Posts tagged: 7 simple ways

7 simple ways to pay it forward

| November 17, 2015

If intentionally doing something thoughtful were a daily requirement, the resulting happiness could change your corner of the world. In addition to benefiting the recipient, the act of paying it forward (extending the goodwill in our life to someone else’s) increases our sense of well-being — because we know we did something that mattered. The size of the gesture is read more

7 simple ways to feel more positive

| October 8, 2015

Before you can change a problem, it helps to switch to a more positive outlook. Fortunately, it doesn’t take all that much to do it. Try any of these for an instant attitude read more

7 simple ways to take a risk

| September 8, 2015

Here’s what we love about risk: It breaks boundaries and broadens our world. It delivers a kind of exhilaration that following the rules never will. It helps us determine our own destiny.

We don’t suggest daredevil antics, but we do endorse trying something new on a regular read more

7 simple ways to reflect

| July 28, 2015

Reflecting is really an honest way of listening to ourselves. By letting go of concerns, rules, and desires, we surface unfettered emotion. And with that emotion come the thoughts that can guide our decisions. Here are seven ways to put yourself in a reflective state of read more

7 simple ways to vacation at home

| June 4, 2015

Staying local during your summer holiday doesn’t mean you’re stuck in the dull zone. It’s a prime opportunity to try something new, something that might last longer than seven days at a faraway read more

7 ways to activate your desire for a new career

| September 8, 2014

Dreaming of a new career can (temporarily) lessen the bite of a bad job, but it may not motivate us beyond our musings. To build momentum, do something — anything — that gets you excited, increases your knowledge, or expands your connections. Here are 7 ideas ranging from tiny to whoa-look-what-I’m-doing!

1. Make a vision board2. Go on an informational interview3. Start a side business on eBay or Etsy4. Write a guest article or blog post5. Resist the urge to complain6. Give tennis lessons to kids7. Write your autobiography: it might reveal things you forgot about yourself

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery

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7 simple ways to find joy

| July 30, 2014

Joy, it turns out, doesn’t cost much at all. Mostly, it takes stepping outside of your routine to exercise whimsy or wonder. We can do that.

1. Get dressed up for dinner at home.2. Cannonball into a pool.3. Have a movie night with friends.4. Send a message in a bottle.5. Go for a walk and discover a new street or neighborhood.6. Camp in the backyard.7. Test-drive a ridiculously expensive sports car.

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery

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7 ways to reduce anxiety

| July 1, 2014

Anxiety is paralysis of our mind and heart. It’s like all our excessive worry wraps around our desires and squeezes them inactive. To loosen the grip, seek out soul-nourishing remedies, like the ones here, and consider these 9 tips from Unstuck.

  1. Go to sleep earlier for seven days.
  2. Learn how to breathe properly. Shallow breathing causes anxiety.
  3. Volunteer.
  4. Read. It calms the soul.
  5. Go to a comedy club, or make plans with your funniest friend.
  6. Think about what makes you happy.
  7. Spend a week taking care of yourself.

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery

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7 ways to get to know yourself better

| May 22, 2014

Sometimes life gets in the way: Between work and friends and home obligations, it’s hard to find time to just think. And sometimes, we let life get in the way to avoid thinking. That’s a sign that something has you stuck — and you need to start listening to yourself. One of these ideas may help you do that.

1. Spend a weekend alone.2. Challenge your beliefs.3. Forgive someone.4. Spend time in nature.5. Look at old photographs.6. Listen to classical guitar music.7. Stop rushing.

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery.

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7 simple ways to strengthen your relationships

| April 16, 2014

When we get right down to it, relationships are everything. They fuel all aspects of our life — and without that fuel, the days can feel pretty empty. But no need to go there. Here are seven low-impact ways you can build bonds.

1. Accompany a friend visiting someone who is sick.2. Have high tea with the older generation of women in your family.3. Smile more often.4. Have a tech-free night spent playing cards or board games.5. Offer to babysit for a friend in need of a break.6. Leave a note in your partner’s briefcase or your kid’s backpack.7. Host a potluck meal and invite everyone over.

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery.

Learn more about how Karen and read more