Four Little Habits That Will Transform Your Life

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You don't need to overhaul your whole lifestyle to improve your health, happiness, and wellbeing. Instead, start small. These four habits are powerful enough to change your life, yet simple enough that you can start incorporating them into your routine right away.

Exercise
Exercise makes a big difference in your health, both physical and mental. It's one of the best forms of preventive medicine available - it keeps you fit and slim, staves off diabetes and heart disease, reduces your risk of numerous cancers, and boosts your mood. Exercise is especially important for older adults, since it can help prevent falls and osteoporosis. If you're young, though, don't wait to start working out - exercise is a great habit to establish early in your life. You don't have to be a gym rat to get the benefits of exercise. Something as simple as walking for half an hour a day can have a big impact on your overall health.

Reading
Reading does for your mind what exercise does for your body. It's no coincidence that many of the most successful people in the world name reading as one of their habits. Reading makes you more knowledgeable about the world, strengthens your ability to focus, and can even make you more empathetic. Bookworms also have decreased rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


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Meditation

Meditation isn't just something monks do - everybody can benefit from this simple habit. If you tend to get caught up in anxiety or stuck in negative thought patterns, meditation can help clear away your mental clutter and give you a sense of peace. Essentially, meditation is the practice of learning to control your mind. By taking control of your thoughts, you'll become happier, more clearheaded, and more disciplined in every area of your life.

Gratitude
A grateful mindset can completely transform your outlook on the world. Focusing on the things you're thankful for shifts your perspective to the positive side of life, resulting in a corresponding boost in your happiness, kindness, and generosity. To get into the habit of gratitude, try writing down five things you're grateful for every night - and make sure to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them.  

Sometimes the little things really are the most important. By making exercise, reading, meditation, and gratitude part of your life, you invest in your future happiness, health, and well-being. The best part? These habits are simple enough that you can start using them to change your life today.

About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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