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7 Ways to be a Better You in 2014

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We made it. It is the new year! So now what? We need to make this year all about leveraging the new you. We are not saying you should change how you were because you are great(!), but just leveraging what you got. Here are a few tips that you can start right away to be a better you in 2014! They may just change your life.

1. Play with an animal

Play with your dogs and cats or horses or monkeys or gekkos, etc. If you don’t have one, borrow a friends or volunteer at a shelter. Playing with an animal literally makes you happier and can reduce stress.

2. Go outside

Even on those cold days. Just do it. You’ll feel better.

3. Sleep more

The benefits for this one are numerous. Our memory and creativity get a boost from more sleep. Heck, we even live longer when we get enough sleep!

4. Take your attire up a notch

Don’t get rid of your wardrobe, but just figure out how you can upgrade it. Get a great statement necklace or new pair of heels. According to Highest Paying Careers, 65 percent of bosses say that what you’re wearing could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates at a job interview.

5. Unplug

Even if it just for 30 minutes. Turn that phone off. No Tweeting, no Instagram, no computer, etc., It will be tough, but we need to be less connected!

6. Smile

Studies show that smiling actually can alleviate pain and make you happier.

7. Mentor someone

Even if you feel like you aren’t far enough in your career to do that, you still know something that someone else doesn’t. Just share your experience with someone. It could be really useful to them.

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I love this article. It's short and sweet but packed with inspiring little ways to make 2014 your best year yet!

Taking my attire up a notch is definitely something I need to work on this year. I've been spoiled for the last several years to have worked in offices that did not host clients/partners/visitors, so they were very casual. Jeans everyday was not a problem, sometimes our President came in shorts and sometimes our VP came in workout attire. I doubt whatever I do next will be quite as casual, so I will really have to work at developing a professional wardrobe.

I also want to work on learning something new this year. I'm contemplating French or guitar, and I'd also like to get a professional certification in my field.


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