1) Invest in Yourself
People are always searching for the next big thing to invest in, but sometimes the best investment you can make is in yourself. This could be spending time enjoying a hobby, relaxing, or working towards your goals. It could be financially, physically or emotionally. Just make sure you are taking time daily to invest in yourself—whatever that means for you.
“It's never a waste of time or money to invest in yourself, no matter the source. True wealth begins inwards and emits its light outward into everything else, including the people you surround yourself with.” –William Adams (Will.I.Am)
2) Learn something new
Read an article or a book, watch the news, turn on a documentary, or speak with someone knowledgeable about a topic that interests you. These are all ways that you can learn daily. You probably won’t learn something profound every day, but knowledge isn’t always about the big things. Never stop learning.
“Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place. It means that you were intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” – Melanie Joy
3) Move your body
Not only does moving more benefit your physical health, but studies show that it also can improve your mental wellbeing. Take your dog for a walk, go on a hike, swim at your community pool, or play a game—volleyball, tennis, or basketball just to name a few! Make it fun and if you’re strapped for time, make it quick. Just 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference. If you’re interested in learning more about the link between moving and mental health, check out this blog post by Harvard Health Publications: Click Here
“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” –Jim Rohn
4) Expand your comfort zone
I could go on and on about this topic but I’ll keep it short and sweet today. Every day make it a point to do something that makes you uncomfortable. Try a new food, talk to a stranger, pitch an idea to your boss–anything that pushes you outside of your comfort zone, big or small. Growth comes when we step outside of what’s comfortable.
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” –Fred DeVito
5) Do something kind
Simple acts of kindness can truly impact lives, including yours. Here are a few ideas: Hold the door open for someone, give a stranger a compliment, smile at everyone you see, pay for the person in the car behind you at a drive thru, or volunteer in your community. Some of these things take only a second and require no money, others are have a little more time and money involved, but no matter your situation you can always find a way to be kind every day. You just might be the difference that person needed.
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”