64 Ways To Turn An Ordinary Day Into An Extraordinary One

 

Transform an Ordinary Day to an Extraordinary One

Giving Flowers To Strangers On Streets of Tel Aviv

  1. Give thanks for being alive before getting out of bed
  2. Smile at yourself in the mirror when brushing your teeth
  3. Wear an outfit that makes you feel good about yourself
  4. Read some passages from an inspirational or spiritual book
  5. Sit quietly and take some deep breaths
  6. Think of your day as an adventure
  7. Give your children hugs
  8. Eat a healthy breakfast
  9. Listen to music
  10. Go for a walk in nature
  11. Sing a song that you love
  12. Select a mantra to repeat throughout the day
  13. Break some rules                      
  14. Give flowers to strangers on the street
  15. Offer your seat to someone if taking public transportation
  16. Say ‘good morning ‘ to people you pass in the hall at work
  17. Think of everything that happens as a learning experience
  18.  Have patience
  19. Forgive yourself
  20.  Practice being non-judgmental
  21. Be agreeable rather than argumentative
  22. Stay calm under pressure
  23. Have faith that things will unfold perfectly
  24. Take time to ask someone how they’re doing…and mean it
  25. Listen rather than talk
  26. Practice compassion
  27. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables
  28. Learn something new
  29. Mix up your daily routine
  30. Check in with a friend to see how she’s doing
  31. Work at creating great relationships
  32. Don’t lash out at others
  33. Slow down when feeling rushed
  34. Take care of yourself
  35. Look at the bright side when things don’t go as planned
  36. Be playful
  37. Focus on the stuff that matters
  38. Put out positive energy so that you can attract it
  39. Do one thing at a time rather than multi-tasking
  40. Have fun
  41. Laugh
  42. Be silly
  43. Limit the amount of information you take in
  44. Take a time out from e-mails
  45. Do something you love
  46. Turn on music and dance
  47. Get out of your comfort zone
  48. Turn off your phone in public places (and while driving)
  49. Let drivers in a hurry pass you
  50. Give the pedestrian the right of way
  51. Buy fresh flowers
  52. Be inspired by someone
  53. Prepare a homemade snack for your kids
  54. Speak out when you see an injustice taking place
  55. Pick up litter
  56. Live your life as if it was your last day
  57. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
  58. Help a colleague who is overloaded with work
  59. Adopt the attitude of ‘it’s not what you do’ but ‘how you do it’
  60. Pause before saying something impulsive
  61. Trash your ‘to do’ list
  62. Volunteer for a cause you believe in
  63. Embrace chaos
  64. Practice humility
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About Fran

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is also a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender. All of her work is based on her deep belief that our need to connect to the earth is an inherent trait – and that by doing so, we heal and experience more joy in our lives.

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26 Responses to 64 Ways To Turn An Ordinary Day Into An Extraordinary One

  1. Andrea DeBell @ britetalk March 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Wow, what a great list. I already feel inspired to turn today into an awesome day. I’ll start with #45 (do something you love) and by going to a heated yoga class right now. Maybe you have a blessed day yourself. Loving blessings

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Andrea…
      I’m impressed that you do hot yoga…bikram? That’s intense stuff. I’m sure you’re turning your weekend into an awesome one. Fran

  2. Cathy March 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    OK, the burning questions are…. Is that you in the picture and is the white stuff yogurt or whipped cream or egg whites? (Inquiring minds want to know!)

    On a more serious note, just reading the list and stopping to think about some of the entries is enough to motivate me and brighten the day. And on that note, I am off to put on something that makes me feel “good” and try to be more patient with my frisky pups today. I am feeling miserable (spring head cold) and had opted to stay in bed in my nightgown all day. But after reading this, I’ve decided that a comfortable, pretty, lounging outfit would definitely improve my mood and I want to go outside and cut some daffodils, forsythia, and cherry buds for the kitchen where I plan to prepare the chicken soup Steve brought me the other night for the lunch time feeding.

    Thanks for some much needed inspiration!

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      Cathy…
      HA! I wouldn’t mind being that woman in the picture. Sorry to hear that you have a head cold…no fun. But if you have daffs, tulips, and forsythias to cut for your kitchen, just that alone will make you feel better. And you can never go wrong with chicken soup. Hope you feel better soon :) Fran

  3. Vidya Sury March 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Ah I love this list. “Practice kindness” and “Give something away” every day.

    Beautiful compilation, Fran. Instant day-brightener to read this.

    Thank you for the mention!

