Ways to Improve Your Life Right Now!

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Have you ever wondered: What can I do to improve my life right now? Sometimes a few small changes can have a profound effect on the way we experience life. With that in mind, I invite you to consider the following:

1. Make the choice to be happy. The biggest part of being happy is to simply make up your mind to be a happy person. It’s not about circumstances, it’s about choice.

2. Count your blessings every day. We all have blessings in our lives. Take the time each and every day to appreciate yours, and your view of life will be one of gratitude.

3. Let go of negative thoughts. Don’t poison yourself by dwelling on negative thoughts. Your life reflects your dominate thought patterns, make yours positive.

4. Let go of negative people. Like it or not, your attitude is susceptible to the dominate attitude of those around you. If they are negative, let them go and don’t look back.

5. Be considerate of others. Showing consideration is a way of honoring others. Most people will respond in kind. When you honor others, you honor yourself.

6. Get regular exercise. We all need to move and breath. Too much sitting robs you of the sense of being alive. Buy out time for exercise and you will feel better mentally, emotionally, and physically.

7. Keep learning new things. Learning is what keeps us excited about life. Your mind has an almost infinite ability to take in knowledge. Why not learn to play a musical instrument, take a Microsoft training course, or pursue an artistic interest? It’s never to late to learn something new.

8. Smile at everyone. A smile can light up a single heart, or a whole room. It’s a wonderful free gift you can give to anyone who looks your way. Contribute to the bank of happiness, smile.

9. Be polite. Manners create an atmosphere of mutual respect and goodwill. Rudeness reveals a complete lack of character. It’s right to be polite and crude to be rude.

10. Practice listening. If we are really listening we will always hear more than words. Try to hear the meaning behind the words without presuming you already know.

11. Build others up. Life can be pretty hard at times and a little encouragement from you can help others feel more confident and capable. Help them out when you can.

12. Find reasons to laugh. With the right attitude we can find humor almost everywhere. Laughter is powerful medicine, so laugh often.

13. Be completely honest. Honesty comes from within. It takes humility and courage to be totally honest with ourselves and others. It’s also incredibly liberating.

14. Be tactful. Being honest does not mean being brutal, even with yourself. Don’t needlessly offend others in the name of honesty, use tact and diplomacy.

15. Look for way to practice giving. There are hundreds of ways to give, and ample opportunities for giving. Not only can something as simple as a smile or kind word can change somebody else’s whole day, but their response can change yours.

16. Be creative. This would be a good place to add your own tip for improving your life right now. Go ahead, be creative!

17. Watch for cause and effect. What you do and say has a huge impact on your life. It is in your best interest to become aware of the connection. Notice the effect of your words and actions so you can make any needed adjustments.

18. View your mistakes as learning experiences. In new activities, it’s rare that we get it right the first time. Evaluating our results and adjusting our approach is how we learn. The better we get at this process the quicker we will produce our intended result.

19. Challenge yourself with large and small goals. Goals give us something to focus on. They also provide a sense of purpose and direction. But remember, you can’t achieve a goal you haven’t set. So, set goals in every area of life.

20. Stop comparing yourself to others.You are not them, so there is no basis for comparison. Strive to be the best possible version of yourself, and learn to celebrate your individuality.

21. Stop judging others. We rarely have as much insight into another persons life as we think we do. If they do something you don’t understand, try to see the big picture, realizing that everyone has different strengths and circumstances.

22. Eliminate time wasters from your life. We all want more time, and yet we all waste time on meaningless pursuits. Get rid of them and you will have the time you wished for.

23. Don’t turn everything into a big deal. If you turn little issues into big issues it will rob you of your joy. Give yourself and everyone else a break, learn to let it go.

24. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself, it’s liberating. When we take ourselves too seriously life becomes a struggle. Again, let it go.

25. Avoid self-imposed limits. Strike all limiting words from your vocabulary, and limiting thoughts from your mind. You can do almost anything you set your mind to, so don’t allow self-imposed limits to hold you back.

26. Don’t try to control other people. Your example may influence others, but you cannot control them. They have the same freedom of choice that you have. Respect that.

