31 Days Of Little Positive Habits
Instead of making an over-the-top New Year’s resolution, follow these 31 little positive habits throughout the month for a happy, holistic, and wholesome start to 2021!
Daniel Fernandez · 9 days ago
Even though we all love the idea of waking up on the first day of the new year and completely changing our lives for the better, we all know it’s the little things that we do consistently over time that make the biggest differences.
No matter how messy, wacky, or out-of-control your past year was, here are 31 little positive habits that’ll make sure your 2021 starts off on the right foot!
Day 1: Come up with your very own affirmations
Affirmations are simple, powerful, and positive phrases that focus on inspiring and energizing the person who is saying them. They serve as empowering reminders for who we are, who we can be, and what we can do. Some examples: “I choose to be happy,” “I am creative,” or “I will never give up!”
What’s an affirmation that speaks to you?
Day 2: Make a list of 5 goals you want to accomplish this year
Goal-setting is a great skill to have, and it’s never too early to teach or too late to learn. Setting and accomplishing goals can give you a sense of purpose, pride, and motivation everyday. A raison d'etre if you will... *twirls pencil-thin mustache and laughs in French.*
P.S. Make sure you get specific with these!
Day 3: Clean your room!
Life got busy this past year and you lost track of tidying up your room. Now all of a sudden, twelve months have gone by and that smelly pile of clothes in the corner of your room has started showing signs of life and developing its own consciousness. Yeah, no, that’s not good … Time for you to get those ducks of yours in a row and start organizing your new year.
Like my own mom used to say, “A clear room equals a clear mind!”
Day 4: Spend some time writing in a diary or journaling
There are a lot of benefits to keeping a diary or journal. It can relieve stress, improve your handwriting and communication skills, foster creativity, and make you more attractive (okay, maybe that last one is something I just tell myself).
If you don’t have a fancy diary or journal (in which case I would suggest you buy a really cool one from CAMP *cough cough wink wink nudge nudge*) that’s okay, just you, a pen or pencil, and piece of paper will do!
Day 5: Meditate for 15 minutes
Break out the sage, light that incense, and set that timer because meditation is great for stress relief, focusing on the present, increasing patience, minimizing anxiety — and my favorite — keeping everyone in the house quiet (for at least 15 minutes anyway).
A quieter and calmer mind can lead to more creativity, productivity, and joy. It’ll have you saying “OHMMM-y goodness, why wasn’t I doing this before?”
Day 6: List and share 10 things you are grateful for
Especially after the dumpster fir — er, challenging year that was 2020, it’s important to take some time to focus on all of the positives we were able to experience. No matter how large or small these experiences, relationships, or accomplishments were, gratitude helps us shape the story of our lives, so why not write a happier one?
Day 7: Spend 10 minutes using your imagination!
Fortune 500 companies will spend a gajillion-and-one dollars on getting groups of people together for “brainstorming sessions,” “forums,” and “roundtables.”
Hate to break it to ya, but those are just fancy-pants words that really just mean “using your imagination.”
The idea for the next big world-changing invention won’t show up if you haven’t made time to sit down and let your imagination run wild!
Day 8: Take a walk
If one of your goals this year is to close those rings on your Apple Watch more consistently, get to know your neighborhood a little better, or just lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, taking a walk is a low-impact form of exercise everyone can enjoy.
It helps you get out of the house, get some sunshine, and enjoy nature. And did I mention it’s FREE?!
Day 9: Drink more water
I’m sorry friend, but the water you used to make your coffee or drink mix does NOT count towards this. When we get busy or have fruit juices and sodas within arm’s reach, drinking enough water is something that we all tend to put on the back burner or just plain forget about.
Water is important for maintaining a healthy and happy body and mood.
Bonus points for turning this into a drinking game with your family, friends, and roommates and see who can drink the most La Croix (pronounced “LUH-CROYX”).
Day 10: Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual
In a perfect world, we would watch that entire series on Netflix in a single night, sleep in past our alarm clocks without upsetting our bosses, and wake up fully rested, with enough time to get all the things we want to do that day done. Unfortunately, the above scenario is only possible in our dreams.
