25 small changes that can make life better

June 7, 2012

If change is a particular sticking point for you, try practicing it on your own terms. Start small with just one of these ideas, and notice the positive affect it has on your life. Then try another one. You may discover that adjustment to new ways of doing things isn’t as bad as you imagined. Then brag a little. You’ve earned it.

Good for your health
• Drink more heart-healthy resveratrol by switching from white wine to red wine. 
• Cut down on carbs by ordering thin-crust pizza instead of regular or thick crust.
• Go for a walk 2 to 3 times a week. Or walk and talk during a meeting.
• Cut calories by drinking water instead of soda.
Eat breakfast everyday to help lose weight. 
Drink tea for heart health, cancer prevention, and more healthy benefits.

Good for your environment
• Bring reusable shopping bags to the store.
• If you have plastic shopping bags, reuse them instead of throwing them out.
Unplug the toaster, air conditioner, and other small appliances when not in use to cut down on electricity.
Buy locally grown foods to decrease shipping pollution and packaging.
Use a metal canteen instead of plastic water bottles to cut down on waste and oil consumption.

Good for your frame of mind
• Use the fine china just because.
• Pay someone a compliment daily.
• Make time to read a good book.
• Get up a half hour earlier and do something you’ve been putting off.
• Cook a complete dinner, salad to dessert, once a week.
• Stop comparing yourself to others.
• Don’t look at email, facebook, or twitter for one hour a day.
• Refuse to participate in office gossip.
• Learn how to say “no” nicely.
• Make your bed every morning.

 Good for your wallet
Pay with cash instead of credit cards
• Put $10 a week in a piggy bank.
Increase your annual savings by 1% a year.
Shred documents with confidential information that you no longer need, such as bank and credit card statements.

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