1. Write more personal notes — especially thank yous.
A study in Psychological Science showed that writing a thank you letter both improves the giver’s happiness and put the writer in more positive spirits. And even short notes to let someone know you’re thinking of them are real boosts.
2. Get more sleep.
Experts say you should aim to get between seven and eight hours of shut-eye each night. Why? Sleep can boost your immune system, prevent weight gain, improve your mood, strengthen your heart and more. Read on here.
3. Automate your savings.
According to the New York Time’s Smarter Living column, your paycheck should be making pit stops before it hits your account, getting a little smaller with each stop. The priority of these stops, and the amounts saved, will vary based on your current financial life, but the general idea is to automate your savings so you never have to think about saving anything.
4. Cook something new each week.
Variety is the spice of life. If you want to eat healthier, you might also find adding new ingredients and trying new recipes will keep things interesting.
5. Cut back on the alcohol.
Liquor sales have soared throughout the pandemic, and according to a study published on JAMA Network Open, while everyone they looked at reported drinking more since the pandemic started, there was a 41% increase in heavy drinking in women, compared to the previous year. Cutting back will help control weight gain, improve sleep, reduce both anxiety and your risk of certain cancers.