When it comes to creating a more balanced, happy life, we often look to massive lifestyle shifts as the only solution. (If you, like me, have ever set a New Year’s resolution to simply “be healthier”, you probably know what I mean).This mentality often results in overwhelm, lack of sustainability, and a huge sense of frustration when results don’t come as quickly or as easily as we’d like.
Sometimes all is takes is a quick adjustment in our daily routine to change our lives. Here are a few habits that make your life better :
- Put One things in a Pile for Donation – Most of us have too much stuff. When you’re getting dressed, find that one item of clothing you never wear and put it in a pile for donation. Repeat every few days, then start checking other spots (kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, kid’s playrooms). Then find your nearest donation drop-off.
- Think Dirty – No idea if this has positive effects or not, but we are all mammals. And lately, we’re all mammals whose joy comes from watching cat videos on repeat. Devoting at least a minute a day to a naughty notion seems like a good way to stay in touch with our animal selves.
- Unsubscribe – If you get an email from every online store where you’ve spent cash, you’re more likely to buy something you don’t need because of an online coupon that’ll be available next week, too. Pick one email a day and unsubscribe.
- Learn a Joke – Did you hear the one about the cop, the elephant, and the writer? Find a joke you like and practice it once a day to have at the ready the next time you’re out with friends and conversation hits a lull.