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Humans are often creatures of habit: we bite our nails, we exercise, take showers before nighttime, etc. Many of these habits go unnoticed by ourselves, until, suddenly, they get in the way or something, which prevents us from being happy, being healthy, or accomplishing any of the goals we wish to pursue in life. Sometimes they go unnoticed until something great is achieved, and we are the ones to try to figure out which practices got us there.

Either way, there are habits to create and ways to live that improve your life, and many of these things are things you should begin doing now. If you want your life to change, if you want to make it better, and if you want to live a long, happy life, even the smallest changes count. Here are 40 little things you need to remember to do that will make the hugest impact on your life.

Improve Your Life

Smile more

Studies show that smiling makes a person happier.

Stop Relying On Others To Make You Happy

You should not be giving anyone the power to make you feel a certain way. You control how you feel.

Say Thank You

You cannot appreciate what you already have if you are too busy concentrating on what you do not. Say thank you to remind yourself of your blessings.

Exercise Everyday

Forget the obese epidemic: bodies are meant to move. Exercising will give you more energy throughout the day and bring you more clarity.

Stop Drinking Soda

Sugar is one of the worst things to consume in extra amounts. Eliminating soda will hugely improve your health, especially if you are a chronic drinker.

Limit Electronic Use

Electronics help us communicate with people around the world and help us complete our tasks faster, but it disallows us from being in the moment. Slow down and appreciate what is around you and communicate with those you love. You only live once.

Meet New People

Sure, it could be scary to meet new people, but you don’t know whom you could be missing out on. Take a chance and introduce yourself.

Have A Pet

A pet is a priceless gift that will teach you patience, compassion for other beings, and love. That animal is to trust you for their life, and it is because of that beautiful vulnerability that you must give it all that you can.

Go To Sleep Now

There’s a reason why you feel so awful during the day. Sleep more: it’s good for you.

Never Eat Until You Are Full

When you feel full, you have overeaten. This is pain you are inflicting in your body, plus, when you overeat, it means you haven’t enjoyed your food like it was meant to be enjoyed.

Only Hang Around People That Make You Happy

Your happiness is too precious to waste on people who don’t deserve it.

Drink Water

Most of us are dehydrated: drink half of your weight in ounces every day.

Avoid Salt

Processed foods often have too much sodium, but if you do have them, skip the salt.

Avoid Processed Foods

They won’t give you the energy you need anyway.

Squat When You Poop

Sitting makes this process more difficult: humans are meant to squat. It prevents cancers and other ailments.

Eat Real Food

The average western diet is full of chemicals that don’t give you the nutrients you should be getting from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Stop Hating on your Body

It’s the only one you got. Remember that your body is an amazing system with an exponential amount of power waiting to be used.

Think Positively

Positive thoughts turn into a positive way of life. Don’t let the negative bring you down.

Don’t Have Alcohol Regularly

It’s poison.

Stand More

It’s better for your body.

Be Kind

You may be the only kind person that person has in their life.

Stop Judging Others

You don’t know what they have been through.

Massage Your Feet

They work so hard for you and hardly get enough attention.

Don’t Believe Commercials

Who said the things they say are real anyway?

Work Less

Work hard, but when it’s time to play, play.

Stop Being A Victim

You are only hurting yourself. Everything in your life you can change yourself.

Meditate

Find that inner piece; it doesn’t have to be in silence either. Meditation can come in listening to music, exercise, etc.

Leave The House Without Your Phone Occasionally

Being plugged in all the time isn’t helping your health and happiness.

Breathe With Your Stomach, Not With Your Chest

Look it up. Babies do it. You’ll have more energy.

Floss Your Teeth

Floss every day and they’ll stop bleeding.

Only Purchase What You Need

Anything else is waste.

Follow Your Dreams

Someone else won’t do it for you and life is too short anyways.

Read The Paper

Become informed about your world.

There are many people in the world that don’t have half of what you have.

Don’t Act On Fear

It’s no way to live. Act on happiness instead.

Cook Your Meals

Protect your body and your wallet.

Eat Organic

Stop supporting factory farms.

Manage Your Stress

Stress doesn’t change the situation; it only makes it worse.

Never Underestimate Yourself

You will do everything you put your mind to.

Have Fun

Don’t take life too seriously.

Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos for Fancycrave.com. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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