10 tiny things pretty much anyone can do to improve themselves

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Want to be a better you but don’t know where to start?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to make huge changes. Small steps can make a big difference.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 little things anyone can do to get better at life. Simple stuff, promise!

Ready to dive in?

Let’s go. 

1. Drink More Water

You might be thinking, “Really? How’s drinking more water going to make me better?”

Well, our bodies are mostly water, and staying hydrated can actually make a world of difference.

Drinking enough water helps you think clearer, feel less tired, and even look better.

Skin looking a little dull? Water can help with that.

Feeling sluggish mid-day? A glass of water might be all you need to perk up.

So, what’s the game plan?

Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. Make it a habit to sip throughout the day.

Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses, but if you can do more, that’s even better. Trust me, your body will thank you!

2. Take Five Minutes to Stretch Every Morning

Now, let me tell you about something that has personally changed my mornings for the better: stretching.

Yeah, it sounds almost too simple to be true, but hear me out.

When you wake up, your body has just been in sleep mode for hours.

A quick stretch can wake up your muscles and get that blood flowing. It’s like giving your body a “good morning” text!

When I started doing this, I noticed that I felt more awake and less like a grumbling zombie in the mornings.

Plus, it just puts me in a better mood to start the day.

You don’t need to do a full-on yoga session (though, hey, if you want to, go for it!).

Even just a few simple stretches—touching your toes, reaching for the sky, or doing some ankle circles—can do wonders.

So, when you roll out of bed tomorrow, take an extra five minutes to stretch it out. Your body and your mood will thank you.

3. Embrace Doing Nothing for 10 Minutes a Day

Okay, this next one might sound a bit odd: take 10 minutes each day to do absolutely nothing.

Yep, you read that right—nothing, nada, zilch.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How is doing nothing going to make me better? Shouldn’t I be productive with my time?”

Believe it or not, giving yourself permission to do nothing for a few minutes can actually make you more productive and focused.

It’s like hitting the refresh button on a slow computer. In our go-go-go world, we often forget to take a moment to just breathe.

I’ve found that this tiny pocket of “do-nothing time” helps me reduce stress and clear my head.

So here’s how to do it: find a quiet spot, sit down, and simply be. No phone, no TV, no distractions.

Just 10 minutes of being present with yourself. It’ll feel strange at first, but stick with it.

You might just find that it’s the most rewarding “nothing” you’ve ever done.

4. Cut the Crap—Literally, Declutter!

Alright, time to get real here: we all have stuff lying around that we don’t need.

I’m talking about that drawer filled with random cables, those clothes you haven’t worn in years, or those old magazines collecting dust.

We keep saying we’ll “get to it eventually,” but let’s be honest, that day rarely comes.

Why does this matter?

Well, clutter doesn’t just take up physical space—it takes up mental space too.

Every time you see that pile of stuff, it’s a tiny stressor that whispers, “Hey, you’ve still got to deal with me.”

I had this one drawer in my kitchen that was a jumbled mess of who-knows-what, and it drove me nuts every time I opened it.

So one day, I just tackled it. And let me tell you, it felt amazing.

Here’s the deal: take an hour this week to declutter one area in your life.

It could be a drawer, a corner of your room, or even your email inbox. Get rid of stuff you don’t need.

Donate what you can and toss the rest. It’s like a mini detox for your life, and I promise you’ll feel a ton lighter afterward.

5. Write Down Three Things You’re Grateful For Each Day

Now, let’s talk gratitude. I know, it sounds all warm and fuzzy, right? But hear me out.

I started doing this a while ago, jotting down three things I’m thankful for every day, and it’s been a game-changer.

On tough days, it helps shift my focus from what’s going wrong to what’s going right.

It’s really easy to get caught up in what we don’t have or what we wish was different.

I used to be like that, always eyeing the next big thing and forgetting to appreciate what was right in front of me.

But taking a minute to jot down three things that made me happy or thankful that day? It’s like a little happiness booster shot.

You don’t need a fancy journal or an app. A sticky note or even a corner of a napkin will do.

Just write down three things that made you smile or feel thankful that day.

Could be as simple as a good cup of coffee, a kind text from a friend, or even hitting all green lights on your way home.

