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Smarter You: Little Changes, Big Payoffs

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It has been said many times: little things can make a big difference. The Malcolm Gladwell bestseller The Tipping Point is all about this and explains it...the final part of the title is " How little things make a big difference." I see this all of the time with my mood. If I do a small thing, like put on a favorite sweater or listen to a perfect song, my gloominess lifts like that (insert finger snap). Same goes for Kiddo -- a small little discovery on the way home from school, like spotting a kitty sitting in a window, can turn an okay day into the

There are a ton of little things we can do every day that can improve our lives ten-fold, heckadoo, million-fold. Okay, sure, playing the lottery is a small act that can make a big difference, but that difference isn't guaranteed, eh? Takes a bit of luck. These little things I'm thinking of require no luck and really no money. Just effort on your part to do it and reap the rewards that are awesometastic (I just made that word up).

-- Getting an extra hour of sleep. The majority of us are sleep-deprived. Adding in that little bit of sleep can not only make you feel less stressed, it actually helps your memory, keeps you healthy and even helps you lose weight.

-- Taking the stairs. Again, a simple little switcheroo, but if you are battling a few pounds or need to get your heart rate up more each day, take the stairs in the mall rather than the escalator or walk up three flights to the dentist instead of hopping on the elevator.

-- Turn off your phone when you are with your kids. Let go of the FOMO (fear of missing out). That hour you are playing My Little Pony or the bits of the afternoon you are walking through the park afterschool, just turn it off. That easy simple flip of a button lets you focus on your kids 100%.

-- Writing gratitude. Snag a little notepad or min journal and keep it by your bed. Before hitting the sheets (an hour earlier, remember), write down three things you were grateful for that day. Could be the fact you had good "green light" karma when driving to school this morning or that you were able to witness an amazing bonding moment of your older daughter helping her younger sister tie her shoes. This small little act will keep you centered on the goodness in life.

-- Make more one-dish recipes. One dish, less clean up, more time...I know, everyone wants more time. Small choice, big payoff. 'Nuf said.

What small changes do you make that create a big difference? Are there any that you want to make?

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by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Platinum Member on Aug. 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Taking kids with me while shopping or even the whole family.  I try to use it not only as an outting but as a lesson for the kids. I try to teach them something new each time.

by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM
by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I am eating better and working out!

by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I use coupons. You wont believe the things you can get for super cheap or free.

by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Read that book while waiting in line or at the doctor appointment.

by Gold Member on Aug. 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM


by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM
such great advice already !! i also agree with trying to make all stops if going tthat way , and coupons ! i also have learned how easy freezer meals and crockpot meals can be !
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Make lists for everything. If you write it down less likely to forget then you don't have to waste time or money.
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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

make time for the kids

walk more

eat healthy

drink water

by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Good point. They all make a big difference.

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