Most people are aware of their bad habits, but have a hard time giving them up. However, did you know that making just a few small habitual changes could add up to a longer, happier, and more fulfilling life? Consider a few of the best changes you can make today that can prolong your lifespan and make you a happier person in general.

Find Time for Daily Exercise

You don’t need to dedicate hours per-day at the gym to reap the benefits of daily exercise. Getting your heart pumping for as little as 30 minutes per day can make a huge difference! Even if it just means going for a brisk walk around your neighborhood once a day, small amounts of regular exercise will improve your heart health, boost your mood, and give you more energy.

Cut Back on the Sugar Intake

Most people don’t understand the dangers of high sugar levels in their diets, but too much sugar drastically increases your risk of developing diabetes, tooth decay, and becoming obese. By cutting your sugar intake even a small amount, you can drastically improve your health and quality of life. Not sure where to start? Consider cutting soda out of your diet!

Quit Smoking (Seriously)

If you’re a smoker, it’s time to get serious about kicking the habit for good. The dangers of smoking are too numerous to list (with lung cancer and heart disease being just a couple of the main risks). However, by quitting smoking today, you can begin experiencing health benefits as early as tomorrow! If you’ve tried quitting before without success, explore resources to help you, such as local support groups, medications, and other options.

Spend Time With Friends

These days, it seems as though our lifestyles are busier than ever, so finding time to spend with loved ones isn’t always easy. However, finding time to spend with friends is important not only to your social well being, but your emotional and physical health as well! Even if it just means grabbing lunch with a loved one once a week or calling a family member every Sunday, these small social interactions improve your mood and sense of well being.

Take Breaks From Sitting

If you work a desk job, be aware of the potential risks to your health (especially your heart health). Consider investing in a standing desk or simply getting up once every 20 minutes for a brief walk and stretching session.

These small changes can really add up, so consider implementing some (or all) of these for a longer, happier life!