7 Small Life Changes that Will Make a Big Difference in Your Life

Small Life Changes

7 Small Changes that Will Make a Big Difference in Your Life

A small change can get big results. Changing as little as one, a small daily habit can bring a positive and healthy change to your life.

GET ACTIVE

Start small. Take longer walks with your dog, go for a 15-minute run in the morning, take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Eventually, light exercise will become easier. Then try to incorporate daily workouts into your routine- they don’t have to be very intense at first- just find something that works for you. You’ll feel happier and will find that you have more energy and that you are generally in a better mood.

SPEND MORE TIME IN NATURE

There are countless studies proving that spending time in nature not only inspires creativity, but it also boosts happiness and immunity. People who spend a lot of time in nature are also less likely to develop feelings of anxiety. Whether it’s a hike in the forest, a bike ride or a walk in the park- being in nature has a calming and soothing effect.

DO YOUR WORK AT YOUR DESK

I bring work home with me quite often and I noticed that if I don’t sit down at my desk with my computer and instead try to do my work in the living room sitting on the couch with my laptop, it takes me much longer to complete my work. Sitting at your desk when working on an important task will keep the distractions to a minimum which in turn will make your work much more productive. The same thing goes for turning off your phone while working on something important- it minimizes distractions.


CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF RIGHT AWAY

Ever woke up late and didn’t have enough time to make your bed in the morning? Maybe you always leave that empty cereal bowl on your countertop and don’t pick it up until after you get home at the end of the day? Things like doing your dishes right away or making your bed in the morning only take about 2 minutes of your time, if you think about it, but it’s the little things like these that can make a big difference in your daily life. The dishes won’t keep pilling up and when you get home, you won’t find your bedroom all messy with clothes and pillows lying all over the place. It really might seem like not that big of a deal, but cleaning up after yourself right away leads to developing other good habits and it sort of gives you a small feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you started the day on a positive note. It’s a small change, but it can make a big difference.

SMALL LIFE CHANGES: PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Swap complaining for feeling thankful and watch your life change. This is one the biggest small life changes you can make. Regardless of your current circumstances, there are people who would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Make it a daily habit to feel thankful for things like your health, your job, your loved ones. Every night, before you go to sleep, think about one, best thing that happened to you that day and say “thank you, thank you, thank you.” This practice really changed my life- I started noticing and acknowledging all these amazing things that I used to take for granted. If you practice gratitude daily, for a month, I guarantee that you’ll notice your life change.


GET UP EARLY

To me, getting an early start to your day is not about arriving to work early or getting more things done before your day officially “starts”. It’s about having those extra few minutes just for yourself, to really enjoy that morning coffee, to have a light stretch get a positive attitude and prepare yourself for the day ahead. You can try doing this even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, even as little as 15 minutes of extra time in the morning can make a huge difference.

SMALL CHANGES THAT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE

BE KIND

Regardless of what you get up to in your daily life, you probably interact with quite a few people. Whether it be your barista, your coworker, or a stranger that accidentally runs into you; always make sure that you treat everyone with kindness. Even though at work I mostly deal with great and really nice people, sometimes I do have to put up with someone who’s condescending or exceptionally unpleasant. One thing that I always think of when this happens is that I would never want to treat another person that way.  I witness people being rude to each other all the time, and it always makes me feel uncomfortable. It really doesn’t take a lot to ruin someone’s day so always make sure to be kind to everyone you meet. The same thing goes for when people treat you poorly- “always respond intelligently, even to an unintelligent treatment”  (Lao Tzu). You never know where someone’s anger and frustration may come from. Just remember that how you treat others, says nothing about them, but a lot about you. I think now, more than ever, it’s very important for us to be kind to each other.

When it comes to those small life changes, you don’t have to make all these changes at once to get big results- that, after all, wouldn’t be a small change at all. Start off by changing something small and subtle, but something that will truly make a positive impact on your life.

