When I think about the habits that I wanted to cultivate, or talk to people about their happiness challenges, it seems as though just about every habit that people seek to make or break falls into the “Big Seven":
  1. Eat and drink more healthfully.
    Give up sugar, eat more vegetables, drink less alcohol.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Save and spend wisely.
    Save regularly, pay down debt, donate to worthy causes, make purchases that contribute to happiness or habits, pay taxes, stay current with expense reports.
  4. Rest, relax, and enjoy.
    Pursue a hobby instead of cruising the internet, enjoy the moment, stop checking email, get enough sleep, spend less time in the car, take time for myself. {Read more here: http://bit.ly/2dbzDU7 }
  5. Stop procrastinating, make consistent progress.
    Practice an instrument, set aside two hours daily for uninterrupted work, learn a language, maintain a blog, keep a gratitude journal. {Read more here: http://bit.ly/2cU0qql }
  6. Simplify, clear, and organize.
    Make the bed every day, file regularly, put keys away in the same place, recycle, give away unused clothing. {Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ckzMY9 }
  7. Engage more deeply—with other people, with God, with yourself, with the world.
    Call family members, read the Bible every day, volunteer, spend time with friends, observe the Sabbath, spend time alone in nature.