27. Actively show appreciation. When someone does something nice for you, show them some appreciation. Acts of kindness, large and small, deserve recognition.

28. Use applied focus sessions to get more done. Applied Focus Sessions – a simple strategy that can increase productivity and free time. Give it a try, it works.

29. Take breaks to clear your mind. You will accomplish more, be more focused, and experience less stress if you give your brain periodic “clearing” breaks throughout the day.

30. Don’t waste energy in pointless debates. Everyone has an opinion, so what? Debating opinions is a colossal waste of time and energy, and it’s pointless. It’s not always important to make your point. Let it go.

31. Be optimistic. Optimism is a wonderful mindset. It focuses your energy on possibility. Your whole world looks brighter through the window of optimism.

32. Set aside time for yourself. It’s great to be productive, but we are not machines. To function at optimal levels you must be well grounded. Make sure you make enough time in your life for you and your loved ones.

33. Believe in yourself. You really are capable of amazing things. The only thing that can get between you and your dreams is self-doubt. Don’t let that happen! Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with others who believe in you.

34. Be yourself and forget about impressing others. No matter what you do, some people will like you and some won’t. Why not just be yourself so that those who do like you, like you for who you really are. Really, being yourself is impressive enough.

35. Accept responsibility for your life. This is the opposite of blaming others for your situation. When you accept responsibility, you assume complete control of your life and close the door on excuses. It’s a powerful state.

36. Strive to create value. The more value you create the more valuable you become to the world around you. Many people are only concerned about creating value for themselves, this is a selfish reality. Contribute the abundance around you and you will experience real abundance in return.

37. Be aware of your spiritual need. Whether you are willing to acknowledge it or not, we all have a spiritual need. Taking steps to fill that need will add a vital dimension to your life.

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38 Comments

  1. Karlil October 15, 2009 Reply

    Great list Jon. I particularly like #26. I find that if you expect less from others, you are far happier. By expecting less, of course you should realize that you can’t control the other person. We all have the freedom of choice, be it right or wrong.

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Thanks Nik, good point about expectation. If you think about it, expectation is at the root of all disappointment. The less we expect from other people, the less disappointment we experience.

  2. Rocket Bunny October 15, 2009 Reply

    Great list and the very first one is the most important.

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      I agree Bunny, in fact, if we make the choice to be happy most of the other points will fall into place almost automatically.

  3. Nea October 15, 2009 Reply

    So many of these are helpful that I can’t even pick a favorite. It is truly a wonderful list. Great post!

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Thanks Nea, one way to approach these points is to really focus one just one per day. It’s difficult to try and think of too many things at once, but one per day is certainly doable.

  4. sema October 15, 2009 Reply

    Great list! each one a gem of inspiration on its own!

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Thanks Sema, I am genuinely pleased that you liked it. Thanks for joining the conversation.

  5. Stephen October 16, 2009 Reply

    Hello Jonathan, this is a great list. I particularly like #1 and then #7 Keep learning new things. You can always pick up a book and learn something. Nice job!

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Hi Stephen, Jim Rohn says that we reach the top shelf in life by standing on the books we’ve read. In so many ways, learning is what life is all about.

  6. Steven Aitchison October 16, 2009 Reply

    This is great stuff Jonathan. #1, 5 and 11 will take you far in life.

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Spoken like a genuine contributor Steve. Two of your three choices were about giving. Nicely done!

  7. Vin October 16, 2009 Reply

    Great list, Jonathan! I think it would be complete with only #1! It’s amazing how much of a difference we can make by only changing our perception.

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      So right Vin, Making a choice to be happy sets up a domino effect and causes the rest to fall in line. Good observation!

  8. Frank J October 16, 2009 Reply

    Jonathan,

    Awesome list, but I may fall short in accomplish or practicing all 37.

    • Jonathan October 16, 2009 Reply

      Hey Frank, welcome to the club. We’re all a work in progress (as opposed to regress).

