• Making tiny adjustments to your day-to-day life could have a massive impact on your future happiness. Here are a few tips for hacking your habits.

    Making tiny adjustments to your day-to-day life could have a massive impact on your future happiness. Here are a few tips for hacking your habits.

  • STOP HITTING SNOOZE:  Think of all those hours wasted waiting for your alarm to go off again. Hitting snooze messes with your sleep and some studies have found it even impairs your brain function that day. Instead, give yourself the requisite amount of sleep. Stop hitting snooze, get out of bed, and face the day.

    STOP HITTING SNOOZE: Think of all those hours wasted waiting for your alarm to go off again. Hitting snooze messes with your sleep and some studies have found it even impairs your brain function that day. Instead, give yourself the requisite amount of sleep. Stop hitting snooze, get out of bed, and face the day.

  • PICK AN UPLIFTING ALARM:  This is the first sound you'll hear every day. Why not make it something fun and positive? You could even record a motivational message to help you bounce out of bed in the morning.

    PICK AN UPLIFTING ALARM: This is the first sound you'll hear every day. Why not make it something fun and positive? You could even record a motivational message to help you bounce out of bed in the morning.

  • LEARN TO MEDITATE:  You don't have to be a spiritual person to enjoy the benefits of meditation. Taking a few minutes every day to calm your brain and take stock could help keep your mind healthy. Apps like Headspace are great for beginners.

    LEARN TO MEDITATE: You don't have to be a spiritual person to enjoy the benefits of meditation. Taking a few minutes every day to calm your brain and take stock could help keep your mind healthy. Apps like Headspace are great for beginners.

  • DO A SHORT WORKOUT EVERY DAY:  If you're too busy to hit the gym, fear not. You can do 15 minutes of yoga, go jogging, or follow a free YouTube High Intensity Interval Training session at home. A short workout every day could have a massive impact on your physical - and mental - health over time.

    DO A SHORT WORKOUT EVERY DAY: If you're too busy to hit the gym, fear not. You can do 15 minutes of yoga, go jogging, or follow a free YouTube High Intensity Interval Training session at home. A short workout every day could have a massive impact on your physical - and mental - health over time.

  • SAY THANK YOU:  Expressing gratitude as often as possible can have a major impact on your outlook. It helps you see the positives in every situation, and count your blessings. It also encourages others to be positive. Saying 'thank you' will keep you humble, and remind you of the sheer wonder of your own existence.

    SAY THANK YOU: Expressing gratitude as often as possible can have a major impact on your outlook. It helps you see the positives in every situation, and count your blessings. It also encourages others to be positive. Saying 'thank you' will keep you humble, and remind you of the sheer wonder of your own existence.

  • AND LEARN TO SAY NO:  Most people have a hard time saying no. We worry it will hurt feelings or make us look bad. However, according to the University of California in San Francisco, the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress. Learning to say no can help you avoid burnout, boost your feelings of self worth, and gives you more time for the projects you actually want to work on.

    AND LEARN TO SAY NO: Most people have a hard time saying no. We worry it will hurt feelings or make us look bad. However, according to the University of California in San Francisco, the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress. Learning to say no can help you avoid burnout, boost your feelings of self worth, and gives you more time for the projects you actually want to work on.

  • LISTEN MORE:  The saying goes that we were given two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Learning to pipe down and listen to others is a valuable skill. You will form stronger bonds with friends and colleagues, learn more about the world, and form more educated opinions if you learn to listen.

    LISTEN MORE: The saying goes that we were given two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Learning to pipe down and listen to others is a valuable skill. You will form stronger bonds with friends and colleagues, learn more about the world, and form more educated opinions if you learn to listen.

  • SAVE (AND INVEST):  Everyone needs a rainy day fund. Don't put off saving - start small. There are even savings apps that round up your purchases to the nearest pound and save the extra. And once you have a nest egg, consider investing a percentage of it - remember, diversified portfolios perform better.

    SAVE (AND INVEST): Everyone needs a rainy day fund. Don't put off saving - start small. There are even savings apps that round up your purchases to the nearest pound and save the extra. And once you have a nest egg, consider investing a percentage of it - remember, diversified portfolios perform better.

  • READ MORE:  Make sure you read a book or long-form article for at least 30 minutes every day. Reading regularly improves memory function, stimulates the brain - which can stave off diseases like Alzheimer's, boosts your vocabulary and reduces stress. What are you waiting for?

    READ MORE: Make sure you read a book or long-form article for at least 30 minutes every day. Reading regularly improves memory function, stimulates the brain - which can stave off diseases like Alzheimer's, boosts your vocabulary and reduces stress. What are you waiting for?

  • 'THINK' FOR AN HOUR A WEEK:  In our busy, stressed out lives, many of us feel like we don't have time to think. Scheduling thinking time into your schedule gives you time to plan and strategise. You don't have to think about work; take a sheet of paper and write “I want to…” Try different versions of this exercise:

    'THINK' FOR AN HOUR A WEEK: In our busy, stressed out lives, many of us feel like we don't have time to think. Scheduling thinking time into your schedule gives you time to plan and strategise. You don't have to think about work; take a sheet of paper and write “I want to…” Try different versions of this exercise: "I want to create/explore/become/help/give"

  • REDUCE YOUR USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA:  Social media has become a major part of our lives but could be having an adverse effect on our happiness. It has been linked to depression and addictive behaviour. It could also be reducing the amount of time you spend socialising in the real world. Try and cut amount of time you spend on Facebook, Instagram etc.

    REDUCE YOUR USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Social media has become a major part of our lives but could be having an adverse effect on our happiness. It has been linked to depression and addictive behaviour. It could also be reducing the amount of time you spend socialising in the real world. Try and cut amount of time you spend on Facebook, Instagram etc.

  • CLEAN AS YOU GO:  Tidy and wash dishes as you go. Otherwise mess can hit soul-destroying proportions. If you tackle small chores as you go, little by little, you won't have to take an entire day for a big clean-up.

    CLEAN AS YOU GO: Tidy and wash dishes as you go. Otherwise mess can hit soul-destroying proportions. If you tackle small chores as you go, little by little, you won't have to take an entire day for a big clean-up.

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12 easy habits that could totally change your life

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 20 Mar 2018

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