15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today

6. Smile more and laugh more. You don’t have to smile all the time — because that’s called “When I Was on Lithium” — but you should always seek more opportunities for humor and laughter in your life. Be aware of the joy that’s already around you, and if all you see is pain, transform it into laughter. Transcend it.

7. Do something you didn’t think you could or always wanted to do. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be an artist, but I found out the hard way I couldn’t paint or draw. (My human hands look like mashed potato flowers.) But over the grad school break, I found something art-related I could do with my downtime: cut stuff out. I decorated my house in crossword puzzle collages, dirty Mad Libs and made pages from a beat-up John Updike book into wallpaper. It wasn’t the greatest art that’s ever been art-ed, but it was fun and my DIY saved me a whole lot on decoration.

8. Learn how to apologize. I think there’s nothing that makes us more beautifully human than making mistakes and owning up to them, whether it’s not being the best friend you can be or accidentally bumping into someone on the train. But we should be more aware of our effects on other people and hold ourselves more accountable to being a force for good in the world.

CLICK TO THE NEXT PAGE…

Related

More From Thought Catalog

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on ONE BIG SUNFLOWER and commented:
    THESE SOUND LIKE SOME PRETTY DIFFICULT 15 THINGS. D A M N.

  • http://www.itmakesmestronger.com/2013/01/15-things-you-can-do-to-be-your-best-self-today/ Only L<3Ve @ ItMakesMeStronger.com

    […] Thought Catalog » Life […]

  • http://btypes.com/2013/01/16/15-ways-to-be-your-best-self/ “15 Ways to be your Best Self” | btypes

    […] this little corner of culture I will leave you with a post that I read by Nico Lang of The Though Catalogue that left me feeling very enlightened today.  Hopefully, like this art, it can serve as a day […]

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on .

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on The Midnight Pill and commented:
    This one could really change you life!

  • http://elysianhunter.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/my-best-self-time-keeping-in-the-post-apocalyptic-world-and-other-questions-no-one-asks-but-me/ My “Best” Self, Time Keeping in the Post-Apocalyptic World, and Other Questions No One Asks But Me « ELYSIANHUNTER'S ADVENTURES IN WHINE COUNTRY

    […] I do like some of the suggestions here, even though the author of the post uses that phrase.  I think I will strike up a conversation […]

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on My Best Self Challenge and commented:
    Definitely some food for thought…which one will you choose today?

  • http://jbacchia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/15-things-you-can-do-to-be-your-best-self-today/ 15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today | The Feel Good Blog
  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on Demented Musings.

  • http://reverie-slice.net/2013/01/18/getting-through-the-week/ getting through the week « reverie slice

    […] 15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today (Thought Catalog) […]

  • http://ckdatu.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/httpthoughtcatalog-com201315-things-you-can-do-to-be-your-best-self-today/ http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/15-things-you-can-do-to-be-your-best-self-today/ « Random Craziness

    […] January 19, 2013 Leave a comment […]

  • http://ee2be.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/oh-internet-how-i-love-thee-volume-four/ Oh, Internet, How I Love Thee – Volume Four « EE2Be

    […] pretty self explanatory, but Thought Catalog contributor Nico Lang posted this really great list of ways to be your best self today and it […]

  • http://nobetterprayer.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/links-4-13/ links 4.13 « the Life and Times of Warrior Woman

    […] 15 things you can do to be your best today.  Although the gizzards the author tried were probably undercooked.  They need their time to taste delicious. […]

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on Ngoc B.

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on thatxgirlxjess.

  • Thought Catalog

    Reblogged this on thinkhippiethoughts.

  • http://peaceandpizza.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/read-this/ Read This | Peace & Pizza

    […] 15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today | Thought Catalog […]

  • http://livideuphoria.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/15-things-you-can-do-to-be-your-best-self-today/ 15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today | Livid Euphoria

    […] [Source: Thought Catalog] […]

  • http://mandye.com/?p=13652 15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today | MandyE

    […] (Source) […]

  • http://maefromheaven.wordpress.com maefromheaven

    Reblogged this on The Heart of My World.

  • http://inpursuitofabeautifullife.wordpress.com inpursuitofabeautifullife

    Reblogged this on In Pursuit of a Beautiful Life.

  • http://drivenresultsvp.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/ways-you-can-be-your-best-self-starting-today-by-latoya-haynes/ Ways you can be your best self, starting today! By LaToya Haynes | Driven Results VP Blog
  • http://awomandurh.wordpress.com awomandurh

    Reblogged this on Courageux.

  • http://doyongid.com/tc/blog/entry/%EC%84%A4%EA%B5%AD%EC%97%B4%EC%B0%A8?commentId=2761 my website

    my website

    15 Things You Can Do To Be Your Best Self Today | Thought Catalog

  • http://thoughthack.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/be-your-best-self-today/ Be Your Best Self Today | thoughthack
blog comments powered by Disqus