Your best years may be ahead of you, but a lot of it depends on how you spend the next decade.
Lots of people find success later in life, like Sam Walton, who founded Walmart at 44 and Julia Child, who published her first cookbook at 60. Your 30s are the time to build healthy habits that will help you be successful in the future and according to Quora users, these lifestyle tweaks are key.
- Stop smoking- Quit this nasty habit now because research suggests those who quit before age 40 have a 90% lower mortality rate than those who keep puffing away.
- Start exercising regularly- We start losing muscle mass in our 30s, so it’s important to be active and find workouts you love so you’re more likely to keep doing them.
- Start saving money- It probably seems like retirement is a lifetime away, but the earlier you start saving, the more time your money has to accrue interest.
- Start pursuing a life dream- Want to write a book? Have kids? Buy a house? Figure out your life goals and get started now.
- Start learning to be happy with what you have- Being happy with what you’ve got will help you have a happier life, and it’s true with relationships, too. Psychologists have found that couples who show gratitude toward each other are more likely to stay together.
- Stop comparing yourself to others- That’s easier said than done when your Facebook feed is full of everyone’s engagement and vacation photos, but it not only makes you feel bad, science suggests it can be counterproductive. That’s partly because everyone seems happier than they actually are.
- Start reading for an hour a day- It’s something you can enjoy for the rest of your life and at the end of a year, you’ll have spent a total of 15 days reading.
- Start decluttering- Even if you’re nowhere close to being a hoarder, having less really can be more. Clutter can be a source of stress to some and cleaning up is easier when there’s less to pick up.