Self-Improvement: How Can I Be a Better Person?

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Becoming the individuals we want to be is a continuous process. We are always evolving and always learning more about life. That’s only natural. When you reflect on life, do you feel like you are being the person you want to be? Are there areas you want to improve? If so, here are some self-improvement tips that may help you make the changes you want to make.

1. Look for the Positive
Are you a chronic complainer? Do you tend to see what’s wrong instead of what’s right? If you can learn to shift your perspective, and instead focus on the positives around you, you will see that there’s plenty to be happy about. The negatives can take a back seat to what’s going right. This kind of attitude can make you a happier person and also lift the spirits of those around you.

2. Embrace Change
Accepting change is one of the hardest things for many of us. We work so hard to get things just right, that when a change comes along, we are not ready for it, and we fight it. The more you can keep an open mind to change, the more you find that you can learn, adapt, and enjoy the changing world around you.

3. Accept Responsibility
Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and it’s tempting sometimes to blame others or blame the circumstances around you. While it’s definitely true that life’s circumstances can stand in the way of your goals, it’s almost always true that there’s another way to get there. Instead of wasting your energies placing blame or making excuses, use that energy in a positive way to take life by the reins and be responsible for your own path.

4. Always Learn
Learning is something you can do all your life. But with the pressures of daily living, it’s easy to fall into a rut, and before you know it, you aren’t learning anything new anymore. Instead of falling into this trap, make a conscious effort to find new ways to learn—whether it’s something simple like learning a new word or new piece of trivia every day, or going full-steam ahead and learning a new language or going back to school.

5. Say No to Anger
Anger is a negative force in your life. If you have rocky relationships in your life and find yourself getting angry at others, it may be time to take a step back. Evaluate what is causing you to feel angry. Find a way to calm your emotions before they rise to the level of anger. Use your best communication skills to try to resolve situations before they escalate.

6. Give Back
Giving to others is something that you can feel good about. Even if you don’t have a cent left in your wallet, there are ways that you can give back. Here are some ideas:

    • Organize a donation drive to your favorite charity
    • Volunteer for a committee or a project at work or in your community
    • Help an elderly neighbor with grocery shopping
    • Strike up a friendly conversation with someone waiting in line
    • Add a dollar extra tip next time you go out
    • Post compliments on social media

7. Be a Better Listener
It’s easy to get caught up in your own life’s issues, and we can forget what it means to be a good listener. Next time you see friends or family, listen to yourself. Are you doing all the talking? If so, you might want to improve your listening skills. The easiest way to do this is to simply ask questions about the other person…and be sure to listen to their responses. And next time you see the person, be sure to follow up on the topics you talked about. Being engaged in others’ lives will be rewarding for you and them.

8. Set a New Goal
If you get settled into a comfortable life, you can risk becoming stagnant and not growing enough as a person. Do a quick assessment of where you are and where you want to be. If you set a new goal for yourself, you may find motivation in your life to achieve new heights you hadn’t realized you could achieve!

9. Make Healthy Choices
Whether young or old, the choices you make for your health can truly make a difference. Try to make healthy choices when it comes to eating, exercising, getting adequate sleep, and keeping unnecessary stress out of your life. You will be glad you did!

10. Be Accepting
Every person is a unique individual who deserves respect and kindness. The human race encompasses a fascinating array of cultures, practices, histories, religions, languages, and perspectives. The more we can accept others and practice kindness, the better we will all be for it!

Self-improvement is a terrific goal to follow throughout your life. We can’t expect to be perfect, but if we take small steps toward self-improvement, we can ensure that we are growing and trying to be the best version of ourselves we can be!


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