Pumping Up Your Quality of Life Without Spending a Lot of Money

What does it mean to have a positive quality of life?


If you feel contentment and personal satisfaction with the way you spend your time, your career, and those you have in your life, you’re likely living a quality life.


But if you feel kind of ho-hum about your daily existence, you can choose to do something to jazz it up.


Some people think that money and material goods will boost their quality of life. While wealth might be nice, it isn’t truly what matters in life. There are so many things that are more important to happiness.


Initiate the following strategies to increase your quality of life, without breaking the bank:


  1. Find a job that brings personal feelings of contentment and accomplishment. If you have a job you want to keep, then develop and maintain positive feelings about it.


  • The fact is our work consumes a great deal of our life. So, feeling positive about your job will go a long way toward increasing your quality of life.
  1. Design your living space to bring you comfort, pride, and tranquility. The world can be chaotic and hectic, so make it a point to turn your living space into a home that fits you and your family.


  • Without spending much money, incorporate elements of living that bring you peace, like a great bed with restful wall colors or a room to do indoor activities you enjoy.
  • Give your home some thought. What can you do to enhance your surroundings in ways you’d like?


  • When you experience positive feelings as you walk in the door, you’ll know you have just the perfect space.


  1. Pursue your hobbies with a vengeance. You know what they say about all work and no play. Having hobbies isn’t only enjoyable, but it’s also a healthy outlet that will bring you hours of personal pleasure and feelings of accomplishment.
  • Regardless of the work you do, where you live, or the kind of lifestyle you have, immerse yourself in your favorite hobbies.


  • If you currently lack hobbies, begin pursuing some this week. You’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed and happier you’ll feel.


  1. Get excited about your life. What are you passionate about? Watching old movies? Acting in the local community theater? Taking an out-of-country vacation every two years?


  • Think about the subjects that get you thinking, “Yeah! I want to do that!”
  • When you feel incredibly positive and interested in what you’re doing, your life quality is vastly increased.


  1. Spend time with positive individuals. Congregate with those who are fun, energetic, and positive. When you’re around positive people, it rubs off on you.
  2. Live beneath your means. Financial struggles are one of the toughest parts of life and they will bring you down in a hurry.


  • If you can stay on top of your earning, spending, and budgeting, and have money to spare, you’ll feel so much better each day of your life.
  • Learning to live on the bare essentials with a few carefully selected extras will actually increase your quality of life.


  1. Feel gratitude. You have a home, as well as family and friends who love you. You have your health, talents, and life’s work. You have many other blessings to be thankful for. Recognize the glorious elements of your life each day.


It’s unnecessary to spend a lot of money to live a better life. When you put the above methods into action, you’ll find yourself living a life of happiness, health, and quality. Go ahead and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!

Recognize Your Power and Change Your Life

You are already a creator. Your life is your creation. Do you know anyone else with a life exactly like yours? While you may not have the life you desire, you were perfect at creating the life you have.


What this suggests is that you have the power to create a new life for yourself and do it just as perfectly.


Recognize your power! Claim it! And use it to forge the life you want!


Follow these strategies to effectively use your power to change your life:


  1. Take full responsibility. The first step is to take full responsibility for all the good and challenging things in your life. If you believe that you created them, it’s easier to believe that you can change them.


  • Even if some of the things you wish to change aren’t really your fault, it is still 100% your responsibility to change them. Who else is going to do it?


  • Taking full responsibility is critical if you want to change your life.


  1. Look at your past successes. Notice all of the good things you’ve accomplished in the past and how you brought them to fruition. Acknowledge the influence and the power you had in your successes.
  2. Look at your past “failures.” Notice the influence you had on things that may not have turned out the way you wanted. Maybe you inadvertently created a challenge or didn’t take positive action. Take responsibility for your part in the unfavorable result.


  • Learn to view failing as a positive (though unpleasant) outcome. What have you learned from past “failures” that can help you eventually succeed in your endeavors?

  1. Set new goals. Many people live like a feather blowing in the wind, never having a true direction. It’s important to choose your destination. Leaving things to luck and chance is choosing not to use your power at all.


  • Consider that a sandcastle never spontaneously rises from the beach. You have to intentionally build a sandcastle for it to materialize. Luck and chance will never get the job done reliably.


  1. Reinforce your goal. Each day, rewrite your goal and imagine how you’ll feel when you accomplish it. Focus on your priority rather than whatever you fancy at the moment.


  • For example, you might want to go on a date with so-and-so and you want to be single. You want a million dollars and you want to leave work early. Pretty soon, you’re contradicting yourself and it all gets the same low priority.


  • Reinforce your goals daily, and they’ll become a priority over all the other noise in your head.
    1. Measure your progress. It’s important to constantly measure where you are against your goals. If possible, measure every day.


  • If you’re trying to earn more money, how much money did you earn today? If you’re trying to lose weight, how many pounds did you lose?


  • You can’t make the proper adjustments if you’re unaware of your progress.


  1. Take a step closer to your goal each day, even if it’s a baby step. Every day, do something to move forward toward the life you want. Ask yourself, “What did I do today to create the life I desire?”

Do you see how you’ve been using your power all along, but perhaps not for what you really want? And you will continue to use that power, whether or not you realize it.


The real question is: will you choose what you’re going to create?


