What can you do to improve your overall quality of life besides backpacking through Europe, eating sushi every day and hanging out with Oprah? Well, you know what they say, it’s all in the little things. Check out these life changing hacks you can make today for a pinch of inspiration. Spoiler alert: nothing will happen overnight, and nothing will happen if you only try these tricks out once. We suggest having an open mind and heart, taking everything with a pinch of salt and customizing the tips to better suit you. After all, we’re not xerox copies, we all have something different (albeit fingerprints).
1. Chin up, shoulders back
It’s ideal to strike a balance between a low self esteem and narcissism. That means keeping up the positivity and confidence levels, while keeping the negative thoughts at bay. If you’re struggling with the latter, practice makes perfect. You won’t be able to dismiss them from your first try, but if you keep at it, thought restructuring can work wonders.
2. Make your bed as soon as you wake up
This must seem a no-brainer, but it has been shown that if you leave your bed messy it can actually cast a shadow over your productivity. And you don’t want to miss deadlines, fail exams, drop out of university and end up homeless, do you now? Long story short, it’s a simple habit that can help you start your day with the right foot and can serve as a foundation for other equally positive habits.
3. Less complaining, more laughing
It’s no secret that happy, optimistic people have it easier. Even if this doesn’t come naturally, faking a smile has been proven to lead to genuine smiling and even laughter. A pessimistic and negative outlook on life can really bring you down both physically and emotionally. Remember mens sana in corpore sano. Romans knew what they were talking about.
4. Go all out for others
If people around you are happy, it can help you be happy as well. Even more so when you are the reason why they are smiling. So next time you’re at work and feel like a coffee, ask around and see who else would like one. And when’s the last time you bought your mom flowers for no reason at all? What about surprising your significant other with their favorite dinner and a foot rub? Ok, you get the point, play nice, feel nice.
5. Have a sleeping schedule
One that you actually follow religiously. And no, making up for lost hours of sleep on the weekend doesn’t count and won’t help you in the least. I’m not advocating for being in bed at 10 pm. I think a smarter move would be to listen to your body instead of ignoring the signals it’s sending you. When you feel tired, don’t make another coffee to pull an all nighter. At the same time, if you feel refreshed at 6 am, don’t linger in bed for four more hours. You’ll feel even groggier and tired after.
Say “thank you”. A lot! Thank the mail man, thank the sales man, thank the driver who hits the brakes to let you jay walk, although he shouldn’t, thank you mom for dinner (and for cleaning your room, and for giving you pocket money, and for carrying you nine months in her belly). What will this do for you? It will help others see you’re kind and they’ll treat you nicer. The mail man will make an effort not to lose your letters and the sales man will make sure you’re the first one to find out about sales and loyalty deals. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?