5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

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You'll be doing yourself a big favor by checking a few of these off your list.

You’re going to hear this from me a lot, so get used to it – before long, you’re going to be dead. I don’t mean that as a threat or anything, I’ll be dead too, it’s just that we really don’t get very long to live. As a male in the U.S., ranked #36 in world life expectancy at the time of writing, I’m told I’ve got about 75 years total. At 23 years old, that means one full third of my projected life is gone already, and most of that time has been spent wasting away in compulsory schooling.

With that in mind, don’t you think it’s a good idea to try out this list of 5 easy little things that you can do to improve your quality of life for what time you do have here?

  1. Smile More – This is number one because it’s the easiest and will have a big effect not just on you, but everyone around you. Smile more. It’s not hard, and the positive effects it will have will make a noticeable difference in your life. You’ll be happier, people around you will be happier and everyone will like you more. It doesn’t just improve your quality of life, it helps improve their quality of life too. Everybody wins.
  2. Be Grateful – Appreciate what you have and don’t let it get you down when stuff goes wrong or when you can’t get what you want. Calm down, chill out and take a moment to realize that you’ve got it pretty good. Now, I’m not saying you should get complacent, but if you can read this and live in a modern industrialized nation then it’s reasonably likely you have nothing major to complain about.
  3. Go Play – I considered saying, “Get Some Exercise” instead of “Go Play”, but that sounds too much like work. Don’t get me wrong getting some physical exercise will make you happier (endorphins and such), but why stop there? Go play! I don’t mean video games either, go play a good physically active game. ‘We don’t stop playing when we get old, we get old when we stop playing’ and as over-used as that saying is its got a lot of truth to it. Taking some time for a game of Ultimate or tag will do more for improving your quality of life and well-being than you think.
  4. Get Some Sun – Sunlight is an extraordinarily powerful thing. We are built with a natural need for sunlight, to the point where not getting enough of it can cause clinical depression. Exposure to sunlight doesn’t just provide us with the ever essential Vitamin D, but also gives a natural sense of well-being and contentedness. Besides, the majority of us spend way too much time entombed indoors bathed in harsh incandescence. Get outside or buy some full spectrum lights.
  5. Be Social – Even if you’re a hardcore introvert, stepping out of your shell a little bit and socializing with people – in person, not online – will improve your quality of life more than you think. You don’t have to go crazy, but take a chance and meet someone new, or at least spend a little extra time in the good company of the friends you already have. Life is to be enjoyed, and sharing it with people you care about is one of the best ways to do that.

Now these five things may not be completely life-changing (I did say 5 easy things), but they will all make a noticeable difference in how much you enjoy the time you’ve got. In the end, that’s the important thing.

Do you have any easy changes you’ve made that have made a big improvement in the quality of your life? We’d love to hear them!

Adam is a former English teacher turned personal trainer and writer. He’s addicted to learning, parkour and martial arts. In addition to being a voracious bibliophile Adam’s fascinated by anything related to health, fitness and language. When not studying or training he can usually be found curled up with a good piece of fiction. You can e-mail Adam at Adam@RoadtoEpic.com

  • Anonymous

    It’s very easy for some asshole like you who has no actual health issues nor has had many real problems in life to say this. If you get 75 years of life, how much you think the not so lucky bunch living in this country will get?(and most likely an asshole like you will live longer than 75.) Many people in this country don’t worry about “what we want” but what we need and don’t get. Your generic “advice” is catered towards people who have it all and think they are depressed or are finding reasons to be unhappy. It’s utter bullshit.

    • You’re right, it is advice geared toward people who at least have their basic necessities taken care of. Anyone telling someone who is barely making enough money to live that they just need to smile more would legitimately be an asshole.

      To be fair, I’ve had my share of problems – both health related and otherwise. I’d also hardly say I have it all. Currently I make about 30k a year before taxes and don’t have health insurance. That being said I do recognize there are a lot of people who are way, way worse off than me and I have nothing to complain about.

      If you’re struggling to make ends meet, or don’t know where your next meal is coming from than this list won’t help you much except in the most superficial of ways. It makes me realize though there’s a sixth I should’ve added: Community service & charity.

      Giving what you can – be it time, money or whatever – to help those who really need it improves your quality of life and makes the entire world a better place. In fact in retrospect, if you were only going to do one thing, I’d say ditch the rest of that list and go volunteer. I’m embarrassed I didn’t think to include it when I first wrote the article.

      Thanks for pointing out my mistake!