46 Ways to be a Better Person

Hello you.

Here’s a quick list that will get your started on having a nicer day now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

1. Take a deep breath now, hold it as long as you can. Count to 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, release, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and now another.

2. OK, two more deep breaths. Relax.

3. Focus on an object then close your eyes and take another two deep breaths, in through your nose out through your mouth.

4. Meditate. Concentrate on your third eye and just be peaceful. You can stop reading this! It’s okay!

5. Slow down. Try moving slowly.

6. Start each day as Gandhi did: Be the change you want to see.

7. Look for ways to help others.

It almost always seems impossible until it's done. ♡
It almost always seems impossible until it’s done.x♡o

8. Treat yourself great.

9. Be your own friend.

10. Go to the mirror and make funny faces.

11. Make yourself and/or a friend a nice cup of tea or coffee.

12. Take a long walk without music or distractions.

13. Clean. Go left to right, it works.

14. Be young in your heart.

15. Hug a tree.

16. Jump on one leg. Now the other. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

17. Spin like a child with your eyes closed. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

18. Hug someone. Even yourself.

19. Next time you see someone on facebook that’s down, send that person a prayer. Maybe send a link or a support message.  How about a phone call?

20. Write.

21. Be inspirational.

22. Forgive yourself.

23. Push yourself to be a little bit better.

24. Count to ten before reacting, or better yet, just let it slide.

25. Pet an animal.

26. Turn off the tv.

27. Sell something.

28. Give something away to charity.

29. Treat yourself to a something special.

30. Take a nice long relaxing bath or shower.

31. Cook.

32. Organize.

33. Make a list of three things you don’t want to do then do them.

34. Eat well. How does a salad sound for your next meal? A big one!

35. Exercise.

36. Take a risk with love.

37. Write a message to someone saying thank you for being there.

38. Enjoy this moment.

39. Listen to affirmations.

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

41. Tell someone you love them.

42. No matter what your age, dream — even big if you’d like.

43. Remember a moment when you were blissful. Hold on to it.

44. Accept yourself for exactly who you are.

45. Send a REAL letter in the mail.

46. Give yourself a little break.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. I believe in you. I do.

In the comment section, I’d like to know what you can hear, smell and feel in this exact moment. What is around you? I can hear boys playing, the washing machine spinning and a distant car passing.


52 thoughts on “46 Ways to be a Better Person

  1. Its amazing how the simplest of things in life are always the most pleasurable. You must be a wonderful teacher being who you are. How old are the kids you teach, anyway?

  2. Cool and funny tips! Have you read “Life’s Little Instruction Book” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.? I like the way you write and you have another regular visitor in me!

    Tomas Z.

    1. I did look into that at your suggestion and it looks like a great book to have on your coffee table. I like the cover and wisdom too.

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. I find it hard to believe this isnt the most popular self improvement blog out there yet.

  4. The rain is pouring. We wait for my boy to get off work to start family Christmas. (he is a paramedic) I’m at my morning mandolin session. I send out ‘What Child is This?’ in the key of Am. Sing along. Merry Christmas.

    Dr. B

    1. Doctor B!

      Thanks for the visit. I’m always happy to see you here. You take good care of your patients. I’m also so proud to know a down to earth doctor who has written and published a book. That’s too cool.

      Thanks for your comment and enjoy your time with your family.


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  6. There are so many things I loved on your list I couldn’t pick any faves. When I read your posts I hear your voice – in my mind it’s a patient voice that calms people.

    I do love that quote from Gandhi. I have never sold anything on ebay before. It sounds rewarding and something I should do in my quest towards a minimalist lifestyle.

    I am having insomnia, but I’m glad because I got to read this lovely post. It made me feel inspired.

    It’s so quiet, just the way I like it, in the wee hours of the morning in Singapore. I can hear the whirling of the ceiling fan and the buzzing of the air-conditioner. I need them both because it is just really hot here.

    I also hear the sounds in my head – my own thoughts as I write. As I listen again, I hear the ticking of my S$2.50 clock from Ikea. The time doesn’t run very well, but I love the design and price. I better go to bed now. I hope you’re having a wonderful day Julie 🙂

    I hope I passed the assignment teacher 😉

    1. I realize I never really stopped to listen to the sounds around me till ‘your assignment’. It felt like meditation and really good 🙂

  7. Thanks Mummy Zen.

    Today I’m listening instead of talking. I can hear the sound of the air swooshing through the vent as I’m fireside.

    Hope you are well.

    I agree with you that slowing down is a good thing to practice year round.

  8. Jaclyn, right back atchya. Your blog is SO lovely. In fact, if you are reading these words friendly peeps I can highly suggest you stop on over at Jaclyn Rae’s blog just by clicking on her name will get you there. She’s got a lot of wisdom packed in there. Just click on her name.


