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Small ways to improve your life without really trying

Our CARE team shared some great tips from a recent article. Whether it’s taking fruit to work or being polite to rude strangers there are countless ways to make your life better in the new year with little effort involved. The Guardian summarized this in their article “100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying.” Below are the top 10, but check out the article for the full list at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jan/01/marginal-gains-100-ways-to-improve-your-life-without-really-trying

  • Exercise on a Monday night (nothing fun happens on a Monday night)
  • On the fence about a purchase? Wait 72 hours before you buy it.
  • Tip: the quickest supermarket queue is always behind the fullest cart (greeting, paying and packing take longer than you think).
  • Laugh shamelessly at your own jokes.
  • Consider going down to four days a week. It’s likely a disproportionate amount of your fifth day’s work is taxed anyway, so you’ll lose way less than a fifth of your take-home pay.
  • Everyone has an emotional blind spot when they fight. Work out what yours is, and remember it.
  • Plant spring bulbs, even if they’re just in a pot.
  • Send a voice note instead of a text; they sound like personal mini podcasts.
  • Keep a bird feeder by a window, ideally the kitchen. It’ll pass the time when you’re washing up.
  • Set aside 10 minutes a day to do something you really enjoy – be it reading a book or playing Halo.

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying in the new year – Compassion & Resiliency Experience (C.A.R.E.) Program (cooperhealth.org)

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