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    Nov 3, 2019

    13 Things That Will Help You Become Even Better Than You Are Now

    Why wait until the New Year to make a change?

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    1. What We Owe To Each Other by T.M. Scanlon – the book featured in the hit TV show The Good Place that explores how we decide whether an action is morally right or wrong.

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    Reading this book will make you examine your behavior and question a lot of ideas we as a society take for granted.

    Price: £22.05

    2. Charity Miles is a free app that raises money for a charity of your choice every time you walk, run, or go on a bike ride.

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    The money that gets donated comes from corporations that sponsor the app, but you can also get your friends and family to sponsor you too! If marathons aren't your thing but you still want to raise money, give Charity Miles a try; every little bit counts.

    Download it for free.

    3. If running isn't your thing, then use the RoundUp app to donate your change from everyday purchases like coffee, instead.

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    The app connects to your credit or debit card and automatically rounds up your purchases. At the end of the month, the app donates all that change to a charity pre-selected by you.

    Download it for free.

    4. This Christmas, consider buying greeting cards that donate a portion of their proceeds to an important charity.

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    These charming and beautifully illustrated cards raise money for the Woodland Trust, the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom. Since 1972, the organisation has planted over 43 million trees helping to save countless wild animals.

    Price: £11.99 for 20 cards.

    5. A mindfulness journal will help you become more aware of your behaviours and change them. This one only takes six minutes a day!

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    The six-minute diary uses psychology research to help you incorporate positive habits into your day-to-day life. It's filled with practical implementation strategies, real-life examples, and helpful tips to keep you on track.

    Price: £21.90

    6. Make your beauty routine more sustainable with these reusable make-up remover pads that won't clog up landfills.

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    It takes over 100 years for a single disposable make-up pad to break down, and most women use one to two disposable make-up wipes per day. This environmentally-friendly substitute is machine washable, so you can use them over and over and over again.

    Price: £14.99

    7. Instead of squashing your spiders, use this handy bug vacuum to trap them and then release them outside.

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    Yes, spiders are terrifying. They're also an important part of our ecosystem and they eat disease-carrying pests. Show them some respect!

    Price: £12.89

    8. A straightforward financial planner will help you get in control of your expenses so you can spend less, save more, and even donate more.

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    Dealing with money can be scary AF, but organisation is the greatest weapon against financial fear. In addition to tracking your income, bills, and expenses, this budget book has a bill organiser and a reciept book. You got this!

    Price: £9.99

    9. These sustainable beeswax wraps help you cut down on food waste by preserving your leftovers; plus, they're way more eco-friendly than single-use plastic or foil wrap.

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    Single-use plastic wrap can take up to 2,000 years to decompose. They're also super easy to clean and reuse!

    Price: £12.99

    10. Keeping a planner will prevent you from forgetting important deadlines, friend's birthdays, and appointments.

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    Planners help us stay socially responsible and become more productive. Plus, this planner comes with stickers that add a bit of fun to your scheduling!

    Price: £19.95

    11. We're all prone to lashing out when stressed, but using a fidget cube can help prevent the build-up of negative emotions.

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    A lot of people find that fidget devices clear their minds and improve their focus. This device is made of eight cubes, each of which can be rotated and twisted in any direction and from any angle.

    Price: £7.99

    12. The Be My Eyes app connects sighted volunteers to blind and low-vision people who need visual assistance.

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    Through a live video call, you could help a blind or low-vision user with anything from checking expiry dates, to distinguishing colours.

    Download it for free.

    13. Finally, keep some thank-you notes at the ready and get in the habit of letting people know how much you appreciate them.

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    Expressing gratitude is important (for you and whomever you're grateful for). Thank-you notes aren't just polite, they let your friends and family know that you don't take them for granted.

    Price: £10.99