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Things We Need To Do Each Day to Improve our Quality Of Life


Inspired by a post of Gretchen Rubin’s a while back, I’ve been mulling over my own list of things I must do to each day to have the quality of life that I desire. What actions are absolutely crucial for me to experience a sense of well-being, good health, and achieve a balanced life in the midst of a busy day?

I agree with Gretchen that these items should not be goals; they need to be specific actions. Imagine a daily checklist. If you clearly can determine if you’ve done it, then it goes on the list. If it’s vague or subjective, it doesn’t make the cut. We are not talking about ideals or principles, but concrete actions that you could take every day.

I however, do not agree that habits of attitude, gratitude, learning, and such should be automatically eliminated. I also do not believe that something should not be included if it does not apply to others. This is your list, it belongs to you and should be personalized to suit your needs.

Some of my “Must Dos”

Take my vitamins

Move my body in some way

Get outside

Spend time alone

Connect in some way with my loved ones

Write in my gratitude journal

Enjoy a good laugh

Engage my mind – learn something new, read, have an interesting conversation, exercise my brain through word games, puzzles, etc

Tidy my surroundings – make my bed, clean up the kitchen, and such

Consume at least 5 fruits and vegetables

Drink 8 glasses of water

Get sufficient quality and quantity sleep

When I don’t do these things, I feel off-balance, ineffective and grumpy. The quality of my life suffers. As I said before my list is different from Gretchen’s and it will be different from yours.

What would you have on your list?

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2 Responses to Things We Need To Do Each Day to Improve our Quality Of Life

  1. Karen February 26, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Royale, I like these. My morning cup of coffee is meditative for me in the morning (Ok today it’s tea, I need to go to the store..but still). I like to watch the headlines of the Today Show. Straightening the house, taking the dog for a walk, checking my favorite blogs for interesting tid-bits that make me think, and definitely reaching out to my loved ones. 

    • Royale Scuderi February 27, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      I agree. Something feels off the whole day if I miss these things.


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