If you’ve ever watched Groundhog Day, you probably never realized the important health lesson hidden inside the classic flick. Like the story of Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors repeating the same day over and over until he finally gets it “right,” healthy habits require similar due diligence, patience and practice. In other words, if you commit to good-for-you routines each and every day, the payoff can be life altering. Here are some such habits that are best done daily according to recent studies—along with some tidbits of what Groundhog Day can teach us about leading more vibrant, happier lives.

While Groundhog Day may not typically have the same effect on us as, say, New Year’s Day, we see no reason why it can’t still provide some extra motivation to feel at our best—especially if six more weeks of winter turns out to be a reality.



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