10 Daily Habits for a Happier & Healthier Life

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Kim Chwalek

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It’s time to take note of your blessings and ramp up your daily ritual! With a tried-and-true, consistent routine, you can make the most out of each and every day. While the perfect life looks different to everyone, implementing even one or two of these ten daily habits can greatly benefit you. Keep reading to learn more about the top ten daily habits for a happier and healthier life.


For A Happier & Healthier Life

1. Take a 30-Minute Walk in the Morning

A morning walk gives you the time to reflect, relax, and set your intentions for the day. It’s also a good time to think about your future goals and dreams before you get wrapped up in your day-to-day tasks. If you commit to this daily habit, you may find yourself look forward to this time, just to yourself, to envision all of the incredible possibilities ahead!

5 Benefits of a Morning Walk

1. Increase Endorphins: Naturally enhances your mood and self-esteem.

2. Improve Circulation: Increases blood flow to carry necessary oxygen and nutrients.

3. Boost Brain Function: Restores damaged neurons and renovates the white matter in our brains.

4. Improve Heart Health: Lowers your blood sugar and reduces your risk of heart disease.

5. Increase Productivity: Improves memory, concentration, and problem-solving.

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2. Power Up With a Superfood Breakfast

Superfoods can help you power you with energy all day! A good breakfast with superfoods gives you all the essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. To fuel your body after your morning walk, try making one of these seven superfood breakfast recipes:

Top 5 Superfoods

1. Avocado: Heart healthy, nutrient-rich, great for vision.

2. Berries: Antioxidant-rich, reduces inflammation, great for cognitive health.

3. Oats: Nutrient-rich, protects your heart, and good for stabilizing blood sugar levels.

4. Yogurt: Benefits digestive health, strengthens the immune system, and protects against osteoporosis.

5. Eggs: Promotes healthy hair and nails, good for brain health, and protects bones.

7 Best Superfood Breakfast Recipes

  1. Antioxidant Breakfast Smoothie

    Perfect for a morning boost. Packed with antioxidant-rich banana and berries, fiber-rich chia seeds, and hydrating coconut water.

  2. West Coast Avocado Toast

    Rich in fatty acids and vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. Take a slice of whole-grain avocado toast, spread it with hummus, and top with half an avocado, heirloom tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.

  3. Heart-Healthy Oatmeal

    A fiber-rich, heart healthy meal. Mix together oatmeal, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, and cocoa powder for a tasty breakfast treat.

  4. Smoked Salmon Bagel

    A protein-packed alternative to your regular bagel. Top your whole-grain bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and fresh dill.

  5. Summer Veggie Omelet

    Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, and fiber, this omelette is a summer show stopper. Fill your omelette with cheese, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, corn, avocado, and onion.

  6. Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

    Just one sweet potato gives you 400% of the vitamin A you need each day! This meal has plenty: mix together sweet potato, egg, bacon, onion, red bell pepper, kale, green onion, and garlic for a breakfast hash you won’t forget.

  7. Southwest Tofu Scramble

    Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids! This scramble is made of a mix of extra-firm tofu, olive oil, red onion, red pepper, kale, garlic, and chili.

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3. Jot Down Three Good Things

In between moments of hardship are moments of genuine beauty. It’s up to us to appreciate these moments and to train our brains to notice more of them! Write down three things that went well for you each day and explain why they went well. Over time, you will naturally compile a list of life’s “highs,” which will be fun to look back on in the future. For an easy way to keep track of your blessings, check out Anthropologie’s Happy In A Million Little Ways Gratitude Journal. This is one of many superb daily habits for a happier and healthier life.

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4. Read for 30 Minutes a Day

Did you know that a person who reads at an average pace for 30 minutes daily will get through 33 books in a year? Bookworms get plenty of health and happiness benefits in one year! Reading improves your intelligence, boosts your brain power, makes it easier to empathize with others, and helps you relax. All in all, it’s the perfect pastime! Need ideas on what to read? Check out my recommendations below.

Ready to create a joy-filled space? By now, you have likely heard of Marie Kondo’s philosophy: simplifying and organizing your life is critical to a serene environment. To tidy up your space, organize your items. First, clothes, then books, then paperwork, then miscellaneous items, and last, sentimental items. Only keep items that “spark joy.” According to Kondo, this feeling is a “little thrill, as if the cells in your body are slowly rising.” Keep items you genuinely love and you will feel physically healthier and more productive.

Marie Kondo on creating a joy-filled space:

“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change. That’s why putting your house in order should be done quickly. It allows you to confront the issues that are important. Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be establishing the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order.”

