Cultivating new, good habits is a lot easier than dropping a bad one. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, which documents her yearlong quest to unlock the secrets of contentment, has these three tips for those looking to make a change:
- Schedule it. If you say you're going to do something at a specific time, you're more likely to do it. Keeping a scorecard of your efforts will make you feel good about your new behavior and help reinforce it.
- Make yourself accountable. Get a private teacher or enroll in a class with a friend. "Make sure you have an obligation to someone else at regular intervals," Rubin says.
- Pay for it. It will boost the chances that you'll stick to your new habit – if only to get your money's worth.