Monday, 6 July 2009

10 Ways to Spend 10 Minutes

1. Write a thank you note to someone who deserves it. Do you remember the last time you received a genuine THANK YOU from someone? It made you feel good all day, right?

2. Call a friend you lost touch with. Check in, say hello, and tell them you have missed them.

3. Read an article that is of no interest to you. It's great to be well rounded. In addition, learning a new writing style is a great way to better your own, and even give you additional ideas for your next blog post, book, or article.

4. Ask yourself this question. Look yourself straight in the eyes using a mirror, and ask yourself "Am I truly happy in life?" If not, what can you do more of to increase your happiness? What can you do less of to increase your happiness?

5. Write a poem for someone you love. It can be 3 lines or 20 lines. It's the thought that counts. Take 1 second right now and imagine walking into your house and your spouse wrote a poem for you. Feels great, right?

6. Turn off your phone or pda. What is happening to this world?! In the following years, expect to see an increase in neck pain- as most people are hunched over all day texting and typing into their phones.

7. Exhale twice as long. A great breathing pattern that may also help lower your blood pressure and resting heart rate: Inhale then exhale twice as long. Try to breathe only 10 times per minute or less. This will relax you in no time at all. (But don't fall asleep, as you may have to go back to work!!)

8. Do 5 sets of pushups. Sounds silly, but you can increase your mood by simply getting a little exercise during your day. Don't believe me? Just try it. Tomorrow, take 10 minutes to perform 5 sets of pushups and have a bottle of water!

9. Learn a food label. Learning about food labels can save your life, or the life of someone you love. Do you know how much sodium you are consuming in a day? My guess: 3 times the daily recommended.

10. Start a journal. First, identify the purpose of why you are starting the journal. Once that is clear, the journal can help you make all the necessary changes you need in your life. For example, if you track the food you are eating every day, you can look back and simply identify where you need to make changes.

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