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6. Follow the “1-3-5 Rule”

The 1-3-5 rule is simple! Every day, write down nine items to accomplish before the day is over:

  • 1 Major Task: The must-do of your day.

  • 3 Medium Tasks: The tasks that keep your larger projects moving forward.

  • 5 Small Tasks: The easy-wins. You may want to delegate these as necessary.

At the beginning of each week, it may help to write all the tasks you want to get done. Then, you can categorize each task as a Major, Medium, or Small and distribute these tasks as you see fit throughout the week. This technique helps you focus on accomplishing the most important things on your to-do list!

Betty Liu on the 1-3-5 Rule

“I have to say; it’s been an amazing productivity booster. Just the act of writing something down makes you obligated to do it. And when you have the satisfaction at the end of the day of checking off that last item on that list, you feel so much better, as if you completed the day.”


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7. Focus on Your Passion Project

A passion project inspires you, brings you happiness, and puts you in a flow state. It’s the activity or enterprise you invest in to help explore your inner creativity, help you find meaning in your life, nurture your talents, and learn something new. Whether you want to start a blog, cultivate a garden, launch a YouTube channel, complete a home renovation project, train for a marathon, or take a pottery class, you must set aside 30 minutes daily to get started. Over time, 30 minutes a day will go a long way: 90 hours a year. Try a daily planner if you need help scheduling your day.



8. Cook Dark, Leafy Greens at Dinner

Dark, leafy greens pack a powerful punch! Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, folate, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, these nutritious vegetables fight inflammation, improve digestive health, support brain health, and contain anti-cancer properties. To boost your nutrition, consider trying these seven recipes for dinner (cooking is one of my favorite daily habits for a happier and healthier life):

Top 5 Nutrient-Rich Leafy Greens

Spinach: One cup of raw spinach provides 181% of the DV for vitamin K, 56% for vitamin A, and 13% for manganese.

Kale: One cup of raw kale packs 684% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, 206% for vitamin A, and 134% for vitamin C.

Collard Greens: Good source of calcium, vitamins A, B9 (folate), and C. They also pack 1,045% of the DV for vitamin K.

Beet Greens: Rich in Vitamin K, copper, manganese, iron, and calcium. They also contain plenty of nitrates, which help lower blood pressure.

Microgreens: Contain up to 40 times more nutrients than their mature counterparts.

Top 5 Leafy Green Recipes

  1. Kale, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Pasta

    An easy spinach and goat cheese pasta recipe packed with healthy greens and tons of flavor from onion, garlic, and tangy goat cheese.

  2. Kale & Soba With Garlic Butter Mushrooms

    A delicious and easy noodle bowl. Vegan-friendly and packed with tons of flavor!

  3. Super Green Vegetable Soup

    This soup contains nutritious vegetables like leeks, zucchini, green beans, herbs, and leafy greens.

  4. Jamaican Callaloo

    A popular local staple green leafy vegetable cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and Scotch bonnet pepper.

  5. Veggie Cakes With Green Vegetables

    Grated zucchini, broccoli, and spinach form the base of these veggie patties, with a handful of peas tossed in for sweetness.



9. Set Aside Time for Self-Care

Self-care helps you stay mentally and emotionally strong. It benefits nearly every aspect of your life, from your relationships to your finances. Whether you love mindfulness, meditation, or prayer, there are many ways to be more intentional about your self-care practice. It’s important to find activities that are fun or meaningful to you. Here are ten ideas to get you started:

  • Read a book: I’ve got plenty of ideas for you.

  • Say a prayer: Faith builds resilience by helping us see our circumstances through a long-term perspective.
  • Call a friend: Catch up on life and plan a future trip together.

  • Take a bubble bath: Add candles, put on a face mask, and watch your favorite TV show.

  • Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers: Brighten your room and your mood!

  • Take a leisurely walk: Relax and get some fresh air.

  • Try a homemade face mask: Pamper your skin. Then, plan your five-step skincare routine.

  • Do yoga: Stretch your body to release any leftover tension.

  • Bake a dessert: Cookies, brownies, fudge…need I say more?

  • Get a massage: Treat yourself to a 60-minute professional massage on the weekend.

  • Try a new hobby: Do what you’ve always wanted to do.


10. Stretch Before Bedtime

Stretching before bedtime is the perfect way to release tension that has built up throughout the day. It also improves blood flow and relieves muscle tension, aiding muscle recovery and sleep quality. After you unwind, you can sink into a peaceful night of deep sleep.


Thank you for visiting! If you enjoyed this post on daily habits for a happier and healthier life, check out How to Reduce Stress Naturally, 10 Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem, and How to Love Yourself Unconditionally.

XO, Kim

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