5 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2016

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Many believe that more money is the key to happiness. However, many wealthy people remain unhappy despite their money. If you want to improve your life on deeper levels, it is better to make several meaningful changes instead of focusing solely on getting a better job. Here are some steps to take.

Schedule Relaxation Time Each Day

It is easy to put off time to relax when life feels too busy. However, that is exactly when it is important to take that time, even if it is just five minutes devoted to closing your eyes and breathing. Intervals of conscious relaxation give your brain and body a break, and those moments allow you to recharge and remember what is important to you. After just a day or two of taking time out for yourself, you will find you can complete tasks easier and with less stress than before.

Make a Dietary Change

Diet has a direct influence on our physical health and our moods. If a major change feels like too much to do, consider changing one habit at a time. For example, if you want to make a big positive difference in your life, reduce your sugar intake. You will lose weight, and you will experience fewer mood and energy swings throughout the day.

Reduce Clutter

Clutter around the home and office creates stress. This happens not only because it makes it more difficult to find things you need, but simply seeing clutter tends to make most people more tense.

One of the first steps in reducing clutter is to go through all of your belongings and then get rid of items you do not need anymore. Next, purchase new shelves, credenzas, storage totes or file cabinets so that you can organize all items that are left. After reducing the mess and bringing organization back into your life, you might find your thoughts are clearer and you are able to be more productive.

Start a Gratitude Journal

It is easy to get into a habit of seeing life through dark lenses that block much of the light around. Keeping a gratitude journal is one way to take off those dark lenses and pay attention to the good things. Some days, this might only mean being grateful for breathing or being grateful that you woke up that morning. No matter what, the more you put attention to positive things, the less you will succumb to a habit of gloom. It can also affect your health for the better. According to at least one study, developing a sense of gratitude might even reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cultivate Better Friendships

Friendships require attention just like any relationships, and it is worth it. Like gratitude,good relationships promote better health and well-being on many levels. If you don’t currently have a supportive network of friends, make a commitment to make new friends this year by joining events that interest you, such as book clubs, charity organizations or yoga classes.