We're human, so there's something wrong with all of us. Fortunately, thanks to modern science and psychology there's probably a solution. If you've got a bad habit, could stand to be a bit happier, are a little socially awkward, or just need to get your brain in proper order, here are some tactics you might want to try this weekend.
Eliminate Your Bad Habits
Whether you need to lose weight or stop biting your nails, we have plenty of tips on breaking bad habits. When you have a goal of improving some part of your life, it helps to figure out your biggest temptations in advance so you don't stray from the path you set for yourself. It'll also be easier to override your bad habits if you develop some good ones to support you. Programming your day in advance is a simple, good way to start.
If a poor diet is your bad habit, there are so many things you can do. It helps to start with making small changes and using your imagination can also be a powerful tool. It can be really important to pick the best diet for your needs as any diet can be effective if you're able to enjoy it. Before you start, you may also want to create a psychological profile so you're prepared for the ways you tend to sabotage yourself when changing your behaviour. Certain diets may bring mysterious allergies so you'll want to watch out for those as well. Obviously, the more issues you can eliminate early on the better so there's less to through you off track.
Find Ways to Be Happier
I believe that being happy is pretty simple — you just need to figure out what makes you happy and then do it, even if it scares you. But everyone has an opinion on that subject and there are a lot of little things that can eat away at your everyday happiness. TV is one of them, apparently, and so is perfectionism. Faking happiness is also a bad idea, but thinking about what made you laugh today can put you back in a good mood. It also helps to remember that if you're having a bad day, it might actually just be all in your mind. Remember that the grass is rarely greener on the other side and that you should set your life goals as the person you are and not who you wish you were. It is also important to remember that not every day is going to be good and sometimes long stretches of time will be bad. For that reason, pursuing happiness might not be a great idea in the first place. Sometimes you just need to look at the bad times as a time to learn and grow.
Become a More Likeable Person
Realistically, you're always going to have a few people who suck. (I certainly do.) That said, you can still tip the scales in your favour. Ben Franklin has a great trick for turning haters into friends (hint: it involves asking your enemy for a favour). You'll also want to brush up on your etiquette. If you're looking to make new friends, being the designated photographer at a party, event, or whatever is a great way. (I used to spend time as a movie set and event photographer, which is a great way to meet new people.) Of course, you can't like everyone either. If you have tell someone you don't like them, at least be kind and tactful.
Part of being likeable is not being an arsehole, so if you could stand to be a bit nicer to people there are a few things you can do. First, figure out what's capable of making you an asshole so you can stop doing it. You'll also want to get the hang of your lying and truth-telling skills so you can use them tactfully and for good. If you have to respond to another unkind individual, try this neat text expansion trick so you can let out your anger without ever showing it.
Let Go of Your Anxiety
If you've got a horrible, crippling fear, we have a guide to getting over it, but if you're just feeling temporarily anxious from time to time you can offload it by putting it on paper. Sometimes you can even solve the problem by scheduling some worrying time so you get it out of the way and prevent it from interrupting your day. When nothing else works, you probably need to make getting over your anxiety your only option.