Everyone wants to improve their life, making it better and generally just feeling happier. This guide can help you if you are willing to make some changes.
1. Rewire your brain
The first thing to do in order to create a better, healthier and happier life is to think differently. Rewiring your brain needs several steps which vary from changing your behavior, getting out of your comfort zone and also eating healthier to nourish the brain. Many factors change our thoughts- our genes, experiences, what we eat, what we read, the company we keep and so on. These things take time but you need not rush into it- take baby steps and start slow.
2. Deal gradually with anxiety-causing situations
Often, the things that stop us from living a happier life include stressful situations about money, job etc. We cannot resort to medicines to deal with anxiety all the time. What we can do is summon up courage and gradually expose ourselves to such situations and face our fears. In 99% of the cases, we end up feeling that our worry was totally unnecessary.
Related Read: Easy Ways to Deal with Anxiety and Worry
3. Get out of the house, engage in activities
This is the easiest way to create a healthier, happier life. When you are out there with friends or even with strangers doing stuff like helping them or simply doing anything else you love, you are going to love your life. People who lead sedentary lifestyles without talking to others or without connecting with friends and/or humans are more likely to be depressed.
4. Improve your diet
Eat three balanced meals and drink tons of water to keep your body and brain hydrated. Dehydration can make you feel low and tired impacting the quality of your life. Meals should ideally be rich in lean protein, plenty of antioxidants like fruits, veggies and nuts and seeds. A good iet will also prevent depression.
5. Vary your activities
Vary your activities from time to time. Doing so helps delay dementia, allows you to learn new things, make new friends and also improve cognitive skills in old age. This is especially very important to help you make your life better and happier, post retirement.
6. Read more
And more importantly, read meaningful books. Motivate yourself with life enhancing quotes or books by successful people. Remember: you will be perceived as more attractive when you speak more meaningfully which comes naturally when you are well read.
7. Be yourself
Nothing is more stressful than pretending to be someone you are not. Avoid pretence. Do things that make you happy. Analyze yourself in order to know these things. In parties or social situations, it is better to be quiet and be thought of a fool than speak and resolve all doubt.
8. Add one positive habit to your life from time to time
From time to time, add one positive habit that can change you. It could be taking up exercise, drinking more water or simply inculcating a habit of reading a new thought/lesson daily or even, quitting smoking or alcohol. After a period of time, the habit will become a permanent way of life which you will be grateful for later.
Tip: It is said that if you do something for a period of 21 days, you are likelier to stick to it for life.
9. Find your inner passion
A self analysis in the form of following questions can help:
- What makes me get all excited, and sets my heart racing?
- Can I say confidently that I am enjoying the things I do currently?
- What makes me truly happy?
- How do I envision myself 5/10/15 years from now?
Write down these answers on a piece of paper. Also write down anything else that you feel is important to help make life better.
10. Improve your self-esteem
This is especially true for making life better for teenagers. Get out of the self-pity, victim mentality and develop the habit of looking at past mistakes and failures as a stepping stone to success. Constantly endeavor to improve yourself by learning new skills. Seek inspiration from a mentor or a teacher.
11. Set goals
What better way than this to improve your life? You want to make it in life on your own, with or without money, you have to start y setting S.M.A.R.T goals. This acronym stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable Realistic and Time Bound. Always start with short term goals before moving on to long term ones. Writing down the goals or sharing them with others can help.
12. Manage time properly
Do not procrastinate. Attend to things immediately. This will eliminate stress.
Relaxation and meditation can help you calm your heart rate and erratic thoughts. Tibetan monks have rewired their brains with this technique. With daily practice life will certainly become a lot better and happier as experienced by many people.
Related read: Easy ways to meditate
14. Be grateful
An attitude of gratitude is indeed an easy way to make your life happier. With gratefulness comes the ability to appreciate small things in life, no matter how hard life may seem otherwise owing to circumstances. When you count your blessings your optimism rewires your brain and your positive thoughts change your life for the better. That is the Law of Attraction.
We hope these 14 ideas help you improve your life.