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What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

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1) Get out in nature:

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.


2) Exercise:

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.


3) Spend time with friends and family:

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Friends are key to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Do something kind for them.


4) Express gratitude:

It will make you happier.

It will improve your relationships.

It can make you a better person.

It can make life better for everyone around you.


5) Meditate:

Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span whie reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better -- even if you're not religious.


6) Get enough sleep:

You can't cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. Lack of sleep = more likely to get sick. "Sleeping on it" does improve decision making. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically. There is such a thing as beauty sleep.

Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Here's how to improve your naps.


7) Challenge yourself:

Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it's more responsible for your success than IQ. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.


8) Laugh:

People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship. Humor has many benefits.


9) Touch someone:

Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.


10) Be optimistic:

Optimism can make you healthier, happier and extend your life. The Army teaches it in order to increase mental toughness in soldiers. Being overconfident improves performance.


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I give this post a 10.

On a scale of 1 to 5.

You're the best, Adam. :)

I'm an 8.

On a scale of 1 to 5. ;)

;) 10 all the way. See #6. Sleep. Like 10 hours worth :)

love this, eric! thanks for sharing!

10, great list Adam!

Thank you Shayn, but small correction -- this list came from Eric aka @bakadesuyo ...

My bad, thank you Eric :)

add to that #11 Do something for someone else ... without being asked- or expecting anything in return.

Generosity and paying it forward is extremely powerful and has huge flow on effects in the lives of those who practice this and who are the recipients :)

That's a famous line from Reid Hoffman:

Do something that's not for yourself every day.

He was talking about not deferring acts of compassion for a future when you're less busy.

Which is, I believe, what you're talking about, Louise.

totally - often it is in those most busy and stressed times when doing consciously doing something for someone else means the most :) Having said that - no one is purely altruistic.. not even Mother Teresa. Everything we do every day brings a benefit to ourselves. The simple act of making a meal for a struggling friend brings joy and meaning to our lives. Mother Teresa- altho close to pure altruism - also gained a benefit from her work. She gained peace of mind, purpose and contentment.

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