2 Key Habits that will Kickstart your Health & Happiness

2 Key Habits that will Kickstart your Health & Happiness

Good leads to good. 

Positivity creates more positivity. 

Doing something that boosts your happiness will…create momentum for more happiness! 

I've written about and published academic articles on this for quite some time now, calling the phenomenon the "Primacy of Positivity"; and I'm always pleased to see others adopt or recommend a similar approach like Meg Selig has done on the Psychology Today website…

What if you decided to change one simple habit and discovered that your life became better in all sorts of ways that you never could have anticipated?

Such is the case when you adopt a “keystone habit.” “Keystone habits” are habits that spark a cascade of other positive changes, often unrelated to the original change.  These “chain reactions…help other good habits take hold,” according to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit. 

Keystone habits have what I like to call “spark power.” And there are two habits that seem to have megatons of such “spark power,” igniting numerous other beneficial changes. I’ll first reveal the direct benefits of each habit, then the incredible, unexpected “keystone benefits.”

Keystone Habit #1: Exercise.

Direct benefits.  A list of the many health benefits of an exercise would fill a dictionary-sized book. To name just a few, moderate exercise can:

  • Improve health by lowering blood pressure, lowering diabetes risk, strengthening bones, and much, much more. (See this blog for details.)

  • Increase longevity, even in small doses.

  • Lift your mood and reduce stress.

  • Keep your memory and your brain healthy. (Details here.)

  • Beef up your immune system.

  • Help you maintain a healthy weight.

Keystone benefits.

Exercise also possesses the amazing power to foster other good habits. “When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly,” Duhigg writes, citing numerous research studies to back up this claim.  Even as infrequently as once a week.  That’s a small investment that can spark keystone benefits such as these:

  • Eating healthier food.

  • Becoming more productive at work.

  • Smoking less.

  • Becoming more patient.

  • Using credit cards less.

It’s incredible to think that even the simple habit of regular exercise one day a week could get the ball rolling and create the potential for so many positive rewards…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE