Being happy, healthy and wealthy doesn’t happen accidentally. As Napoleon Hill said, “No one drifts to success.”
Being happy, healthy and wealthy are all within you control. You may not go from being overweight, depressed and in debt to buff, happy and rich overnight, but you have the opportunity everyday to get one step closer. As Viktor Frankl used to say, between a stimulus and a response is a space and in that space is when we make a choice.
Below are 10 daily habits to get closer to success. Try these each for one week and watch your life transform.
1. Wake up grateful; list 10 things you are grateful for everyday
As part of our morning ritual, we list the 10 things each day for which we’re most grateful. Sure, we repeat ourselves a lot, but it’s a good reminder. When we say thank you for waking up, the beautiful sunrise our successes, our subconscious picks up on this.
2. Leave early for work and drive the speed limit
This sounds silly, even unreasonable, but for many a stressful day begins behind the wheel. We’re amazed by the number of soccer moms who drive 30 to 40 miles per hour in school zones and the Speed Racers who dart from lane to lane only to end up next to us at the red light.
You have the power to make this part of your day relaxing and reflective or enjoy a few good tunes while dancing in your seat. Go ahead. Sing a bit and make driving a happy time.
3. Go for a 15 minute walk
There are multiple benefits to walking. Getting out of the office gives you a break away from work to clear your mind or lets you to have a good talk with someone.
Another benefit is improved health. Taking a break reduces stress, breath fresh air and burn calories. If you walk for 15 minutes at a good pace, you’ll burn up to 60 calories. Calculate how many you burn here.
4. Eat more fruits and veggies; take 3 servings (snacks) to work
We, too, can down a bag of potato chips in one sitting. We do, at least, eat three servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It keeps us going, if you know what I mean. Both fruit and veggies are the closest we come to eating life without swallowing live goldfish. The fresher our food, the easier it is for our body to deliver sustainable nutrients to our cells.
How do we do it? Every day we have one piece for breakfast, typically a banana or apple. For lunch, we have another piece of fruit. Finally, our afternoon snack is crudite with hummus or yogurt-based ranch dressing.
5. Say “I love You”
“She knows I love her. I married her didn’t I?” Who wants to hear that? No one. That’s who! Telling someone, our spouse, partner, parents and especially our children that we love them reminds them and us that we’re happy they’re in our lives. Remember the first time your spouse or child told you they loved you? Bring back that loving feeling.
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6. Log your spending
One of the keys to being money conscious is to know where your money goes. Download the Mint app, keep an Excel spreadsheet or a notebook to stay on top of your spending. If you don’t know where you’re spending, then you’re financially unconscious. How can you expect to be wealthy if you don’t know where your money goes?
7. Smile and say good morning to five people
What do you do when someone smiles at you? You smile back. Science shows that the simple act of smiling can change our mood. Doing this every day not only put us in a better mood, it puts those around us in a better mood.
8. Create a to-do list, do them and cross them off
Too often our days are one long rush. Rush the kids to school, rush to work, rush to this meeting and that meeting, rush home to get the kids, cram a meal down, and then rush to bed and wonder why we can’t sleep. We don’t take the time to stop and ask what’s important for ME today. What will help me make this day better?
9. Read a personal finance or motivational blog
Another trait of the money conscious is an awareness of what’s going on in the finance world. You don’t need to be a hedge fund manager, just aware. Here are some of our favorites:
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10. Write down one free activity on your list of things to do
Boredom and lack of planning are budget killers. Having a reservoir of free or cheap things to do is a great way to enjoy life, save money and stay entertained. Use the AnyList app with the whole family and everyone can contribute.
Let us know in the comment section below what works and doesn’t work for you.