1. Say sorry.
It is easy to hold a grudge (my boyfriend will tell you; I’ve been known to hold onto one for several
days hours). But when it’s over the small stuff, it’s sometimes better to swallow your pride and apologise. Stop wasting time being miserable over something you probably won’t even remember tomorrow.
2. Spend time with yourself.
Whether that’s having a bubble bath or going for a run, spending time with yourself and learning to love it will prevent you from relying on other people for your happiness.
3. Appreciate the little things.
We usually associate amazing days with big events such as a birthdays/engagements/job promotions. These things don’t come round that often. So each day write down a little positive moment or small thing which made me smile. Whether that’s a compliment from a stranger or getting a free can of Coke at the train station, these moments will help you to find joy in the little things.
4. Actually LIVE exciting moments (instead of watching them through a phone screen).
Next time you go to a gig or concert, actually experience it without having your phone in front of your face. I mean you can still get a cheeky Instastory or film a song or two. But remember to actually LIVE those moments as well.
5. Tell someone you love them.
Cliche as this may sound, it’s easy to forget to say those three little, but very special words. Whether that is telling your partner when they wake up, or picking up the phone and calling you mum. Don’t take the people you care about the most for granted. Never miss an opportunity to tell them what they mean to you.
6. Smile at a stranger.
You never know just how much that smile could brighten someone’s day.
7. Drink more water.
My mum often suggested drinking a glass of water as a solution to a lot of my problems, and more often than not she was right. If you want better skin, to feel less tired, your headache
from drinking too much red wine last night to go away, then water is your best friend.
8. Focus on the now instead of worrying about the future.
I stress about the future at least once an hour (I’m a total drama queen) and it is not doing me any good. Worrying is a pointless activity, as it doesn’t change anything! Life is unexpected and exciting (and sometimes pretty crap, let’s be honest) but what will be, will be. And fingers crossed, most of it will be pretty great.
9. Be selfish with your time.
It is your life, so spend it doing what YOU want to do, and with who YOU want to do. You shouldn’t feel guilty about not going to an event if you know you need a night in to rest with a cuppa and some cosy pjs. You also shouldn’t be spending your time with people who aren’t willing to invest in you as much as you do in them.
10. Book that holiday.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Travel as much as you can, as often as you can. Whatever that means to you, make it happen. You won’t regret it.
11. Laugh more.
Isn’t laughing the BEST thing ever. Remember that feeling when you were a teenager and you and your friends would be cry-laughing over something completely ridiculously for a good ten minutes ( also stone cold sober)? We need to get back to that. So organise a meet up with your old school friends and revel in the silliness. It’ll make you feel great.
12. Live life a little more like this kick ass quote.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”