Try setting your alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier than usual so you have some more time in your day for learning, fun, and adventure!
Day 11: Take a nap
If the last time you took a nap was when you were wearing diapers, I strongly recommend you take a nap instead of reaching for a iced-triple-shot-venti-mocha-grande-ccino when you find yourself yawning during the afternoon. “ALWAYS GRINDING?” More like “ALWAYS FINDING” time to rest, recharge, and listen to our bodies.
Fun fact: Did you know that instead of a full night’s sleep Leonardo Da Vinci took 20 minute-long naps roughly every 4 hours every day?
Day 12: Donate to a cause you care about
Whether it’s fighting against racial injustice in communities around the world, providing food and clothes for the homeless, or even saving the polar bears, donating to the causes you care about is a great way to live your life according to your values and have a positive impact on the world as a whole.
No matter how old you are, sharing is caring!
Day 13: Write and send a letter to someone you care about
Take a trip to the days of old when carrier pigeons ruled the skies and the terms “email” and “Zoom call” did not yet exist. Writing and sending a letter is a great and heartfelt way to show someone you care about them. There’s no hitting the backspace key when you’re writing a letter so you’ll have to be super thoughtful and intentional about what you’re saying. Talk about “think before you speak!”
Day 14: Give five compliments today
Do you wanna know a secret? *whispers* There isn’t a limited amount of positivity in the world. In fact, it never runs out!
We may see somebody doing something we admire and then find ourselves thinking, “No one compliments me, so why would I ever compliment someone else?” To that I say, giving a compliment to someone else is a surefire way to spread positivity.
Who knows? By making someone smile you may just brighten your own day!
Day 15: Make at least three people laugh today
When was the last time you laughed? I mean REALLY laughed? Difficulty catching your breath, tears rolling down your eyes, grabbing your tummy, have to find the nearest bathroom LAUGHED?
The past year may have been crummy for most of us, but not today! This is your opportunity to not only share some joy, but also to add lots of new dad jokes to your repertoire!
Day 16: Ask five people to share the story of their favorite memory with you
The feeling of connection that comes from sharing a story with someone else is just plain ol’ WONDERFUL. Us humans are natural born storytellers and you’d be surprised to hear the stories some people are waiting for the opportunity to tell.
By asking folks to share their favorite memories with you, you’ll learn more about them as people, give them the chance to revisit a positive memory, and strengthen the relationships you have!
Day 17: Read a book for 30 minutes or more
That pile of unread books in your house has gotten taller than you this past year and your Kindle just ran out of space, so tell me, when was the last time you were able to curl up with a good book and get lost in another world or learn something new about yourself?
Bonus points if you start a book club and invite me to join!
Day 18: Spend some time learning about a new subject
If one of your goals this year is to grow as a person, that won’t be possible without expanding your horizons, and the only way to do that is by taking the time to learn something new.
Spend your morning getting lost in Australian indigenous art and your afternoon learning how cheese is made, or your evening learning just how long beavers can hold their breath underwater. The possibilities are endless!
Day 19: Try a new type of exercise
We all know how important exercise is in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning well, but just because we know something is good for us doesn’t mean we always do it. If you find yourself unenthusiastic about working up a sweat, remember that exercise doesn’t have to be boring.
Instead of running an ultra-marathon or bench pressing 5,000 pounds, try something new like salsa dancing, learning gymnastics, or playing cricket!
Day 20: Try learning a few phrases in a new language
There’s a famous quote that says: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” By learning a new language, you’re learning to connect and communicate with others on a deeper level and growing as a person.
Turn this into a game and see who in your family can speak the most new words by the end of the day!
Day 21: Try eating a new food
This one is for all my picky eaters out there! Did you know that your taste buds die off and regenerate every couple of weeks and that the older you get, the more of your tastebuds you lose?
Pretty wild, right? I don’t know about you, but I wanna taste all the flavors in the world — and that means trying all the new foods I possibly can. Today you widen your palate!