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  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Such great advice! Being kind to others (and myself) always boosts my mood :)

    Blessings,

    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • Such a great post. I agree about needing to sit at the desk to actually be productive! Thanks for sharing :) xo

    http://57-days.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The more I look at this whole Pokemon Go craze around me, the more I think at least half of this game’s enjoyement comes from the fact that it shows some people walking is fun! Next step: realize it is more fun without your phone ;)

    • Haha you know, I didn’t even realize how many kids lived around my neighborhood until they all started playing Pokemon Go haha ;)

  • Cleaning up after myself right away must be something I need to practise! lol! I’m pretty good at working at my desk, but finding it difficult to leave my work there.. Working in a creative field “always with me” – no matter what I’m doing or where I am. I encourage waking up early, I’m so productive in the mornings and love having the extra time for my own. Thank you for the lovely post!

    • Yes, I love getting up early- always feels so productive and I get so much done before I even leave the house.

  • These are great tips, I’ve recently started getting more active and getting outside by hiking and I’m really enjoying it! It’s been so nice to start doing something new for myself that’s good for me! This is such a cool post idea!

  • I love these tips! I definitely need to incorporate some or if not all of these into my life more. I really want to get into more of an active routine, whether that’s by being productive or exercising more often x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  • Miss Polkadot

    Aside from getting up early – really hard for me as a night owl – all of these are awesome points. Especially gratitude and kindness because there’s a lack of both in the world. Activity and being in nature are my two daily musts for happiness.

    • I have no idea how I was able to change my sleeping cycles, but I did it haha. I used to be a night owl, too- I could only function at night. Now I’m usually most productive in early mornings :)

  • I definitely believe tidying up after yourself makes a huge difference! If ever I’m in a massive rush and I have to leave things wherever I chuck them I end up coming home feeling so stressed! The thing I need to work on is exercise, I’m so bad at finding the motivation to do it! xxx
    http://www.samanthafrances.co.uk

    • Honestly Sam, I just force myself to exercise sometimes haha ;) Whenever I feel unmotivated I just do it. The time just flies by and by the time I realize, I’m done with my workout and feeling great :)

  • Really good tips Paula ! Love all of them, my favorite; gratitude , it just make me more aware of all the amazing things surrounding me !
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  • Gitana Deneff

    Really trying to get up early. So far I’ve been getting up at 8 am every day. I want to get down to 6:30 eventually though! I would just have so much more time to be productive if I did so and wouldn’t feel like I’m always running out of time in the day :(

    Good post! Best,

    Gitana | Books & Bellinis

    • I started at getting up 15 minutes earlier for a week, then I added another 30 minutes for another week and it did the trick :)

      • Gitana Deneff

        I’ll have to ease into it like that too I think. It’ll make it easier to accomplish. Thanks for the tips! :)

  • Lizzie

    Some great tips! I am really trying to be more active right now and keep trying to go for more runs as I always feel so much better after I’ve been out running x

    elizabethv.co.uk

  • I definitely agree with all of these things! :) Doing work on my desk has helped me a lot with being more productive lately – I feel like whenever I try to for example write a blogpost in bed, it just takes me so much longer to get in the writing mood x

    Sara’sChapters

    • I am so guilty of writing while on the couch or with my TV on. As soon as I turn everything off and just write at my desk, my work flow changes and writing comes so much easier!

  • I love your small changes :) You’re absolutely right! x

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  • Such great tips! I should be so much better at working on my desk (I type, as I’m sitting on my couch…)

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  • girlonrainbow

    Love These ideas! I’m always working on my bed… may I should Change this! Great post!! xx

  • Lovely post! I really should do more work at my desk instead of the couch, and I’m definitely going to start practicing gratitude. xx

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  • Wonderful tips as always Paula! I love spending time with nature for some inspiration. Practising gratitude is also super important :)
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • It’s always the little things that can have a huge impact. I always try to clean up after myself, keep the house organized and I’m trying to get more active every day. Great post with some really inspiring points that I’m certainly going to pay more attention to xx

    Amy | http://www.yankified.com

  • I a million percent need to do some of these things. Working at a desk being a biggy for me – I always blog and work on things in bed or wrapped up in my duvet and it takes me about a year and the second thing – getting up early!! I struggle with this SO much, but I’d love to change this about myself and really start experiencing more in life and fitting more into each day.

