I love this. So simple, so doable, yet so impactful.
From Psychology Today, here are seven* ways to make the most of your daily life:
1.) Learn something new.
Look for an opportunity to expand your knowledge every single day. Listen to a podcast, read an interesting article, or learn something from a friend. Remember, everyone you meet knows something you don’t.
2.) Make someone’s day.
Do something, anything, for someone else. It’s an immediate mood booster. Going out of your way to be kind to others also helps you feel more in control.
3.) Use your strengths.
You excel when you get to do what you do best. Research shows that employees who get to use their strengths outperform those who don’t; these employees also feel more fulfilled.
4.) Fortify yourself.
Actively decide to eat well, move more, and sleep better. Every bite of food, every extra step, and every extra hour of rest has a significant impact. Your everyday decisions affect the quality of your health and life.
5.) Think forward.
What are your long-term goals? Do at least one thing that brings you a step—even a baby step—closer to them each day.
6.) Do something meaningful.
Do something, no matter how small, that somehow improves the world. It may be as simple as picking up a piece of garbage from the street.
7.) Take a moment.
Spend, at minimum, 30 seconds reflecting on what you have accomplished and appreciating what you have. Expressing thanks is one of the simplest ways to feel better.
*The only thing I would add to this list is keeping fresh flowers around the house. The above blooms are currently in my kitchen and dining room and they make me smile every time I see them.