There are a lot of small ways you can improve your life to feel happier and more fulfilled. You don’t have to make drastic overnight changes to see results. Thank goodness, right!?
Ain’t nobody got time for that! Also, it’s a hell of a lot harder to be consistent when you’re making too many changes at once. So please don’t feel like I’m suggesting you do all 25 of these things, okay? Start with 1-2 things at a time, and see how it feels.
Here are 25 Small Ways to Improve Your Life and Feel Happier:
#1 Create a morning routine
A morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact the simpler it is the better, because then you’ll actually follow through with it. Whether you have 10 minutes or 1 hour, think about small ways you can make your morning a bit more nourishing and motivating.
Here are a few ideas:
- Visualize your dreams coming true (set a timer!)
- Say positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror. (E.g. “I am enough. Every day in every way, I’m getting better. Things are always working out for me. I have so much to offer”)
- Drink your favorite tea or coffee while writing down gratitudes, your top goals, doing a brain dump, and/or journaling on what you want.
- Listen and dance to music that makes you feel good.
- Do yoga
#2 Create an evening routine
How can you end your day on a more positive note? If you struggle with anxiety and have difficulty falling asleep, this could be a game changer for you! While a morning routine should get you amped up and ready for the day ahead, an evening routine should help you feel relaxed and ready to wind down. Keep it simple, and start with just 1-2 things you’d like to try. Make sure they are things you’d look forward to doing.
Here are a few ideas:
- List out what went well today and what you’re proud of
- Take some deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 7, and release for a count of 8. This is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
- Do some yoga. Here’s a great bedtime routine.
- If you have anxiety try doing a brain dump of all the things you’re stressed about, so you can clear your mind and get better quality sleep.
- Read (although nothing too stimulating!)
- Implement a no-phone after a certain time policy
#3 Get rid of 3 things a day
As humans, we sure do accumulate a lot of stuff we don’t actually need! If your space is really cluttered, it can impact your mood and your motivation to pursue your big dreams. As a bonus, getting rid of stuff creates room for the new things you want to receive in your life (both literally and figuratively).
If you have a lot to get rid of, start small with just 3 things a day. The important thing is to create an environment where you feel happier and more at peace.
If you struggle to let go of stuff, check out Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She also has a Netflix show if you haven’t already seen it.
#4 Ask yourself one question a day
You can learn so much about yourself by asking powerful open-ended questions and journaling your heart out. It may feel weird at first to “talk” to yourself in this way, but who better to help you get to the bottom of things than you? No one outside of you has the answers, as much as you may think or hope differently.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What brings me joy and makes me smile?
- What do I want to be known and remembered for?
- What motivates me?
- What’s holding me back right now?
- Where do I see myself in 5 years?
- How do I feel about my life right now? What feels good? Doesn’t feel so good?
For more journaling prompts, check out my workbook Get Out of Your Own Way.
#5 Write down your top 3 goals daily
You may not think something so simple could make a big difference, but keeping your goals front and center helps you stay motivated and ready to take consistent action towards your dreams.
You can access my FREE Inspired Action Map (which includes a daily goal writing prompt) in my resource library by signing up for my newsletter below.
Free printable: Goal Setting Workbook & Inspired Action Map
#6 Make a vision board
The first time I made a vision board was back in January 2015, and it completely changed my life. At the time I was working as a health coach for a corporate company and while I loved helping my clients, I was burned out managing a caseload of 1000+ people. I knew I had a lot to offer and could be running my own coaching business if only I knew how.
I remember staring out the window from my cubicle wishing I could create another way to make money so I could travel the world and help people in a way that didn’t burn me out so much.
On my vision board I pasted a picture of Thailand, the words “golden opportunities,” and a picture of a group of like-minded women having lunch. I also wanted to attract more quality female friendships.
Within a year, I had invested in a course that taught me how to build my own coaching business and I had made enough money to put in my notice and leave my corporate job.
Not only that, but I’d decided to sell all my stuff and travel the world living and working as a digital nomad. I also had made a shit ton of incredible new like-minded friends who were on a similar journey.
