It turns out that just by doing some small changes to your daily routine you can dramatically improve your happiness. By adding very small habits to your day you can see big change! It’s not only for happiness but you can also use habits to alter other aspects of your life.
The key is not to think about grand, sweeping changes, but rather, small ones. Fogg would say very, very small. Back at Stanford, Fogg used his research to develop the â€œTiny Habitsâ€ formation by keeping it deliberately simple. It runs counter to the way we think about changing habits. No one tries to meditate for three breaths; itâ€™s often 15 or 30 minutes. Maybe we think aiming big is important because, that way, at least weâ€™ll do half of it. It turns out the exact opposite is true.
To build a habit, Fogg says, you use an existing routine, such as brushing your teeth, as the anchor. That anchor becomes the reminder. Next, you do an incredibly simple version of the target behaviour. If you want to develop the habit of flossing, you make your goal to floss one tooth. Thatâ€™s it. The habit isnâ€™t learning how to floss, because everyone knows how to do it. The habit, Fogg says, is remembering to do it. Then, the final step is to celebrate instantly. Maybe shout â€œVictory!â€ or think of the theme music to Rocky. â€œWhat youâ€™re doing is, youâ€™re hacking your emotional state,â€ says Fogg. â€œYouâ€™re deliberately firing off an emotion right after you floss.â€ It sounds odd, especially because your fingers are probably messy and your gums could be painful. But, says Fogg, â€œemotions create habits. The habits that form quickly in our lives have an instant emotional payoff.â€