We all have so many habits, some of them good, some of them not so much. Most of the time we get caught up in trying to change or build new habits, but today we are going to focus on some that you might have already, and why you should keep them up! For each one you do, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back, and you treat yourself to an unhealthy snack as a reward.
1. Looking for Lowest Prices
For a lot of folks, it might seem like instinct rather than an intentionally formed habit. But, once you have a little money in your pocket, the first thing we usually want to do is go and spend it as fast as we can! While it is ok to splurge every now and again, try to be as conservative you’re your money as you can be. This will help you with bigger or unforeseen financial expenses down the road.
2. Turning of The Lights
Personally, I have to make a conscious decision to stop my hand from turning off the lights each time I leave a room. It’s a great little habit to have since it ensures you keep your energy bills low and your environmental fingerprint to a minimum.
Don’t stop reading! Make yourself pick up that book. Reading is another habit that once you stop, it's hard to fit it back into your schedule. Besides being good for you, it presents a different form of entertainment after staring at screens all day.
4. Remembering People's Names
I envy people who can remember other’s names right off the bat. I personally cannot, but I am trying to get into the habit of repeating it over and over until I do. If you have the habit, hold onto it for dear life! It means a lot to people knowing that you didn’t forget them, and also prevents you from feeling bad when the other person realizes you still don’t know their name.
5. Common Courtesies
Growing up, your grandparents may have nagged you quite a bit about being courteous to everyone you meet. Opening doors, saying thank you, asking people how they are, etc. Well, hopefully it didn’t scar you so much that you’ve given up on those things now! Continue being courteous to people. Holding doors and asking how people are is good and all, but maybe even take it a step further: buy someone’s cup of coffee, asking if that couple that looks lost needs help, or smile at the store clerk. Keep being courteous and find new ways to brighten people's day!
6. Making Plans and Scheduling
This one is actually pretty easy to drop. If you fall into a busy week or two, and you might find that you’ve completely dropped the ball on scheduling, and you’ll likely just keep procrastinating now that you’ve fallen so far behind. Do yourself a favor: don’t stop making a formal schedule and game plan for all of your activities. Even if you are not going to stick to it very closely, it helps so much when you are organizing a ton of things at once, and once you stop and rely solely on your mind it takes a little knock to your day to make you realize how much you need to start again.
7. Personal Hygiene
If you're in the habit of bathing regularly and keeping yourself groomed, don’t give it up. Even when life slows down a lot or when it gets hectic. Keep up a regiment of personal hygiene to keep yourself feeling good. And brush your teeth!!!
Then below is a quick summarry of some other key habits that will make your life happier:
Talk with a positive person.
Write down three good things that happened to you each day.
Laugh – even if you have to force it. The mere action of laughing releases endorphins.
Get some sun (or a happy light, if it’s a gray day.)
Move your body (walk, exercise) for 20 minutes or longer.
Walk a dog or pet an animal.
Ask for a hug from one person a day.
Call an old friend or relative.
Invest 30 minutes a day doing a hobby you enjoy and find relaxing.
Buy something new (even something small, like a new type of coffee.)