You might not be aware of this but your life is built with hundreds of tiny habits that you do daily.
Some habits are seemingly trivial that you might not notice their impact right away.
However, overtime, they can make a world of difference.
The good thing is we have the power to change our bad habits and add new ones that can benefit us.
Change your life for the better by incorporating these life-changing habits:
We divided our list down into 3 important categories: happy, healthy, and impactful.
Let’s start this list with happy habits you can incorporate into your daily life:
- Say thank you as soon as you wake up. Don’t know what to be thankful for? Check out our massive gratitude list here.
- Go on a digital detox and unplug for at least an hour each day.
- Limit (or avoid) news consumption.
- Start a journal and start documenting your life journey.
- Consume media that empowers you. Read inspirational quotes, listen to empowering podcasts, and surround yourself with positive people.
- Take good care of yourself. Check our powerful self-care ideas here.
- Let go of things you cannot change.
- Compliment yourself each day. Or finish this sentence: I love myself because . . .
- Set aside time for meditation. Start with a 5-minute meditation and take it from there.
- Focus on the bright and positive side of any situation. Practice finding the silver lining at all times.
- Schedule regular date nights and spend quality time with your significant other or friends and family.
- Have fun with your kids. Let your hair down.
- Find a spiritual place or spiritual practice that resonates with you.
- Declutter your space regularly.
- Don’t hesitate to say no to things and activities that don’t excite you.
- Invest in unforgettable experiences you will treasure for the rest of your life.
- Create fun and meaningful rituals and traditions with friends and loved ones.
- Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how much you love and appreciate yourself.
- Share a meal each day with others (friends, loved ones, significant others).
- Make your bedroom your own private sanctuary.
- Have more sex. Make time for it.
- Invest in things that make you feel confident and great about yourself (this includes clothes that make you feel sexy, yoga classes, seminars, classes, courses, and workshops that help you learn new things, eating healthy foods, etc.)
- Pray or meditate.
- Watch less TV.
- Don’t shy away from asking for help when you need it.
- Laugh often. Watch funny shows with friends and loved ones.
- Set up regular play dates with friends and loved ones.
In this section, we’ll list down health habits that can have a massive impact on the quality of your life.
Give your health a dramatic boost by integrating the following healthy habits into your life:
- Go out and breathe in fresh air.
- Exercise and move your body for at least 30 minutes each day.
- Get yourself 8 hours of solid sleep. Create a sleeping ritual if you have to!
- Eat your fruits and vegetables.
- Try a new, nutritious, and healthy recipe.
- Take a quick walk during work breaks.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Stand every now and then. Don’t spend the majority of your time sitting at your desk.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Host regular dance parties with friends and loved ones.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Avoid the middle aisles of stores (that’s where the majority of processed foods are placed).
- Cook more often rather than eating out.
- Take multivitamin supplements regularly.
- Give up soda and other sugary drinks.
- Incorporate regular evening walks with pets and loved ones in your schedule.
- Park your vehicle far and walk the rest of the way.
- Have “walk meetings” with a colleague at work.
- Join a workout or yoga class.
- Plan your meals ahead of time so you won’t get tempted.
- Control portion sizes by using small plates.
- Read your food labels.
- Stop eating at least 3 hours before you sleep.
- Drink herbal or green tea.
- Consider easy substitutions (ranch to olive oil dressings, milk chocolate to dark chocolate).
- Drink a glass of water before each meal.
- Eliminate caffeine or alcohol.
- Try new and organic products.
- Drink chamomile tea before sleeping.
- Look for a low sugar smoothie recipe to try.
- Quit smoking.
- Consume only healthy snacks.
- Add more vegetables and fruits in your meals.
- Learn how to improve your posture.
- Eat less meat. Start with “Meatless Monday.”
- Incorporate strength training in your exercise routine.
- Prepare healthy freezer meals.
- Fill half of your plate with colourful vegetables.
- Drink smarter. This means more water and less sugary beverages.
- Eat mindfully. Be aware of what and how much you are eating. Chew slowly.
