by Diana White
Keep in mind that only you’re responsible for your choices and decisions in life and never get down on yourself when you do something wrong. Even if someone hurts you or you have a big disagreement with somebody, don’t let anyone or anything bring you down and remind yourself that your life is unique, special and really worthwhile.
1. Forgive everyone
The first step to becoming a better person is forgiveness. This can be a difficult one, but by learning to forgive everyone, your life will become much easier and happier. First of all, you should forgive your parents. Everybody has some scars from their childhood, even if they’re raised by wonderful parents, and perhaps you are no exception. Remember it was in the past and you live in the present so let go of those past childhood hurts and you will feel much better. No parent is ideal. They have never raised kids before, and sometimes they’re learning as well as growing with their kids.
2. Learn to keep your dignity
Another important thing to do to become a better person is to learn how to keep your dignity. Keep in mind that only you’re responsible for your choices and decisions in life and never get down on yourself when you do something wrong. Even if someone hurts you or you have a big disagreement with somebody, don’t let anyone or anything bring you down and remind yourself that your life is unique, special and really worthwhile.
3. Pursue your passion
It’s important to find yourself and pursue your passion. Learn to listen to your inner self, and this will help you make your dreams a reality and become a better person, even when someone is trying to bring you down. Some people try to bring you down because they’re too weak and diffident to pursue their passions and they think you shouldn’t pursue yours. Don’t listen to them. Spend time with yourself and think about the thing that bring you joy. You’ll soon discover your passion and start pursuing it.
4. Share your time, energy and talents
Every person has talents, including you. You might not aware of them, but you have them. Sharing your time, energy and talents can help become a better person, so learn to share more of your precious time with others and help people in need and you will feel much better about yourself.
5. Become a morning person
Every time I get up at 6 or 7 a.m., I see a lot of things I wouldn’t usually see when I get up at 10 a.m. It’s a great feeling to rise with the sun, listen to the birds that are chirping their nice songs, and watch people exercising outdoors. I’m not a morning person, so it hard for me to get up early in the morning, but when I do, I have some time to do things I usually don’t have time to do, such as reading a book, practicing meditation or running. When I get up early, I feel much better and my day seems to be more productive.
6. Turn off your TV
I know, I know, it’s so hard to turn off your TV when there are so many interesting shows, but you have to do it in order to have more energy and time, and spend that time on things that will make you a better person. Television is a real time-waster. Switch it off, read your favorite book, go outside for a walk, or bake some cookies. Watching TV will never bring you joy and won’t help you become a better person.
7. Learn something new
You should never stop learning something new. Just because you are in your 30s or 40s, or even 60s, doesn’t mean you can’t learn a new language or other interesting things. Knowledge is always great and the more you know, the more you feel better about yourself. When you are well educated person, everyone respects you and your knowledge.
It may sound strange but exercise can also help you become a better person. If you don’t like to work out, I suggest you to try swimming. I like water and swimming is one of my favorite activities, which helps me reduce stress, anxiety and get in shape. When I have a hard day, I always go swimming. Stress and anxiety can make you feel depressed, so you should find the way to get rid of them. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to do it.
9. Join a local library
Nowadays iBooks and books that are available on phone apps are more popular than libraries. But by joining a local library, you’ll have access to different kinds of books, to research material (periodicals, journals) and computers. Most libraries also offer community group seminars so be sure to check it out.
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