Have you ever looked back on a decision you made and thought, Wow, that really turned out for the better!
Reddit user RGod27 posed the question, “What is something you did that increased your quality of life so much that you wished you would have done it much sooner because it changed your life forever?” and the answers might just inspire you to try something new.
Without further ado, here are some of the things people have done that actually made a difference.
“Buying all the same socks.”
“Stopped assuming that people’s thoughts about me were at all similar to that extremely critical voice in my head.”
“It’s still somewhat of a struggle to stay positive…but overall, being yourself and staying present when with others really reduces anxiety. ‘Peaceful’ would be a good word to describe it.”
“Applying for a job I didn’t think I was qualified for.”
“It doubled my salary and let me move to a place I’d only ever dreamed of living in.”
Adhering to the five-minute rule.
“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I never realized how much stuff I put off until later and then promptly forgot about. Also, once you’ve done one five-minute task, it’s easier to just go and do the next. I became much more productive and saved myself a lot of time and effort at the same time.”
Quitting a job you felt complacent in.
Regulating alcohol intake.
“Paying attention in general to how my body reacts to what I introduce it to.”
Grooming house plants.
Admitting that you need a therapist.
“As a teenager with strict parents, if I was caught saying anything against them, I was automatically grounded. I couldn’t let out my emotions and I felt like a double agent in my own house. With a therapist, I could work through my problems without the risk of being in trouble.”
“Making decisions based on what I really want, not on what I think others want or expect of me.”
“It was always so easy to put others’ needs first because it meant that I never had to take the trouble to figure out what I really wanted, or to negotiate with others to get it. Just go along with everyone else — that’s easy and makes you likable. But it doesn’t make you happy, because it means your needs are often not being met.”
“Learning to always keep my keys in the same place.”
Getting some good dental work.
“I had a decayed wisdom tooth with an exposed nerve, and I lived with it for 10 years, when I didn’t have dental or disposable income. My life changed the day I had it pulled. If there’s something wrong with your teeth, find a way to get it taken care of. I spent a decade in pain whenever I drank something cold or chewed on the left side of my mouth, and I could have had it corrected much sooner if I’d had my act together.”
Buying a good cutting/kitchen knife. You only really need one to do 85% of your cooking.
Resolving never to be late to anything again.
“Six years ago, I decided to never be late to anything ever again. Up until that point, I was always late to everything (school, birthdays, etc.). Making sure I’m on time saves me a lot of trouble and a lot of stress and anxiety. Also, everyone I know (who has noticed it) really appreciates it. Being on time for plans shows that you care about people and that they are important to you.”
Not eating after 9 p.m.
“You won’t believe how much it improved my sleep.”
Springing for an ultrawide monitor.
“I have an ultrawide monitor for work that I oriented vertically, and it’s changed my life. I can see so much more of my email list and the entire email in the preview pane. I can see my entire calendar from midnight to midnight. It’s life changing.”
Getting a good body pillow.
“I used to be so nearsighted that I couldn’t see anything more than about 6 inches in front of my face. Great for reading…terrible for life. And if you lose your glasses…you need your glasses.. to find your glasses.
Then I got LASIK. Wow, has my life changed. It is the best decision I have EVER made.”
Applying the KonMari method.
“I know it sounds so mainstream. but I tried Marie Kondo’s organizing and decluttering method, and honestly, it was life changing. Living in a small space, I always thought that I was running out of space. But when I tried Marie Kondo–ing my stuff, I was astounded to find out how much I owned. When I cleared out my clothes, I had FIVE trash bags full of them. Just clothes alone. After I tidied up my stuff, it was pretty liberating to know exactly what I owned and where stuff is. It’s sometimes hard to fold clothes the way she does every time, but it does force me to be more mindful and just really do it so my cabinet won’t get messy.”
Using menstrual cups.
“I recently discovered a surprisingly effective argument in their favor: never again experiencing that dry tampon feeling. I was giving a young woman advice for picking one out, and when she expressed concern about it overflowing, I pointed out that unlike other products, you can empty the cup as often as you like, with no downsides.”
Moving to the city, even if you get a lot less space.
Hiring someone to clean your home.
“I’m lazy, and not a great housecleaner. We’re finally at a point where we can afford to have someone come in, and it has changed my life. I love it.”
Adopting an older dog.
“We adopted a dog who’s about 10 years old. She helps me get up in the morning, adds structure and joy to my day, gives me a reason to leave work on time and get some exercise. She’s also older and perfectly happy spending a few hours on the couch, which is really amazing too.” –
“Better digestion. Less gas. My bladder thanked me. I have no trouble at all now digesting food, and I had really been suffering with that (having tried to remove foods from my diet, etc.). There is something about the the yeasts and live bacteria in the blend I’m taking that my body really appreciates. There are a lot of options, so you will probably try a few before you find one that really works for you.”
What changed your life for the better? Let us know in the comments!