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Habits to promote happiness

Jan 16, 2021 3 minute read

Habits to promote happiness

This past year was unlike any other, but now it’s 2021 and we’re sharing a few resolution tips that can help you stay positive and agile, no matter what this year brings.

While New Year’s resolutions are popular, they’re not always successful. Apparently, it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit, so we put a list together to offer ideas for small changes that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Keep reading to learn about the habits we’ve categorized as: productivity, relationships, happiness and intelligence.

Productivity

The small steps that you take to complete something daily, however big or small, can make you feel accomplished. Here are some examples of new habits you can add into your routine:

  • Make your bed every morning.
  • Wash the dish you just used rather than stick it in the sink.
  • Organize and file emails away as soon as you’ve dealt with them.
  • Do you have an area of your home that you’d like to spruce up? Dedicate some time everyday to declutter, organize or clean it.

Relationships

The kind of relationship you have with yourself and others is important. Here are some suggestions for what you can do throughout the day:

  • Check in with someone every day by phone or email. This will allow you to stay connected especially during times when getting together isn’t an option.
  • Be more assertive. In his blog, clinical psychologist, Nick Wignall, said assertiveness is “perhaps the most underrated aspect of mental health.” Respectfully building boundaries for yourself on things you want or don’t want improves your self-esteem. Put notes on your workspace as a reminder to speak up and ask questions. Remember, your needs matter as much as anyone else’s.
  • Don’t neglect “me time.” Between family, friends and work, your days can be pretty hectic, so we suggest you do something everyday that brings you joy (preferably alone to help reduce anxiety). See our happiness list below for some suggestions.

Happiness

We typically have a good sense of what makes us tick, so let’s redirect a negative mindset to a more positive outlook. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your day:

  • Maintain a healthy and consistent sleep schedule (follow the same bedtime routine nightly).
  • Practice gratitude by reflecting on your day. Jot down at least three things that you’re thankful or appreciative of in a journal.
  • Recite positive affirmations daily. Apps like ThinkUp can help with this as it allows you to record your own or choose from a list of positive statements. You can also download an app like Shine, which sends you a text Monday through Friday of inspirational quotes, links to motivational research-backed articles and other positive tips.
  • There are also a ton of great apps or YouTube videos that you can choose from to close your eyes and mediate to.
  • Need a challenge? There are a variety of 30 day exercise challenges that you can pick up with a friend or spouse, but if guided workouts aren’t for you, do some kind of physical activity for at least 15 minutes a day (you can gradually increase the time every week if that appeals to you).
  • Declutter your mind by reducing social media and news consumption – you can download apps like ZenScreen or Freedom to help with this.

Intelligence

There are many daily habits you can pick up that are good for the brain. Here are just a few:

  • Read a chapter of a book daily.
  • Have you picked up something you’re trying to learn such as a language or skill? Practice for 15 – 30 minutes a day.
  • Exercise your brain and spend some time every night tackling a puzzle, word search or cross word.
  • Listen to a podcast.
  • Develop your emotional intelligence (EQ) by replacing complaints with optimism, practicing empathy and being mindful of your vocabulary. There are many tools and books that can help you if improving your EQ piques your interest!

The most important part of a resolution (also known as a habit), is consistency. Don’t set goals that are unrealistic and start small. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that our mental wellness should be our top priority. Don’t set yourself up to fail as that will just make you feel worse.

We’ve taken the opportunity to create a 2021 calendar where you can track your new habit to stay accountable.

View this months calendar