I have no doubt in my mind that creating that vision board was the catalyst I needed to get up off my butt and change my life rather than waiting and hoping that things would get better on their own.
When you see your big dreams in visual form on a daily basis, you can’t help but feel more inspired and motivated to do the things you need to do to make them a reality.
#7 Learn something new
Self improvement requires that you’re willing to expand and grow in the areas your passionate about pursuing. If there is something you want to do, but you don’t know how to do it then take steps to get that knowledge!
It’s okay to be a beginner at something and not know things. An expert is just someone who decided to learn all they could about a topic. The only way to build your own expertise is to commit to learning new things as often as you can.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot either. Check out Udemy, Skillshare, and Coursera for cheap or free online courses to improve your skill set.
#8 Create a weekly meal plan
A girl’s gotta eat, right? If you’re always scrambling trying to figure out what you’re gonna eat each day, a meal plan is exactly what you need.
Self-care isn’t just bubble baths and massages, it’s also choosing to nourish and take care of yourself on a daily basis.
The easiest way to meal plan is to set aside one day a week to plan out your daily menu, make your grocery list, and then go shopping. Keep it interesting by trying one new recipe a week. When you really like a recipe, add it to your favorites and put it in your regular meal rotation.
If you have no idea how to meal plan and need a done-for-you option, check out eMeals (a weekly dinner plan subscription that includes simple recipes and shopping lists).
#9 Unsubscribe from things that don’t add value to your life
Do an email audit and unsubscribe from anything you don’t want in your inbox anymore. You can bulk unsubscribe from a lot of emails at once using unroll.me
Don’t forget to also go through other subscriptions you have that you’re paying for but not using like subscription boxes, TV packages, online streaming services, etc.
#10 Set aside a percentage of your income for future planning
Nothing creates peace of mind like knowing you have some money set aside for a rainy day (or for something fun like a vacation or your first house). Get into the habit of setting aside a percentage of your income each month until you barely even notice the money is “missing.” If you don’t have a lot of extra to save, start small with 2% of your income and increase as you can. Every little bit adds up over time!
#11 Spend time in nature
I don’t know about you, but when I spend time out in nature I feel like a whole new woman. My stress levels decrease, I feel myself relax, and I overall just feel happier! Schedule in some “green” time at least once a month but definitely more often if you can swing it.
#12 Get an accountability partner
Nothing will help you reach your goals faster than having accountability and support to keep you honest. When the only person who knows about your goals is you, it’s super easy to procrastinate and self-sabotage.
If you know you thrive on accountability, make the effort to create that support system. The bonus is your partner doesn’t even have to be local to you. Whatever your goals are, there is probably a community online full of like-minded people who also want some accountability. All you have to do is put yourself out there and make the ask.
Once you have your partner, set a standing weekly or even monthly appointment where you come together and share your goals and progress.
#13 Unplug from social media for at least 24 hours
Easier said than done, I know! But I promise the world won’t end if you take a day away from the scroll fest to focus on yourself and be more present in your life. If anything you’ll feel more refreshed and relaxed than you have in ages!
#14 Listen to inspiring books or podcasts
Do you drive around or travel by public transport on a daily basis? If so, listening to inspiring content while on the go could be a great way to add some inspiration and motivation into your daily routine.
#15 Celebrate daily wins
You have so much to celebrate, girl!! Taking the time to identify and celebrate daily wins will boost your confidence and your motivation. When you feel good about yourself and your progress, guess what? You are motivated to get even more things done! Success follows success.
Do yourself a favor and brag on yourself every day, and see what happens! You may just blow your own mind with what you accomplish.
#16 Start a gratitude practice
Gratitude costs $0, but it makes such a HUGE difference in how you feel. Start and/or end your day with gratitude and watch your life change. No matter what is going on in your life, there is always always something to be grateful for.
A gratitude practice is simple. Get yourself a journal and write down 3 things a day that you’re grateful for. I like to write “I’m so happy and grateful now that…”
#17 Prioritize sleep
Sleep is so important. It’s how your body heals and takes care of itself, and it’s necessary if you have big dreams. Burn out isn’t pretty, trust me. I’ve been there!
Repeat after me: “I don’t have to sacrifice my health in order to create the life of my dreams.”
