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What self-improvements have the most impact?

Asked by freckles (363 points ) February 16th, 2010

I am really into improving myself lately. There are lots of different things you can improve. I have been working on diet and fitness, procrastination among other things. But I also want to work on internal things. Things that will last my whole life. Also things that will cause me to improve in other ways(like self-discipline, helps you create any other habit or characteristic)

Can you give me some ideas and wisdom guys? Thanks!

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marinelife's avatar

Self esteem, which affects all of your interactions with yourself and with others.

nebule's avatar

loving one’s self

ucme's avatar

The ones with staying power.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Quitting smoking, if you’re a smoker. It makes people feel a lot better.

njnyjobs's avatar

Outside of Cosmetic surgery: boob job; nose job, chin lift . . . Self Confidence: you need to believe in your unique beauty…you need to be able to carry yourself no matter what situation you are in. Of course, some people say that having undergone the former has boosted the latter.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Learning to shave with a straight razor. Teaches patience, confidence, how to care for a blade, saves the enviroment from all those plastic gilette cartridges, and you get a damn good shave.

nebule's avatar

…oh and don’t forget loving others… but it’s all about the balance I think between the two!

judochop's avatar

Running. Long distances.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

1. exercise
2. eat right
3. travel
4. read
5. education
6. meditation
7. laugh
8. love
9. share
10. repeat 1 through 9 in any order

Judi's avatar

Diet and exercise. They can affect everything else.

Cruiser's avatar

Showering and personal hygiene rank pretty high

jonsblond's avatar

Say thank you and have a nice day/night to every cashier or sales person that you interact with. You just might cheer someone up that is having a bad day. I do this all the time, and just seeing them smile makes me feel better about myself.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Keeping one’s mouth shut when you really don’t want to ..I heard somewhere that it can be helpful

mirifique's avatar

Canceling internet at home, reading, and meditating, for two weeks. TRY IT PEOPLE.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, there are tons of books out there. I think these three are among the best when it comes to self improvement:

“Emotional Intelligence – Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”

http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Intelligence-10th-Anniversary-Matter/dp/055380491X/

“Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment”

http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Happiness-Psychology-Potential-Fulfillment/dp/0743222989/

“How to Simplify Your Life : Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life”

http://www.amazon.com/How-Simplify-Your-Life-Practical/dp/0071433864/

Here’s a short description of the third book:

“How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life. You’ll learn

* How to conquer the paper piles on your desk once and for all
* How your soul will profit from a tidy house
* How to get richer by letting go of your worries about money
* How to enjoy time to yourself without feeling anxious or bored
* How to stay fit and healthy, without overdoing it
* How to make friends and enjoy your family
* How to find the right balance between your career and your spouse or romantic partner
* How to find your deepest goal in life

When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate all the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you.”

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