Getting Started: Habits
Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. About forty percent of daily life is shaped by habit, so if we follow habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to achieve our aims and build a happier life.
Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
As with happiness, there’s no magic, one-size-fits-all solution for habit formation. The good news? It turns out it’s not that hard to make or break our habits—when we do it in the way that’s right for us.
Some people do better when they start small; others when they start big. Some people need to be held accountable; some defy accountability. The most important thing is to know ourselves, and to choose the strategies that work for us.
The Vital Nine
Energy: exercise and sleep
Relationships: connect and deepen
Productivity: work and progress
Creativity: learn, practice, play
Recharging: relax and rest
Order: clear and organize
Mindful consumption: eating, drinking, spending, scrolling
Mindful Investment: save, support, experience
Purpose: reflect, identify, engage
Harness the Power of Habits
Once we set our habits, we can forget them. It takes work to form a habit, but once that habit is established, we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. We take our hands off the wheel of decision, our foot off the gas of willpower, and rely on the cruise-control of habits.
Habits allow us to look back at the end of each day and see that we’ve lived in a way that reflects our values and aims—without even having to think about it.
Tools for Habit Formation
Wherever you are, and whenever it is, now is always the right time to begin.
Don’t Break the Chain Habit Tracker
Maintaining a chain of momentum is a powerful strategy for building daily habits. This habit tracker prompts you to choose your preferred strategies for habit change and record specific progress along the way. The pages provide both structure and flexibility, with space to visualize progress and celebrate byour milestones.
My Habits Manifesto
The Happier™ app is a revolutionary new tool that offers concrete, actionable steps to help you build a happier life. Get personalized recommendations for habit-change strategies based on your Tendency.