14 Little Ways to Spruce Up Your LifeResolutions to upgrade your life. (And the word diet is nowhere to be found).
1. Take stock.
How now, Dow Jones? That is the question. Bank bailouts?Sub-prime mortgages? If you're not confused, you aren't paying attention. But ignorance will cost you, so make a point of reading the financial section of your newspaper every day. Lesson No. 1: If your best friend loses her job, it's a recession. If you lose yours, it's a depression.
2. Buy an item of clothing that's so not you.
Leather pants, stilettos, a bikini that, if translated into Morse Code, would be two dots and a dash.
3. Switch your Swatch -- to the other wrist.
"Any time you make an adjustment, no matter how small, your brain has to work a little harder," New York psychologist Arlene Kagle, Ph.D., says. "It's good mental exercise." Another noggin workout: Figure out a math problem in your head rather than on a calculator.
4. Stop apologizing already!
This is probably silly... If this isn't a good time...With those soggy preambles, you're trivializing your requests -- and yourself.
5. And while we're at it: Stop apologizing for apologizing.
6. Read one of those books your English teacher talked about with such peculiar enthusiasm.
War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses. This will give you a head start on a resolution for 2013: Finish War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Ulysses...
7. Give something back.
Got 30 seconds? Go to greatergood.com to support sites that help people, pets, and the planet -- with one click you provide books to literacy programs, food for malnourished kids, or protection for endangered forests.
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Being happier doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next 30 minutes, tackle as many of the following suggestions as possible. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.