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25 Little Changes to Make the Day More Exciting

Natalia Goroshnikova
(This is an article I Stumbled.)

I admit it—I’m a change addict. I love new cities, apartments, jobs and friends. This can be both a strength and a weakness. On the one hand, I never shy away from a new experience or opportunity. On the other hand, it takes a concerted effort for me to stick with anything once the novelty wears off. So today I started thinking about all the ways I can make a day exciting without changing any of the big things that need to stay constant if I’m to make progress on my larger goals. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Start the day with a blank piece of paper and the question, “What if today were my last?” Write down what you’d do differently and then try to do at least 5 of those things.

2. Wear something much bolder than you usually do. This gives people the opportunity to see you in a new light, which means they may interact with you differently.

3. Take a different path when you walk to work. Maybe you’ll pass a restaurant you’d like to try sometime, or a gym that’s offering free classes.

4. If you drive, park your car a mile away and take the bus the rest of the way. I did this one time and met a man on the bus who I dated for a month. Well worth the detour!

5. If you take public transportation for your commute, make the time meditative or educational. Practice deep breathing, listen to soothing music, or download an audio book for the ride.

6. Bring your camera and take pictures of things that catch your eye throughout the day. You’ll notice a lot more than you usually do—and new people will likely talk to you to figure out what you’re doing.

7. Change your workspace. Bring new pictures and candles, or move your desk if you’re able. Rearranging furniture always makes my space more exciting.

8. Start collecting something you often see throughout the day. It will make the whole day more interesting if you have your eyes peeled for rare coins, specific pens, and odd food labels.

9. Make it a goal to talk to five people you don’t know. And I mean real conversations. Ask them what they do on the weekends, what their favorite memory is, and whether or not they like spam. (OK, the last one is less interesting—but I think it says a lot about you if you eat unidentifiable lunch meat.)

10. Commit to complementing everyone you encounter on something. Sometimes it will be easy; sometimes it will be challenging. Every time it will brighten someone’s day and fill you with joy.

11. Take a class during your lunch break. Head to the gym, learn to do pottery, start guitar lessons. You can always eat a sandwich at your desk later.

12. Eat lunch at a different time than usual. You never know what you’re missing in the office when you head out at the same time every day.

13. Make lunch and bring enough for two people—then offer some to someone in your office.

14. Give yourself a challenge. Maybe it’s to find a lower car insurance rate or talk to someone you secretly admire. I get a big kick out of little victories like these.

15. Read about a topic that’s completely new and interesting to you and then start a conversation about it. It’s always fun to share a new passion, especially if the other person gets excited, too.

16. Learn 10 new words from a thesaurus, and then use them all twice during the day. Maybe I’m just a dork but I get excited about stretching my vocabulary!

17. Practice mindfulness during a boring activity. In Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The Miracle of Mindfulness he explains how he stays fully present when washing the dishes—and enjoys it. Anything can be interesting if you get curious about how it works.

18. Count risks. See how many (smart) risks you can take throughout the day—like accepting a difficult assignment or committing to something you’ve never done before.

19. Say yes to everything. In the movie Yes Man, Jim Carrey said yes to absolutely everything—even an intimate moment with
Evgeny Korobeynikov
Olya Lya
Start the day with a blank piece of paper and the question, “What if today were my last?”
ответ: не пойти на работу, занять денег и пойти их растратить на вкусности и аттракционы )))
Evgeny Bufetov
Thank you for article!!!
Andrey Izvekov
"19. Say yes to everything. In the movie Yes Man, Jim Carrey said yes to absolutely everything—even an intimate moment with... ?"
Iffgen Loskutnikoff
You are right, it can change the life) Thanks)
Dima Dubakov
Hank Moody: "I thought I´d start the day with some dry toast and half a grapefruit, maybe go for a run or maybe I´ll just jerk off and go back to bed")))
Nastya Nettle
The biggest change would be the absence of changes... quite relaxing. Why not?

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