30 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Make Your Life Better

by Chris Giles Photography

There I was, cuddling with five friends on a large sofa when I had a thought.

Why do I make enjoying life so complicated?

I thought about how often I miss the little things that make a big difference, so I can chase the big things that make a little difference. Then I realized I’d better get back to cuddling so I forgot all about it.

Fortunately, the next day I was doing some writing and decided to make a list. Here are some of my favorite ways to make life better, with a little help from my Facebook friends.

  1. Think of someone you enjoy spending time with, call them and make plans to meet.
  2. Look over your calendar from the last few months. Repeat the activities you enjoyed the most.
  3. Set a stop watch and do nothing for 10 minutes.
  4. Call an old friend from school and ask about their life.
  5. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister (not simple, but incredibly rewarding).
  6. Organize a family reunion.
  7. Invite a group of friends over to play board games.
  8. Print and frame a picture of yourself and send it to your Mom.
  9. Listen to a song you used to love and haven’t heard in years.
  10. Take a hot bath.
  11. Quit holding your farts.
  12. Install a bidet hose on your toilet.
  13. Send this knock knock joke to someone.
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  14. Organize a dinner party with friends.
  15. Ask five of your closest friends to tell you what they love most about you.
  16. Listen to great podcasts while driving. Here are some of my favorites.
  17. Write down 5 things you love about yourself.
  18. Check the tour schedule for your favorite bands and artists and write down the dates they will be in your town.
  19. Take yourself on a date to your favorite restaurant.
  20. Pee when you have to pee.
  21. Make a mix tape for someone and send it to them.
  22. Plan a totally electronic-free weekend.
  23. Teach a workshop on a skill you have that other people envy.
  24. Ask your parents what they were like when they were your age.
  25. Look up a new food recipe and try making it.
  26. Listen to James Brown.
  27. Give yourself a neck massage.
  28. Do a finger painting.
  29. Go to a thrift store and buy a quirky gift for a friend.
  30. Share this post with someone you love.

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Thanks to Karla Haydee (#10), Daniel Samaya (#11), James Ranson (#15), Joel Sprechman (#19), Phil Goddard (#20) and Daniel Brooks (#22)


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