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50 Ways to Be Brave

We often associate bravery with heroic deeds or actions. But for some people, making a phone call or going on a job interview takes an incredible amount of courage. Because we're all experiencing life differently, there's no one way to be brave.

Here's a list of 50 things you can do to increase your courage. Some of these things will be easy for you --but that's not being brave. Look through this list and find something that makes you a bit uncomfortable. That's where the bravery kicks in.

  • Form an opinion about something and share it with a friend.

  • Apply for a new job.

  • Go to a movie, restaurant or coffee shop by yourself.

  • Sign up for an art class.

  • Learn how to say "no".

  • Learn how to say "yes".

  • Invite a few friends over for a drink or dinner.

  • Speak up in a meeting.

  • Make the difficult phone call.

  • Schedule a dental visit.

  • Buy a bright pair of shoes.

  • Order the expensive wine.

  • Invite a potential friend for coffee.

  • Submit a poem to a poetry contest.

  • Try stand-up comedy.

  • Schedule a mammogram.

  • Stick up for someone.

  • Write a letter to the editor.

  • Make plans to leave a difficult situation.

  • Ask for help.

  • Tell the truth.

  • Travel somewhere new by yourself.

  • Apologize.

  • Learn a new sport.

  • Enter an art contest.

  • Schedule time with a therapist.

  • Admit you were wrong.

  • Let yourself fall in love.

  • Get a pet.

  • Get out of bed.

  • Start a conversation with a stranger.

  • Learn about investing.

  • Schedule a physical.

  • Set boundaries and hold them.

  • Take a dance class.

  • March in a protest.

  • Write a letter to your mother.

  • Volunteer with a program you support.

  • Run a 5K.

  • Write a short story and submit it to a writing contest.

  • Take a baking class.

  • Learn how to manage your finances.

  • Be honest with your partner.

  • Learn a TikTok dance.

  • Post it on TikTok.

  • Finish your degree.

  • Believe in yourself.

  • Stick to your budget.

  • Tell someone to stop being racist, sexist, agist or mean.

Let me know how you do! Share your bravery story.

Peri Kinder is the owner of Life & Laughter Coaching. She's a laughter coach, yoga and meditation instructor, and award-winning freelance writer. She is the host of the Life & Laughter podcast.

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