13 simple ways to improve your day

http://biebzlieber.tumblr.com/post/163544374581) Laugh

There’s little doubt – life is better with laughter. Get some inspiration by checking out Time’s 50 best Youtube videos or watch one of IMDB’s top 100 funniest movies of all time

2) Make life better for someone else

In the words of the Dalai Lama: “if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” For ideas on how you can make someone else’s day that little bit better, visit http://thehalfwaypoint.net/2009/09/50-simple-ways-to-pay-it-forward/

3) [Re]Connect with someone

We often lose contact with loved ones amid the busyness of life, but what’s life without the ones you love? Visit your grandma, call someone instead of messaging them on Facebook or Skype a friend on the other side of the world and get a feel-good kick.

4) Mix it up

They say a change is as good as a holiday. I’m not completely convinced it’s as good as a holiday, but if its even a fraction as good, I’ll take it! Why not try taking a different route to work; getting a new hair cut; visiting a new restaurant; exploring a new suburb; or waking up 20 minutes earlier and enjoying not being in a rush!

5) Eat breakfast

Poor breakfast, it gets a rough deal. It’s often rushed, eaten on-the-go, or missed completely. Breakfast has plenty to offer; it’s an opportunity to fill your tummy for the first time in 10 hours or so; it gives you the energy you need to start the day; and it’s the only meal where you can get away with eating something sweet! For breakfast inspiration, visit http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/collections/breakfast-and-brunch-recipes.aspx

6) Surround yourself in photos

The digital revolution has made taking photos easier than ever before, but it’s also made us less likely to print them out. Instead of popping them on Facebook, Twitter or emailing them, why not get some printed out and surround yourself in happy memories. While you’re at it, print and mail a copy for someone that would to see them and for a real laugh, check out your old baby photos too!

7) Exercise

We all know exercise is good for us but it’s often easier said than done. You needn’t run 20kms in the searing heat to get results. Why not try dancing, yoga, taking the dog for a walk, playing basketball with the kids or try one of these ideas.

8) Fix something

Is there something you’ve been putting off fixing for another day, but that day never seems to come? Make today that day. Whether it be a light bulb that needs changing, your favourite boots with a dogdgy zip or friendship that needs attention, put in the effort to reap the reward.

9) Do something creative

Make something beautiful, useful or delicious – you might even surprise yourself. If you’d like some inspiration, check out madeit.com.au or etsy.com and see what others have been up to. If you just want to get stuck into your own project but not sure what to do, visit the Instructables website  and learn to make everything from your own boomerang to a never-ending desk.

10)Turn off the television

Do you watch television to relax? Why not try going for a leisurely bike ride along the beach, meeting friends at a cafe or listening to music instead? Or if you watch it for entertainment – why not check out some local music, a comedy act or play? And if you’re just bored –  find a project to do, organise a weekend away or do something you’ve been wanted to do but keep putting off. If nothing else, you won’t have to watch any ridiculous ads!

11) Give a compliment

Making someone else feel good about themselves is bound to make you feel good about yourself. Positivity breeds positivity. The real trick is to actually mean the compliment instead of just saying the first thing that comes to your head.

12) Channel your inner child

Remember how simple life was when you were a kid? Revisit the good old days with a game of backyard cricket, a tea party with friends, your favourite movie when you were a kid, or a picnic in the park.

13) Challenge yourself

Accepting a challenge gives purpose, seeing it through give you a sense of accomplishment and self worth. Do a crossword, enrol in a course,

Visit http://the365daychallenge.com/ for more inspiration

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12 responses to “13 simple ways to improve your day

  1. Holly

    Yes! Love the idea of going through my photos. Haven’t done it in ages and always makes me smile :)

  2. Sunny girl

    Great article!!!!!!

  3. Mum

    Tick off for today:
    Went for a walk at 6am
    Saw a photo of my grand daughters tongee albiet blurry
    Got the bas done
    Made Dad two coffees (one from each machine)
    Will make something out of the zucchini from neighbours garden tonight
    Rang/emailed:Mother,daughter,grand daughter,brother,friend

  4. Great. Mum. Sounds like all that’s left to do is…um…actual work?! xx

  5. I completely agree! Especially with the exercise…need to get my own butt back in the exercise gear…
    Great post.

    • Thanks, Caitlin. Definitely agree, just remember – baby steps! If it helps, I saw a great quote yesterday. It said: “It doesn’t matter how slow you run, you’re still running faster than everyone sitting on the couch!”

  6. Simple but effective advice. Love it!

  7. Great post! I could have used it this morning!. :) I like the design of your blog, , too. Thanks for coming by my blog.

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