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Nobody has the perfect life. I'm sure when everybody wants to change their life drasticly, but never get around to it. It's easy to change your life, just take it one simple step at a time. Each week try a new step, take it slow, it doesn't all need to be done in a day

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Note: I notice that this instructable has been getting lots of attention, and lots of people are mentioning the spelling errors, I've corrected these, and when I find time, i will hopefully add to this instructable to give more tips thing you can do to stay happy and healthy.

Step 1: The morning

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Everyone says that breakfast is your post important meal, well all meals are important, but breakfast is the first food you get since dinner which was 10,12,15 hours ago. How you wake up can change your day.

1. Put your alarm clock out of reach, stops you from hitting snooze and being late.

2. Get out of the bedroom immediatly, this will keep your brain from thinking that an extra 5 minutes in bed is ok.

3. When you go into the bathroom in the morning, fill your hands with cold water and splash your face, scrub that cold water in, this helps alot in the morning.

4. Wake up earlier. This week set your alarm 10 minutes earlier, next week 5 minutes earlier, keep doing this until you have a comprimise of sleep and time in the morning.

5. Go to bed a little bit earlier, instead of flipping channels, listen to quite, peaceful music while you lie in bed.

6. Eat a good breakfast, it will keep hunger off your mind until lunch.

7. Give yourself enough time in the morning to prevent from rushing, rushing can cause stress and ruin your day.

8. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the morning, eat your breakfast in the backyard or balcony, drink your coffee there, this can bring that extra little zen, or happiness into your life, having that one picture perfect moment can really help
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Saturn V4 years ago
If you have to watch TV, or don't have the energy to do anything else, I suggest watching something that'll make you laugh, make you think, or that'll interest you.
So, like something on the discovery channel, or your favorite show?
Yeah, something like that.
And taking a walk or riding your bike leisurley around may help with that whole "enjoying" bit.
has anyone tried laughing yoga on the beach? i didnt believe it was real until i actually tried it, although you do have to search to find a group, and it was amazing and healing and laughing can make you feel as though you did one thousand crunches. laughter heals in my opinion. i love this instructable. im in recovery from an eating dsorder and drug addiction and i've found alot of advice in here that i've applied to my life have really helped. thank you so much:)
gibson_se5 years ago
Scales don't lie. But people do have weird ideas about what a scale can tell them, and people have weird ideas about what happens to their body if they eat less or exercise more.
Instructables can help with #4! Make/alter some clothing! The process is invigorating and wearing your masterpiece out on the town can be thrilling. Nice instructable hedgihog.
ANTQNUT6 years ago
This is a great instructable!!! Its also a good idea to call people you haven't seen in a while reach out to some one you don't know as well and write letters and emails!!
denali4206 years ago
i think youre absolutely right, and i love how your sharing this with other people, guiding them to help themselves better their lives. stay true(:
I have a recipe for a chocolate cake in a mug that can be made in 5 minutes and isn't very bad for you. Send me a message if you're interested in putting it in here, hedgiehog.
Pyrowuzzup7 years ago
"anything that kicks you in the crotch as you climb toward happiness." lol i liked that line
But wouldn't it be equally painful to get a crutch kicked out from underneath your arm and fall over with a broken leg?
I love reading this I try to be happy everyday! Good work hope you keep it up! :)
jennibfree6 years ago
This is my first day on Instructables and I want to say thank you for your posting. I think your contributions are simply wonderful. I live in London where many people make a fuss about spelling and all that folderol. Chin up and ignore the naysayers :) Your wisdom shines through and that is what really matters. I, for one, will keep checking in to share your latest musings. By the way I've published two books and there are folk who get paid to sort the other stuff - can't buy what you have. Congrats :)
SharonH7 years ago
I mean this in a nice, constructive sense. One should fit an English class into one's day, if necessary, to learn to write and spell properly. It will improve one's communication skills and render the writer more interesting and believable to his or her readers.
hedgiehog (author)  SharonH7 years ago
The scary thing is, everyone who knows me says I can't spell, says I have bad grammar and sucks at communication. Weird...
Who cares, it doesn't make you any worse or better of a person just because you are bad at spelling or grammar. Underestimation of a person by judging little stuff is an awful thing. You obviously are a intelligent and down to earth person and most people will realize this from your Instructable and that's all that counts = )
andrenna6 years ago
