100 Simple Ways To Improve Your Life

Don’t wait to change.
Don’t wait to say I will do it tomorrow.
All we have is today to choose what we will do, what our character reflects, and how we will live our lives.

Change isn’t easy, but it is certainly worth it. There have been several times I have done a personal inventory of my life and found I had some gaping holes that need to be filled. When I give advice to others about change in their lives, I usually tell them to start small so they won’t fail in their resolutions, but I usually don’t follow the same advice myself. The reason I don’t is because I have found in my own life I need a big challenge in order to really change. When I gained a bunch of weight in my early-twenties I decided to get healthy. A few years later I was 60 pounds lighter and running marathons and triathlons. When I found I wasn’t praying enough, I took up a daily rosary and reading of Scripture. I have kept that habit for almost 14 years and pray at least an hour a day now. So, what is next? Well, that is for me to discern…
But, I want to give suggestions for you as well.

100 Simple Ways To Improve Your Life:
  1. Pray more (or start praying if you aren’t already)
  2. Say “I love you” to those you love
  3. We have too much stuff – go through your stuff and give some of it away. 
  4. Visit your relatives
  5. Tip bigger
  6. Volunteer at a nursing home / soup kitchen / homeless shelter / animal shelter / Habitat for Humanity
  7. Smile more
  8. Say “hi” (or if in Texas “howdy”) to strangers
  9. Be thankful for what you have, not envious of what you don’t have
  10. Write someone a hand-written letter
  11. Volunteer for a task at work that nobody else wants
  12. Tithe 10%
  13. Forgive someone you hold a grudge against
  14. Do something on your “bucket list”
  15. Learn a new skill
  16. Say something encouraging to a loved-one that you should have said long ago
  17. Drive with kindness
  18. Volunteer with a youth group
  19. Save your money for something important and distant
  20. If you need help – get help
  21. Take a class in something you want to learn about
  22. Read the Bible every day
  23. Pray for your enemies
  24. Do the little things that matter
  25. Conquer a fear
  26. Exercise more
  27. Don’t compromise your beliefs
  28. Communicate better – more in-person / telephone conversations with less texting / email
  29. Keep criticism to yourself
  30. Turn off your cell phone when you spend time with others
  31. Donate blood
  32. Offer to watch someone’s children so they can go on dates
  33. Be eager to do something someone else wants to do, even if you don’t
  34. Go on picnics
  35. Schedule quiet time
  36. Pay for the person behind you at a drive-through
  37. Buy extra items at the store and donate them
  38. Be patient with people who annoy you
  39. Dream big dreams
  40. Finish a project you started and put aside
  41. Work on what you are passionate about
  42. Be more hopeful and positive
  43. Stop making excuses
  44. Lose weight
  45. Send someone flowers
  46. Make a family member breakfast-in-bed
  47. Less TV/Facebook/Electronic stuff and more time on relationships
  48. Do something spontaneous every week
  49. Talk to your neighbors
  50. Share your talents / Teach someone something you are good at
  51. Be a better listener and talk less
  52. Say “I am sorry”, “thank you”, and “please” more
  53. Break a bad habit or addiction
  54. Donate books to the library
  55. Don’t waste time with bad entertainment
  56. Mentor a troubled youth
  57. Host a block party
  58. Ask more open-ended questions of others
  59. Stop gossiping
  60. Go on a spiritual retreat
  61. Become an organ donor
  62. Don’t argue electronically. If it is serious enough, then talk in-person
  63. Start a new hobby
  64. Play board games
  65. Get involved in a new organization at church
  66. Go for more walks with others
  67. Be persistent in doing the right thing
  68. Be yourself
  69. Do chores for an elderly person
  70. Go on a mission trip / service trip
  71. Eat healthier
  72. Keep a holy hour in Adoration
  73. Vote
  74. Give sincere compliments
  75. Brag less
  76. Recycle more
  77. Start a garden
  78. Write your political representatives
  79. Teach a child to read / ride a bike / swim
  80. Don’t one-up others in conversations
  81. Invite others for a big feast
  82. Plant a tree
  83. Have a garage sale and donate the proceeds
  84. Carpool
  85. Hold doors open for others
  86. Pick up random litter
  87. Learn CPR
  88. Eat family meals more
  89. Forgive a debt that someone owes to you
  90. Introduce yourself to those you sit near in church
  91. Give big hugs
  92. Call just to say “hi”
  93. Bake cookies and give them away to others
  94. Make care packages for the military
  95. Buy fair-trade items when possible
  96. Read good books
  97. When you are wrong – take the blame
  98. Go to Confession monthly
  99. Look for Christ in others
  100. Love God with all you are

If you decide to pick some of these and want to let others know about them, leave a comment below. (0)

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