11 Ways To Improve Your Life Today

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Personal Development | 10 comments

For years I hung on to bad habits that made my life a lot harder than it needed to be. While I was a positive and optimistic individual, I continued to cause myself a lot of discomfort and suffering because of my habits.

I started living a better life when I replaced negative habits with positive habits. I had to change my ways and practice healthy mental, emotional, and physical habits every day to get to a place where life was pretty great- even when things weren’t going my way. Sure, I still have some good days and some bad days but these days there’s more good than bad and the bad aren’t usually all that bad.

I’m going to tell you what worked for me, but feel free to come up with your own positive habits that improve your life. It’s not too late to start creating positive habits in your life.

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11 Ways to improve your life today!

01. Be grateful

Gratitude is the cure for what ails you- no matter what’s going on in your life. If you pause the hustle and bustle and be thankful for the good stuff you realize your life is actually pretty good- even great! There’s always something to be thankful for.

02. Be happy

Think you need life to go your way to be happy? Think again!

Often simply making the conscious choice to be happy makes you feel a little happier. So does smiling! If you want to be happy, smile more. :)

03. Be kind

Do you feel like you’re usually at odds with the people in your life? Being kind is a wonderful way to improve your relationships. Everyone deserves kindness- don’t you?

Kindness towards others is sure to improve your mood, too!

04. Mind your business

A lot of suffering you cause yourself happens when you worry about what everyone else is doing or not doing. You cause yourself pain by trying to advise, convince, and control other people. Focus on living your own best life and you’ll suffer a lot less.

And while you’re minding your business- stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking and feeling, too. Ninety percent of the time what someone else is thinking or feeling has absolutely nothing to do with you or what they think about you. It’s not about you- really, it isn’t!

05. Do something different

You’re never going to get different results by doing the same thing. If you don’t like how your life is going, try something new!

Say “no”, say “yes”. Ask for help, ask for more responsibility. Speak up, shut up. Whatever you would normally do, try a different approach- you never know what will happen if you haven’t tried it!

06. Don’t judge

People label life events as positive or negative but many situations are really neutral- neither good or bad but your judgment makes it so.

Cut off on the highway- so what? Why is your life suddenly deemed bad because of this minor annoyance? Your co-worker was late for work again? How is this really your problem unless you make it your problem?

That goes for pre-judging, too. You know, when you decide how something will go before it happens? What, you’re psychic now? Remember, a positive outcome is just as likely as a negative one.

07. Stop complaining

The more you focus on what’s wrong, the more life feels all wrong.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- stop complaining. You’ll be so much happier, I promise!

08. Put yourself first

You deserve a good life and the only person that can make that happen is you! The way you make it happen is by putting yourself first.

Now I’m not talking about putting yourself first at the expense of others, but you can take good care of yourself and meet your own needs before the needs of others.

09. Take care of yourself

Self care is the most important thing you can to do create a great life! People often look to others to meet their needs but that never really works, does it?

Yes, you need other people sometimes, but if you can’t be what you need for yourself then chances are no one else can be that for you. For example, if you don’t love you, you can’t really accept love from others.

10. Be confident

Confidence doesn’t come from being perfect or getting it right the first time; confidence comes from doing your best and making progress.

11. Just be

Sometimes you have to stop and just embrace this moment. Yeah, you have goals and ambitions and you want to improve your life- great!- but it’s okay to just be. After all, you’re a human being, not a human doing.

I love your comments! Have you tried any of these tips to improve your life? How did it work out for you? Do you have any other life hacks to share?


  1. Hi,

    Gratitude is very important in life. We need to be thankful for what we are and use the tool presented to us to pave the way for our own life. Just visited your blog, great blog.


    • Thanks for your comment, Gautham! I don’t know how I’d live without gratitude- it’s great!


  2. Hi Chrysta – as a new reader to your blog I though I’d just leave a quick comment here to say I’ve been enjoying it very much. Thanks! Shaun

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Shaun! I’m so glad you stopped by and grateful you’re enjoying my blog!

      Have a fabulous day!


  3. Well said Chrysta! All good points, but I think the 2 that resonate with me the most at this time are Mind Your Own Business and Put Yourself First. Like many – okay most – women I have good intentions about taking care of myself, but somehow by the end of the day the things left undone are those that have to do with me. That’s bad enough, but I have a bad habit of worrying too much about others. People will help themselves only when they are ready, me worrying about them won’t change their lives for the better. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marty!

      Oh yes, I can relate to intending to take care of myself and simply running out of time to do so. Life got so much better when I started putting myself first and somehow I still had time to do all the other stuff I need to do.

      I love what you shared about other people changing themselves for the better- when people change it’s never because of my worry, help, or advice. People change when they’re ready to change.

      Thanks so much for adding to the conversation! Have a grateful day!


  4. Great messages and advice, Chrysta. Just wanted to say “thank you” for what you do! Make it a great weekend! Jon

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon! It was a great weekend. I went to a BBQ and attended a TEDx event! Yeah!

      Have a grateful day!


  5. Hi Chrysta

    I have been using #1 and #2 and it has helped a lot. #3 although being kind to others is important, being kind to ourselves is vital. How many times do we beat ourselves up unnecessarily?

    Used to have a problem with #4, but it was so draining and I learned to let other people sink on their own if that is what they choose to do. Especially the fools that would throw me under the bus in a moments notice!

    #6 and #7 I have learned how to be indifferent to situations I cannot change. Besides it is not my job to correct or control others.

    Great list. I have been looking into Feng Shui and think I need to learn more about this to put harmony in my life. Need the calmness, although I do have a fair amount now. Things could be going better if I were to use it (well at least I think so).


    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mary!

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s inspiring to hear other people’s stories.

      I have found I am much happier and peaceful when my environment is pleasing and calm to me- call that Feng Shui or something else but it works for me.

      Have a grateful day!


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