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4 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life

All too often, it seems like the actions that would most improve our lives are time-consuming or require lots of discipline.  Not so with this list.  Check out our suggestions for some very simple things you can do to quickly improve your life:

  1. Keep a Gratitude List.  Each morning spend 5 minutes writing down 5 things you appreciate about your life.  Once you've completed the list, reread each item and say, “thank you,” silently to yourself.  This activity will help you to begin each day in a happier frame of mind.

  2. Save Automatically.  If saving money isn't your thing, we're going to make it simple for you.  Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to a savings account to occur after every paycheck.  That's it!  By putting money aside for a rainy day, you'll feel more confident about your ability to save for big-ticket items, as well as feel prepared should an unexpected emergency arise.

  3. Clean for 5 Minutes a Day.  It's not uncommon to let cleaning go by the wayside when we get busy.  However, if you commit to cleaning for just 5 minutes each day, you'll find that you can easily make the time for it, your home will stay neater, and frequently, you'll be inclined to work beyond 5 minutes because you're in a groove.

  4. Quit Complaining.  When we complain, we're fueling negativity.  Instead, try to go cold turkey on complaints.  For extra credit, consider taking the Complaint Free Challenge designed by Will Bowen.  The challenge consists of wearing a rubber bracelet on your wrist and not criticizing, complaining, or gossiping for 21 consecutive days.  If you find yourself doing so, move the bracelet to your other wrist and begin again from day 1.  While this may sound easy, Bowen reports that he moved his bracelet so often, he broke 3 of them before going 21 days without a complaint. However, by choosing to stop thinking negatively, you'll experience greater happiness and success in your life.