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    19 Surprisingly Good Life Habits You Can Learn For Free In 30 Days Or Less

    Bring on the good habits.

    With the New Year just getting started, there's no better time than now to work on those resolutions.

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    When Reddit user u/ligamentary asked "What's a positive habit you can develop for free in 30 days or less?" a bunch of people chimed in with some pretty thoughtful suggestions.

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    So whether you're looking to start a good habit or get rid of a bad one, you'll probably get inspired by these responses. Take a look at the most memorable answers to the thread:

    1. To start, try the two minute rule:

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    "If something on your mind or on your to-do list takes less than two minutes, do it while it is on your mind (i.e., immediately). You will find yourself being WAY more productive."

    u/bobafeeet

    2. Enjoy a relaxing sunset walk:

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    "It's cooler, more peaceful and a great way to get exercise and fresh air. Not to mention the deeper sleep once you get back."

    u/justice-wargrave

    3. Learn to set a bed time for yourself:

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    "Going to bed at a reasonable time."

    u/ModKate

    4. Wake up early in the morning to see what you can accomplish:

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    "I was going to say to wake up early. I like getting up an hour or two before getting ready for work, do something just for myself like writing, or read for a bit with some coffee. This is assuming you go to bed at a reasonable hour."

    u/funnyAlcoholic

    5. Be kind to strangers:

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    "You'd be surprised how much it can help someone. You don't know what someone is going through."

    u/autumnx

    6. Take a moment to get a head start on your dishes:

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    "Rinse your dishes right after you use them."

    u/Took-the-Blue-Pill

    7. Carve out time to clean each day:

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    "When you get home, just take 10-15 minutes to clean something. Every day, clean something different."

    u/Keinichn

    8. Make your bed each morning:

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    "It's always nice to have a made bed at the end of the day."

    u/PantySniffers

    9. Love to shop? Consider taking up couponing before making your next purchase:

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    "I don't care if you're a millionaire, coupons can still save you so much money. Don't just cut out the ones in the paper either, the Internet has coupons for tons of products that you most likely already buy."

    u/17michela

    10. Try tracking your meals:

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    "[You] don't even necessarily change eating habits, just track everything you eat as accurately as you can. You'll get a better idea of what your eating habits are actually like."

    u/TheBigDsOpinion

    11. Get in some extra steps by taking the stairs:

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    "Taking the stairs instead of an escalator or elevator. You'll look back later on and be glad that simple habit did wonders."

    u/docchoo

    12. Step away and take a break from social media for a little while:

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    "Disconnecting from social media for a bit. Taking breaks from Facebook and Twitter can be so refreshing and helpful for your attitude."

    u/-eDgAR-

    13. Always hug your loved ones:

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    "It's healthy for both of you."

    u/canadiansillygoose

    14. Start exercising for at least 10-15 minutes a day:

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    "20 crunches, squats, push-ups, lunges, etc. a day. A small amount of exercise, if repeated, can have a noticeable effect on your body and your mind. Taking 10-15 minutes in the morning or evening to work on yourself is a great habit to form."

    u/StickFigureSoul

    15. Stay hydrated throughout the day:

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    "Drink enough water."

    u/SplatterOfPaint

    16. Avoid drama by not getting yourself involved:

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    "Minding your own business."

    u/novolvere

    17. Make a point to create a budget so you can start saving money:

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    "It is a massive stress relief to know exactly how much money I'll have barring any emergency."

    u/Byizo

    18. Ditch sipping on soda for another alternative to quench your thirst:

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    "Switch out pop [or] soda for water."

    u/comarox3

    "This has helped me immensely, especially at restaurants with endless refills. You can take in tons of sugar and 300 or 400 calories without even noticing."

    u/DementedMK

    19. Finally, recognize all the things you are grateful for in life:

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    "Every night before you go to sleep, think of five things you are genuinely thankful for. It can take work on the absolutely sh--ty days, but being able to consciously acknowledge positive things in your life can do wonders for your daily frame of mind."

    u/yellowjellocello

    "It's something really simple but reminding yourself to take time to be grateful for the things, people and experiences in your everyday life can give you a more positive outlook on things."

    u/juliarg

    What would you add to this list? Tell us the positive habit you'd include in the comments!

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.