In this guide learn about 5 simple practices that can help you to measurably improve your own life, and also have a positive impact on the lives of others (especially the lives of the people you care about). An audio version is available here.
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Improving your life isn’t complicated
Improving your life is not as complicated as media would have you believe.Things you can do to improve your life aren’t complicated at all, often quite the contrary. Absolutely anyone can take steps to improve their life, as well as the lives of others – often with the very same practices and actions! In fact, practices like that is what this guide will go over, and you will learn about five simple practices that can help you to improve your own life, as well as have a positive impact on the lives of others.
This is the best two-for-one opportunity you will ever get because these practices will, over time, have a big positive impact on your own life as well as on the lives of others.
Practice # 1
Practice the attitude of gratitude
You must have heard about the benefits of positive thinking, you’ve probably heard about it a lot. The benefits of positive thinking is fairly common knowledge these days, and you probably even have experience of it yourself. Being positive is a good place to operate from as it makes you happy, more resilient, and makes it easier for you to deal with the challenges of life. And one of the best ways to be more positive is to adopt and regularly practice the attitude of gratitude.
Let’s face it, life is full of twists and turns, full of setbacks and challenges and changes. That said, there are also a lot of good things in our lives, good things that are easy to miss when you become too absorbed and focused on the setbacks. Too often people become depressed about what they don’t have in life instead of focusing on what they do have, because when you focus on all the positives in your life you’ll realise that you are incredibly blessed. When you change your focus you will realise that you are luckier than you think.
Life is not just about twists, it is also full of opportunities and blessings, for everyone. No matter who you are or where you are, you are blessed with things many others are not. Every moment we are alive there’s a lot to be grateful for: just the fact that we are here is something to be grateful for, the oxygen we breathe is something to be grateful for, the clothes we own, the food we eat, the roof over our head and being alive – they are all blessings, they are things that lots of other people all over the world aren’t blessed with.
It’s easy to lose sight of (and take for granted) what you have when you focus on what you don’t have, but that does you no good. When you focus on what you lack, it only causes unnecessary stress, pain and anguish. A much better and smarter option is to appreciate what you do have and be grateful.
How can you get started: An easy way to adopt this practice is to make a list every day about a few of the things you are grateful for.
Try it right now: what are 5 things you are grateful for at this very moment? Take a few seconds to think about it. This practice is great for nurturing more positivity in your life, and also acts as a great reminder of just how good your life is, which helps you get some valuable perspective, and can also be a big source of inner strength and wisdom.
Practice the attitude of gratitude.
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Practice # 2
Look after yourself
Looking after yourself, or self care, is an essential part of your well-being. It’s also an essential part of your personal growth and progress. When you’re in good health, both mentally and physically, you can do amazing and incredible things and can even do impossible things. On the other hand when you’re not doing so good, even doing the simplest of things can become a massive struggle. You have personal experience of this, you know just how difficult even doing the simplest things can be when you are not feeling that good so you know what I am talking about. This alone makes looking after yourself a very important practice to adopt.
But there’s more: here’s another important fact to remember, if you’re not well you’re no good to anyone else. The reality is that if you’re struggling yourself you can’t really do much to help others or even be there for others. So look after yourself, if not for your own sake then at least for the sake of the people you care about.
How can you get started: A great way to look after yourself is to make working out a regular practice. It doesn’t even have to be long, even a five minute intense workout session can do wonders for your physical and mental health, not to mention boost your immune system (which is very important especially during these current times).
Make looking after yourself a regular practice.
Practice # 3
Have you watched the movie Pay it forward? It’s one of my favourite movies, and does a great job of establishing the importance of doing good and being kind to others. There are lots of researches that have established, without a doubt, that being kind to others is good for you.
How can you get started: A really easy way to practice kindness and make it into a habit is to watch what you say. Watch what you say because words can hurt, or heal. Just a few kind words from you can make someone’s day, and vice versa, so keep that in mind.
Be more mindful about what you say to others.
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Practice # 4
Treat setbacks as learning experiences
Things in life don’t always work out as you hope, it’s just an undeniable fact of life. There are no guarantees in life. The setbacks that you experience can be disheartening, especially since it feels like all the hard work and effort you put in was a waste.
But here’s the thing: all that effort and energy you put in is not completely wasted, because those setbacks and challenges often teach us things that are incredibly valuable. So when life throws you lemons, make lemonade rather than feeling down about how unfair the situation is.
Learn from the setback, because that way you can do things better in the future, and improve your life.
How can you get started: Anytime you stumble across a setback, ask yourself what you can learn from it. There’s always something to learn from setbacks, and often the lessons are incredibly valuable. So make it a point to examine your setbacks and their lessons. Sometimes the lessons are not obvious right away, and for experiences like that it is useful to examine them at a later date.
Treat your setbacks as learning experiences, because they can teach you a lot.
Practice # 5
Reduce waste and recycle
This last one isn’t just about doing something that will help you personally, but also about consciously doing something that will help us collectively, and what will help the world. The reality is that the more waste we create, the more polluted our world gets, and it is pretty obvious by now just how much damage pollution causes. If you need examples of this just do a search online about the damaging impact of pollution.
There’s no doubt that pollution is bad for the world, and as such reducing waste is a great way to improve your own life as well as doing your part to improve the world by reducing pollution.
How can you get started: There are lots of ways you can reduce waste, like composting your food waste, and being more mindful about the food, electricity and water you use. Google “zero waste” or “how to reduce waste” to learn more about this important practice.
On that note, it is not always possible to completely eliminate waste, like the plastic tubes of your toothpaste, plastic packaging and metal cans from food items and so on. Where you cannot cut out the waste and cannot reasonably reduce, recycle. That way at least you cut down on the pollution.
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Changing your life for the better isn’t rocket science. Anyone can do it. All it takes is a bit of conscious effort. And the really great thing is that often the things that can help you grow and improve can also positively impact the lives of other people, especially the people you care about.
Try out these five practices: they are simple and easy to adopt, they take very little time, and the really great thing about them is that they can have a big positive impact on not just your own life but also on the lives of others, as well as the world.
Stay safe and look after yourself.
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