Follow these 30 golden rules to become a happier, healthier, more badass version of yourself in 2018 (and beyond!).
30 ways to be a better human
1. Say 'hell yes or no'
Rule number one. When you’re faced with a decision, it should either be a hell yes, or a no. Does it get your heart racing or set your soul on fire? Then it’s a hell yes. Anything else? It's a no.
Saying no to more things will free you up to focus on the things that get your blood pumping. These are the things that matter most. Say no more, so you can say hell yes when it really matters.
2. Be authentic
Be original, be confident, be comfortable in your own skin. Play by your own rules, and stop conforming to everyone else’s. Know yourself. If you don’t, discover yourself. Always, be unapologetically you.
3. Be a minimalist
Cut the excess crap from your life, both literately and figuratively. Stop collecting stuff and start collecting memories. Donate to a charity shop the clothes you don’t wear, the books you don’t read, the old CDs you don’t listen to. Declutter. ‘Stuff’ won’t make you happy; people, places, and experiences will.
4. And with people, too.
You don’t need hundreds of friends, just a handful of good ones. The kind that would be at your door at 3AM if you needed them without a second thought.
5. Do something every day that scares you
Take risks. Seek adventure. Grow. Check out this article on how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Hard work beats talent, especially when talent doesn’t work hard.
7. Never hit the snooze button
It’s synonymous with everything else you do that day. Get up, get out, and make things happen. If you need help sleeping, try these tips on how to get a better sleep.
8. Be brave
And if you’re not, pretend to be. No one will be able to tell the difference.
9. Stop staring at your phone
Look up. There’s a whole world going on around you.
10. Drink herbal tea
The health benefits are endless. Plus, it’s cheaper than coffee. Check out these 5 herbal teas that are great for your health.
11. Pay compliments
Smile at people. Use their name. Look them in the eye. Every conversation is a chance to make someone’s day.
12. Get better every day
The Japanese call it ‘kaizen’, meaning ‘the practice of continuous improvement.’ Read a book, lift some weights, learn a new guitar chord. No matter how small the change, always wake up better than you were yesterday.
13. Trust your gut
14. Get outside
Try and get at least 15 minutes in full sunlight every day. Take a high quality vitamin D supplement if you can’t.
15. Take action
“Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done” - Bruce Lee
Intentions that aren't acted upon are just ideas, and ideas without action are just thoughts. There are no shortage of good ideas on this planet. But there sure as hell is a shortage of action takers. Stop waiting for the perfect time and make it happen.
16. Stop checking your email
Over-checking email is the biggest 21st Century time suck. No one ever got richer, happier, or more successful by answering their email more often.
17. Say please and thank you
That wasn’t so hard, was it?
18. Be selfish
At some point, somewhere down the line, you’ve got to prioritise YOU. You can’t say yes to everyone that asks.
This can be a difficult concept to grasp, but being selfish at the right time doesn’t make you a selfish person. In fact, I’d argue that the more time that you dedicate to yourself, the more energy you will have in the long run to dedicate to the people that matter.
Think of yourself like a big jug of water. You can’t keep topping up other people’s glasses if you don’t take a moment to refill the jug from time to time.
19. Listen to your body
It WANTS to be healthy, sexy and strong. And it will be, if you let it.
20. Be positive
Good energy is contagious. Radiate positivity, kindness, and an unquenchable lust for life.
21. Eat more plants
Start a revolution with your plate. Eat more plant based meals to improve your health, protect the planet and eliminate needless animal suffering.
22. Show gratitude
There is so much to be thankful for every day. You’ve just got to open your eyes and see it.
It doesn't matter if it’s fiction, non-fiction, a magazine or an autobiography. Pick up a book and step away from the screen.
24. Walk 10,000 steps a day
Count them with an app so you don’t go insane.
25. Live in the moment
Calm your mind. Appreciate the here and now.
26. Prioritise sleep
If you’re not getting a solid 8 hours a night, fix it. Getting a good night’s sleep every night is the most important thing you can do for your overall health and performance.
27. Have a firm handshake
There’s nothing worse than a limp wrist for a first impression.
28. Follow your passion
Life is too short to be unhappy and mediocre.
All-inclusive hotels don’t count. Broaden your horizons.
30. Stop seeking virtual approval
Likes and shares on social media are nothing in comparison to a hug in real life.
What are your goals?