Every action you take has an untold ripple effect. A book you write today might change the life of someone born 200 years in the future.

To keep the positive momentum going, you have to keep your eyes on the future prize. After all, one workout won’t change your life — but making exercise a daily habit will. Here are 10 things you can do today for a better tomorrow.

1. Reach Out

Loneliness might not kill you — but it can hasten your demise. This emotion increases your risk of death from all causes. It pays to maintain a positive social circle.

Fortunately, the converse is also true. One 80-year study by Harvard researchers reveals powerful findings on how good relationships can increase your lifespan and keep you happier and healthier.

You don’t have to RSVP “yes” to every mixer to reap the benefits. However, schedule a phone call or get-together with someone you care about at least once a week. Seek ways to enjoy positive social interactions every day.

2. Eat Your Vegetables

You might have heard that a plant-based diet benefits you, but why? Such foods are rich in antioxidants, weapons your body needs in the war against oxidative stress and free radicals.

Free radicals are unpaired electrons that wreak havoc by seeking a mate from one of your body’s cells. When they manage to steal one, cellular damage or death occurs. Antioxidants provide the missing electron to free radicals before they can cause harm.

Therefore, seek creative ways to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Look at your plate as a clock and fill half of it with the colorful stuff every meal. Add a kale leaf and some red pepper strips to your lunchtime wrap and sprinkle blueberries on your cereal.

3. Say No to Processed Meat

If you want to decrease your cancer risk, you might want to skip the sandwich shop. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies processed meat as a carcinogen, particularly for the colorectal form of the disease.

Researchers believe the way the meat is preserved creates adverse health effects. Stick to a veggie wrap. If you must have a protein, opt for roasted chicken or turkey free from nitrates and other additives.

4. Try an Alternative Flour

You might want to skip the white flour tortillas, too. The bleaching process used to create all-purpose flour creates a chemical byproduct called alloxan that scientists use to induce diabetes in laboratory animals. When combined with how processed flour spikes your blood sugar, you have a recipe for Type 2 diabetes.

Instead, why not try one of the many alternatives? Ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth offer superior nutrition. Plus, many people with gluten intolerance can digest them.

5. Upgrade Your Morning Cuppa

You probably know too much coffee will give you the jitters. However, this delightful beverage does have health benefits, like antioxidants.

If you can’t get enough of your favorite mug, why not alternate between java and herbal tea? Varieties such as chamomile and lavender gently calm you, counteracting the effects of caffeine.

6. Read a Book

When was the last time you engrossed yourself in a good read? Doing so helps improve your focus, which pays off dividends when it comes to your career. The right inspiring volume can also help improve your attitude. Why not check out a classic like Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?”

7. Turn Off Gadgets

Electronic devices have myriad benefits. How would society have ever survived the current pandemic without them?

However, the gadgets folks rely on have a dark side for all their perks. They can disconnect you from the real-life people surrounding you. Make a rule that all family members leave their phones in another room during dinner or power down when out to eat.

8. Keep Devices Out of the Bedroom

Taking time from your loved ones isn’t your electronic device’s only dark side. The blue light emitted by screens can also disrupt your circadian rhythms, making it challenging to get your sleep. Instead of going to bed with tech in hand, create a charging station in your living room or kitchen. Keep your tablets and phones out of the bedroom. Opt for an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock that won’t let you down when the power goes out overnight.

9. Stretch Your Limits

When was the last time you tackled a new challenge? Doing so could help keep you young. Why not see if you can still climb that mountain or make a living on Etsy with your art? Maintaining a “Peter Pan” attitude brings more happiness to every day.

10. Perform Acts of Kindness

Did you know performing acts of kindness could benefit your mental health? Volunteering floods your system with feel-good neurotransmitters like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. These put you in a better mood — which might inspire you to keep spreading goodness far and wide.

Do These 10 Things Today for a Better Tomorrow

The things you do today create a ripple effect far into the future. Use these 10 suggestions to attain a better tomorrow!

Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes is a health and wellness writer with an interest in mental wellbeing and growth! She is also the Editor-in-chief of Body+Mind.

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