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Many of us head into the New Year with big goals and ambitions. We think about everything that seems to be lacking in our lives and imagine ourselves far happier and more fulfilled on the other side of massive change. There’s no denying that certain accomplishments can amp up our life satisfaction, but I’ve found that our daily habits are the biggest contributor to our happiness. You can have a job that excites you, the best body of your life, and the perfect partner for you, but none of it will fully satisfy you if you don’t also prioritize the daily habits that nurture your overall well-being. If you want to feel good about yourself and your life, you need to regularly do the things that make you feel peaceful, joyful, and alive. With this in mind, I recently asked twelve Tiny Buddha contributors (all involved in our upcoming Best You, Best Life Bundle Sale) to share one habit worth adopting in the New Year. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Start the day with positive intentions. “The moment I wake up, I do not move. I hold still for several minutes. I contemplate qualities I would like to offer for the day. Then I silently repeat the following affirmations: I offer this day peace. I offer this day joy. I offer this day enthusiasm. I offer this day kindness… (or whatever qualities I would like to offer on that day). And I keep going until I feel I am done. Some days are harder than others, especially if I wake up very early, still tired, with the prospect of a long day ahead. However, this simple, pithy practice sets the right tone. It fills me with gratitude and it firmly places me on the right track. From that point on, my day goes well, and everything aligns in the best and highest way possible, even if/as and when challenges arise.” ~Personal Growth Teacher Julie Hoyle (juliehoyle.org) 2. Practice mindfulness. “For someone seeking a change in their life—to stop doing something destructive, to start doing something healthier, to become more confident, to step into the version of themselves they know they really are—the single best habit to cultivate is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the skill of paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgment. This is the first step to change. It helps you recognize when you are doing the thing you want to change. It helps you understand when you are stuck. It helps you realize what you are really feeling and thinking. It gives you the starting point of your map. You can recognize what is really happening—’Oh look, I jumped to the worst-case scenario again. That made me feel afraid and uncomfortable. So that’s why I am looking for an excuse not to go to the party.’ From here you are able to step outside those emotions of fear and discomfort and look at the situation objectively. From here, you can create [...]