these things seem simple, but they are true! i took your advice on only wearing those things you love, and just that simple act made me feel so much happier. thanks!
lampajoo6 years ago
Step 6. Quit your job.
cofosho6 years ago
Waking up - Set a second alarm on your computer or the like. That or invest in one of the several alarms that require a task to help you wake up... i.e. replace a foam dart that was shot across the room (find it, then reset it) Exercise - I find that exercising is a lot tougher when it's a chore. find ways to play while you exercise. I play hockey, but a lot of people feel like sports are a chore, too. Other things I love to do include hiking, rock climbing (on your own terms and safely), play games like capture the flag, kickball and other made up games, ultimate frisbee or any kind of pickup sport that you like. Pickup means less pressure and more fun! Cleanliness - I'm awful at this. Dishwashers are nice. My room is a mess, though. Food: I'm part of a co-op community. We find ways to cut costs on food. We only buy grains and beans dry and in bulk... bulk may not be an option, but try to make friends with legumes and rice. I loves me some garbanzo beans. We also don't buy meat. That doesn't mean I don't eat me. Most in our house do, but I eat it much less and find myself eating more grains, soy and fresh veggies. Since we all pay an equal, nominal amount monthly for food ($100), we all get healthy food cheaper, and we all cook for each other twice a month. Nifty, eh?
Tell you what, good call on the screwing around part. I just book around all the time, sort of like light parkour really. I find that you can stay in great shape, just doing push ups and crunches, running, and of course, sex. (You may laugh at that last one, but I'm completely serious!)
hedgiehog (author)  guitarman63mm6 years ago
personally im not a big fan of crunches or running, crunches arent good for your back, and i tend to trip when i run
altomic6 years ago
I recently moved and had everything packed in boxes for a week except what I could fit in my car. basic living was easy. why have 30 dinner plates sitting around when you only eat off 1? it was great. why have 3 sofas when you can sit on a cushion on a mat? and get some exercise getting up and down rather than plonking youself down on the couch? when I moved to Tokyo I lived in an apartment with a Japanese futon (no stupid wood frame, just a 4cm thick foam mattress) on tatami matting. no chairs or table. 2 plates, 3 pairs of chopsticks, 2 glasses, fridge. microwave, 1 cooking pot and 1 fry pan. having nothing was easy. I guess I'm trying to say - "simplify" . have less than more. you don't need so much. though it is harder when you have a young family.
Thank you so much for this. I just read it and can't wait to start. God Bless.
I really didn't want to nit-pick; what you are doing here is beautiful no5. "..weight changes throughout the, try and see,..." I think it needs the word day after the. peace
i8056 years ago
you are something.. I need friends like you!
purduecer6 years ago
for step 8 you're going to want to use "there" instead of "their"
hedgiehog (author)  purduecer6 years ago
cd416 years ago
hmm i have this giant cookbook and i am making a dessert one week a cake the next and flipping back and forth each week
pedroripol6 years ago
I always thought about writing something similar. Congratulations you did it and very nicely.
purduecer6 years ago
Step oughta be "exercise" instead of "exersise" (Sorry, I'm sure these messages are getting annoying, I do like your ible, however)
tell ya what, if you're interested in any of the spelling/grammar stuff, just pm me and I'll point them out for you. --Purduecer
Chill out on the corrections. We know what was meant. Uz ur energy two corrrect reel problems in liph.
temper Obediah6 years ago
It's all about credibility, get the little things right before becoming a philosopher, it's not hard...
Wow man, I loved this. Thanks a lot. It made me happy and I can't wait to start trying some of these things tomorrow.
pyrotmaniac6 years ago
about 5 years ago I was living in a friends attic. I had no job no money and was in a really bad way. I did exactly this... well more or less. Now I have the job of my dreams and extra cash. I cant beleve how easy it was, all I had to do was go and do it. GREAT post thanks so much I really enjoyed it. ~M
dnsnthegrdn6 years ago
Go through all your clothes, every last bit of it, undies, socks included and throw out anything and everything that has negativity attached to it. If you have clothes that you wear when you are feeling down, but then you feel worse because you are feel frumpy, pitch it. All clothes that don't make you feel great, get rid of it. Better yet you can make a quilt-I am. This way you will never have the opportunity to wear clothes that don't make you feel bad. It makes a big difference. I don't have that much clothes now but I love them all! One improvement I think a few people could make is to quit obsessing about spelling, that's for sure.
janices8156 years ago
Sheamus needs to learn to be positive and constructive, no so critical. You are trying to help people improve their lives and he finds one thing to criticize you about. Thanks for the hints hedgie!
purduecer6 years ago
Sorry for the corrections, but in step 3 you need "make" instead of "mkae"
and in step 4 you want "pack" instead of "pact"
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