Try it for a week and see how it feels. Trust me, it’s a small thing that makes a big difference.

6. Say “No” More Often

In a world that often tells us to seize every opportunity and say “yes” to everything, this might seem like weird advice.

But here’s the truth: saying “yes” to everything is a one-way ticket to Burnout City.

I used to be a “yes” person, always afraid of missing out or letting people down.

But all it did was make me stressed and spread way too thin.

The moment I started to say “no” to things that weren’t important or didn’t make me happy, it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.

You see, every time you say “yes” to something, you’re saying “no” to something else, whether that’s your time, your energy, or even just a quiet evening at home.

It’s okay to prioritize yourself and your well-being.

So next time you’re tempted to say “yes” to something you’re not 100% about, consider giving yourself the gift of “no.” It might just open the door to something better.

7. Step Outside for a Quick Nature Break

Here’s something I’ve started doing that really boosts my day: taking a quick nature break.

I’m not talking about a full-blown hike or a weekend camping trip (though those are great too!).

I mean just stepping outside for a few minutes to breathe in some fresh air and take in the sights and sounds around you.

Whether it’s during my lunch break or right before dinner, I try to spend a few minutes outdoors.

Sometimes it’s just standing on my balcony, looking at the trees and listening to the birds. It’s like a mini-reset for my brain.

I come back in feeling more refreshed and focused, ready to tackle whatever’s next.

So, give it a try.

Whether you have a park nearby or just a small patch of grass, make it a point to spend a few minutes there each day.

Feel the sun, listen to the wind, watch the birds. It’s a simple joy that can make a big difference in your day.

Trust me, nature’s got some good vibes to share.

8. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others—Seriously, Cut It Out

You know that toxic habit we all have of scrolling through social media and comparing our lives to everyone else’s highlight reel?

Yeah, let’s talk about that. It’s awful, isn’t it?

One minute you’re feeling good, and the next, you’re down in the dumps because someone else seems to have it all: the perfect job, the perfect body, the perfect life.

I’ve been there. More times than I care to admit. It’s a hard habit to kick, but we need to stop measuring our worth against other people’s best moments.

What you’re seeing online is just a slice of someone’s life, often carefully curated to look better than it really is.

Trust me, nobody has it all together, even if it seems like they do.

This is a tough one, but start by becoming aware of when you’re making these comparisons. Notice how it makes you feel.

Then, shift your focus back to your own journey, your own progress, your own wins.

If you need to, take a break from social media or unfollow accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.

Your mental well-being is worth it, and you are more than enough just as you are.

9. Smile More—Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

I know, I know—this one sounds like a cliché. “Smile more” feels like something you’d see on a cheesy inspirational poster, right?

But stick with me here, because there’s actual science behind this one.

Smiling—even when you’re not in the mood—can trick your brain into feeling happier. It’s like a little hack for your own biology.

This doesn’t mean you should fake happiness or ignore real emotions.

But if you’re just feeling a bit “meh,” a simple smile can give you a little lift.

I started doing this when I noticed I was often lost in thought, furrowing my brow while working or doing chores.

I made a conscious effort to relax my face and smile more. And you know what? It made a subtle but noticeable difference in how I felt.

So the next time you’re stuck in traffic, stressing over a work project, or just feeling a little low, try cracking a smile.

It’s a small action, but sometimes small actions lead to big changes. Give it a go and see how it feels!

10. Say “I Love You” to Yourself—Yes, Out Loud!

I used to think that self-love and affirmations were a bunch of woo-woo stuff for people who had too much time on their hands.

But then I tried it, and you know what? It’s not half bad. Actually, it’s more than not bad—it’s downright empowering.

Let’s face it, we’re often our own harshest critics. We say things to ourselves that we’d never say to someone we care about.

But guess what?

You should be someone you care about.

So, go ahead, look in the mirror, meet your own eyes, and say, “I love you.”

It will feel super awkward at first; I know it did for me. But it also felt surprisingly good.

It’s a tiny thing, saying three little words to your reflection, but it’s a step towards being kinder to yourself.

And let’s be honest, couldn’t we all use a little more kindness—especially from ourselves?

So there you have it. Ten small changes that can make a big difference in your life. I hope you give at least a couple of them a try. Trust me, you’re worth it.

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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