What’s one small thing a person can do each day that greatly improves their life?

aweiher98 :
Clean as you go.
Yep and always be taking trash to the can if you are getting up to go to another room.
itsjustbryan :
Say something positive about yourself even if you think it’s trivial. Think about yourself in a positive way. At the end of the day congratulate yourself on something you did for yourself no matter how small it is. I do these sometimes to remind myself I’m trying to be a better person. I started this because I have a low self-concept and self-esteem.
Definitely taking this advice from now on
Winter_Diligent :
Spend your day sitting down at an office? Exercise. Spend your days scurrying around on your feet? Sit down and relax. People tend to take life advice that agrees with what they are already doing a lot of and reject what advice they do too little of.
This is great advice. I have an office job. I wanted to start getting active again a few years back. I carved out 30 minutes of my lunch to walk everyday. Then added a little after work bit by bit. It was a game changer for me. I’m down 35 pounds. I’ve ran a half marathon and currently training for another before a full. I believe exercise is my keystone habit and as long as I’m dedicated to it all my other good habits fall into place naturally (for the most part).
BlackHeart89 :
Stretching Edit: thanks for the reward 🥂🙏
I'm 22 and i was shocked how few of my friends could not touch their toes because they don't stretch even though some do some serious exercise. Seems weird since I'm fat but can get my knuckles on my toes because i stretch every other day.
greyeminence2 :
Try to get more sleep. I swear sleep is probably the biggest contributor to my quality of life, or put another way, few things make me feel shittier than having slept poorly / not enough. I prioritize sleeping very highly!
I need about 8 hours of sleep a day. And 10 at night.
Akkang99 :
GO ON A WALK OR RUN. trust me
sounds like a threat
Avpersonals :
Clean your room and workout a little bit
Not just your room. Start there, then move to your whole home. It keeps you in a different state of mind than when you have trash, dirty clothes, clutter all over.
kootatrip :
My grandpa always taught me to just learn one thing new everyday. Can be a pointless fact or a handy trade but it won’t be a waste of a day
That’s why I’m on Reddit. Thanks grandpa!
mrhil :
Brush your teeth. Seriously, your mouth health affects the rest of you more than you'd think.
And floss. I've always been a good brusher but lack of flossing has caught up in pain, appearance, and finances.
godrainlovemusic :
Give someone a break daily. Let that driver on the side street pull out in front of you. Forgive and forget when someone is impatient- maybe he/she doesn't feel well. We all need to be cut a little slack sometimes.

BruceWayneShepard :
There’s a great book on it “Atomic habits” how small actions compound overtime. There are some ideas there too.
Loved that book. The author also has a really awesome weekly email on Thursdays as well!
babylon331 :
Walking. I love to walk. Unfortunately, my feet and back hurt like hell (old age, slipping). Do something while you still can. Tomorrow may not come.

Exsces95 :
**\*Me evading every single comment on this thread\***

Sharcbait :
Set a timer, clean for 15 minutes a day. I hate cleaning, why would I want to clean when instead I could sit on my couch and NOT clean. But if I set the 15 minute timer, I know that the end is not too far away and then I can quit. But when you do it EVERY DAY, it really helps you get back on top of things so the chore of cleaning isn't really that big. Now instead of a messy kitchen that takes hours to get cleaned properly it is wiping up crumbs quick and maybe a sweep. Wipe down the bathroom instead of having a big project in it.

j_tothemoon :
Drink a glass of water before even breakfast or coffee gets the body going
Yes, makes a major difference.
DrThunderDeep :
Not slammin’ cheap bourbon while playing Xbox til 2am every weeknight.
right, it should be quality bourbon!
alien-eggs :
Walk, bike, swim, go out doors and MOVE. 20 minutes well spent.
instructions unclear, speedo is now stuck in my bike derailer
Whaddup_J :
quit league of legends
Ngl it's impressive how you guys are still going on. I played it religiously back in college and racked up like 4k hours game time I think. But once I graduated I just never had the drive to play it any more. The games are too long and there's always so much I need to learn. It's like a second job.
soulful_thinkerrr :
Practising gratitude 🙏
This is so important. I am very cynical, but I tend to clothe my cynicism in humor. I had a mentor call me on it one day - instead of laughing at whatever cynical thing I said to her she deadpan stared me down and said “You know, cynicism is easy. Gratitude is hard.” It cowed me and sticks with me to this day. I’m still cynical as shit but I make a conscious effort to be more grateful. What I find really strange is that gratitude often moves me deeply/to tears, which is probably why I’ve been running from it for 40 odd years!
Im_probably_naked :
Be nicer to strangers
I like this one
LengthJolly2058 :
10 push-ups
100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, 10km. Everyday.
gizmosbutu :
After every meal, take a fifteen minute walk. You don't even have to speed walk or worry about how many steps you can get in that fifteen minutes. Just go for a fifteen minute walk and don't over think it after every meal. This will promote digestion, get the blood flowing, and it provides a fast lane for nutrients to flow through your body. All of this culminates into a better mood and thus, a better state of being.
My uncle does this 🥺 sometimes he would invite me. He usually goes alone so those walks made me feel special
Rayne_Man_12 :
Fucking sit up straight
So easy to say, so difficult to do.
BritCearley :

SameOreo :
S L E E P It's just a no brainer.... Unless you're sleep deprived. Jokes aside, I think people just thinks it's apart of life and it's fun to joke about how much sleep you don't get while you sip coffee at work. But truly, sleep is not a treatment, it's a required maintenance and people forget that. Most often when people do get the right amount of sleep they say, " wow I feel great", like it's a drug. But you're supposed to feel like that everyday. Put effort into getting enough sleep.

