Want a better life? Do these 5 things daily…

Your best life isn’t in some far off, distant future.

It’s right here, right now… if you make it so.

Rather than waiting for a better life, let’s talk about how you can create one starting today. While you might be diving into every self-help article, book or YouTube video to gain insight and clarity on how to improve, the answers are already within you. Here are 5 simple things you can do daily to create a better life instantly:

1. Play.

Who told us that growing up had to be boring? Where did we learn that being “responsible”, “serious” and “ambitious” meant throwing adventurous, spontaneous and playful out the window? Nothing could be further from the truth and, yet, more people are living boring, cookie cutter lives filled with very little joy and next to no play. Today, this morning, this minute, find a way to play through life. Whether it’s dancing in your living room, sending a friend a funny email or playing Hide-And-Go-Seek with your kids, access your inner child and find a way to play. You’ll feel the impact immediately!

2. Visualize.

“The thing always happens that you REALLY believe and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

Rather than focus on the temporary, current circumstances of your life, find a way to believe past what you see. Focus on what you desire and see the future you intend to create. With every action, visualize yourself going to completion. See yourself creating, building, and living the life of your dreams. The more you visualize yourself achieving your goals and dreams, the better you’ll feel in the present moment. The better you feel, the more good things you’ll attract. There’s still a lot of hard work to do to achieve any dream but visualization keeps you in the champion mindset and positioned to succeed.

3. Breathe.

Being grounded is critical to experiencing mindfulness. If you aren’t firmly grounded and in the Now, there’s no way to experience joy, peace, love or abundance right here or in the future. Instead, you’ll spend your time wishing for a better past or hoping you’ll create a brighter future (but never really trusting that you can). By taking even 10 deep breaths, you calm your mind and bring yourself back to center. From a centered place, you’re more equipped to evaluate your life and where you’re taking it.

4. Exercise.

Exercise releases the feel good hormones we call ‘endorphins.’ It also improves your overall health and vitality. One of the biggest ways you can improve your life comes by improving your health. The moment you feel confident, strong, and healthy in your body, you begin to open up to life in a way that presents new opportunities for life, love, and joy. These are opportunities that you wouldn’t have seen or been able to take hold of without the self-love you show to your body through exercise. In 10 Things Brilliant Women Do That Other Women Won’t, I talk about how to love your body exactly as it is while also giving your body the exercise and care that it needs to become its best version. You can have both…

5. Love without Attachment.

This is, by far, the hardest and the most powerful one to implement. Loving others without attachment isn’t easy but, when done, frees both people to love and be loved in a way that most people never get the chance to experience. When you love without attachment, you are committed to one thing (and one thing only): being the love you seek so you never require it from anybody else. That’s ultimate freedom and it brings immense joy. How will you know your love is unconditional? The moment you no longer need, require, or expect the other person to respond to your life in a certain way is the same moment you’ve loved without conditions.

The best way to approach applying these 5 things in your life is to begin one step at a time. Take one of the above and apply it on a daily basis for two or three weeks. Then add on another one. Continue adding until you’ve built a habit around all five. At that point, you’ll see noticeable changes in yourself and those around you.Be patient and know that it’s worth the time invested.

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Kassandra Vaughn is an author, writer’s coach and podcaster originally from Danbury, Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College, an MBA in Human Resource Management from Auburn University, and an M.Ed in Instructional Design from Western Governors University. She lives in the beautiful state of Utah.