  9. I can only hear the fan of my computer! I loves this list. I’m going to read it a few more times so I can try and memorise them!

    1. God bless your new digs. It sounds like you are a fantstic writer with a great sense of humor. Keep us posted G.

  10. hola es un poco complicado escribirlo en ingles para mi, pero me encanto la idea de tus pequeños consejos que nos proporcionas para ser mejor cada dia. con respecto a la pregunta es que escucho el sonido de un pajaro, con el timbre del celular de mi hermana con una cancion tan hermosa y escucho la forma de regaño de mi madre abajo en la sala. te agradesco esto en verdad aveces no sabemos como empezar con esto, creo sinceramente que personas como tu hacen que el mundo aun gire y podamos saber que hay esperanza cuidate mucho te deseo lo mejor de la vida y muchismiams bendicioness cuidate byesss.

    1. Hola!

      Sai, che con la mia conoscenza di Italiano riesco a capirti! Al meno le parti piu’ importante per esempio quando mi fai complimenti. ha ha ha!

      Grazie. Sei la prima personna che mi hai lasciato un messaggio in spagnolo e lo apprezzo tantissimo. Non importa la lingua, vero? importa l’aiuto e il sostegno che una personna offre.


  11. I can hear lawn mowers – the first dry day and the rain is coming back number of lawn mowers, I hear a car racing by, I hear the fan in the computer, I hear my stomach settling after supper. Now a motorcycle idling and pausing at it’s owner’s mailbox. Barking puppy with a real bark not a screech. Fingers tapping on the keyboard.

    …and my heart saying thank you for this lovely post. Enough said.

    1. Oohhh! Lawn mowers. That’s a good sign. Especially mixed with rain. That can only mean growth and I like that.

      I truly feel like you captured the moment with your words Patricia! Thanks for sharing that with me and my friends.


  12. Hi Julie,

    I like your idea of doing that fun stuff – being a kid again.

    I can hear the sound of a TV in the background, but more importantly, I’m smelling the lilacs I gathered from my garden yesterday.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. xo

    1. Oh Barbara, aren’t lilacs beautiful? I can smell yours all the way over here.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  13. Thanks Guyanne!

    Your blogs posts are always delicous too. Full of style. Thanks for stopping by.


  14. Ciao! Thanks for following me on Twitter, I am already a follower of yours! I checked out your youtube channel, it is great. I don’t have youtube, but if I get one I will subscribe to your channel. Very inspiring post! I love your new layout!!

    Have a great week!!

    P.S. I invite you to check out my Italian lessons I posted on my blog.

  15. Ciao Allessandra. I suppose I should also say Yasou. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I know your blog well. Of course, I remember it even with the other name. Both names are great. You are certainly right though when you say ‘La vita e’ bella!. I’m looking forward to your links on Italian lessons.

    Those should be fun. I love languages.


  16. I love, love, love this list!

    My favorite?

    “Shine the light that God has given you.” 🙂

  17. 47. Write a message to Jaclyn Rae saying thank you for being there.


    1. Ahhhh! Thanks. You know how I love to see your little duck pop up on my comment list!


  18. I liked the one that said be your own friend. We always forget to do that.

    Right now I hear water splashing, smell lemons, and feel my dog’s breath on me 🙂

    1. Yes. That’s an important lesson to learn. We come into this world alone and we leave it alone. Hopefully we pass it in good company with a laugh. 🙂 Ha ha on your dog’s breath. You’re lucky. You can do #25!

  19. I’m literally amazed at the sheer positivity of your thoughts, this post made me feel so good and light hearted!!! *bear HUG* 🙂
    stay blessed!

  20. Thanks Habiba.

    I’m happy to amaze. It’s just a little bit of magic I like to throw there. You’ll have read my story about my grandmother if you want to learn where I get my positivity from. And my family too. And friends too. Sure. At a certain point in your life I think you just have to adapt a philosophy. Lately mine is I’ll laugh in order not to cry. Although honestly I cry sometimes too.

    Thanks for the bear hug!

  21. I love making lists! 🙂 Lots of fun ideas on your list, Julie. I’ve been trying to do a lot of #38. Each day is a gift. 🙂

  22. Nice lines…
    By the way, have you, by chance, been in Paris around 20 years ago (my God !!) and have you spent a few days in my appartment while I was away (I remember you’ve been working for a short period in Paris)? Was it you?
    … That would be so funny

  23. It’s making me smile when I see your posts pop up again. It’s a very good way to get a bit of the rest while the grey matter produces some fresh thoughts.

  24. Love this Julie!! Thanks for the inspiration xoxoxoxo

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