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Your One Wild and Precious Life — 10 Steps to Making it Better

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This is not a dress rehearsal. This is your lIfe. How’s it going so far?

Are you content, relaxed, grateful, productive and connected? If not, read on.

1) Get your House in Order

Do you have a habit or hobby that is affecting your relationships? Take a second look at the role alcohol, drugs, sex, unhealthy relationships and shopping play in your life. Have friends or family expressed concern about your hoarding, gambling or over-exercising?

Is everything in balance? The rest of the goals on this list won’t help much if you are held hostage by a compulsion.

A new book, "Chasing the Scream" challenges the disease model of addiction. "Chasing the Scream" posits that recovery involves creating and maintaining secure social bonds. Fortunately, secure social attachments are the foundation of 12-step programs.

For a thorough list of 12-step programs, read here.

If you have lost control, designate 2015 as the year to take your life back.

2) Shop the Outside Aisles

Food in the outside aisles of the grocery store is generally healthier, less expensive and less processed. Zoom down the freezer aisles for frozen veggies and down the canned food aisle when you need some enchilada sauce or honey. But make the snack, soda and prepared foods aisles off limits.

If you’re too busy to cook, you’re too busy. Simple, healthy, homemade meals are the foundation of a healthy life.

3) Murder Your Credit Cards

Research has shown that we spend more when we use credit cards than when we use cash. Be the boss of your money, avoid high interest rates and find the comfort and stability that comes from living within your means.

Find out the truth about credit card debt at DaveRamsey.com.

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We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


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