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How you behave and respond to life circumstances, what you eat, how you learn, what you do for a living and how, how you sleep and what you do when you wake up and much more – it’s all a reflection of your habits and mindset.

How many decisions do you make every day? One, two or hundreds?

Every single daily decision you make – big or small – is affected by your habits.

Surprised?

Yeah, good or bad – your habits have an enormous impact on your life happiness and success.

Human behaviors are often tied to one another. Habits shape your mindset and influence your perspective on what happens to you.

Recognize the power of habits?

OK. Now you’ve realized why it’s significant for you to start adopting essential happy habits immediately so that you can be content and live your life to the fullest.

Luckily, you can break bad habits and always create good ones to improve your life satisfaction, physical and mental health. So, every day take some time to nourish your mind and body, which will bring joy to your life.

These amazing happy habits you must adopt are bound to help you change your life for the better.

1. Keep a daily journal of your activities

Start or end every day jotting down what you did that or the previous day and what you want and need to do tomorrow. In other words, keep a journal of your daily activities regularly.

Keeping a daily log of what you’ve done and want to do next is beneficial as it helps you to:

  • relieve the excessive stress and pressure you’ve put on your shoulders,
  • get a more realistic picture of how you’re doing in life,
  • stay on the right track and become more emotionally stable, as well as to
  • remember what you need to do and better organize your daily activities among many other advantages.

This easy form of writing is a simple way of restructuring your thinking.

Moreover, journalling is considered to be a part of the “1 Billion Dollar Morning Routine” presented in the video below:

Not only will you become less forgettable when you adopt this habit, but you’ll be able to change your mindset for success in no time. Functioning at your top level comes as a result of such a practice.

2. Get your creative juices flowing

Don’t consider yourself creative?

No problem!

Who says you have to be a creative person in order to do some creative activities?

It’s a misconception.

Everyone can be creative as it is NOT an innate talent but a skill you develop by utilizing both the left and right side of your brain.

So, to keep your mind active but quiet and distanced from all the daily tension, you could enjoy yourself trying some of these:

  • crosswords
  • word searches
  • sudoku
  • various puzzles
  • coloring books for adults etc.

It’s important for everyone to do this kind of activities because they open and sharpen your mind. They enable you to change your viewpoints easily so that you can “think outside the box” and find solutions for your life problems.

3. Contribute to your local community

Perhaps you could get involved in your local community and contribute to it by doing some volunteer work, taking classes or joining a local club (e.g. cooking, pilates, reading, sewing or any other available at your place).

The point is in committing a portion of your time to giving to others and sharing with your community members.

No matter how hectic your daily routine is, managing to adopt a habit such as this one is immensely rewarding.

You’ll feel much happier, calmer and enriched once you start reaping the benefits of living your life with a purpose, which naturally comes when you give your time to a cause.

Taking up activities that make you step out of your comfort zone will freshen up your days and make your life far more enjoyable.

4. Eat healthier food

Remember the saying “you are what you eat”?

Whether you like it or not, it’s evident that your eating habits affect your health and wellbeing. The food you eat influences your mood and contributes to your happiness.

For instance, if you eat a lot of sweets, dough and fried food, not only will you feel miserable because of a considerable weight gain, but the excessive intake of sugar and gluten will make you feel rather anxious, tired and even depressed.

On the other hand, healthy food such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish for example, which are rich with micronutrients and fibers, boost your immune system and bring about positive feelings.

Check out the following video to learn how your food choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on your brain and mood.

So, carefully choose what’s on your plate.

You don’t have to be a top-class chef or to spend hours in the kitchen to make a healthy snack. Stop eating junk food because you have NO excuse.

Instead, create a meal plan and adopt a habit of preparing small ten-minute healthy meals like salads, sandwiches or smoothies.

Researchers say that all successful healthy lifestyle changes take time and happen in stages.

So, take one step at a time and be tenacious. No one said it’s easy, right?

But when you get there, you’ll be generously rewarded with a healthy, slim body and a happier life with more positive energy.

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Ready to adopt and stick to the habit of healthy eating?

Excellent choice!

5. Spend time outside in nature

Regardless of the weather, make sure you go outside as often as you can. Even in winter, you can go for a short walk in nature, be it a nearby park or woods to breath in some fresh air before or after a stressful day at work.

Focus on your breathing, listen to the sounds of nature around you, feel the smell of flowers and trees and enjoy some time in silence and solitude. Or take a dear person with you if you dread solitude but prefer good company.

You owe yourself at least 15 to 30 minutes of becoming one with nature.

You’ll feel calmer and re-energized before you know it. Not only will spending some time in nature sharpen your senses, but it will balance and ease your mind.

6. Move your body

It’s great if you can devote an hour or so to workouts, but you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym or do yoga three to four days a week to feel all the incredible benefits of exercising.

If you adopt the habit of going on nature walks and you enjoy it (who wouldn’t?), imagine how beneficial it could be if paired with a bit of exercising outside whenever possible.

So, you can start small. For instance, try making a fifteen-minute stretch your daily habit.

Nothing too complicated or demanding, right?

You could do at least 10 to 15 minutes of easy daily stretching every morning when you wake up, after work, in the evening before you go to bed or while taking a walk in the park – whatever suits you best.

It’s so simple that anyone can do it. Yet, the rewards you’ll enjoy if you adopt the happy habit of exposing your body to sunlight and moving it are rich, some of which being:

So, start working out today. And if you dislike doing it alone, find a buddy to help you stay motivated.

If you happen to lose your motivation to exercise, which usually happens when it’s freezing outside, you can still find a way to move your body even when staying at home.

Don’t sit in front of the TV with a bowl of crisps after work. It won’t do you any good.

Instead, set aside 15 minutes for tidying up your home each day. Devote the same amount of your workout time to cleaning your kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom or whatever needs a clean-up in your home.

Not only will you be able to enjoy an impeccably clean living environment, but you’ll feel happier and less stressed thanks to such activities.

It’s your choice: exercising indoors, outdoors, tidying up your home or any other therapeutic physical activity that is simple and doesn’t take up a lot of your time but is highly rewarding.

Start building your happy habits now!

OK. Now you’re equipped with the basic knowledge to set out on this epic journey.

For more motivation, check out the following video presenting habits of the world’s most successful people, which can be applied to any area of life and any meaning of success.

When adopting new habits, make sure you’re aware of their long-term effects on your health and wellbeing.

Figure out whether there are any habits in your life which are sabotaging your happiness and do your best to break them. A good way to start is by replacing them with small positive habits.

Starting small is the key to success when it comes to breaking bad habits and building good habits that last. Experts agree that the power of radically shifting your mindset and life perspectives lies in taking baby steps and forming tiny habits.

So, do NOT put a lot of pressure on yourself with abrupt terrifying changes.

Instead, focus on finding inspiration to explore, learn and grow on your way to everlasting joy. And be persistent because drastic changes for the better take time.

Fuel your body and brain with healthy nutrients and positive thoughts every day. Soon, you’ll realize that your small changes in daily habits have clustered and made a big difference in your overall life.

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I'm Katrina McKinnon, creator of eCommerce University, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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