10 Ridiculously Simple Life Changes You Can Make Today
Super-simple ways to improve your overall quality of life immediately. Inspired by this Quora thread.
We all have aspects of our lives that we would like to improve. Small changes in habits will make a huge difference over time.
The following simple changes will make a significant impact on your life.
1. Make your bed.
If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. Sounds glib, but it is far from it.
To put that statement into its full context, watch this segment of a speech by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas Commencement Address in 2014.
2. Show gratitude.
Gratitude isn’t just a way of thinking and seeing the world; gratitude is a way of life. It’s a commitment to appreciating the little things and transforming ordinary moments into opportunities. Too often we take the little things for granted.
“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.” – Viki King
3. Floss your teeth.
This one amazes me. This one simple habit can add up to 6.4 years to your life expectancy by reducing plaque build-up in your arteries. SIX YEARS?!! I’m like floss your teeth people!!
4. Safeguard your health like the precious commodity that it is.
Yes, we all have genetic predispositions to certain diseases, but positive lifestyle choices can help prevent or mitigate these influences. For me, I changed to a plant-based diet about 12 years ago because it helps me to feel healthy and to manage my weight.
If you’re eating mostly or only fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains, and meat substitutes like soy, you cut your odds of getting heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, compared to a diet that includes more meat.
Most people eat unhealthy foods out of convenience, so plan ahead and substitute healthier alternatives. Prep ahead if you have to, plan for those times that you’re most vulnerable to eating poorly. Learn to read food labels and cultivate good habits.
5. Move (more).
You know it. I know it. We all know it.
But just because we know it, doesn’t mean we all do it regularly.
Like many people, I have struggled with my weight throughout my life. I still struggle-- I can’t fit into the holiday dress that I wanted to wear this weekend. It’s hard, I know.
But I’ll never stop fighting those extra pounds, even though I’m a size 8. Feeling my best is just too important and I don’t feel my best as an 8, I feel my best as a six. So I keep fighting the fight. And I keep 6s around to try to motivate myself to do even better.
When it comes to exercise, every little bit counts. There is increasing evidence that a 10 minute high-intensity workout is just as effective as an hour-long session at the gym.
So park a little farther away. Take the stairs instead of the elevators. Add some movement into your day. Get a dog if you have to (it works for me;-).
Sit down, set a timer, and just breathe for 3 minutes. Or if you need more help (like I did) try the Free app, Headspace, which offers guided meditations and instruction.
If you do this regularly, I promise it will improve your life. Just keep doing it, in time you will see a huge difference, a calming effect on your mind and your life.
7. Show people you love that you love them.
And If someone isn't valuing you the way you know you deserve to be valued, walk away.
8. Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning.
You don’t need to read that much but you aim to expose yourself to new ideas and life changing content on a regular basis.
Just read 10 pages in a business or personal development book each day and this simple habit will compound into life changing results. (Or check out YouTube videos for the same.)
9. Make more time for the things you love.
Make time and space in your life for activities you enjoy. Show yourself more love. Give yourself permission to pursue your interests and cultivate your passions without guilt or fear.
10. Respect human beings in general, regardless of their age.
That's just basic courtesy and it seems to bear repeating these days. Webster defines the word dignity as, “the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically”.