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27 Little Changes You Should Make By 35 That You'll Be Thankful For By 50

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1. If your opinion about a certain topic is too passionate, change it.

There’s almost always some perspective on the topic you’ve never considered, and it never hurts to be more flexible and understanding.
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There’s almost always some perspective on the topic you’ve never considered, and it never hurts to be more flexible and understanding.

2. Make friends with people outside your familiar social group.

The more different from you that they are, the better.
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The more different from you that they are, the better.

3. Enjoy being alone.

Just start thinking of yourself as a pretty cool person and loving yourself more, and the rest will come naturally.
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Just start thinking of yourself as a pretty cool person and loving yourself more, and the rest will come naturally.

4. Stop eating sugary and processed food.

At least during the week.
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At least during the week.

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5. Do a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise at least three times a week.

You don't even have to leave your house to do it! It's a great start to getting fit and healthy, according to trainer Jim Karas.
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You don't even have to leave your house to do it! It's a great start to getting fit and healthy, according to trainer Jim Karas.

6. Get rid of one vice, bad habit, or addiction.

Do you sleep in? Drink? Smoke? All three? Drop at least one of them.
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Do you sleep in? Drink? Smoke? All three? Drop at least one of them.

7. Watch more documentaries.

Documentaries can help broaden your horizons and make you a more well-rounded person. They’re also useful for giving you a lot more to talk about in conversations. And Netflix has an ample collection, so there are plenty to keep you busy.
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Documentaries can help broaden your horizons and make you a more well-rounded person. They’re also useful for giving you a lot more to talk about in conversations. And Netflix has an ample collection, so there are plenty to keep you busy.

8. And, of course, read more.

Bury that nose in a book and don't take it out again until you're finished. Then do it again, and again, and again.
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Bury that nose in a book and don't take it out again until you're finished. Then do it again, and again, and again.

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9. Learn to do something new that's also really useful.

Like learning how to cook, for example.
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Like learning how to cook, for example.

10. But also, learn something that has no practical application whatsoever.

Like learning how to play the harmonica, for example.
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Like learning how to play the harmonica, for example.

11. Think before you speak.

You'll have fewer regrets and you'll sound more intelligent.
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You'll have fewer regrets and you'll sound more intelligent.

12. If a relationship with someone in your immediate family sours, try to forgive and forget if it's appropriate.

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13. Hate your job? Consider getting a new one.

Don't waste years or even decades of your life at a place you hate or on a career you're not passionate about. If you're able to, quit your job and pursue something you're excited about.
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Don't waste years or even decades of your life at a place you hate or on a career you're not passionate about. If you're able to, quit your job and pursue something you're excited about.

14. Stop accumulating things.

Continually throw away all the stuff you don’t use anymore. Routinely clean out your living space and free yourself from all the material possessions that are weighing you down.
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Continually throw away all the stuff you don’t use anymore. Routinely clean out your living space and free yourself from all the material possessions that are weighing you down.

15. Identify all the little things that need fixing in your life (like sewing a button or changing a light bulb) and jot them down as a list.

Then start working through the list. Take care of one thing each day or each week.
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Then start working through the list. Take care of one thing each day or each week.

16. At least once a day, take a moment to be thankful for something in your life, whatever it might be.

Each day, think about how delicious that quesadilla was, or how quickly you got over the flu, or whatever else you’re feeling good about. It doesn’t matter. Just be thankful.
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Each day, think about how delicious that quesadilla was, or how quickly you got over the flu, or whatever else you’re feeling good about. It doesn’t matter. Just be thankful.

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17. Complain less.

It'll actually make you feel better.
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It'll actually make you feel better.

18. Try to remove anyone from your life who is harmful to you in any way.

Say goodbye to that bad "friend" you've been carrying around for years.
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Say goodbye to that bad "friend" you've been carrying around for years.

19. If there's something you really don't want to do, don't do it.

Don’t make yourself miserable just to make others happy. It’s not worth it.
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Don’t make yourself miserable just to make others happy. It’s not worth it.

20. Don't put your trust in just anyone.

Not everybody is your friend.
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Not everybody is your friend.

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21. But do take care to cultivate those friendships that are really worth it.

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22. Travel more and spend less on clothing.

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23. Do something that really scares you.

Bungee jumping? Swimming with sharks? Getting married? (All three? AT ONCE?!)
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Bungee jumping? Swimming with sharks? Getting married? (All three? AT ONCE?!)

24. Adopt a pet. (If you're ready for one.)

Definitely don't rush into it if you're not ready, but adopting a pet will teach you so much about life and love.
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Definitely don't rush into it if you're not ready, but adopting a pet will teach you so much about life and love.

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25. Smile more.

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26. Learn from every experience, no matter how good or bad.

But seriously.
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But seriously.

27. And accept the fact that sometimes life is uncomfortable and unfair.

Just get through the bad and enjoy the good.
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Just get through the bad and enjoy the good.