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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kristen Mitteness

100 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2016

Will you be setting new goals this year? I suggest you find a few small changes to sprinkle in throughout the year for long last changes! Here are a few ideas:

1. Sleep at least 8 hours every night. For overall health, you will get the biggest bang for your buck with adequate sleep.

2. Get outside. Fresh air is good for your body, mind and soul.

3. Don’t sit longer than one hour. Our bodies need regular movement. We weren’t designed to sit all day!

4. Drink a minimum of half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Often we feel hungry when we’re really just thirsty.

5. Make your first meal of the day the largest with ample amounts of fat and protein. This sets your hormones up appropriately to get through your day without feeling the need to binge at the end of the day.

6. Smile at strangers. But, not in a creepy way.

7. If you drink coffee or caffeine, every once in a while take a week off from it. Or a month.

8. Watch less television.

9. Read more.

10. Date yourself.

11. Compliment at least one person every day.

12. Master a hobby.

13. Find a form of exercise that you love and do it.

14. Always keep peppermint tea and ginger on hand. They will ease upset stomachs and aid in digestion.

15. Spend less than you earn.

16. Set monthly, yearly, 5 year and 10 year goals and refer back to them often.

17. Stop eating processed foods.

18. Find time for yourself every day.

19. Cook more meals at home.

20. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

21. Eat more vegetables.

22. Buy local.

23. Find your people.

24. Trust your gut.

25. Say “thank you.”

26. When you love someone, tell them.

27. Travel to someplace new.

28. Spend more money on adventures than things. Memories can’t be replicated and will last forever.

29. Use coconut oil as moisturizer.

30. When you say you’re going to do something, do it.

31. Kill ‘em with kindness.

32. Start your day with warm lemon water.

33. Avoid electronics for at least one hour before bed.

34. Learn to relax.

35. Under promise and over serve.

36. If you feel good in it, wear it all of the time.

37. Indulge occasionally, not frequently.

38. Prevention is the best medicine.

39. Contact an old friend.

40. Call or visit home more often.

41. Volunteer.

42. Become a tourist of your own town/city/province/state/country.

43. Stretch.

44. Don’t take things personally.

45. Become an expert in your field. Carve out time for personal development every week.

46. Learn how to properly do a push up and squat. A good workout can be done outside of a gym.

47. Give him/her the benefit of the doubt.

48. Be truthful.

49. Be present. Have a real conversation instead of looking at your phone when someone is talking to you.

50. Ask questions.

51. Walk barefoot outside.

52. Fake it, ‘till you make it.

53. Find a career that you love. You spend too much time at work to hate what you are doing.

54. Take Vitamin D during the winter.

55. Donate things you no longer need or use.

56. Ask for advice.

57. Always do your best until you know better. Then do better.

58. Find comfort in being alone.

59. Buy quality shoes.

60. Consume less sugar.

61. Take care of yourself first so you are better able to take care of others.

62. Use less plastic.

63. Make a great first impression.

64. Pay your credit card off every month.

65. Eat more fermented foods. It promotes more healthy bacteria in your gut.

66. Just eat real food.

67. Maintain core strength. Plank often.

68. Stand up straight.

69. Don’t settle.

70. Spend time in the sun. Just not too much.

71. Try new foods and re-try old ones. Taste buds change over time.

72. Add some form of living plant to your home.

73. Eat real, quality fat at every meal. It helps you feel full, creates shiny hair, soft skin and will not make you fat.

74. Always be at least 5 minutes early.

75. Hard work pays off.

76. Things won’t always work out, but life goes on.

77. Invest in a re-usable cup.

78. Think before you speak. Not every thought needs to be said.

79. If it hurts, ice it first to see if it helps to reduce the inflammation. If you hate it, then try heat.

80. Create your own healthcare “team”. Massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, PTs, ATs, naturopaths, homeopaths, ect. Find the combination that works best for you. If they see you when you are “well”, they can better help you when you are “unwell”.

81. Be more patient.

82. Be sincere.

83. Laugh daily.

84. Don’t use your phone when you are driving or walking.

85. Lead by example.

86. Dress warm. It’s easier to take layers off.

87. Don’t wash your hair every day.

88. Keep a close eye on your bank account.

89. Donate to a cause you care about.

90. Make coffee at home.

91. Get out of your comfort zone once a month. You never know who you will meet or what you will learn.

92. Find a winter activity you actually enjoy. The season is too long to be cold and miserable!

93. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.

94. Make conversation with strangers.

95. Complain less.

96. But, vent when you need to. Just make sure the right ear is listening.

97. Give compliments.

98. Volunteer.

99. Stop drinking soda.

100. Quality is often more important than quantity.

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