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Vidya…
      A day brightener sounds good to me. I must tell you, anytime that I think of cooking a meal in relationship to creativity, I think of you. :) Fran

  4. Claire Kerslake March 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks so much Fran. As Vidya says, reading list list was a beautiful way to start my day.

    Now I’m off to have an extraordinary day!

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Dear Claire…
      I loved doing this list. It helped to jog my memory about what’s important in making a day extraordinary. Am glad you enjoyed. Fran

  5. Betsy at Zen Mama March 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Wow! What a wonderful list! One that’s worth printing out. These three fit me best right now:

    Put out positive energy so that you can attract it
    Get out of your comfort zone
    Laugh

    Thanks for the link as well!

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      Dear Betsy,

      I always feel like I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone and putting out positive energy. Laughing is the one that I don’t have to work at. I’ve been laughing and guffawing since I was a kid…to the point where tears stream out of my eyes. It always feels wonderful.Fran

  6. Cathy Taughinbaugh | Treatment Talk April 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Fran,

    As Betsy said, this list should be printed out! What a great day everyday can be. I’m trying to start my morning this way as well – “Read some passages from an inspirational or spiritual book and Sit quietly and take some deep breaths.” You have given us a great reminder to take a moment to do the things that will shake things up a bit and make it a wonderful day. Thanks for the great post.

    • Fran Sorin April 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      Cathy….It’s funny that you mentioned reading spiritual/inspirational passages. It’s one of my most favorite things to do in the morning when having my coffee. Guess what? This morning it didn’t happen. My day didn’t feel the same. I missed it. Tomorrow….double reading:) Fran

  7. Paige | simple mindfulness April 2, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    What an amazing list Fran! Definitely print-worthy!

    I know that whenever I do any of these things, especially the ones just out of my comfort zone, I always feel better.

    I always start my day by giving my three little angels their morning hugs and kisses and telling them how much I love them.

    Thanks for this gift!

    • Fran Sorin April 2, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Dear Paige,

      As you know, giving your kids hugs…even when they’re adults …is a delicious way of nurturing and loving each other. Your 3 children are lucky to have such a loving and wise mother :) Fran

  8. Tess The Bold Life April 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Fran,
    This list is awesome. I’ll be offline most of the week. My daughter and oldest grandson are visiting. It’ 1:30 in the afternoon and we already went horse back riding had breakfast afterward on the ranch and took a four mile hike in the desert before lunch. I’m having a delicious day…

    • Fran Sorin April 3, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      Tess…
      It sounds to me like you are in a blissful state. Enjoy every minute with your daughter and grandson. Horseback riding? I love it. A 4 mile hike….I can see it perfectly. That’s my morning ritual when I visit my friend in Scottsdale. Have a magnificent, blessed holiday. With love..Fran

  9. Galen Pearl April 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    This was fun. Before I read your list, I would think of something myself and then see if it was on the list. Everything was! Plus many more. Any one of these would transform your day. Great list!

    • Fran Sorin April 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Galen….HA…so we have a lot in common…am not surprised. It sounds like you already have the skills to make your day a special one :) Fran

  10. Hiten April 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Fran,

    What a wonderful list! Reading through all the things we can do, certainly put a smile on my face! :-)

    I do the smiling in the mirror when brushing my teeth everyday. It’s a great way to start the day.

    I loved embracing chaos. By doing this, we interestingly enough create more balance for ourselves.

    • Fran Sorin April 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Hiten,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was on vacation for the Easter weekend. I always appreciate hearing from you. I love that you smile in the mirror when you brush your teeth every morning. It’s fun to do and actually gets you facial muscles moving. Try making funny faces ….that’s even more fun.

      Life is messy. Accepting and embracing chaos is magical. I am getting better at it with a lot of practice. :) Fran

  11. Wendy Bottrell June 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Very cool list! I especially like #13, Break Some Rules. It was the first one I saw and feel it was speaking to me. It is time for me to break some rules. Thanks for sharing this great list

    • Fran Sorin June 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Wendy…I’ve never read a quote or article about Breaking the Rules that doesn’t offer me a much needed reminder. Am so glad that you enjoyed. Fran

  12. Melissa January 9, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    What a great list! I think I need to print this one. Thanks for sharing such great inspirations for a better day!
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    • Fran January 9, 2014 at 5:30 am #

      Melissa – With pleasure. I always keep lists/affirmations/quotes close to me – they help to inspire and keep me grounded. Happy New Year :) Fran

  13. David Stevens January 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Many fine examples here Fran, Thank You. So many simple gestures can make such an enormous impact/difference in ours and others’ lives.
    Is 64 significant?

    Be good to yourself
    David
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  14. Kuhandoas January 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Awesome Post…

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