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Take a Sick Day When You’re Feeling Great

We know what you’re thinking. I don’t even use all my vacation days. Why should I fake being sick? How’s this even a good habit? Two answers: You are going to use all your vacation days this year,...

Have Your Morning Coffee

There are two ways of washing the dishes, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanah writes in The Miracle of Mindfulness. You can wash the dishes for the sake of making tea. Or you can wash the dishes for the sake...

Charge Your Phone in the Kitchen

Two things about your smartphone: it emits blue light, and it can keep your brain on high alert. Put them together and you’ve got a recipe for a disastrous night in bed.

Eat the Same Breakfast Every Day

Steve Jobs was famous for his black turtleneck sweaters. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same gray t-shirt every day. And President Obama only wears blue suits. It’s not because they’re lazy

Commute Without Your Car

So you don’t get to take a Google bus to work. There are still ways to make your commute more tolerable—fun, even—that will simultaneously make you happier, calmer, and more creative.

Become a Renaissance Athlete

Most great athletes are synonymous with their sport. You see Kelly Slater, you think surfing; Julia Mancuso, skiing. But here’s the thing: even pros do other sports.

Take Your Lunch Breaks—All of Them

It’s time to ditch lunch with your computer. Get your blood pumping instead, and you may wind up a more efficient worker all afternoon, no extra screen time required.

We Tried It: Train Solo

The mental toughness earned hammering solo comes in handy on race day when bad patches and empty spots along the course can test a runner’s mettle.

We Tried It: Sleep In

Here’s the thing: You can’t get in the habit of sleeping in every day. Should you continuously sacrifice office time or workouts for a little extra shuteye, you’ll likely wind up demoted and out of...

Stand (and Sit) Up Straight

You should hold your shoulders back and sit up straight—but not for the reasons you might expect.

We Tried It: Eat Dinner in Front of the TV

Boob tube dining shouldn’t die—it just needs a makeover. My proposition: watch TV only while eating dinner; you might wind up eating and watching less.

Learn to Love the Nap

Naps are like snacks—with a good game plan, they can revitalize you, improving your mood and cognitive function, says Dr. Christopher Winter, medical director of the sleep center at Martha Jefferson...

We Tried It: Stop Obsessing Over Gear

After an eight-hour drive back to Kansas for the Christmas holiday, I dropped my bags and headed out the door for a run. I left my watch inside.

Reject Resolutions, Embrace Habits

You’ve read the statistics. Only 64 percent of people are stick with their New Year’s resolutions past the first month. That number drops to 46 percent six months into the year. So what can you do?