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After a disastrous year, 2021 has finally arrived, and we all hope that it’s way better than 2020. To start this wonderful year on a thriving note, here are 21 habits that can help you have a fantastic 2021!

  1. Exercise
  2. Drink a lot of water
  3. Start journaling
  4. Meditation and yoga
  5. Live the Golden Rule
  6. Find a new hobby 
  7. Volunteer
  8. Laugh more
  9. Write out daily goals
  10. Get sleep
  11. Learn a new language
  12. Read more books
  13. Start a budget plan
  14. Surround yourself with good people
  15. Social media detox
  16. Create a goal list for the rest of the year
  17. Indoor gardening
  18. Use the 5 by 5 rule
  19. Check the news
  20. Read a quote every morning
  21. Be happy

It might seem like a lot, but it’s not that bad, and the best part is that you don’t have to do each of them. Choose a few of your favorite ones that you think will make you even more successful in 2021!

1. Exercise

This is the first thing on almost everyone’s New Year resolutions, but it’s definitely one of the last things to actually be done consistently. I’m going to repeat it once more so you understand how important it is. Exercise. It can do wonders to you, physically and mentally.

2. Drink a Lot of Water

H20. A vital part of our life. Everyone knows this, but a lot of people drink water only when it’s necessary. This year, make it a habit to drink water even if it’s not necessary. The more water, the better for your body because of all the advantages, like easy weight loss, clear skin, and much more.

3. Start Journaling

One of the best ways to keep a strong and healthy mind is to write your thoughts down. It’s been scientifically proven that journaling can help keep a clear mind, reduce stress and anxiety levels, boost your happiness, and improve your immune function.

4. Yoga

You’ve definitely heard of this from more than one person, but yoga is a great way to stay fit, physically and mentally. Yoga might be one of the few things in the whole wide world that can do both to you. It can help you lose weight as well as keep you from being overstressed.

5. Live the Golden Rule

The Golden Rule says “do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” which is basically a fancy way of saying that you should treat other people the way you would like to be treated. If there’s one habit on here that I think you guys should follow, it’s definitely this one.

6. Find a New Hobby

We don’t realize it, but we have so much free time on our hands. There are hundreds of thousands of things out there that can suit your needs, whether it’s something related to sports, crafts, writing, or cooking. Literally, anything you’re interested in can be a hobby.

7. Volunteer

Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen, tutoring kids through Zoom, or fundraising for a good cause, volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and make yourself feel happy at the same time.

8. Laugh More

This isn’t anything new. We’ve all heard of the saying “laughter is the best medicine,” but it’s time to actually follow it. It might be reading really cheesy pick-up lines, watching The Tonight Show, or hanging out with your friends, but do what you have to do to laugh more.

9. Write Out Daily Goals

One of the easiest ways to increase productivity is to write out daily goals. Anyone that’s done this can attest to the fact that it’s a fantastic way to be on top of things and still make time for yourself, like going to the gym, catching up on a good book, or binge-watching a Netflix show.

10. Get More Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re going to wake up super cranky and take out all of that anger on your friends, coworkers, and family, which isn’t fair to them or you. Out of the 24 hours in a day, make sure to sleep at least 6 hours, if not more, so you can stay refreshed and on top of things.

11. Learn a New Language

You probably won’t be going to another country anytime soon because of the pandemic, but you can still learn a new language. There are huge benefits to learning a new language, like being able to communicate with others and watching some great shows on Netflix.

12. Read More Books

Everyone loves TV shows and movies. But do you want to know what’s even better? Books. Finding a good book, getting your cup of coffee, sitting down in a recliner with your blanket wrapped around you, and reading. It sounds magical, doesn’t it? It’s even better to actually do it.

13. Start a Budget Plan

All of us love to spend money on clothes, food, and vacations, but when we get that monthly statement back, we start to panic. Instead of having a monthly panic session, have a monthly planning session. Budget everything out for the month, like groceries, gas, loans, mortgage, and etc., and save the rest of the money in the bank.

14. Surround Yourself With Good People

Surrounding yourself with good people is almost as hard as running a full marathon because it’s hard to find people that are truly there for you. So many people in your life are pass-by people that don’t care that much for you, but once you find people that care, whether that’s coworkers, friends, or significant others, you’ll start to appreciate more of life.

15. Social Media Detox

Social media is a beautiful thing. It brings the whole world together, but there are also just as many repercussions from it, like low self-esteem and feeling left out, which is why you should take a break from it. It doesn’t have to be a long detox or anything, but every week, just take a day off from social media.

16. Create a Goal List for the Rest of the Year

Everyone has things that they want to accomplish by the next year, but this year, take the time to actually write it out which making them more attainable. Each time you finish that goal, cross it off with a big red marker, and celebrate with a slice of cake.

17. Indoor Gardening

Contrary to the belief that plants can only be grown outdoors, indoor gardening is a great way to start the new year. Not only are plants good for the environment and give oxygen, but studies have shown that they can also create a mindful environment that can help you relax, boost concentration levels, eliminate air pollutants, and much more.

18. Use the 5 by 5 Rule

It’s very simple: if it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it. So many things that we think about are not worth the stress and time that it takes from us. The 5 by 5 rule can remove the stress and time spent over worrying and give us plenty of happiness.

19. Check the News

Every day, millions of things take place around the Earth. You don’t have to know about all those millions of things, but you can still learn about a few of those things by watching or reading the news. It’s a great way to keep up with things that are happening in sports, entertainment, politics, and more.

20. Read a Quote Every Morning

Instead of waking up every morning and scrolling through your Instagram feed, take a second to start your day by reading a quote (Motivation on the App Store is a great place to start). The one quote you read in the morning might just be the one that makes your morning a little bit easier.

21. Be Happy

Just be happy. If that means spending more time with friends and family, do it (but please be safe). If that means quitting your job and starting a business, do it. Whatever you have to do to be happy, sans becoming a criminal, do it because you deserve a good year.

How Much Time Will It Take to Make These Habits Routines?

Many studies have shown that to make habits routines, it only takes 21 days of doing something continuously. Whether that means setting a reminder on your phone or having a friend do it with you, do what you need to do to make these habits routines and change your life for the better.

Why Should I Start Doing These Habits?

Why should you not start doing these habits? You’re not going to be losing anything if you try, and the only thing that comes out of it are benefits that are advantageous to you and your lifestyle.

Sources: Intermountain Healthcare, Summit Medical Group, Healthline