The alternative is to rely on luck and circumstance. Life is short, so claim your power to create the life you want to live. Set a few goals that will change your life and use these steps to make them happen.

Stop Using Fear as an Excuse and Get What You Want

Fear is the primary obstacle keeping you from pursuing what you want. Think about all you would try if you were assured success. How different would your life be? Conquering fear is perhaps the most important self-development goal anyone could achieve.


Use these tips to kick fear to the curb and get what you really want:


  1. Realize what fear really is. Realize that fear is a just a name you give to a certain physical feeling. Fear really is more of a psychologically created construct.
  2. Fear is there to serve you, not to guide you. It can be useful to think of fear as a message from your subconscious. The message states, “Hey, we think something might be wrong.” It is then your job to rationally determine if there really is something to be concerned about.


  • Hanging of the side of a cliff would be a legitimate cause for concern in most cases. In this case, your life may be in danger so there is something to fear.


  • However, being afraid of speaking to a group of people may be uncomfortable, but there is no real danger. What is the worst that could happen other than a little embarrassment if it doesn’t go well?


  1. Build your bravery “muscle.” Each time you push through fear, your fear-conquering muscle gets stronger. Unfortunately, the opposite is equally true. Every time you avoid taking an action due to fear, you’re strengthening your fear.


  • Psychologists call this type of avoidance negative reinforcement. This is a fancy way of referring to avoidance being psychologically rewarding. If you run away from the scary thing, you do feel better.
  • While you may feel better at first, it also increases the fear felt the next time in a similar situation.
  • If you avoid what frightens you, your brain realizes the fear manipulated you and will use the same strategy against you the next time.


  1. Focus on what you want. Keep the desired end result in mind. No human is capable of thinking of two things simultaneously. You might be able to switch back and forth between several things rapidly, but that’s not the same thing.


  • Only focus on your goal and it is impossible to feel the fear.

  • It’s easier said than done, but that’s what meditation really is: the ability to focus on something to the exclusion of everything else.


  1. Just get started. The hardest part of facing your fear is getting started. Avoid getting bogged down with the details. Most people never get out of the planning stage. Take the first step, and the next step will reveal itself.
  2. Remember that you’ve already done more difficult things. Consider how long it took you to learn to walk and talk. If you can learn to do those things, you can certainly learn how to face and eliminate your fears. Be confident in yourself and you will succeed.


In this day and age, fear has limited usefulness. We live in a civilized society where most of us are safe and secure. We no longer have to live in caves and fear the wild animals lurking outside.


Fear is more like a state of mind. If you let it, fear will hold you back. Let today be the day that you stop using fear as an excuse and go after what you really want.

The Complete Guide to Taking Emotional Care of Yourself

A jam-packed existence is the result of living in the twenty-first century. You feel compelled to be as efficient as possible at work, home, and in your social life. Yet, these same endeavors can also wreak havoc on your emotions.


How can you take care of your mental state as you strive to live your best life?


Use these strategies to ensure your emotional self is well-cared-for:


  1. Acknowledge your feelings each day. Something as simple as asking yourself, “How do I feel today” can go a long way toward emotional self-care.


  • Doing this daily reflection shows you’re aware of your feelings and also indicates you see them as important. Performing a feelings-check ensures you remain in effective control of your emotions.
  • There will be fewer incidents of flying off the handle, making sarcastic remarks, or getting annoyed and showing it.
  • Stay on top of your feelings to enjoy a more fulfilling life.
  1. Speak up for yourself when necessary. When you feel you’ve been wronged or misunderstood, simply state your feelings and what you’d like to see happen.
  • For example, “I think my remark yesterday about not wanting to drive the four of us on the shopping trip wasn’t clear. What I meant to say was my car will only hold one other person, so I’m unable to accommodate 3 riders. Can you drive instead?”
  • When you speak up for yourself, you show yourself that what you think and feel is important enough to be noticed and discussed with those around you.


  1. Stay tuned in to close relationships. One thing to avoid is having relationships filled with angst, disappointment, and anger. You can do this by staying in touch with your partner and others you have close relationships with.
  • If the relationship is important to you, it’s worth your time and effort to know what’s going on emotionally with the other person. Plus, your emotional life will be more satisfying and peaceful when you do.


  1. Have some fun each day. When you smile and enjoy life, the benefits to your emotional life are great. Happiness and levity are good for the soul. Enjoy at least some fun each day.


  • Engage in your favorite hobbies or tell jokes with your partner.
  • Have a chat session with your best friend on the phone.
  • Play cards with your neighbors or invite your buddies over and order out.


  1. Talk out loud about what troubles you. Whenever you have negative, nagging feelings, they can weigh you down emotionally. Try not to get to the point where you begin feeling consistently upset or acting out emotionally with others.
  • Speak to somebody about those challenging feelings. It can be a close friend, your partner, or even a professional if you wish.


  1. Ensure your work is as low-stress as possible. You have a responsibility to yourself to take whatever steps necessary to adjust your work load, due dates, or other challenges to reduce job stress.
  2. Trim negative relationships from your life. Because relationships can be so paramount to your existence, it’s wise to ensure they are each as positive and supportive as possible. It can help to occasionally weed out those who stunt our emotional growth or detract from our emotional health.


You’re life is a blessing. Enjoy it to its fullest by taking excellent care of yourself emotionally as well as physically. Use these ideas to experience the enriched existence you desire.