5 small changes you can make for a better, happier life!

5 small changes you can make for a better, happier life!

Achieving happiness requires little more than doing a few small things, every day.

And happiness is often found within the small things.

So if you want a better life, a life with more happiness…just remember to do these 5 small things:

Via Science of Us by Melissa Dahl

It is a New Year, which means, if we are to believe the PR pitches in my inbox, it is time for a New You. But perhaps you would rather just make some slight improvements to Old You, instead of going to the trouble of creating a whole New You from scratch. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lessons from behavioral science over the years, all of which are smallish ways that can help you create significant changes in your life. New You is just Old You with slightly better habits.

Take advantage of the weirdly powerful effect of writing.

In particular, some of us live and die by our to-do lists, and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin — author of the 2014 book The Organized Mind — has a theory on their underrated power:

I think this is really important, that you write down all the things that you have to do, clear it out of your head so that you’re not using neuro resources with that little voice reminding you to pick up milk on the way home and to check to see if you paid the utility bill and that you have to call back Aunt Tilly because she left a voicemail and she’s going to worry and all this chatter — get it out of your head, write it down, then prioritize things.

Also: Regular journaling (as in, three 20-minute sessions per week) seems to help with mood regulation and goal achievement. (And bullet journaling specifically gets a nod of approval from Levitin, too, if that’s the kind of person you want to be in 2017.)

…keep reading the full and original article HERE