How habits impact your wellbeing
Raise your hand if you want to be happy, healthy and rich! You CAN change for the better, and it starts with making simple changes in your daily life. So, what habits do you need to practice each day to reduce stress, feel better and get on the road to financial independence?
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Change your life with daily habits
On this episode of Queer Money®, we’re discussing 10 habits that will make you happier, healthier and wealthier. We begin by explaining why habits are crucial in making positive change, describing how practicing gratitude and showing kindness to others will attract more joy into your life.
We go on to share our top three habits for improving your wellbeing and challenge you to do little things that will better your mental and physical health. Listen in for advice on implementing simple money habits that will build wealth over time and learn what you can do TODAY to be a happier, healthier member of the queer community—well on your way to financial freedom!“Find inspiring and educating information out there to lift you up … because we need positivity to get us out of these dark times.”Click To Tweet
3 habits to be happier
1. List 5 things you are grateful for every day
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 good for our souls. When we say “thank you” for waking up, the beautiful sunrise, our successes, our subconscious picks up on this. We emit a positive vibration that, per the Third Law of Motion, return equal energy to us.
2. 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 to have them in our lives. Remember the first time your spouse or child told you they loved you? Bring back that loving feeling again and again.
How to start the money talk with your partner:
3. Smile and say good morning to 5 people
What happens 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 puts us in a better mood, but it also puts those around us in a better mood.
3 habits to be healthier
4. Leave early for work and drive the speed limit
This sounds silly, even unreasonable, but for many a stressful day starts behind the wheel. We’re amazed by the number of soccer moms who drive 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 red lights.
You have the power to make this part of your day relaxing and reflective or to enjoy a few good tunes while dancing in your seat. Sing a bit and make driving a happy time.
5. 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 have a good talk with someone.
Another benefit is improved health. Taking a break reduces stress, breathe fresh air and burn calories. If you walk for 15 minutes at a good pace, you’ll burn up to 60 calories.
6. Eat more fruits and veggies
We can down a bag of potato chips in one sitting. We do, also, 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.
4 habits to be wealthier
7. Log your spending
Better yet, sign up for our Budget Buster Bundle to get the same Dynamic Budget we and many of our course members use. It’s helped us pay off $51,000 in credit card debt and save a surplus of over $800,000. Sign up here.
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?
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? Write it down. Then, cross it off.
9. Read a personal finance or a motivational blog
Another trait of being 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 be aware. Some of our favorite personal finance blogs can be found here.
Some of our favorite blogs can be found here.
10. Add one free activity on your list of to-dos
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 apps such as the Groupon app and The Entertainment Book to find free and cheap things to do in your area.
3 fun and effective ways to make your vision board
Resources for your finances
- Debt Free Guys Fabulous Life Combo
- Sam Schultz from Honeyfi on Queer Money® EP098
- Debt Free Guys Couples Money Guide
- The Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area
- Credit Card Pay Off Plan
- Debt Free Guys Budget Buster Bundle
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- The ONE Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
- Queer Money Facebook Group
- Queer Money on Instagram
- Subscribe on iTunes
- Email [email protected]