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Do you ever feel like you’re sort of “stuck” in life – maybe you’re in a funk, or maybe you just feel like you’re spinning your wheels and not really going anywhere? Not getting closer to reaching your goals or dreams? This is where building good habits can come into play to help you improve your situation.
I’ve talked a little bit about habits before – specifically in my post about keystone habits and my post about bad habits you should break if you want to be happy. But on the flip side of that second post, what specific habits can improve your chances of living a successful life and in turn, being happier? That’s what I want to talk about today!
I’m in no way a “habit expert” or anything, but I have done a lot of reading and I do have some personal experience in this area. When I started becoming this “personal growth junkie” or whatever you want to call it, I started improving my habits. In my experience, these are the ones that have helped me come closer to reaching my goals and dreams, and also become happier!
So, here are 8 habits that will make you happier and be more successful!
1- Wake up early every morning.
I know that “morning people” (like myself) can be somewhat annoying. Who likes waking up early, you ask? Yes, it can be great to just hit snooze and sleep in, but there are countless people who swear by the fact that waking up earlier can totally change your life.
Now, some people don’t have this option because of work, babies, or life in general, and that’s perfectly fine. But if you’re someone who can start waking up early, create a morning routine, and improve your productivity, you should definitely try.
Here are some helpful posts and books about improving your mornings:
- How to Become a Morning Person
- How to Create Your Perfect Morning Routine
- 35 Morning Affirmations to Start Your Day Right
- 5 Ways to Have an Awesome Morning
- The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life
- The Miracle Morning Journal
2- Take good care of your body.
Our health is obviously important and it affects every area of our life. When we’re feeling crappy, sluggish, or sick, it can make it hard to do anything at all. So, it’s important that you make it a habit to take care of your health every day!
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A few ways to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself:
- Eat healthy foods. Eating mostly healthy foods and eating unhealthy foods in moderation is a great way to clean up your health. Look for healthy recipes on Pinterest and check out this post for some awesome tips (and a workbook) to help you eat healthy on a tight budget.
- Work out regularly. Adding exercise to your daily routine is probably the best way to start feeling healthier and having more energy. You know all the reasons for it but if you haven’t started working out, you’re really missing out on some amazing benefits! Read this post for help getting motivated to work out and read this post for some at-home exercise routines to make it easier for you!
- Clean up. Doing basic things like taking a shower, taking care of your skin, brushing your teeth, dressing nicely, having healthy hair, etc. can do wonders for your health, your energy levels, and your self-confidence! So, make sure you have a good ()daily hygiene routine.
3- Take good care of your mind, too.
Taking care of your physical health is important, as I said above. But people seem to sort of forget that taking care of your mind is super important too, or they make it secondary to their physical health. It’s good to try to care for your mind as much as you can.
I wrote a whole post on caring for your mind that you can read right here. There are many different ways to do this such as reading, doing puzzles, meditating, avoiding too much negativity, taking courses, spending time on hobbies, and more. Try to do something good for your mind at least once a day!
4- Do something for somebody else.
I’m a BIG believer in the power of giving back to the world. It helps feed my positivity and truly makes me happy. It’s crazy how helping someone else can do so much for you as well. It’s just a good thing for the world in general.
Try to help others as much as you can. If you don’t have the financial resources to donate money, then donate your time by volunteering. If you don’t have time or money, at least try to “pay it forward” and do something to make someone smile whenever you get the chance. Leave an encouraging note in a library book for someone else to find. Hold the door for anyone you encounter. Say hello to strangers. There are literally tons of things you can do to at least brighten someone’s day a little bit!
Don’t believe how much giving back can do for you and your health? Check out this article from Beliefnet to read about 10 ways that giving back can help YOU. It can help you feel positive and meaningful. As Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Click To Tweet
5- Practice daily gratitude.
Spending just a few minutes a day on gratitude can do wonders for your mental health and your life. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve found myself noticing what I have more and thinking about what I want less. I’ve also just noticed that I’m in a more positive mindset and my anxiety has actually lessened. My husband notices the difference too.
You can check out my post on how I practice gratitude daily right here. You can also sign up for my newsletter here to get access to 2 different gratitude printables that you can use daily – or whenever you want to. You can always find something to be grateful for!
6- Set yourself goals.
Every 12 weeks, I set myself goals. Then every month, I break down those goals a little bit and focus on what I want to do to get closer to those quarterly goals. Then every day, I set myself daily to-do’s that will help me get closer to those monthly goals. I know, I know – that’s a lot of goal-setting.
But you know, before I actually started setting goals I felt sort of lost – like I had nothing to really work toward. Setting goals is one of the best habits that you can have in order to actually start living the life you want instead of dreaming about it.
Here are just a few of the posts I’ve written about goal setting tips:
- Setting Yearly Goals (Free Workbook)
- The Benefits of Writing Down Your Goals
- How to Actually Follow Through with Your Goals
- 8 Steps to Setting + Achieving SMART Goals
- 11 Helpful Strategies to Reach Your Goals
7- Organize and simplify your life.
An organized life equals an organized mind. Take a few minutes every day to make sure your house is clean and decluttered. Use a planner to organize your days. Develop good habits to stay on track with your goals and intentions.
Again, I wrote a big post right here on how to simplify and declutter every area of your life. I know that I, for one, feel hectic and frazzled when my house is a mess, when I don’t write things down on a calendar, or when I don’t have a clear plan. Setting aside a small amount of time to make sure I stay organized is well worth it!
8- Invest in yourself.
Making yourself a priority is a good thing and the best form of self-care. So you shouldn’t feel guilty about investing in yourself or spending time or money on things that make you happy or help you in terms of personal growth.
There are a ton of ways that you can invest in yourself. You could spend money on a course that will help you further your education or career. You could spend money on a monthly gym membership to become healthier. You could spend time learning a new language. Or you could invest in yourself by spending time every week just relaxing and practicing self-care.
This is a great habit to create because it helps you grow and improve, plus you’ll be more confident since you’re showing yourself that you’re worthy of these investments. It also helps the people around you because you’ll be happier, more relaxed, and more full of energy.
You might like: 9 Free Ways to Invest In Yourself
Is there any habit(s) you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments!