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50 Lifestyle Changes for Happy + Healthy Living (+Free Printable List)

50 Lifestyle Changes for Happy + Healthy Living

Very often, it’s those small lifestyle changes that can make a difference and really transform your life.

Things like practicing gratitude- that’s something that was definitely life-changing for me. I never thought of myself as an ungrateful person, at the same time though, there used to be so many wonderful things I often took for granted.

It’s those small lifestyle changes that really redefined my goals in life. All it really takes is making a small shift, a small change in your daily routine to bring some positivity and healthy influence to your life.

Now, lookie here- I’ve listed 50 of them! :)

1. Drink more water. If you like soda you can first try flavored sparkling water. If you can’t stand plain water, infuse it with fruit and/or herbs.
2. Don’t skip breakfast. You’ll be less likely to suffer from low energy levels or binge on something unhealthy later on in the day. I personally don’t like having big breakfast, but I always make sure to have something healthy like overnight oats or a smoothie.
3. Snack on berries and almonds. Your nails and hair will thank you.
4. Take Omega-3. Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to improve mood and alleviate depression. There are numerous studies linking anxiety and other mood disorders with low blood levels of omega-3 fats. Low intake of omega-3 is also known to change the functioning of serotonin and dopamine. Bonus? If you suffer from bad PMS and turn quite bitchy (like I do, I’ll admit it!) you’ll find that omega-3 helps with that, too.
5. Drink herbal tea. Make it a habit of enjoying your little tea-time- even if it’s just 5-10 minutes in the morning or evening. I love peppermint and raspberry leaf.
6. Try to sneak in something green and healthy into your diet, at least once a day. This is how I add more greens to my diet.
7. Always have something healthy to snack on, handy.
8. While working, or studying, step away from your desk at least once every hour. Take a quick walk around the office, have a light stretch.
9. Eat slowly.

10. Never go food shopping while hungry. I don’t think I have to explain this one? :)
11. Laugh often. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a good comedy show or movie, especially when you’re having a crappy day.
12. Practice gratitude. Before you go to sleep, think of the best thing that happened to you that day and say “thank you, thank you, thank you!” Trust me, there are great things that happen to you, even during ordinary days. I love practicing gratitude in the morning, as well.
13. Be kind. Always. Regardless of the circumstances.
14. Create a few morning rituals that you will look forward to, every day.
15. Take the stairs. When going shopping, don’t be afraid to park several rows away from the door.
16. Spend time in nature. Take long walks.
17. Rise early. Think about what you could do with extra 10 minutes in the morning? Not being in the rush while leaving the house, is worth the effort.
18. Do something nice for others, on regular basis. Nothing’s better than knowing you’ve put a smile on someone’s face.
19. Practice self-care. Always look after yourself.
20. Diffuse essential oils– they can help you relax and unwind.
21. Never write and send emails or text messages, while angry. If you’re angry with someone, you can let it all out by writing them a message, but instead of sending it, delete it once your anger goes away.
22. Remember to recycle.
23. Don’t complain. Especially when it comes to things that are out of your control.
24. Stop waiting. Don’t spend your life waiting for Friday, for summer, for love. “Right now” is all you’ll ever have.
25. Be more mindful.

26. Don’t waste your time crying over the past.
27. Let go of your need to be perfect.
28. Keep track of your goals. Set new ones.

29. Do more of what you love. Do you like to cook? Try a new, fun recipe. Do you love animals? Volunteer at a shelter. Do something that you really enjoy, every day. It can be as simple as listening to your favorite album when on your way to work.
30. Try new things, often. Do things that scare you- that’s how you grow.
31. Judge less.
32. Know how to slow down and be present.
33. Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember that you are unique and nothing can replace you.
34. Keep your email inbox organized. Digital mess, still counts as “mess”. :)
35. Learn to say “no” to things you don’t feel like doing.
36. Nourish your relationships.
37. Practice positive thinking. Your attitude can make the biggest difference, especially when experiencing something unpleasant.
38. Dance more often. Even if it’s just by yourself, in the kitchen.
39. Learn how to stop procrastinating. Tackle your most important tasks, first.
40. Get more sleep.
41. Take a little tech-time-out once in a while. Turn off your phone, the TV and pick up a book or try meditating.
42. Start using positive affirmations.
43. Don’t ever stop learning.
44. Worry less. Don’t waste your time feeling anxious about things that are beyond your control.
45. Listen more.
46. Edit your life frequently. Get rid of things that don’t serve you and surround yourself only with positive, supportive people.
47. Learn to appreciate little things in life. Your life is made up of moments- pay attention to those good, happy, exciting ones.
48. Stay curious.
49. Once in a while, spoil yourself-even if it’s only a cup of coffee from your favorite place.
50. Don’t be afraid to dream big.


Of course, you don’t have to make all these changes at once to get big results- that, after all, wouldn’t be a small change at all. Start off by changing something small and subtle, but something that will truly make a positive impact on your life.

Also, see:

50 Ways to Practice Self-Care + Printable List

25 Things to do by Yourself + Printable List 

20 Things to Start Doing for Yourself


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    Dea Andriany
    September 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I feel like printing this (and all your helpful tips) and make it my wallpaper, so I can wake up to them everyday. I can’t even pick my one favorite, but #3, #10, #18, and #28 take priority.

    Selene Addicted

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    September 30, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Spending a day at your desk just working away definitely gets you all cramped up, great tips :)
    Kathy x

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    September 30, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I just love to push the snooze button and I prefer sleep over breakfast and a slow morning. Especially during the winter time when it’s super dark! But, as I’ve mentioned in my own blog too, if you try to wake up at least one alarm earlier, that helps a lot. Tank you for your other helpful tips (I had to write couple of things down) and have a great Autumn :)

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    September 30, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Being stuck in between and waiting for something to happen is by far the worst feeling one can be in. Well, maybe after self-pity. So destructive!

