Social

Take these steps to change your social life for the better.

l      Join a book club: Get some social interaction while improving your knowledge with a book club.

l      Get out of the house: Believe it or not, the world just isn’t going to come to you. You’ve got to get out of your “zone” for social interaction.

l      Volunteer: For a rewarding social experience, look into volunteer opportunities.

l      Ignore minor irritations: Whether it’s some jerk in traffic, or incessant Facebook application requests, some things just aren’t worth dealing with.

l      Start a blog: Spark an online discussion and network with new people through a blog.

l      Talk to strangers: Don’t hesitate to spark a conversation with someone you don’t know-you just might enjoy yourself, or even make a new friend.

l      Don’t stereotype or label people: Avoid dismissing people based on factors you don’t fully understand, and you may find that they have something to offer you.

l      Call old friends: You’d be surprised how many people would be overjoyed to hear from you, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve seen them.

l      Host a party: Spend some time with good friends and enjoy yourself at home by inviting others over for a party.

l      Enjoy a hobby: Having a regular, relaxing activity will bring you joy.

l      Join a club: Whether you’re into board games or photography, there’s a group out there for you.

Emotional

Improve your emotional life with these simple strategies.

l      Make an effort to be happy: Whether you actually feel happy or not, make it a point to attempt happiness. It will help you feel better, as well as others around you.

l      Stop taking things personally: Although it may seem to the contrary, know that not everyone is out to make your life harder.

l      Be optimistic: Put a positive spin on things and feel better about the future.

l      Know when to lose sleep: Sometimes, you have more important things to do than sleep, but they key is knowing when that should happen.

l      Step out of your comfort zone: Make it a point to step out of your comfort zone once in awhile. It’s a great way to advance yourself.

l      Get rid of ill-fitting clothing: Clothes that don’t fit right will just make you look bad and feel worse about yourself. If you love a piece, but it just doesn’t look good, consider getting it tailored.

l      Spend time with a child: Look at the world through a child’s eyes and get inspired. You’ll learn to appreciate simple things and see life with excitement.

l      Pamper yourself: Take care of yourself, whether that means getting a pint of ice cream now and then, or just getting a spa treatment.

l      Celebrate your successes: When you’ve accomplished something great, take a moment to feel good about it!

l      Quit your technology addiction: Although you may love your BlackBerry, you’ll feel a whole lot better if you just step away from the screen for a while.

l      Set goals: By setting goals, you’ll give yourself something to strive for and look forward to.

l      Feel good about yourself: Make a decision to improve your self-confidence, and you’ll feel better. Others will notice it, too.

l      Be thankful: Every now and then, take some time to acknowledge all of the good things you have in your life, big and small.

l      Cut yourself some slack: Avoid inventing your own impossible, stringent rules that you have to stick to-they’ll only make you feel nervous and guilty.

l      Let go of the past: Don’t hold grudges-let go, and you’ll free up emotional space.

l      Don’t be dramatic: Stop inflating small problems, or you’ll make yourself more anxious than you need to be.

l      Express yourself: Let your emotions come out through art, writing, or other forms of expression.

l      Meditate: Take some time out every day to have an inner dialogue with yourself.

Financial

Make these changes to improve your life’s financial outlook.

l      Pay off debt: Nothing will improve your finances better than simply getting rid of debt.

l      Build an emergency fund: Keep an emergency fund to save yourself from plummeting into the red when something pops up, and you’ll be much more secure.

l      Track your spending: At some point in their lives, nearly everyone has wondered where all their money goes. Try this exercise to finally get to the bottom of it, and identify spots where your money could be better spent.

l      Be frugal: Embrace frugality in your life, and you’ll save money while living more simply.

l      Make extra payments: Pay off mortgage and other large debts early, and you’ll take a load off.

l      Diversify your income: Provide yourself with some financial security by finding multiple sources of income.

l      Save: The concept is simple-save money, and you’ll have more financial power to do the things you’d like to do.

l      Eat at home more often: Eating out all the time may be fun, but preparing meals at home is a better financial strategy.

l      Invest: Investing is not only fun, it’s an excellent way to make your money grow.

l      Set a goal: Give yourself a financial goal to achieve, whether it’s saving for a particular item, or doubling your investments.

l      Save for retirement: Don’t give your future self a huge mess to take care of-save now, and you’ll enjoy it later.