5 positive habits to make in 2021 for better wellbeing
Leave the bad vibes in 2020, raise a glass, and set your intentions for the New Year with these five positive 'revolutions'.
2020 has been a year that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but it’s time to turn the tables and let the good times roll.
It can be easy to let your lockdown routine run over into the New Year and continue with the same habits that might have been holding you back during the pandemic. But with a little bit of inspiration, you could switch these habits out for more positive practices to help make this year the best yet.
2021 signals a brand new beginning. We’d therefore like to raise a glass and propose a simple toast: To you. Welcome home. Welcome back to your best self.
Here are 5 top tips from Doctor Andy Cope, who specialises in the science of positive psychology. These New Year’s 'revolutions' will help make 2021 your happiest year ever:
1. Quit your ‘wait problem’
Too many people are kicking happiness into the long grass; I’ll be happy when C-19 goes away, I’ll be happy at Easter, I’ll be happy in the summer, I’ll be happy when we get back to ‘normal’…
We’re experiencing a massive ‘wait problem’. Getting stuck in the rut of wishing your life away is a terrible waste of your days. Quit waiting for happiness. Keeping a gratitude journal is a good way to reinforce the positives in your life, carve out new dreams and ambitions, worry less and live more.
The Gratitude List Journal (£30) is an all-in-one velvet book featuring note pages, a bullet-point journal and motivational quotes.
2. The year of hugging
When restrictions are lifted, treat your loved ones to extended hugs. For the love to transfer between two people a hug needs to last 7 seconds or longer (be warned, counting out loud spoils the effect).
3. Wield your kindness super-power
2020 had its troubles but it also brought out plenty of full fat human kindness. Here are the 5 levels of kindness. Aim for mastery in 2021.
a) Kindness to yourself (self-care)
b) Kindness for no reason (be a bucket filler)
c) Random acts of kindness (5 a day)
d) Anonymous random acts of kindness (niceness ninja)
e) Be kind to the unkind (niceness grand master)
4. Do less. Be more.
Commit to being less busy. Invest in relationships. Be fully present with the people you love.
5. Create a ripple
Appreciate that your happiness is bigger than you. It has a ripple effect and [positively] infects those around you. A happy friend will make you 14% happier. A happy sibling will increase your happiness by 17%. A happy neighbour raises your happiness by a whopping 34%. So quit waiting for someone else to start the happiness revolution. Step up! Be that friend. Be that brother/sister. Be that neighbour.