In the spirit of bringing this forum together a bit, here is a common denominator where ideas can be profitably shared. The best bet is to live well; hopefully pulling oneself upwards may create a small trend in those around you.
I find lifting heavy weights frequently is cathartic in many ways. It allows me to work out some stress, gives me a quantifiable measure of progress, allows for more flexibility in diet, improves sleep, and keeps me from being a fat ass. Multi-joint full body movements that allow for loading are the best: deadlift, squat, pull-up and bench press. The internet is choked with opinions about the best way to program your workout. You owe it to yourself to do two things - 1) study proper technique 2) ignore programming and just go lift; you WILL improve and you will learn what is best for yourself by DOING.
I also find that I am happiest when I prepare foods for myself. While eating out is convenient, I always have at least some financial regret when I realize how many groceries could have been bought instead for the same price. Normally I will prepare two marinades on Sunday and freeze portions of them for easy dinners during the work week. Making marinades are the best because you can alter any ratios on the fly to taste. Two simple ones follow.
Crushed red pepper
Simple mix ingredients in bowl.
1/2 Onion [Green onions work as well]
Fruit [any, do not recommend banana]
Toss all ingredients in blender, adding wine as needed to aid blending.
I have more or less removed flour from my diet, as my oven is terrible along with most prepared foods. As such I make rice on the stove top quite frequently. I have found that I can cut the rice with cauliflower to increase it's flavor, texture and nutritional profile. Simple grate it on a cheese grater and add it to the rice 3-5 minutes before it finishes. This will reduce overall calorie intake, as well as reduce the glycemic load of the rice, and it I feel it presents more nicely on a plate than simple rice.
I also like to get 8 hours of sleep a night, make a weekly trip to the library for books and cds, and to pursue a few hours of creative production a week.
Do you have any recipes, or ideas on how to live well that others could profit from?