If you are feeling inspired for some life improvement ideas, you will love these simple tips to upgrade your life. These life improvement tips are fun, easy, and anyone can try them.

For this article, we are keeping things low-key. And not too intense. Because sometimes, you’re not trying to make major life changes. Small life changes can be powerful, too.

Although life improvement and personal development is an ongoing process, you don’t need to start big to upgrade your life. Life improvement does not have to be overwhelming.

I truly believe that small lifestyle and mindset changes can make a big difference in overall happiness. So let’s dive right into some awesome tips to upgrade your life!

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What does it mean to upgrade your life?

Upgrading your life is all about finding small, do-able ways to increase your happiness, joy, and wellbeing. And for the purpose of this article, we are going to take a fun, light-hearted approach.

Personal development can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Sometimes, simple and fun tips to increase everyday happiness can work wonders to improve the quality of your life. Sometimes, life gets busy and there’s no time or energy for intense introspection or major changes. And that is Ok! Take it easy on yourself. Any positive life improvement idea that sounds easy is worth trying.

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Ok, moving on.

You are here for some simple life improvement ideas to better your life with minimum mental or emotional efforts. So without further wait, here are 20 simple ways you can upgrade your life today!

20 Life improvement ideas to upgrade your life

1. Decluttering to upgrade your life

Decluttering old stuff can be so satisfying. Start small, just a bit at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. There is something that feels so good about dropping off boxes of donations to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. Isn’t it great knowing someone else can make use of stuff you no longer need? By donating you are doing good for yourself and for others.

From an energetic standpoint, decluttering is an act of self-care. Out with the old, in with the new.

Related: Minimalism with Kids: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Create More Calm

2. Go outside every day to upgrade your life

It’s all too easy to not go outside sometimes, especially when you get busy, or on a cold winter day. But making time to go outside as much as possible is a serious life upgrade. You could start small by integrating a 20-minute walk into your schedule a few times per week. Or make a plan a few times per month to go hiking, swimming, or simply lounge in a park.

Being outside can really lift your spirits. Being outside makes you notice the clouds, animals, and trees. The beauty and awesomeness. Nature brings peace, calm, and happiness.

3. Upgrade your household cleaning

Another simple way to upgrade your life is to swap out harsh household cleaners for more natural solutions.

Essential oils are amazing for household cleaning. They smell great, work effectively, and help you avoid toxic cleaning products. The perfect blend for all-purpose cleaning is:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar.
  • 2 cups of water.
  • 30 drops of lemon essential oil.
  • 20 drops of thieves essential oil

Mix all together in a spray bottle and use on countertops, in the refrigerator, floors, and more.

4. Upgrade your health by eating clean

You’ve probably heard how chronic inflammation in your body from a poor diet can lead to weight gain, depression, and other chronic health conditions.

A good way to avoid inflammation is to avoid eating excess sugar, junk food, dairy, or too many grains- (meaning bread, rice, pasta, etc.) Instead, eat meals centered on organic meats, potatoes, and veggies. Along with nuts, fruits, and healthy fats. Clean eating makes you feel good!

Meal ideas include:

  • Meatloaf
  • Pot-roast
  • Mashed potatoes with some sneaky cauliflower mashed in
  • Chicken stew
  • Pork chops and sweet potatoes
  • Green salads and smoothies

Eating this way is fairly easy, and can be life-changing for some people. I used to have severe chronic back pain and 50 pounds of excess weight before switching to a grain-free anti-inflammatory diet.

I’m all for sharing my personal story of how I healed myself because I really think it could help others. If interested, you can read more here:

How I Cured My Chronic Back Pain and Lost 50 Pounds

5. Upgrade with supplements

Two of my favorite supplements for reducing inflammation and bettering my health overall are CBD oil and Curcumin.

As you may already know, CBD helps with pain, inflammation, insomnia, anxiety, and many other chronic health problems. CBD has no THC and will not get you high. It works to bring the body back into a state of balance know as homeostasis.

A great CBD company online with high-quality CBD products is cbdtru.com. I take CBD each night for better sleep, and whenever I drink too much wine.

For Curcumin, a money-saving hack I’ve discovered is to buy a big bag of organic turmeric root powder, which contains Curcumin as the active ingredient. (Curcumin works to decrease inflammation, helps digestion, mental focus, and more.)

If you don’t mind the taste mixed with some water, a spoonful or so a day is much cheaper (currently under $7 for 1 lb,) than buying Curcumin pills.

6. Upgrade your daily commute

Keeping Tic Tacs or gum in your car at all times is such an easy life upgrade. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to make your drive better. And you can bribe your kids with these, too. See what I mean about life improvement being simple at times?

7. Upgrade your entertainment

Instead of watching television or endlessly scrolling online, it’s nice to listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Especially while driving, (or cleaning, making art, or relaxing.)

For podcasts, I’m a fan of Joe Rogan, Aubrey Marcus, and The Psychic Teachers. I also really like the My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast for entrepreneurial inspiration.

