Are you tired of reading all the sad stories in the newspaper? There has to be good news that isn’t getting told! Here are four tips that can easily improve your life, and then you can help to bless the world.
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Begin by looking for the positive. It’s true, we find what we are looking for. If you look for the good in each situation, that is what you will see. Keep a record of the positivity around you in a journal. Each evening before you go to bed, list at least a few items that you are grateful for. The list can start with simple things, like the flowers growing in your yard. Don’t forget people that have influenced your life and helped in times of need. What about the ability to walk? You may be surprised when you get started with just how many things you have previously taken for granted.
2. Promote Kindness
There is a philosophy that small changes can affect the world. For example, it is proposed that a butterfly moving its wings can through a series of small events create a hurricane. This is known as the Butterfly Effect. Make the world a better place by creating your own kindness butterfly, starting by being kind to yourself. Then increase the kindness you share with your friends and families. Next, move on to the young woman that works at your local grocery store or the elderly man in the parking lot. You never know when your kind words and deeds may change someone’s life, and they will treat others better through your example.
3. Increase Your Knowledge
Taking college classes or community education courses about interesting subjects can keep your brain alive. There are classes on everything from astronomy to gardening. Visit the library and check out a few books that can expand your knowledge. Yes, reading can increase your memory and social skills. People that read are more interesting; they can become the best conversationalists.
4. Pay Attention to Your Health
Feeling better will allow you to enjoy life and serve others. Start by getting plenty of sleep—most adults require seven to eight hours each night to be well-rested. Drink plenty of water, the experts suggest six to eight glasses per day. Eat plenty of dark, leafy greens and cut back on processed foods. Move your body by walking, or try swimming and yoga. Low impact exercise is easier on your joints and can increase your flexibility.
Increasing your own physical, emotional, intellectual and social health can bless your life. Then you can reach out to serve others and improve the world around you.