Day 22: Watch a movie you’ve never seen before
Stop me if this sounds familiar: you’re with your friends and family having a grand old time. Someone starts talking about a movie you’ve never seen before. You smile and nod along and pretend like you know what they’re talking about. You excuse yourself to the bathroom and spend the next half an hour learning the plot and learning all of the quotes. You come back after your crash course and everyone has moved on to a new topic. You are me. *sobs intensely*
Today’s the day to increase your pop culture knowledge and become the movie buff you were always destined to be. Watch a movie you’ve never seen before!
Day 23: Visit a place you’ve never been to before
I’m not suggesting you go climb Mount Everest by yourself or rent a hot air balloon and fly around the world or go hitchhiking across the country. You don’t have to board a plane, train, boat, or even go outside your hometown! Chances are there’s always a sight nearby you’ve wanted to see, a trail you’ve wanted to hike, or a park you’ve always passed by without stopping at.
Lace up those boots, get that compass ready, and explore!
Day 24: Play a game
Whether it's a good old fashioned game of hide and seek, Monopoly (a.k.a. the game that will get you written out of your grandmother’s will), or the newest video game, making time for play in our lives is IMPORTANT. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to sign my petition to officially change the name of this year to “TWENTY TWENTY-FUN.”
Bonus points if you play with friends and family!
Day 25: Learn a new skill
The internet is an amazing place filled with lots of information that previous generations never had access to. Case in point, I just spent the past hour learning how to build a birdhouse and I don’t even have a backyard.
Today is the day you do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, or have been putting off for who knows how long? A couple reminders:
Reminder #1: You’re never too young or too old to learn a new skill.
Reminder #2: You can do anything you put your mind to!
Day 26: Make some art!
When most people hear “art” they immediately think of the Mona Lisa or walking around exhibits nodding their heads like they know what everything means. (Spoiler alert: they don’t.)
“Art” is any expression of your creativity and skill, so whether that’s writing poems, making a scrapbook, building a chair, baking a cake, crafting vision boards, writing songs, choreographing dance routines, or making memes counts, that’s all art! Now go make some!
Day 27: Start saving up for a goal
If this year you want to start taking singing lessons, send your parents to Costa Rica on a vacation, or buy a marble bust of yourself to admire, there may be a chance that the something you want to purchase, do, or give as a gift, costs a bit more money than you have at the moment.
Today you’ll find all the spare coins between your sofa cushions, all the dollars you earned raking leaves and shoveling snow this past year, and start saving towards that goal!
Day 28: Limit your phone usage today
Usually, whenever I open that app that tells me how much time I’ve spent on my phone that past week, I end up promising myself I won’t spend two days binge-watching the Great British Bake Off.
By cutting back on your phone use today, you’ll find yourself a bit more present in your work, conversations, and other face-to-face interactions.
Day 29: Watch the sunrise and/or the sunset
Always busy with to-do lists and flashing screens? Some of us can go a pretty long time without stopping to smell the roses (literally and figuratively). Today, take some time to stop and spend a few moments watching the sunrise and/or the sunset and appreciating the beauty and wonder that you can always find in nature.
Bonus points if you do this one with a loved one!
Day 30: Spend five minutes reflecting on your day before bed
After a busy and tiring day it can be easy to jump in bed, put on your sleep mask, and then tell Alexa to “play soothing whale noises.”
Today, try to put aside at least five minutes to think about what you did today, the lessons you learned, your successes, your failures, and how you can make tomorrow a better and brighter day!
Day 31: Treat Yo Self!
Whether it’s a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie, a video game, or a new binder for your stamp collection, it’s important to reward yourself for trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone, and making the effort to grow.
That’s not something to be taken lightly, so kudos to you, friend. Now give yourself a hug right now!
That refrigerator of yours could use some BLING! Print out our calendar and keep track of your healthy start to the New Year!
Heeral Chhibber / Camp
Use our printable 31 Days of Little Positive Habits calendar to check off and show off every day you’ve worked to be a healthier you. Start that new year off strong!