Top Tips to Be a Better Person

Paula Rizzo (author of Listful Living) says you can look to your community for volunteer opportunities or ways to donate your time and support.

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Doing acts of service can feel like a big challenge – just one more thing to add to your already long to-do list.

But what if making time to be of service to yourself and your community could actually make you happier and more productive?

Small acts of service and spreading kindness in your daily life goes hand-in-hand with productivity. These are forms of self-care because they help you feel connected to the best parts of yourself. 

And when you feel like the best version of yourself, you’re putting yourself in the best possible place to be organized and productive in every part of your life.

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My friend Kate Hanley is all about the idea that being generous and making small changes in your life pays off. 

Kate is the author of a book called “How to Be a Better Person” and she also hosts a daily podcast of the same name.

She’s an expert on how to make small but meaningful changes in your life that will have a big impact. We spoke about simple ways to actually make those changes in your life.

You can check out our full conversation here. 

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Here are some highlights from the conversation:

Make it seasonal. 

When you’re trying to come up with plans for doing service or helping your community, take the season into consideration. For example, one of Kate’s goals is to start a compost bin. Leaves are really important for composting, so fall is a great time to start helping the environment in this small but important way. 

Let people know you care. 

Kate loves sending thank you notes, because it’s a small gesture that can make someone’s day. Sending a note will remind you to slow down and give thanks to the people in your life, whether it’s your child’s teacher or a new client. I can’t agree enough with this – I still send paper thank you notes whenever possible! 

Think local.

Being a better person doesn’t mean you have to save the whole world! Instead, look in your community for ways to give back and make a difference. Drop off some canned goods at a food drive or attend a virtual fundraiser. These acts of service will help you feel more connected to your community. 

People often talk about self care in terms of things you do alone or for yourself, like developing great sleep habits, setting aside time to read a book, or learning how to say “no.”

But like Kate says, self care also means being mindful of yourself in relation to the people around you, whether that’s your family, co-workers, or neighbors.

When you feel good about your place in your community, you put yourself in the best position to be happy, healthy, and productive.

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Listful Living by Paula Rizzo

Listful Living

A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You

A best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer for nearly 20 years, Paula Rizzo produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. Rizzo brings her experience to this new project. Readers will learn their stress style and strategies for shaping their days in more productive ways. With self-assessments and exercises, this guide will bring readers to better patterns and better, more organized lives.

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