Have a few minutes? That's all the time you need to pick up one of these habits that could make you happier, healthier, and more productive.

Want to pick up some good habits?

The best approach is to start small.

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.

The best part is, each one takes only a few minutes to complete.

Here are some of our favorites:

 

1. Brush your teeth and floss

Quora user Pankesh Bamotra says brushing and flossing your teeth not only prevents gingivitis and tooth decay, but it can also save your life.

The American Dental Association recommends you brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. If you don't, you could be putting yourself at greater risk for developing dementia, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer, among other things.

 

2. Smile at yourself in the mirror

Just after you brush your teeth, look at yourself in the mirror and smile, holding the smile for 10 seconds, suggests Quora user Nistha Tripathi.

Dr. Robert Zajonc, a renowned psychologist, believed facial action leads to changes in mood, and in a 1989 study he found that participants who watched themselves smile in a mirror experienced a greater boost in mood than those who simply smiled.

 

3. Write down the day's most important task

Also known as "eating the frog," decide on the one task you must perform that day to be successful and do it first thing when you get to work, writes Quora user Patrick Mathieson.

 

4. Make your bed

Starting your day by finishing something and doing it well provides a small self-esteem boost early on. And when you come home tired from a long day at work, there will be nothing between you and a good night's sleep, says Quora user Rizwan Aseem.

 

5. Express gratitude

"My days go so much smoother when I remind myself: 'dude, you could just as easily have been born in a Sudanese refugee camp. You're one lucky mo-fo,'" writes Mathieson.

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