Many people see the new year as a fresh start. They desire to start new habits to make their lives better.
The common thought that it takes 21 days to build a new habit is actually inaccurate. According to science, it actually takes between 18 to 254 days to form a new habit.
If you want a better life in the coming year, you have the power to make choices to make that happen. Here are some of the best habits you can start in 2022.
1. Start your day early and have time to yourself
I recently got in the habit of meditating in the morning everyday before I get started in my daily tasks. Taking time to yourself can help start your day off on a peaceful and positive note.
According to a five-year study of self-made millionaires, 50% of them were early risers. They woke up at least three hours before their actual work day. Even if you don't wake up that early, waking up to have a little time to yourself can help put you in the right frame of mind.
2. Create a goals list
According to Psychological Today, goal-setting is linked to higher-achievement. Research has shown it can build our self-confidence and motivation. Another study found 76% of people who write down their goals, actions, and provided a weekly progress to report to their friend were successful in achieving their goals.
3. Practice focused thinking on what you can control
Another finding from the five-year study found that many rich people spend 15 to 30 minutes reflecting on their life. They reflect on their well-being, their relationships, and their career. Take time to think about how your life is now and what you can do to make changes to it if you feel it's needed.
4. Increase your gratitude
- Higher chance of new relationships
- Improves physical well-being
- Improves psychological well-being
- Increases empathy
- Improves sleep
- Improves self-esteem
- Increase mental strength
5. Prioritize exercise
Many successful people make exercise a regular part of their routine. Research has shown exercise improves productivity, energy levels, decreases fatigue, reduces stress, and improves overall well-being. Increased energy and happiness helps you to be more efficient in what you do in life.
6. Be more giving
Giving to others has been proven to stimulate the reward center in our brains. The release of dopamine makes us feel good. Make it a habit to volunteer more and help people out when you can.
7. Get a proper amount of rest regularly
Energy really is one of the main keys to achieving success in life. If you're tired and agitated, you likely won't get that much done. Some of the top benefits of sleep include:
- Improved mood
- Sharper mind
- Better athletic performance
There are many other new habits you can pick up for the start of the year. Feel free to read the articles below to add more to your list.