  9. Zeenat October 16, 2009 Reply

    Jonathan,
    What an awesome list!!! I love it. Each and every point is so perfect and so thoughtful. This is going to be my new guide to happiness for sure. Whenever i am down..all i need is to read this and be reminded how beautiful and wonderful life is!!
    Thanks.

    • Jonathan October 17, 2009 Reply

      Hi Zenat, I am so pleased that you found these points useful. Isn’t it amazing how a simple list can help us focus in the right direction. Most of us know these points, but for some reason seeing them together in an abbreviated form makes it easy to assimilate.

  10. Grampa Ken October 19, 2009 Reply

    That’s a neat concise coverage of self-help tips.
    You touch upon my favorite: 2) Count your blessings every day.

    Henry Ward Beecher put it nicely, “No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, then enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it.”

    • Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

      Great quote Ken, counting our blessings is a quick way to shift our focus, that’s for sure.

  11. James October 28, 2009 Reply

    Check what you’re eating too. You’d be surprised how much an effect of what you eat determines how you feel both mentally and physically.

    • Farnoosh May 5, 2010 Reply

      I am seconding that one. Eat well. Eat healthy. Eat with conscious awareness and by being selective, not picky. (Can I say eat raw too? Not exclusively but eat a lot of raw foods :))!

      • Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

        James and Farnoosh, I am in total agreement. I was raised by a self taught nutritionist and it is a beginning I will always be thankful for.

  12. Steve May 5, 2010 Reply

    I would add that you may want to create a savoring album, kind of like a photo album. Take pictures of everyday events that you would like to savor: one of mine was just a picture of a street, and I wrote, I completed x miles in a record time of x. It helped me look back and celebrate my victories. Another one was a picture of my son and I on a father son trip.

    • Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

      That is a great idea Steve, thanks for sharing it withe us. Had never thought of that before!

  13. Rich June 6, 2011 Reply

    I think the most important point is definitely number one.

    We have to make the decision to be happy, to choose positive thoughts over negativity. It’s amazing how simply changing the way you choose to view the same situations, as blessings rather than burdens, can really define how happy you are as a person.

    Most of the negative unhappy people I know are that way because they chose to be.

    • Jonathan June 6, 2011 Reply

      I agree, that’s why I listed it first.

  14. Miles December 17, 2011 Reply

    Great article. I especially like #13 and #14. I recently started being honest with people instead of making up excuses. For example, when people invited me somewhere and I wasn’t particularly excited about it I would just make up something to get out of it. Now I try to be as honest as I can without hurting peoples feeling. That is where #14 comes in on being tactful. At first I didn’t care and thought being brutally honest would help and it didn’t. But, being honest without hurting peoples feelings has gained me more respect and people appreciate my honesty.

  15. Rainbowlover May 19, 2012 Reply

    I really love this list along with 100 of my fav stress busters. I struggle with chronic stress just realized it sadly. Depression runs in my family but I’ve added way to much stress to mine. I expect to much, over think things, think the worst of everything, and worry to the point that I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t like it but I’ve decided that I have to make myself better! Reading things like this helps a whole lot! Thank you! if you or anyone have any advice I’m willing to try anything! :)

  16. Dr Ajay Vaidya July 15, 2013 Reply

    Very few people choose to be happy consciously and its very hard to find single individual following all 31 points effortlessly. I found that following some points in my life easy for me and some are really hard…now starting from #13… great post love it…

  17. CJ September 10, 2013 Reply

    I love this list! There are so many of your points I would like to respond to. But I’ll keep it at three I think are really important and that I am striving to do in my life: not comparing yourself to others and not trying to impress people. These are so key to really believing in yourself. Whenever I find myself doing this, I consciously make myself stop. Also, I have been writing a lot about finding your creativity. I believe having a creative outlet is absolutely necessary for finding happiness and leading an inspired life.
    Thanks for putting this list together!

  18. John September 10, 2013 Reply

    Nice list….my favorite one was; use your mistakes as a learning experience:)

  19. Jamil February 15, 2014 Reply

    Great list but I love #20. Copying or Comparing always kills. Once we stop comparing ourself to others then it will be easy for us to find our inner talent and original personality.

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