Microsteps are small, science-backed steps we can start taking immediately to build healthy habits that significantly improve our lives. Unlike New Year’s resolutions, which may become hard to keep, microsteps are too small to fail.
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The Navy SEALS use a stress reduction method called “box breathing.” All you have to do is inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and exhale for a count of four. It activates our parasympathetic nervous system, lowering our levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Our phones are repositories of everything we need to put away to allow us to sleep—our to-do lists, our inboxes, multiple projects, and problems. Disconnecting from the digital world will help us sleep better, and deeply recharge.
An easy way to add the power of gratitude to our lives is through what researchers call “habit stacking,” where you attach a new habit to an existing one. So every time you brush your teeth, simply think of three things you’re grateful for.
When you wake up, don't start your day by looking at the phone. Instead, take at least one minute to breathe deeply or set your intentions for the day.
There’s no prize for working the most hours per week or making the most money.
The question is how much joy you’ve brought into people’s lives and how much have you made the world a better place.
“Perhaps the most important thing I learned in more than a thousand hours of interviews is that a life transition is a meaning-making exercise.”
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