The concept of “tiny habit” was originally created by BJ Fogg as a result of his study on behavioral change. A brilliant graduate of Stanford University, Fogg is the founder of Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. He is also the creator of tinyhabits.com, where he shares his story with people and gives them information about on how to sign up for future learning sessions on the importance of tiny daily habits.
Building on that, here’s a list of tiny habits to incorporate in your daily routine that could change your life:
- Be grateful – as clichéic as it may sound, it is true. Being actively grateful, every day, does have the power of setting your brain to positivity. A daily act of conscious effort of looking for something to be grateful makes all the difference, for it gives you a totally different perspective. It makes you less prone to conflicts, especially with your loved ones, because you are more likely to see the good in every situation and realize it almost always outweighs the bad.
- Write daily – now here’s a habit many people swear by, saying that it helps you structure your thoughts and develop your creative side. It also makes for a very efficient way of expressing yourself and why not, unloading some of that sadness, anxiety or anger onto a blank piece of paper.
- Making a daily plan – it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to put down all the plans for the day. This will help you stay organized and motivated throughout the day.
- Breathe correctly – many people are unaware of the impact breathing has on physiological and psychological well-being. Most of us breathe into the upper chest, which is not the best way to breathe because it signals the body that we are under stress even when we are not. Instead, practice relaxed diaphragmatic breathing – or deep breathing – which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and which causes the brain to release endorphins which in turn reduces muscle tension and feelings of anxiety. It also oxygenates our blood, which contributes to fat loss and increases our energy.
- Be strategically selfish (sometimes) – it’s okay to say “no” once in a while to unreasonable requests, that are practically energy-drainers. Instead, learn to prioritize your self-growth and development. Taking care of yourself is not a crime, and in the long term, it will help you be able to properly take care of others as well.