Research is starting to confirm what your mother always told you—that the people around you can be good or bad influences. Spend time with folks who have the habits you want!
2. Take a break
If you never, ever indulge, that's not living well. Take Sunday off from your strict diet or workout regime and you’ll wake up eager to get back on track Monday morning.
3. Get back to nature
Humans have a profound connection with nature. No need to relocate to a hut in the woods, just try walking through green spaces on your way to work, enjoy your lunch outside (weather permitting) or bringing your tablet to a park bench.
4. Practice Hari Hachi Bu
This is the Japanese practice for eating until you’re 80 percent full, which is helpful because it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to catch up with our stomachs. Eating less is not only associated with avoiding weight gain but also living longer.
5. Double Your Ds
Vitamin D, that is! Particularly during the winter season, it’s important to get enough vitamin D, since sun seems to be hiding a lot nowadays. Research has associated this very vitamin with preventing a host of maladies, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Oh, and it's also good for your bones!