Daily Simplicity: 13 Habits That Will Make Your Life Lighter and Happier

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee

I love to keep things simple.


One simple reason and one of the most important ones for me is that simplicity reduces the heaviness in life.

It makes it lighter and not so stressful or energy draining as it once might have been.

So today I would like to share 13 daily habits that make my life simpler, lighter and happier. I hope you’ll find something useful for your own life among these habits.

1. Use a very simple workspace.

My workspace is just a laptop and a larger screen on a desk made out of wood. I use a comfy chair and there is room for my glass of water beside the computer. That’s it.

There are no distractions here. This makes it easier to write and to keep a clear mind.

2. Cook more food than you’ll eat.

We usually make 4-10 servings of what we are about to eat. This cuts down on time that you spend on cooking and you’ll have to do less washing up in general.

Plus, you’ll have lunch for the day after. And sometimes a couple of portions to put in the freezer. And that really comes in handy on those evenings when you don’t feel like cooking.

3. Write shorter emails.

I tend to write emails containing only a few sentences, usually between one and five. In some cases I write more of course. But keeping this guideline in mind cuts down on the time and energy that is spent on processing emails.

4. Be 10 or 5 minutes early for meetings and appointments.

This will help you to make your time of travel into a sort of break and a time of relaxation. Instead of it being another thing that ramps up the stress.

5. Spend only 20% of your time on dwelling on a problem.

And 80% of your time focusing on a solution. Instead of the other way around. It is not always easy to do but keeping this thought in mind makes it easier to not fall into the trap of feeling like a victim or going down a spiral of perceived powerlessness.

6. Stop trying to do things perfectly.

Go for good enough instead and when you are there you are done. Get things all the way to done this way and then move on to the next thing.

Setting this more human bar for yourself not only leads to more things actually being finished but also helps with keeping your self-esteem on a healthy level. Perfectionism makes it pretty impossible to find or maintain high self-esteem.

7. Stop trying to please everyone.

Because no matter what you do there will always be people who you don’t get along with. That you don’t have good chemistry with. Or that do not like you for some reason that may often be about them and something that you have no control over.

8. Eat slower.

Make your lunch time a time of relaxation rather than a time to just add to the stress of your day. One thing that works well to slow down when eating is to put down the fork between bites.

9. Enjoy the simple pleasures.

A pear. Fresh and clean bed sheets. A hug and a kiss. Holding hands. A laugh with friends. The sun and blossoming nature after a long and cold winter.

10. Give each item a home.

Then you’ll know where to put the item when you have used it and easily find it again when you need it. Plus, you’ll reduce the clutter in your workspace or at home.

11. Write everything down.

Pretty much everyone’s memory is leaky. So help yourself.

Write down what you need to do or shop for today. Write down your ideas before they fly away. Write down the one habit or area you are focusing on right now in your life and put that note where you can see it every day. Like on your bedside table or bathroom mirror.

12. Avoid making mountains out of molehills.

When stressed about something ask yourself:

Will this matter 5 years from now? Or even 5 weeks from now?

13. Breathe.

When you are lost in overwhelm, a problem or the past or future in your mind breathe with your belly for a minute or two and just focus on the air going in and out of your nostrils.

This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • Great thoughts.
    Skill in viewing complexity in simple terms is a value. Reverse is cost. Similarly, focus is also needed along with simplicity. Complexity is diffused. Regards.

  • Edwina Humphreys

    I read your blog every time I get a chance……Thank you for sharing your thoughts on getting a little serenity out of life.

  • Hello Henrik,
    I am so glad I found your blog and this really useful article.
    It took me a long time to work out that some people just don’t like me and never will and that’s ok too. It’s nobody’s fault and I have to stop apologising for my existence.
    I like your advice about asking myself if this problem will matter in 5 years time or even in 5 weeks time.
    With best wishes,

  • Janet

    Wonderful tips! Thank you for sharing.

  • Vimala. B

    Excellent tips, It is as though you have found the problems l am experiencing personally and given the solutions for them. The question is how to implement.

  • great insight especially the part stressing on making mountains out of molehills…really helpful tips

  • Lilly Love

    #6: Stop Trying to do Things Perfectly; Go for good enough…
    Yes, I agree.
    You can always try your best but maybe the best isn’t best for you.
    Good enough is GOOD ENOUGH.
    Thank you, appreciate it as always ^^.

  • Subscriber

    Good advice. Here are a couple other philosophical tips to keep in mind.

    Take life easily, lovingly, playfully, non-seriously. Seriousness is a disease, the greatest disease of the soul and playfulness the greatest health.

    Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind;don’t let future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet.

  • arushi

    I totally agree with your points, thanks for this positive blog :) keep writing

  • jennifer

    this brings peace into my day and helps me cope with every day trials and tribulations – so glad I found your site.

  • Godfrey Warren

    This nonagenarian really appreciates your newsletters. Thank you so much.

  • Audrey Johnson

    Very useful tips. And very possuble to do. Thank you for sharing.

  • hi Henrik. :D These are great habits that I could apply. Your blog is awesome so I thought of nominating you for the 3 Day, 3 Quotes Challenge here: https://therisingbliss.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/3-day-3-quotes-blog-challenge-day-3/

  • Hi Henrik
    Thanks for the information in the blog. It motivates me. Learning lot from your writings.

  • Fabiana

    Thank-you, your emails are of tremendous help for those who are emotionally challenged.