50 Ways to Live Simply and Happily

50 ways to live simply and happily

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, enjoying every minute and not taking things too seriously, overthinking or complicating them.
Each day can be fully experienced simply and happily, without the need to have regrets, hatred, jealousy, disappointment, suffering, insecurity, fears or doubts.

It’s all a matter of choice. We decide whether we’ll focus on the present moment and leave the past where it belongs, or we’ll keep going back to it and worrying about what tomorrow might bring.

This is only one little change we can make – being present, concentrating on the now as it’s all we have and the only place where we can do something about our future, it’s also where happiness, peace and contentment exist.

If you’re out of ideas but want to do something about your life and become a passionate, happy individual and embrace simplicity, here are small actions and steps to take that will help you achieve that:

50 Ways to Start Living a Happier and Simpler Life Today

  1. Have a purpose – everything is so much easier and meaningful with a clear direction.
  2. Have a simple communication with others – don’t lie, don’t be too wordy, be direct and say what you think.
  3. Stop trying to control everything. You can’t. Accept it and let go of the things that will happen anyway.
  4. Write a list of positive affirmations and read it out loud in the morning right after you wake up and before you go to bed.
  5. Plan your day from the night before so that you never need to be in a rush.
  6. The things you do during the day will be much simpler, possible and organized if you start getting up early and going to bed earlier than usual. Use the morning to do some work, to study, or for something personal without being disturbed.
  7. Reflect on happiness. Define what exactly makes you happy and what in your life prevents you from being so.
  8. Everything in your home must have its own place – your keys, documents, cell phone, things you use every day, once a week, or even once a year. And when you take it, put it back there.
    This small change will save you a lot of stress and troubles and you won’t be late anymore because you couldn’t find your keys, for example.
  9. Learn to say no. We often agree with others just to please them or not to offend them. We agree to help and do favors even if we don’t have the time for that only because we can’t say no.
  10. Take a long soothing bath with a lot of candles, foam and maybe a nice book or meditation music.
  11. Declutter your desk.
  12. See yourself from another point of view. Ask your relatives and close friends to list the 5 things they love about you the most and try to truly believe their words. See yourself through their eyes and have a more positive opinion of yourself.
  13. Find your magical place and spend as much time as you can there.
  14. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
  15. If you want to know something, ask. If you didn’t understand the first time, ask again. There is no need to feel ashamed, awkward or in doubt.
  16. Drink tea every day. It’s a simple act of contentment, something healthy you can please your body with. Drink it slowly and enjoy it.
  17. Reduce the time you spend online. At first you will be wondering what else to do and will want to go back to the computer and never leave it again. But if you give it time, you’ll see that you can do activities that are way more enjoyable, rewarding and meaningful. After some time you will go online only when you have something important to do.
  18. Write your soul out. Share all your secret desires, fears, doubts, bad past experiences and failures and burn the sheet. It’s a great therapy.
  19. Cook your own meals instead of buying them.
  20. Do the important things first. The rest is either pointless to do or can wait.
  21. Meditate.
  22. Be happy for no reason and eventually you’ll notice hundreds of reasons.
  23. Start doing things at least a few days before the deadline, not in the last minute. That will save you so much stress.
  24. Know how to spend your free time. Do what makes you smile, relax, enjoy life and be with people that make you happy. Don’t think about work, tasks or problems in your spare time.
  25. Don’t analyze things too much. Almost every time it leads to no good.
  26. Accept it when you are wrong.
  27. You don’t need to be on every social media there is. Delete some of your profiles. Leave only Facebook, although life will be pretty simpler without it too.
  28. Sell your car and buy a bike. Walk whenever you can. This will be a huge change for people who are used to driving every day, and probably a bit hard at the beginning.
    By doing so you will have less expenses and unexpected problems (a broken part of the car, for example, or no fuel when in a hurry).
  29. Be honest with yourself. That will save you years of self-delusion, living in lies and having fake relationships. The truth will come out eventually and the more open and honest you are, the happier you will be.
  30. Delete all the negative words from your vocabulary.
  31. Smile as many times as you can every day.
  32. Have a long, deep conversation with someone you look up to, whose company you enjoy.
  33. Finish what you’ve started (but decide whether it’s worth it, because we often spend time doing unnecessary activities).
  34. Stop communicating with people who only waste your time, have a bad influence on you, and are always negative and depressed.
  35. Read a good book.
  36. When you buy something new, get rid of something old. This way you will keep the belongings in your home in balance and won’t end up in chaos.
  37. Take a long walk in the nature and just notice everything around you.
  38. Control your anger. Use the good old trick and count to 10 before you react.
  39. Feel the act of creation – write something, invent, think of a new way to do something and share it with others, sing, play music, paint, design, build.
  40. Keep in touch with good old friends that really matter to you.
  41. Never forget that it’s never too late to become who you want, to achieve your goals and chase your dreams. So today may be the day to take a new direction, change yourself and start a better life.
  42. Unsubscribe from all the sites that are emailing you all the time and don’t subscribe to new ones. Make things simpler and if you need something, just look it up now. Google it, find what you want and read it. But don’t let these sites control what gets in your head and give you the information they think you need.
  43. Find an easier way to do something.
  44. See the beauty in little things – your comfortable bed, nature, the sunrise, the rainbow, the rain, how something makes you laugh, a beautiful morning, the annoying habits of someone you love, a poem and so on.
  45. Stop trying to please and impress everyone.
  46. Start your day great by having a morning routine.
  47. Learn to accept compliments. Don’t be too shy and modest. This way you complicate the whole process.
    It’s simple. Someone likes you, tells it to you in the form of a compliment, you thank him, accept it, believe it and feel good.
  48. Have a positive mantra and repeat it all the time.
  49. Get used to change fast. The world won’t be waiting for you to realize what’s going on and even if it’s hard for you to accept it, it’s still a fact. So embrace change, be adaptive and look forward to the new wonderful things that lie in store.
  50. Simplify your wardrobe. Donate/throw away the things you don’t wear, don’t like anymore or haven’t worn at all. Arrange the rest in such a way that it will take you little or no time to decide what to wear before you go out.

All these are simple and easy to implement right now, aren’t they?

Most often we fear change and think it’s too hard as we tend to focus on the big picture. But truth is we need to make just the first tiny step, then the second one on the next day. That’s the power of incremental change.

This way we won’t feel overwhelmed, will give our brain time to get used to the new thing in our life, and eventually get closer to the ideal lifestyle with no effort.

The 50 ways I shared with you here are just a part of the original “150 Ways to Live Simply and Happily” eBook that I offer as one of the freebies for subscribers (together with free stuff on building confidence, changing habits and getting to know yourself better so that you can decide what exactly you want from life).
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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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