Motivating yourself to stay inspired may be easier than you think. Try these simple tricks to spark your inspiration.

Staying mentally stimulated enough to accomplish endeavors outside of your typical routine may be overwhelming, especially considering the demanding nature of your home and work responsibilities, but you can set out to accomplish all of your goals this year with a bit of inspiration.

Here are 10 simple ways you can start today:

1. Read a book

Picking up a book can bring you all sorts of wonder. It fuels your imagination and allows you to enter into a different worlds. Reading has been said to improve concentration and readers can even acquire wisdom from a character’s own journey.

2. Self-Reflection

Some people reflect through meditation. Others while taking a shower, laying around in bed or looking up towards the sky. By reflecting on your life or scenarios you have encountered, you will likely give surge to personal development and growth which is beneficial to living an inspired life.

3. Play with an animal

If you have pets, great! Go for a walk, take them to the park or buy them a fun new toy. Play with them until your heart is content. The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are several benefits, both physical and psychological, to owning a pet. If you don’t have a pet, or your building doesn’t allow you to have pets, there is nothing to worry about. You can always play with a friend’s animal or take a quick trip to a pet adoption center. Pets can help reduce stress, increase feelings of connectivity and up your social interactions, which all things that can lead to inspiration.

4. Watch a TED talk

TED talks started in 1984, but didn’t become popular among the general public until the last decade. More than 2,100 TED videos have been watched more than a billion times. Why are people watching these TED talks? Because the ideas in these videos are actually “worth spreading.” They make you think outside of the box, consider common occurrences and spark inspiration.

5. Write a bucket list

A bucket list is a list of the things you want to try or accomplish in your lifetime. Take some time out to write down where you want to go, what you want to see and what you want to achieve in your life. By writing it on paper, you may be able to start envisioning your future’s path. If it’s hard to think big picture, just start with attractions and activities in your home state that you would like to explore.

6. Draw

Even if you aren’t an artist, a great way to get the creative juices flowing is by taking out a piece of paper, or better yet, a canvas, and drawing. Drawing can spark up the creative side of your brain. One study found that art is beneficial to your brain and can have a positive impact on your mental and physical well-being.

7. Dance

Not only does dancing count as exercise, which has numerous benefits, but  it also helps you connect your mind with your body. Music also evokes memories, creativity and shared experiences and is a reflection of the culture around you.

8. Walk in nature

Leave the cell phone behind and go for a walk in nature. The beautiful trees, the crisp fresh air and even the fuzzy animals will allow you to find clarity.

9. Pay it forward

Waiting in line for your coffee? Do something nice, and buy the person behind you a coffee. Who knows? You may inspire a chain reaction of gratitude and kindness.

10. Help others

When you decide to help others, they open up and share their problems with you. This creates an instant bond. Plus, if you are a natural problem solver, then this can inspire you to find ways to help many other people as well. Kindness has been said to increase dopamine levels and give people what is called ‘helpers high.’

These are just a handful of ways to get the inspiration you need for the  year. If you have any other ideas that have worked for you, feel free to comment on our social media and let us know.

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By Leonard Kim