AuContraireRodders :
a balanced diet, in a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an icepack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the icepack, I use a deep-pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water-activated gel cleanser. Then a honey-almond bodyscrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel-scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial masque, which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm, followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.
FromTheWildSide :
Read, compounding knowledge that leads to actionable plans for unpredictable future.
"I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines, they go to bed every night a little wiser than when they got up. And boy does that help — particularly when you have a long run ahead of you." -Charlie Munger
foo337 :
Get out of the house at least once a day. work doesn’t count. Even a walk around the block will significantly brighten the dull monotony of the routine. Sit at a park for five minutes. Go get coffee and sit in the shop while you drink it. Literally anything. Sitting at home all day and night everyday before or after work, only leaving if you HAVE to run errands is just going to run you down slowly

BirdyBeMe :
Download the app called “be my eyes”. It helps you help a blind or legally blind person with a small, everyday task. Makes me feel like a million bucks that I can help someone like that. It’s free, but the reward is immense.

WhitB19 :
Any particular reason why..?
activeseven :
ignore stupid people.

ThunderCuntTheBrave :
Stroke a cat or a boob, ideally both
Will a cat's boob work?
YaThisIsBigBrainTime :
Stays away from twitter.

leapdayjose :
(single 26 construction worker perspective) 1. Do one chore a day, no matter how simple it is. It starts stacking and eventually the cleaning gets easier and easier. Noticed that I started adding chores and combining days so I can have relaxation days. Writing it out on a calander and seeing those marks are very rewarding 2. Set a quiet alarm to signal "wind down" time. Mine is on my watch 45 mins before bed, quiet but sharp enough pitch to cut through everything like my headphones or games. It's like had a "[Pavlov](https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tDP1TdIKTEsMGD0YitILMvJLwMAMY8FoA&q=pavlov&oq=pavlol&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j46i10i433l2j0i10i433.4326j0j9&client=ms-android-verizon&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8)" effect on my melatonin (or whatever) so that it's easier to stop what I'm doing and start getting ready to turn in. These aren't 100% foolproof, but with practice and discipline it's very rewarding. Makes me think of this convo from Star Trek (not a fan, good show tho. Love these lines) between Data and Lal. Just feel the spirit of the idea, not the exact words. Lal: I watch them, and I can do the things they do, but I will never feel the emotions. I'll never know love. Lt. Cmdr. Data: It is a limitation we must learn to accept, Lal. Lal: Then why do you still try to emulate humans? What purpose does it serve except to remind you that you are incomplete? Lt. Cmdr. Data: I have asked myself that many times, as I have struggled to be more human. Until I realized, it is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are, Lal. It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards. Lal: You are wise, Father. Lt. Cmdr. Data: It is the difference between knowledge and experience.

HouseOfBeing :
Develop a meditation practice. All things we encounter in our everyday life is perceived through our mind, if we don't take time to take care of our mind, our whole world gets affected.

RoyalAntelope9948 :
Be kind

OdinTM :
You might wanna try out a language learning app and do that for 15 minutes a day.
Fuck it, imma do this
[deleted] :
Pull ups

Pdraux :
Make your bed. Creates discipline and no matter how shit a day you've had, you know you're coming home to a nicely made bed.

Osgood207 :

ttecluk :
Get more/better quality sleep
Sleeping naked is super healthy
AngryTaco4 :
Turn off social media for a few hours.
Or just delete Facebook. I feel so much better not checking that shit
Lopsidedlopside :
Make your bed as soon as you wake up. This has helped me immensely, and I think it gives me a chance at structure for the rest of the day. I have ADHD and if I don’t find something like this I’m essentially going in any direction my brain takes me, all day. Small things begin to seem like “too much” and something as simple as making the bed has been so helpful to my psyche.

Gallalad :
Saying hello and thank you to people. Especially for people who aren't good at small talk, just a "hi, lovely day out" or "thank you very much" is great for building up your own and others mental health

VinCatBlessed :
A little bit of exercise > no exercise.

[deleted] :
Not be an asshole honestly.

DixersDC :
Telling yourself three things you're happy for (about the day) before you go to sleep.
tonight i am gonna think of you before going to sleep
Extra-Ordinary-Joe :
Make your bed each morning. First thing. It's amazing how getting that first chore done right off the bat helps your attitude

DFTricks :
60 seconds plank, it literally takes a minute!

AlmostReuben :
Try to journal every day/week and try to read at least 30 minutes a day.

Mr_Seshy :
Practicing good posture

WheniamHigh :
Help others, no matter how small. You will be rewarded in happiness.

BlaqSic :

tbarks91 :
Drinks plenty of water. Make it the first thing and last thing you do each day, sleep is dehydrating!

leandersci :
Bike to work. Wakes you up in the morning, is good exercise, and saves you a hell of a lot of money. Turns a miserable commute into an enjoyable journey. That post workout endorphin rush also helps make the first half hour of work less miserable.
I wish. But 20 miles on the 16" side edge of a road that handles 20,000 cars during rush hour, driven by barely-awake absolute morons of which more than half are on their phones, in 88^o heat with 90% humidity is not a viable course of action.
BullfrogRepulsive05 :
Shower and put on clothes. Reduces resistance to getting things done, and gives you confidence because you successfully completed 2 tasks already.

Journeyman1993 :
In situations that permit it, don't be afraid to not do work that can wait for another day. Identify which time of day you do your best work, and then STOP working after that time. It's better to consistently produce a higher quality of work at a slower rate than it is to quickly produce something lower quality. Your bosses, *generally*, are going to prefer that you do your best work and will give you the appropriate leeway to do it.