The world is in the midst of an economic boom, there are more job opportunities available now than ever and technology has made everyone’s lives infinitely easier than it was decades ago.
Despite that, some of the most developed countries in the world are experiencing record levels of unhappiness.
Why can’t people find fulfillment in their lives despite the average person’s relative privilege?
As it turns out, there is a lot more to improving your life than just having wealth. Below, we outline some outstanding tips on how to start getting more out of your existence.
1. Upgrade Your Living Space
Where you live has a deep impact on how you live. Fortunately, breaking out of living-space induced ruts can be simple.
If you can afford to move out of a house or an apartment that you don’t like, do it. Is moving out of the question? Make the most out of what you have then by de-cluttering and investing in some new furniture where appropriate.
Going forward, keep a strict cleaning schedule to make sure that your living space doesn’t fall back into despair.
2. Start Exercising 3-Times Per Week
Exercising regularly can be powerful in improving your life catalyst. It makes you feel better, look better and can even improve the way that other people treat you.
A lot of people are intimidated by exercise because the thought of spending 5-days per week in the gym seems impossible given their obligations and frankly, uncomfortable. The truth is though that just working up a sweat on a treadmill for 30 minutes, 3-times per week can have a profound impact on your fitness.
Combine that with consistent water consumption throughout the day and you’ll be shocked by how much better you feel.
3. Refine Your Sleep Schedule
There’s nothing worse than waking up tired. Even if it’s the weekend and you have the liberty of sleeping in late, sleeping away your morning hours can be equally detrimental.
Fix all of those problems in one swoop by committing to waking up earlier and getting into bed at least 8-hours before your intended wake-up time. Also, make sure that when you’re in bed, all devices are turned off. If you lay awake in bed for hours while using your phone, you’re not going to see any sleep improvements.
4. Complete at Least One Goal Daily
Feeling accomplished and improving your life go hand in hand. What we love about accomplishment driving satisfaction is that accomplishing things can be a breeze!
Doing something as simple as getting your laundry turned around on time or fixing a loose doorknob can make you feel more useful and can keep your mood up throughout the day.
5. Reinvest Yourself in Your Relationship(s)
If you’re lucky enough to have a life partner, working on your relationship can unilaterally improve your outlook on life.
Do something nice for your partner. Make more time to be with them. Start looking your best for them again.
Small acts like those will hopefully be reciprocated which can strengthen your bond.
Don’t have a partner? If that’s the case, invest yourself in improving your relationships with friends and family members instead. You can also start taking steps to find companionship by putting yourself out there through dating applications or by being more open to people that request your company on dates.
6. Pick Up a New Skill
The more you know, the more validated that you’re going to feel in your existence. Too many people get out of school, find a job and make their life about performing repetitive tasks day in and day out until they retire.
That process is a recipe for serious depression.
Expand your possibilities by coming up with a new skill that you’d like to pick up. Once you’ve landed on something, see if you can find a local school that offers a class in your topic of interest or take a class online.
Before you claim that you don’t have time to learn anything new, know that online classes are usually self-paced and can be tackled in chunks on the weekends.
7. Learn How to Say No
Being a “yes person” might earn you the distinction of having a “can-do attitude” but saying yes to everything can also run amuck on your priorities.
Life is all about understanding what means most to you, pursuing those things and letting everything else fall by the waist side. If you’re participating in activities that you don’t think drive value for your life, trim the fat and enjoy the time that you get back!
8. Disrupt Your Negative Thought Train
If you’re one of those people that find themselves complaining about everything, you can break that pattern by making a concerted effort to.
For example, anytime that you find yourself complaining, shout out something funny and force yourself to smile. Not only will this “marking technique” make you aware of how much you complain but it’ll also disrupt you from spiraling into deep despair.
Personal coaching can be very effective when it comes to understanding your patterns and developing strategies to break them up. You can get more info here on your potential options.
Start Improving Your Life and Start Being Happy
Improving your life is a means to the ultimate end of being happy. So, use our tips to make small investments in becoming your best self so you can smile more. Believe us when we say that the effort will be well worth it.
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