You don’t have to make huge changes overnight. Start by getting to bed 15-20 minutes earlier until it feels natural. Try to wake up around the same time each day, even on the weekend.
Improve your sleep hygiene by limiting contact with blue light before bed, and creating an evening routine that helps you feel relaxed and ready to snooze.
#18 Do something out of your comfort zone
We all have things we think about doing one day, but put off until some magical time when we will be “ready.” I hate to break it to you but the “magic” lies only in your willingness to do it scared.
If you are feeling drawn towards something, don’t ignore it! When I wanted to start my own business, I didn’t know how in the world I’d make it work. I didn’t know one thing about business or how I’d make money. But I moved forward anyway! I invested time and money and energy into figuring out how I could make it happen, despite my doubts and fears.
You can do the same thing, and you honestly owe it to yourself to create a life that truly lights you up.
Comfort zone = BORING, unfulfilling life
#19 Keep a journal
When you get all your thoughts out of your head and onto paper, you free yourself from your Inner Mean Girl and get to the heart of what really makes you you. Journaling helps you become your own best friend, and once it becomes a habit you begin to understand your strengths, weaknesses, desires, dreams, fears, insecurities, etc.
Awareness will change your life. Once you know something about yourself, you can’t really un-know it. Use what you learn about yourself through journaling to start making changes to your life so you can feel happier and more fulfilled.
#20 Re-arrange your furniture
I love shifting the energy of a room by moving things around. It gives you a new perspective and the feeling that things really are changing. It almost feels like a fresh start when you re-arrange furniture. Maybe that sounds a bit silly, but hey it’s a free way to re-decorate and change up the mood of your space.
#21 Make small upgrades
You are worthy of nice things. If you’re hanging onto scraggly underwear with holes, let em go and replace them with undies that make you feel beautiful. Buy a nicer set of sheets for your bed. Collect pretty plates to serve your meals on. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers every week when you do your grocery shopping. It’s the little things that can make you feel so good. Don’t wait until you’re rolling in the dough to upgrade your life. Start small, but find at least one thing you can do now to make daily life feel a bit more luxurious.
#22 Schedule a self-care day
Self Care Sunday anyone!? I love to have at least one day a week where I can spend some quality me-time. It feels good to stop, rest, and put everything else on hold for a bit. If you need some ideas for what to include in your day you can check out this post:
25 Self-Care Activities You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less
And if you’re thinking this is a bit self-serving to take time just for you, you definitely need to read this:
Is Self Care Selfish?
#23 Set aside time to plan and set goals on the 1st of each month
We’ve all heard the quote, “a goal without a plan is just a wish.” If you are an armchair astronaut always thinking about what you want to do, but never actually doing it – you need to be real with yourself. The only thing standing between you and your dream life is Y-O-U.
I like to plan out my goals on the 1st of each month. I see it as a fresh clean slate and a new opportunity to make my life even better.
If you need help with this, check out my Inspired Action Map in my free resource library.
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#24 Express your creativity
We are all creators. It’s in our DNA. Even if you don’t think you’re creative, trust me you are! Here’s the deal: Expressing your creativity isn’t about becoming the next Picasso. It’s about feeding your spirit.
There are a million things you can do to create and express yourself. Just pick something you feel drawn to and go from there.
#25 Update your personal style
You know how they say when a girl changes her hair she’s about to change her life? I’m a pretty natural person, so I’m not huge into makeup and hair but even I notice a big difference in how I feel after getting a haircut and purchasing a few new outfits that really suit me.
Are you ready for a change? Sometimes when you change things on the outside it actually propels you to make more changes on the inside. It’s interesting how that works but I have a feeling it comes from having a confidence and self-love boost.
When you feel like you look your best, you carry yourself differently and the whole world feels the shift. It’s not even about how you look, but how you feel that shifts the energy from meh to wow!
This ended up being one of the longest posts I’ve ever written on this blog. Whoopsies! But I don’t regret it because I know there are some ideas in here that could really change your life for the better if you decide to apply them. Changing your life starts with making small changes over time. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be a drastic overnight change to make a huge difference.
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