8. Upgrade your downtime with a good book

Having a good book at all times is my goal. But it can be hard! We all get busy and forget how fun and relaxing reading can be. I’m currently reading Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein. It’s an inspirational book about being abundant and attracting good things into your life.

9. Upgrade your mindset with a simple mental shift

One mindset practice to implement is what I call “the shift into creativity.”

Whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I shift my mindset from stress into creativity.

Instead of overwhelm, I try to practice feeling excitement or inspiration about what I have to do, be it laundry, work, or writing bills. There is usually a creative way to make boring things fun, like by listening to music. I get my best creative writing and art ideas when I shift my thinking in the creative direction instead of allowing myself to get stressed or bored. Shifting into creatively takes practice but is an awesome life improvement tip!

Related: How to Change your Mindset When You’re Feeling Down- 6 Powerful Mindset Hacks

10. Make art to improve your life

Practicing any kind of artistic hobby is a great way to upgrade your life. There are so many different art mediums to try, from watercolor painting to sewing to sculpture.

One fun art activity to try is art journaling. Art journaling is a creative, relaxing activity to upgrade your life.

You might like: How to Start an Art Journal For Beginners.

11. Embracing hygge for life improvement

Hygge is a Danish word that describes a cozy and content feeling or way of living. You can experience hygee any time of year, but it’s especially fun to focus on hygee living in the wintertime.

Some examples of hygee living are:

  • Going out for hot cocoa with a friend.
  • Reading under the bed covers.
  • Wearing warm fuzzy socks while having a long phone conversation.
  • Making homemade soup or a yummy smoothie.
  • Writing in your journal snuggled up in your favorite chair.
  • Taking a luxurious bath with Epsom salts and essential oils.

12. Spend more time with friends to improve your life

There is nothing better than getting together with your friends, some snacks, and some good music. Studies show that being social reduces your risk of everything from heart disease to depression.

So call up your best bud, ring your neighbor, or make plans with a family member to just hang out and have fun! 

13. Do something cultural for life improvement

Comedy shows, art galleries, window shopping, going to the theatre, taking a walk, and going out for coffee are all fun activities to keep you happy and busy. Fun activities are vitally important because they help you beat stress, boredom, and depression. Why not make a list of 10 fun cultural activities you can do?

14. Upgrade yourself by being more empathetic

Being more empathetic, especially with people we find difficult, can help improve your life. When we practice being empathetic and open-minded, we learn more and we grow into better people for it. We can choose to replace frustration with curiosity. This helps to let go of anger, fear, and other negative emotions.

15. Upgrade your life by noticing and appreciating people around you

There are so many beautiful people in the world. People-watching and random interactions can be entertaining and a lot of fun. Examples:

  • The overly talkative 20-something girl checking you out at Home Goods.
  • The rough-looking old man smoking while fixing something on the wall outside the grocery store.
  • The grumpy but sweet secretary at the office.
  • A stylish older couple walking in the park with coordinating scarves.
  • The new dad carrying his infant in a baby pack.

16. Upgrade your life with gratitude journaling

Spending a few minutes once or twice a week journaling can help to focus on the good in life. Simply note what you are grateful for overall in life, or for this week, or on this day.

Related: 50 Gratitude Journal Prompts With Free PDF Printable Journal Prompts

17. Practice a mantra to improve your life

One huge goal of mine is to practice being cool, calm, and collected.

As a Virgo with an Aries moon and Leo rising, I can be a little high-strung. I’ve got what they call “big emotions.” Can you relate? I know I need to chill out, but it’s not always easy. So, I repeat the words: cool, calm, collected. What would your mantra be?

18. Be a great host and improve life for everyone

My mother-in-law Angie is a Georgia peach, and she inspires me to be a great host.

Angie always makes a lovely snack tray for guests. She has cozy blankets for everyone when we’re sitting on the back porch at night. She never runs out of conversation or wine. She is one of the most welcoming people you could ever meet. I try to channel her whenever I host anything.

19. Be extra kind to grumpy people

If we can practice kindness and compassion instead of reacting with defensiveness or rudeness, we’ll be better for it. For some reason, I find grumpy people incredibly endearing at times.

20. Embrace being yourself to upgrade yourself

My teenage niece called me “extra” the other day. Isn’t that the truth, LOL!

We all have unique qualities that make us a bit “extra.” And thinking of yourself as “extra” is such a great mindset shift away from other, potentially negative self-talk. For example:

  • Too sensitive? Extra perceptive.
  • Too loud? Extra personality.
  • Unfocused? Extra imagination.
  • Emotional? Extra heart.
  • Feeling lazy? Extra relaxed.
  • Got fired? Extra life experience.

Concluding thoughts on upgrading your life

Upgrading your life can be a lot of fun. Personal development doesn’t need to be intense, and in fact, a little bit of life improvement can go a long way. There’s certainly no harm in making small changes in life to see if they lead to more happiness. After all, the alternative is to do nothing to improve your life, and that is a little bit boring.

I hope you enjoyed these 20 life improvement ideas to upgrade your life. Which one is your favorite? Please let me know what you think in the comments and pin below to share!

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