10 Things You Can Do Every Day to Experience More Health, Meaning, and Joy

What are the most important things you undertake throughout your day? What activities or actions are given priority over others? There are certainly obvious ones such as eating, sleeping, and working but what else is there? I am convinced there are many things you can do every day that will make your life more fulfilling and meaningful, and therefore enjoyable. Some are obvious while others might be things you never considered.
1. Drink plenty of water- Many people don’t consume enough water on a daily basis. Some people argue that 2-4 liters is the necessary amount depending on weight and body mass, and I have even heard experts opine that you should drink up to 6 liters if you are very active. Not drinking enough can make you dehydrated and being dehydrated prevents blood flow to your organs. Limit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices that have the potential of causing dehydration. Plus water is free so take advantage of this terrific liquid.
2. Meditate, mindful breathing, or quiet reflection- You don’t need to spend a large chunk of your day meditating or reflecting quietly, but it behooves you to take some time, even only a few minutes, to focus on your breath and simply be. The positive of effects of a daily mindful practice are extraordinary. You will notice reduced anxiety and stress if you practice mindfulness consistently. In many cases, mindfulness training such as meditation can help overcome feelings of depression. Take this time for yourself every day. You deserve it!
3. Help someone else- This can be as simple as holding the door for someone or as profound as organizing a charity drive. Actively take time out of your day to help someone else. Don’t take for granted helping out loved ones and people you know, but seek opportunities to assist strangers. Often these random acts of kindness are more meaningful because the other person doesn’t expect it.
4. Inspire or motivate yourself and someone else- Take time to be inspired and motivated. Watch an influential video or movie. Read a motivating book or article. Perhaps you will be driven to take action for a worthy cause. In the process you will inspire and motivate others through your example. You don’t need to make a huge effort because simple acts can inspire others.
5. Smile and laugh- Is there a better remedy for sadness than smiling and laughing? If you are having a particularly rough day look for something to read or watch that is going to make you smile and laugh. If you smile and laugh every day you are expressing positive emotions, and filling your moments with joy. Smiling and laughing releases endorphins that make you feel happier and less stressed. Additionally, other people are going to prefer your company when you are smiling and laughing as opposed to frowning and pouting.
6. Fulfill your passions- This is vitally important because it often gets lost during the busyness of your day. Exercise your passions every day. I don’t care if you work ten hours a day, find time to at least spend a couple minutes fulfilling a passion of yours. If you are passionate about a certain T.V. show, watch it. If you love knitting than knit for a few minutes. Make time for your passions because your passions guide your decision-making in life.
7. Eat enough fruits and vegetables- I don’t need to get into the specifics of exactly how many you should eat per day but make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Substitute cookies and muffins with apples and bananas. Instead of eating French fries or onion rings on the side, opt for a salad or sweet potatoes. (And no, French fries are not a vegetable!) Go out of your way to eat fruits and vegetables at every meal throughout your day. If you desire a healthy body and a healthy way of life start eating more fruits and vegetables daily.
8. Take note of what you are grateful for- This practice can be life-changing if you stick with it. Write down 1-3 things you are grateful for every day. Do it regularly and you are going to start noticing how many wonderful things you have in life. Gratitude is one of the most effective ways for you to cultivate more happiness in your life.
9. Compliment someone- Go out of your way to offer someone a compliment. Start with people you are close with and then practice with strangers. Make someone’s day by simply telling them how great they are. Not only will it make the other person feel wonderful but you will also gain satisfaction knowing you were kind to another person.
10. Engage in healthy physical contact- Notice I used the word healthy physical contact here. Punching someone in the face does not constitute healthy physical contact. A simple handshake can go a long way in bringing you more contentment during your day. Human beings are social species and we thrive off physical contact, perhaps more so than any other species. Take time to connect with others throughout your day. Shake hands, give hugs, or pat someone on the back. These are meaningful and healthy forms of social expression.

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