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The new year can be a meaningful time to implement a momentous change. But not everything needs to be a total overhaul - small, simple changes can have surprisingly powerful effects.
Writer Helen Rosner asked her Twitter followers for the small things they have done this year that have dramatically improved their lives:
What are some tiny things you've done this year to make your life immeasurably better?
I started keeping a phone charger in my bathroom!
— Helen Rosner (@hels) December 24, 2017
Rosner's own upgrade was keeping a phone charger in the bathroom. (One of mine is the long-cord charger I now keep next to the couch.)
Lots of answers fell into a similar category: making a permanent change to solve a problem you routinely have. Always looking for your chapstick? Buy ten of them and put one in every coat pocket and desk drawer. Do your glasses tend to break? Put a tiny screwdriver on your keychain. Phone battery dying all the time? Keep a charger in your bag.
The whole thread of replies is inspiring - I should probably put a phone charger in my bathroom, so that I stop having to bring in the one from my bedside table, which I inevitably then leave in the bathroom leaving me with no charger in bed - but so is the philosophy. You can find more inspiration in our Weekly Upgrade posts, too. Small changes, some that cost just a few dollars and plenty more that are free, can help you take care of yourself in a way that ends up adding a sense of ease and luxury to your life.