New Year’s is traditionally a time to try to break old habits and encourage new ones. We all know that there are positive and negative habits. But did you know that there are a few “keystone” habits that once adopted tend to produce a landslide of other positive changes.

 

Studies over the last decade show the impact of fitness on people’s daily routines and they have found even exercising infrequently as once a week, start other unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. People who exercise start eating better adn become more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and feel less stressed. it is not clear why taking time for fitness is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.

 

Another such habit is eating family meals. Studies have shown that families that habitually eat dinner together seem to raise children with better homework skills, higher grades, greater emotional control and more confidence.

 

Guess which habit is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and a greater facility with following a budget? It is making your bed eat morning. Since finding out about this I have been making my bed diligently, and keeping to my budget!

 

The last one is keeping a food journal. A 2009 study asked 1600 obese people to write down everything they ate at least one day per week. This helped them to identify their patterns and set up plans for healthy alternatives. Six months into the study, the people who kept daily food records had lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t.

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