It’s that time of year: When we make those steadfast resolutions to a better everything, often to find that the impetus has petered out a few weeks down the road. Looking to make those resolutions stick? According to science, you may want to ditch those big proclamations and instead stick to these ways of easing into change.
Tiny Habits: Stanford researcher BJ Fogg, PhD has made a huge name for himself when it comes to itty-bitty change made on a consistent and daily basis. Here’s the concept: Link tiny acts of change to something you’re already doing anyhow. For example, every time you park your car, take three deep breaths.
More info here http://www.foggmethod.com
Go for Feelings, Not Goals: Instead of asking yourself what you want to achieve this year, try asking yourself how you want to feel instead. It’s a small but powerful change. So instead of “I want to lose 20 pounds,” try for “I want to feel healthy and strong.” The idea comes from happiness expert Christina Carter who is offering a free online coaching program “90 Days to a New Habit.” It starts January 6th.
Enroll here. http://courses.christinecarter.com/new-habits/ (We said free, right?)
Fast-Track Journaling: Research proves that writing thoughts, feelings and ideas leads to greater levels of happiness. But who has time for that? Enter The Five Minute Journal, a genius way to jot down the essentials (including gratitude and growth) in five minutes or less.
More here. http://www.fiveminutejournal.com