Here’s twenty ways to make life better, with little effort.
Keep a bird feeder by a window, ideally the kitchen. It’ll pass the time when you’re washing up. Or, if working from home, pop one outside your 'office' window for a pleasant, calming distraction.
Exercise on a Monday night (nothing fun happens on a Monday night).
Take a photo of the tag you are given when leaving your coat in a cloakroom. Ditto when dropping off dry cleaning.
Feeling sluggish at work? Try the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes on, five-minute break, and repeat.
Start a Saturday morning with some classical music – it sets the tone for a calm weekend.
Be polite to rude strangers – it’s oddly thrilling.
Go for a walk without your phone.
Stretch in the morning. And maybe in the evening.
Learn the names of 10 trees.
Call an old friend out of the blue.
Thank a teacher who changed your life.
Send a voice note instead of a text.
Think about your posture.
Always book an extra day off after a holiday.
Learn how to breathe deeply: in through the nose, out through the mouth, making the exhale longer than the inhale.
Keep your keys in the same place.
Listen to the albums you loved as a teenager.
If possible, take the stairs.
If you’re going less than a mile, walk or cycle.