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    September 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Always such a fan of positive lifestyle posts like this one – this list of 50 definitely is a great one and I love the idea of implementing a few at a time in order to not be overwhelmed.

    Learning to say NO is so important and one I sometimes still struggle with but am getting better and better at!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    Kiss & Make-up
    September 30, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Great list! I feel like I’m 50/50 with everything. Some of these things I do religiously. Others still need work.

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    Ambar Syed
    September 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Lovely list! There are so many useful tips that I’m definitely going to be trying to pick up :)
    – Ambar x

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    September 30, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I love this post! You give a lot of helpful tips and I definetely try some of them xxx

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    September 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Great post! I’ve adapted many of these tips into my life as part of my goal for 2016, but there are still many I need to try like diffusing essential oils and more omega-3s!

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    September 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for this post! :)

    Another Lovely Blog!,

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    Kelly Stanton
    September 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

    You sure do speak sense don’t you! lol What a great read, again! xx

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    Charlotte Brookbank
    September 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Loved this post! X


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    September 30, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I love this! I couldn’t agree more with the not complaining. It’s too easy to get so caught up in negative things that you can’t do anything about that you end up missing the positive stuff!
    Robyn x

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      Paula @
      September 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you Robyn! I never realized how much I used to complain until I actually started paying attention to it haha ;)

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    Alicia Rubio
    September 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    NEEDED THIS :) I just recently broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years & it’s been hard adjusting to life being single again.

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      Paula @
      September 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Aw sorry girl! Take it one day at a time, sending love your way! I can only imagine how hard it is now, but once you adjust to it, being single can be very fun! :) x

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        Alicia Rubio
        October 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        thank you :)

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    Laura Mareno
    September 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Absolutely love reading this post!! I have to work more in some of these things! thanks for sharing:D

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I love this so much ! x

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I’m not usually convinced by some of these style lists but I really loved this, such simple, realistic steps that you can actually start practicing today if you wanted. I need to get myself back on track and start to look after my body a little bit more but this has definitely inspired me to do so xx

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    Emma Engmark
    October 1, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Such great tips, all of them! I will absolutely try to live by some of these, since it really seems to make a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Out of the Gyre
    October 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    My favorite was learn to say “no” to things you don’t fee like doing.

    This is very important, we live in a society where we can not please everyone and sometimes we need to be selfish!

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    October 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Love this! Such great tips! I am an herbal tea fanatic and it’s amazing how much better I feel since replacing coffee for herbal tea in the morning =)
    Bridget |

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    Katie S.
    October 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Love these as always!! “No” has become one of my favorite words lately! I was hanging out with one of my friends from high school over the weekend and we were just marveling at how much we just stopped caring about other people being offended my us not wanting to do things anymore. I swear, once I turned 30 I just stopped caring about A LOT of stupid things I worried about in my 20’s, which is fantastic for my own well being!

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      Paula @
      October 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Katie! I agree that it makes a big difference. There’s definitely no need to focus on or spend energy thinking what others think of you. This is one of the reasons why I love getting older ;)

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    The Gossip Darling
    October 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Essential oils are amazing!! I just started using them and now I’m obsessed!

    Mel |

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    Paula @
    October 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Thanks Natasha!

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    October 5, 2016 at 4:28 am

    A lovely and inspiring post!

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    Natalie Redman
    October 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    An inspirational blog post. Love the fact you’ve made it into a handy print out that can be stuck up on a wall to keep inspired!

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    Samantha Frances
    October 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I love this <3 I've been in a bit of a slump recently with trying to stay positive and motivated so it's nice to read things like this and feel inspired to do things! Brilliant post as always! xxx

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    Allegra Ghiloni
    October 10, 2016 at 8:59 am

    These ideas are so inspirational and insightful. I love your suggestions for practicing gratitude and positive affirmations. Its something I have tried to make a habit of over this year and it has had a big impact. Thank you for your other suggestions!

    Allegra xx

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      Paula @
      October 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much! Gratitude and affirmations were really life-changing for me! :) Thanks for stopping by! x

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    October 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Great read, I wish i could print this out!

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    Maisie Gibbons
    October 14, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Wahhh, I absolutely LOVE this list! I think I might just have to print the visual out and stick it next to my bed! My new little bible! x

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    October 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This is a great post! I’m trying harder to work a lot of these things into my daily life. I’m good in some regards, but not in others. I followed some of the links off to your other posts and really loved them as well!

    Aisling | anthologie.

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    Kendahl King
    October 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Very helpful. Love the positivity of this quote.

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    October 17, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for this handy list; easy to refer and bring the change one by one.
    Here through Rabbit hole.

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    November 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    These are great tips to help discover, or rediscover, the things that bring us joy. thanks for sharing!

    Teresa w/ Enjoyment Revolution

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    Rachael Cargin
    December 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Lovee this post, I will definitely try and make some of these changes!

    Rachael xx.

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    March 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    It’s nice to be reminded of many of the things we often times forget in order to be happy! Thanks for this awesome post! Keep writing these great posts!
    Terry-Anne xo

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    February 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

    thanks so much for the post, its really inspired me. looking forward for more.

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    April 15, 2021 at 7:22 am

    very nice article thanks Very helpful and healthy living quotes are awesome thanks for sharing.

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    March 12, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for the tireless work you do.

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