Disclaimer: The following list appeared on the website Marc and Angel Hack Life. I did not create the list. However, I significantly reduced the content under each listed item to satisfy page constraints of this blog and I added pictures to increase readability. If you want to read the original content as it appeared on the website where I found the list, click here to navigate to the Marc and Angel Hack Life website.
1. Loosen your grip.
Trying to micromanage every little thing every moment is stressful. Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Take a deep breath. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going every single second to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.
2. Focus forward.
You can’t go back to how things were, or how you thought they were supposed to be. All you really have is now. The smartest thing you can control in life is your reaction to what’s beyond your control. Dwelling on negativity from the past simply contributes to its power. So stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward. The best thing you can do now is to let go of what you can’t control, and invest your energy in the things you can.
3. Check one lingering task off your to-do list.
Putting something off instantly makes it harder and scarier. What you don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow; and there’s nothing more stressful than the perpetual lingering of an unfinished task. You know that thing you’ve been meaning to do, but you keep putting it off and it keeps nagging at you from the back of your mind. Stop the nagging by taking action now! (Read Getting Things Done .)
4. Spend an hour working on something that moves you.
When you strike that fine balance between the challenge of an activity and your skill at performing it, when the rhythm of your work feels in sync with your purpose, when you know that what you’re doing makes a difference, you become absorbed in the task at hand to the point where time ceases to exist. This is what true passion and happiness feels like.
So is there anything you do on a regular basis that makes you forget what time it is?
5. Try something new.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Aim for something small that you can accomplish in an hour or less. It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience, such as talking to a stranger. You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once.
6. Help someone smile.
There is no exercise better for the improvement of our world than reaching down on a daily basis to lift someone up. Do something nice for someone who has no way of paying you back. Do it because you can, and because it makes the world a happier place. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or suffer less. Your gesture just might touch a wound that only kindness can heal. (Read The Happiness Project .)
7. Spend time with a friend who improves you.
There is no substitute for the few who truly improve you. These aren’t the people who are simply nice to you; they’re the ones who help you uncover the things that are holding you back. In subtle ways, they bring ideas to your attention that change your life. These friends don’t just sit beside you; they shake your world up, reveal your obstacles and weaknesses, and remain a part of your life because they care. Friends like this are the most important people you will ever meet because they tear down the invisible walls you have built in your mind.
8. Muse on life’s goodness.
You deserve some time every day in which worries don’t get in the way of your happiness. You can create time like this for yourself today. There is power in positivity. Be grateful for all the blessings you already have. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
9. Give yourself some “me time.”
You have battles out in the world to fight, insecurities to overcome, loved ones to contend with, and goals to achieve, but a break from it all is necessary. It’s perfectly healthy to pause and let the world spin without you for a while. Set aside some “me time” to be alone with your own thoughts today. Say nothing, think quietly, just be and breathe. That’s perfectly OK. (Marc and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” and “Happiness” chapters of “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.”)
10. Be right here, right now.
I purposely left this point for last because it perfectly encompasses all the previous points. Be present. It’s being here now that’s important. Pay attention to what’s happening in and around you; don’t just hurry through to the next thing. You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to live is to press play. So instead of dwelling on what happened earlier today, or worrying about what might happen later on, just practice being and living in this moment. This moment, after all, is the only time guaranteed to you.
What would you add to the list? What’s one way to make the rest of today amazing? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.