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The #1 ritual you need to do every day is use more rituals.

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What’s a simple solution customized for you — yes, you — that can make your happy moments happier, can help you overcome grief, increase your performance at work, and even stop procrastinating?

The #1 ritual to do every day is: use more rituals.

Confused? Science is realizing that often just having a ritual is the important part — and it’s been validated in a number of studies.

It doesn’t matter that Warren Buffett does it before breakfast — the most important thing is that you do it. It’s your ritual. And the more personal you make it and the more consistently you use it the more powerful it can be.

Often we just rush from thing to thing but having a little ritual you always do before a big (or little) moment that sets you at ease, focuses your attention or steels your resolve can have a huge effect on how you feel and how well you perform.

I spoke to Harvard professor Francesca Gino, author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan, about her research on the power of rituals to improve our lives.

How to use rituals to improve your life:

  • Savoring Ritual: Make the good times better by having something you do to focus on the good things. Share good news with a partner or have a regular mealtime with your family.
  • Grief Ritual: When something has you down, write about your feelings. It’ll reduce the pain and help you cope.
  • Personal Starting Ritual: Beat anxiety and procrastination by having a fun ritual that says it’s time to get to work.
  • Peak Performance Ritual: If it makes you feel lucky, you will be lucky. Rituals increase confidence and performance.

Are you skeptical? Here’s the best part: it doesn’t matter. In Francesca’s research she found that you don’t even need to believe in the power of rituals for them to provide benefits:

This lack of moderation for frequency and belief across both grief and control suggests that rituals do not require belief in order to yield benefits.

So it doesn’t matter if the ritual comes from Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs. What matters is that it’s your ritual and that you actually do it.

The best rituals don’t come from celebrities. They come from your heart.

These look so simple and yet are so effective

They are and they are! :)

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