We have all heard the songs…seen the tragedies…experienced loss. We all KNOW we don’t know what day will be our last. We all want to live a good life. We all hope whatever day becomes our last will be well spent, but how do we do it? How do we actually live today like it’s our last day (in the thick of things)? Here are three simple and inexpensive ways:

1) Exercise ASAP in the morning – You better believe it. This is one of the best ways to reduce your stress, elevate your optimism and energy and feel good for the rest of your day. Start your day the BEST way. Exercise, no matter how you do it or for how long, as early as you can, to experience the benefits for as much of your day as possible. It WILL make your whole day better!

2) Go out of your way to express gratitude and positive energy – Make a batch of cookies to give away, whether it is to first responders, your co-workers, your children’s school, your bank tellers, you name it, the who is not as important as the action and the thought. Write a three minute thank you card. Literally, time yourself, only three minutes. Write a thank you card to someone for no particular reason. It does not have to be long. It is the thought that counts. It will not just change their day; it will change yours. Compliment a complete stranger. We’ve all been there. We know how it feels when someone we do not know pays us a compliment out of the blue. It can make such a difference in their day (and yours), it is free, and you never know when you might be giving it to someone who really needs it.

3) Take a walk with someone you love this afternoon or evening (and hold hands if at all possible) – It does not matter if it is a spouse, your child, or just a good friend walking next to you. That time together in the fresh air (even if it’s cold) will boost your mood, your peace, your relationship and help you put things in perspective. Even if it’s only ten minutes, it can make your day ten times better than yesterday!

With as many days like this as possible,

Nikola Rosa