    Lovely post :}

    N xx | Lovelaughslipstick x

    • I have a desk job too, so I totally understand! I think it’s okay to work from the couch once in a while when maybe you’re too tired or not feeling well, but I always get A LOT more done, when sitting at my desk haha.

  • Typing on my couch right now! Lol. These are def great tips especially cleaning up after yourself. I def need to improve on that.

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  • I have found that exercise has been so amazing in my life that past 6 months. It really makes a difference to how I feel. I need to practice gratitude more often as I always love how good it makes me feel when I do. Amazing post x

    Beauty with charm

    • I went back to working out after a long break and I don’t understand why I stopped in the first place. It feels SO GOOD! Yesterday I had an emotional day (PMSing and shit haha) and last thing I wanted to do was work out. I did it anyway and I just felt all that negative energy leave my body. felt so good! :)

  • Spending time in nature definitely makes such a big difference in your mood . I have a park just near by and I have been going there more often. It feels great x

  • Being kind, so simple yet makes such a difference! It’s really upsetting how rude and un-kind people can be, even starngers. I love your lifestyle posts, Paula! They always make me feel motivated to be better :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Oh yes, I always feel so bad when I see people treating others poorly, so I make sure to never do that. I’m so happy you like these posts Dagmara, thank you so much!

  • I really really love this, sweet.
    I think it’s so important to practice self care, as well as caring for the others around you. I certainly resonate with the first two points in that they’re something I really want to do a lot more of in my life; this is the summer in which I’m going to get fitter and be more ‘outdoorsy’!

    Isabelle | http://www.isabellekategm.co.uk

  • Spending time in nature is such a stress reliever for me, it’s always a must. I love to go on runs with my friends or walks that turn into nature photoshoots. Being outside and breathing in the fresh air is so important, I don’t understand why so many people choose not to. Great post!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

    • Thanks Dany! I love spending time outside, especially in early mornings or evenings, when the air is a bit more crisp. If I could, I’d probably sleep outside, too haha ;)

  • I love your advice on being kind. It is so true that our kindness toward others is a reflection of who we are as a person. As a nurse, I am faced with this situation pretty frequently where patients and family members get stressed, and as a result treat me poorly. I always try to be kind and understanding in these situations. It is very inspiring to hear your positive thoughts on this topic! :)
    -Brooke
    http://www.beautydecorandmore.com

    • Thank you Brooke! Oh I can only imagine what you deal with at work. So lovely to know that you try your best to be understanding. Nurses are the best :) When my mom was having surgery, I thought I’d have a nervous breakdown, I was so upset. Her nurses were just so lovely and made me feel at ease, letting me know they’ll take care of her ;)

  • Sweet post. Kindness toward others is truly a reflection of character. A test of that character is kindness even if you’re having a terrible day..

    Batty4Beauty.com

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    Clean up after yourself right away? Is this my magic trick to happiness? All joking aside, I’ve been meaning to make that a new goal for a while, and today is Monday so….

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

  • Being kind makes such a difference! I love this list. I have been getting up an hour earlier to work out and I feel such a great shift!

  • I loved this post! y favorite is being kind, I actually am including this in a post I am working on. Kindness can go so far as we are all going through something.

    xo,

    Aïchatou Bella
    http://www.stilettosandstandards.com

  • Samileen

    You always come up with such great posts Paula.Spending time outside and enjoying fresh air definitely brings about a positive happy change.
    After having a baby, house is never 100% clean and its something that bothers me so much when house is untidy, so I love to follow the 1 minute rule. It’s seriously the best thing to keep things organised.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  • I definitely need to get more active!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • Andrea Sobieski

    I needed this. <3

    http://www.thecolorwild.co

  • CarlyCCxx

    This is a great post. I have slowly been doing a few things you said but reading this has made me feel more motivated and a few things i need to try harder at :-) I love getting up earlier these days and getting outside in the nature more. I also did work at my table once and it definitely felt better and i got things done, i tend to sit on the sofa all the time tho so thats something that needs to change :-)

    http://www.blogwithlove.co.uk

  • Momina Arif

    i agree completely to the wake up early part. its life changing.