- Keep a food log so you will know what you are putting into your body.
- Embrace new cooking technologies and techniques.
- Consider walking more. Aim for at least 10,000 steps each day.
- Get up ten minutes earlier each day and take a quick brisk walk.
- Invest in a standing desk so you can increase your daily movement.
- Work on lowering your stress levels. Get your self-care on!
- Unplug regularly daily and limit time spent on social media.
- Plan and schedule yearly breaks or holidays. A time away can do amazing things for your soul.
- Read more.
- Laugh more.
Habits That Make an Impact
Incorporating the following habits into your life can help you achieve two objectives: Make your life more productive, better, and more successful and make the lives of those around you (friends, family, loved ones, community, the world at large) better.
- Go first. Be the first to say hi and smile to everyone.
- Place real plants and greenery into your home.
- Refer to your to-do list. Finish the most difficult tasks first.
- Save money regularly. Consider automatic transfers.
- Read personal growth books as much as you can.
- Invest your money wisely.
- Invest in yourself.
- Set aside money to help others.
- Get out of your comfort zone and do things that scare you.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Create a powerful morning routine.
- Reach out to someone that inspires you.
- Create a 5-year plan and review it regularly.
- Try a spending freeze for a few months (or a year!)
- Visualise your ideal day. Visualise your ideal future.
- Write your goals down.
- Read to your kids.
- Call a family member or friend and check up on them.
- Create a night routine and make each night count.
- Hang out with open-minded and smart people.
- Volunteer for a good cause.
- Track your finances accordingly.
- Don’t be afraid to fail. Reflect and learn from your mistakes.
- Plan your day. A productivity planner can come in handy.
- Set goals and focus on accomplishing them.
- Keep track of your progress in terms of goals and habits.
- Host regular family dinners.
- Adopt a growth mindset.
- Implement the 80/20 principle (Pareto Principle). Work on that thing that will create the most impact.
- Review and reflect often.
- Learn something new daily. You have an unlimited number of resources nowadays, books, blogs, podcasts, TedTalks, YouTube videos, the sky’s the limit.
- Begin right now. There is no such thing as the perfect moment. Just pick one habit and work your way up.
Where to Start
Don’t know where to start?
That’s a dilemma many people share.
To help you out, we have listed down the top 5 daily habits that can improve your life and can help get you off to a great start:
1. Exercise Daily
When you exercise regularly, you have more energy to take on your day.
Studies show that the less stressed you are, the more focused you can become.
You will also be able to do more when you are at a healthy weight.
After all, when you are not carrying any excess weight, you look better, you feel better, and you will have more energy to go after what you want.
Truly, this habit can benefit you in more ways than you can possibly imagine.
2. Enough Sleep
Sleep can have a massive impact on your daily life.
When you have more sleep, you will have more energy and more focus.
That said, you can make better decisions and you will have more energy to accomplish more.
3. Replace One Meal a Day
If you are eating junk today, it’s never too late to start eating healthy.
Incorporate one healthy meal replacement daily—a vegetable soup, a smoothie, or a salad, you will be giving yourself more protection and energy against future illnesses.
Your body is worth it.
Remember: NONE of the other habits can happen if you are sick.
Once you reap the benefits of meditation, you’d wish you had done it earlier.
If you meditate, you can effectively lower anxiety, stress, and depression.
Not only that, meditation can also improve your memory function and focus.
With meditation, all the other habits will become more doable.
5. Create Successful Routines
Lastly, a good morning and night routine can include some of the habits we have in the list.
Once you are able to establish a good routine, incorporating as many life-changing habits should come easy.
Over to You
Incorporating life-changing habits into your life can be tricky at first. This is especially true if you have integrated unhealthy ones for far too long. The good thing is you can always start with the first five we have listed above and take it from there. Although uncomfortable at first, replacing old and unhealthy habits with new and positive ones is one of the best things you can do for yourself (and the world at large). You only get one body in this lifetime so it makes sense to take care of it the best way you can.