Earlier this week, I watched 10 Things I Hate About You again. I forget how much I enjoyed that movie. Kat’s sarcasm reminds me of me. And I have always enjoyed Heath Ledger’s movies. His character in this one made me laugh.
The movie got me thinking about other 10s. Today’s post is about 10 Things You Should Do This Week To Improve Your Life.
I am not really qualified to say these 10 things will change your life drastically, or that they will even make a significant difference. But I am experienced enough to tell you that doing these 10 things will make you feel better about your contribution to the world, will remind you of the impact you have in others’ lives, and will cause you to smile at least 10 times.
1. Write a letter to a friend.
Sit down and write a hand-written letter to a friend. Remind them that you care. If you can’t write a handwritten letter for physical reasons, then go ahead and type it or pick up the phone and call a friend.
2. Get out and walk with your family or a friend. (Or go by yourself if it is more rewarding.)
Have a favorite local trail? Grab a friend and go hiking or walking. Take the family out to explore a local park. If you don’t like walking, try a playground or grab a tennis racket. Do something active and enjoy the great weather on a nice day.
3. Jump in a puddle. Really.
I don’t like to get dirty. I am not a high-maintenance person – I just dislike doing laundry. But there is something really fun about splashing in a puddle. Doing it in public will make others smile too. (With you…not at you…really)
4. Put down the gadgets and have lunch with a friend.
Make sandwiches, grab some drinks, and call a friend. Or pick up the phone and invite a friend to a restaurant. Have lunch somewhere you haven’t been in a while. Enjoy real status updates and like real comments.
5. Spend time with a family member you don’t know very well.
Recently my daughter was able to spend some time with a cousin we aren’t super close to. We only see her a few times a year. Our children really hit it off well. They played together so well that my daughter has asked several times when they will be able to do it again. It was nice to see the kids playing together and having fun with one another as they created memories.
6. Walk around your neighborhood and pray for others.
Even if you aren’t Christian, taking time to bless your neighbors is a big deal. Walk around your neighborhood and pray blessings over your neighbors. Better health, improved finances, family peace. Whatever comes to your mind. If you aren’t a praying person, just walk around and do what you do – maybe you can smile at whoever is outdoors or share a batch of cookies. The point it to get out and get to know your neighbors and wish / pray for good things to happen to them.
7. Write down 3 things you are thankful for each morning.
Every morning when I wake up, I thank God for my family, health, and career. I am thankful to know that I am able to provide for my family, that I am going to be around to see them grow up, and that I love what I do every day. This year, I have been writing down at least 3 things I am thankful for beyond those three things, so I can look back at the end of the year and “count my blessings.” It is never too late to start being thankful for what you have.
8. Start a new hobby.
What have you always wanted to do? Go out and start doing it this week – just be sure it is legal and does not affect your health negatively!
9. Read a new blog.
Seriously, reading a new blog can help you because it will open your mind. It can be a blog about something you enjoy or something you hate. It can be one you agree with or one that makes your blood pressure rise for a moment. The point it to give yourself a few moments in which you open yourself up to new ideas and insight.
10. Pay it forward.
Do something nice for someone. Buy them a coffee without them knowing about it. Pay for someone’s meal. Go down to the utility company and ask to pay someone’s bill who is behind by at least three months. Do something within your means – don’t go crazy but enjoy the moment. If you don’t have money to spend, declutter your house by finding those items you no longer use and bring them down to the local women’s or men’s shelter, homeless shelter, or ReStore location.
You have the ideas – post how you acted on them. Join me on Facebook and comment with what you did and how it felt. Or just do it and enjoy the feeling of improving your life one action at a time!
Until next time,