7 Ways to Balance Your Life


by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie 


How balanced is your life? Here are seven suggestions designed to bring a little more balance into your life.

1. Seek out and thank a war veteran. Rather than on Veteran’s or Memorial Day, do it on an average day so it comes as a pleasant surprise.

2. For one full day, try to smile more than usual. Make it bigger and better than ever before. Since smiles are often contagious, you probably won’t be the only one showing those pearly whites.

3. Enjoy a candlelight dinner in your home with someone special

4. Call someone you haven’t talked to in at least five years and rekindle an old friendship. If you’re asking yourself why they never call you anymore, chances are they’re wondering why you never call them!

5. Buy a roll of film and take pictures of things you would normally never think of photographing. After the pictures are developed, choose the most unusual one and have it framed.

6. Go an entire day without saying one negative comment about anything or anyone! To really test your resolve, pick a day when you’re going to be talking to a lot of people — at a party, for example.

7. Allow yourself to cry about something you’ve been wanting to cry about for a long time.

The Checkbook, 200 Ways to Balance Your Life, by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie. Copyright © 1999 by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie. Excerpted by arrangement with New World Library. $10.95. Available in local bookstores, or call 800-972-6657 Ext.52, or click here.