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New year,  new you? Yeah, it sounds good, but making major changes can be a bit intimidating. Here are a few simple but life-changing habits to help you kick off the new year and truly transform your life. Take it slow initially and in no time you’ll reap the benefits of integrating these practices into your routine.

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Read

Pick up a book. Find something that interests you—something you can get lost in. The benefits of reading are endless. Not only is it relaxing, but it also stimulates the brain and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Reading is also contagious. If you read, those around you are more likely to read as well.

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