The idea of using tiny habits to change your life may be a concept you have never heard of previously. Indeed some of the tiny habits we will cover may seem too small to make a difference in your life, but they have been proven to work. 1. The first tiny habit is to stop drinking soda and energy drinks. You need to drink clean filtered water with lemon or lime juice as examples. Always have one glass of water as soon as you wake up. It is recommended to drink one glass before bedtime as you dehydrate during the night through sweating. Drink the amount of water per day that is recommended for your body size. If you are tiny, you do not need ½ galleon of water or more per day. 2. Get your smile on. Smiling triggers muscles around the mouth that tell your brain to release "happy chemicals." The more you smile, the better you will feel. Start building the habit by smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror when you wake up and go to bed. 3. Never stop learning. Try to learn something new every day, whether it is a new word or an interesting fact about a subject you love. 4. Read something every day. Try to read a page or two from a self-help book or read a list of positive affirmations. Keeping your brain active and filled with positive information will change your life. 5. Work on forgiveness daily. Start by forgiving yourself when you make mistakes. When you remember something you did years ago that was negative, take the time to forgive yourself. Always look for ways to forgive the people in your life. Harboring grudges and ill feelings will negatively impact your life. 6. Start tracking your money daily. See what goes out of your wallet and what goes in. You should always save your receipts, and you should be in the habit of checking your receipt immediately after each purchase. The more money you have in your wallet, the more you can invest in yourself. 7. Do daily affirmations. Keep a file card with the top 3 affirmations that improve your mindset. Always remember to repeat your number one affirmation before you go to sleep at night. To kick it up a notch, after you get out of the shower, look in the mirror and say an affirmation with power in your voice. This sends a message to your brain that you believe in this affirmation, and the brain will work on it. 8. Getting up earlier takes willpower. Remind yourself daily that getting up early will improve your life by giving you the quiet time to work on making your dreams come true. This is a good time for yoga, meditation, or sitting quietly and acknowledging the higher power in your life. 9. Listen to positive podcasts on your commute to work. Pick podcasts that will help you grow as an individual. Listening to a sports podcast in the car is not advisable. Remember that your vehicle can be a university on wheels or that you can shut out the noise of the bus/subway while growing as a human being. 10. Take care of yourself. Find different moments in the day where you can invest in self-care. It could be a hot bath with essential oils or massaging your face and scalp in the shower with a special hand massager and high-quality soap. 11. Avoid letting your home getting cluttered. A quick tidy up after a meal should include the whole house. This doesn't mean getting out the vacuum; it just means do a quick walkabout and pick those cups, magazines, or flyers lying around. 12. Build the tiny habit of really listening to what other people say. When you are in a conversation, let the other person do most of the talking and see what you can learn from them.
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