Ways to Improve Your Life

Ways to Improve Your Life

Ways to Improve Your Life

Here is a cursory list of simple ways to improve your life:

  • Magnify the good.
  • Plan your day the night before.
  • Intentionally learn something new each day.
  • Stop complaining.
  • Do more self-care.
  • Own and exercise your creativity more.
  • Write down your gratitude each day.
  • Track every cent you spend and keep your budget.
  • Be sure to do something you enjoy everyday.
  • Eat more vegetables and drink more water.
  • Identify yourself only in positive terms.
  • Focus on what you want to be doing more of.
  • Get up a little earlier to have some quiet time by yourself.
  • Read some on a good book–one that requires effort– each day.
  • Ask yourself: “Is this the best use of my time at the moment?”
  • Identify things you have been tolerating and fix one each day.
  • Concentrate on right now; don’t get distracted by the past or the future.
  • Work at least a bit each day on your most important goal.
  • Do “morning pages” or write regularly in a journal or diary.
  • Stop multitasking. Do one thing at a time.
  • Laugh often and smile lots.
  • Curb screen time.
  • Keep only what is useful, what you love, and what bring you joy.
  • Do something you have been avoiding.
  • Get enough sleep and be sure to have breakfast.
  • Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
  • Make wise choices and intelligent decisions.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Give praise and approval.
  • Refuse to be willful.
  • Remember that you already include everything you need.
  • Be the love you wish to see expressed.
  • Expand your thought to include more good.


I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Sue Kinsey 7 years ago

    Thank you Polly for this very helpful list. I really appreciate it and give thanks for your wonderful daily blog which is always so inspiring. x

  2. ChristineMM 7 years ago

    This list is pretty self-focused. Helping others in the community and giving back to the community is very rewarding. Volunteer work can refill our own wells of energy. Not just doing work that we get paid to do improves us. Using our gifts free of charge to help others who are in need of our wisdom and experience also improves our livesand at the same time it helps others. Also being a friend and being there for friends adds value to our lives. Volunteer work and friendship are missing from your list except in vague terms like “give praise” or “smile and laugh” which is the closest thing to friendship you mention here.

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      Polly Castor 7 years ago

      Great point! I was trying to keep the list all to be within one’s sphere of influence, not depending on others, which is probably why it appears self-focused. But I totally agree giving to others and being of service is very rewarding. Most people I work with, however, have those aspects down in spades, while forgetting all about taking care of themselves.

  3. Cheryl 7 years ago

    Thank you Polly for the this listing. I plan to incorporate some of your advice right away. I agree that your daily blog is inspiring and uplifting. I always look forward to seeing what you have to say.

  4. Beth 7 years ago

    I got through this list (great!) and went back and clicked on “Do more self care.” I only got through and 3/4 of them—and will finish another time! They’re too good to be browsed. I’ll do it when I have time to think more about each one. Thanks Polly!

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