Did you know that habits run 40% of your life? These repetitive behaviors determine your general happiness, success and physical fitness. When you do certain actions repeatedly your subconscious turns them into habits. The more you repeat that behavior, the deeper it ingrains into your brain.
Habit forming isn’t easy. You’ll have to muster up the courage to force yourself to gain new behaviors.
Here are 10 habits you should adopt for a fuller, healthier, and happier life.
1. Change Your Mind
Happiness is a choice. You have control over your attitude every day. If you allow your mind to run wild it’ll serve up an infinite loop of crap. Negative thoughts mixed with the Law of Attraction can lead to a miserable life.
Identify your destructive thoughts. Now think of kinder, more compassionate things to tell yourself. When the harmful thought pops up again, (and they will) default back to the loving response.
- Sit (in comfortable clothes) with your spine upright and head up. Your mind will drift (or pass out) if you’re slouching or lying down.
- Close your eyes.
- Notice your breath (inhale from your diaphragm)
- When random thoughts pop in, just slide them out of the way. If you’re having problems sitting still, count your breaths.
- Meditate in silence. Music is a distraction and will keep you from being present. Being present is the point.
3. Be Thankful for Everything and Everyone in Your Life
There are tons of health and mental benefits to gain from gratitude. Every night think of a few aspects of your life that you are so lucky to have.
What are you glad you have in your life today? Being grateful will improve your sleep, your relationships, and your general well-being.
4. Practice Self-Compassion Instead of Tearing Yourself Down
Be comforting to yourself when you make mistakes or fail. Punishing yourself isn’t going to fix the issue. Have some self-compassion and tell yourself it’s okay, then find ways to avoid that pitfall again.
Mistakes are simply things that happen when you’re learning something new. It’s normal. Don’t even let it slow you down, keep moving forward.
5. Do What You Say You’re Going to Do (Even if You Only Told Yourself)
If you don’t do what you say you’re going to do you will lose respect. People won’t respect you,and won’t take you seriously. If you don’t do something that you’ve told yourself to do you lose respect for yourself.
However, if you do complete the project you’ll gain integrity, respect, and experience.
6. Accept the Things You Can’t Control
It’s okay for things to happen that are beyond your control. They’ll happen anyway. You weren’t meant to manipulate everything in life that you don’t like. You’re only making yourself miserable. In fact, your happiness can’t exist alongside worries about the uncontrollable. So stop it.
The universe will do what it does without anyone’s help. So, accept the things that are out of your control and move on.
7. Journal Every Night
How will you know where you are in life if you don’t take the time to sit down and analyze it?
Journaling is great for venting your frustrations (instead of an unsuspecting bystander). It can help you to deal with overwhelming feelings and to look at situations in a more rational manner. This habit will decrease your overall stress and anxiety levels.
8. Avoid Negative People
Debbie Downers are everywhere. We can’t control their attitude, so it’s best to slip away from them. If they happen to be a family member and you don’t want to cut them off, just limit your interaction time with them.
9. Be Conscious about Everything You Consume
Mindless eating or drinking can damage our bodies. We’ve got to stop and think (every time) about what we’re about to put in our stomachs. Simply being cognizant of what we’re about to ingest will reduce over-eating. Plus it will help to avoid drinking too much sugar or alcohol.
10. Do yoga
Yoga can improve your immunity to sickness, memory, focus, and quality of sleep. It will decrease cortisol, blood pressure, digestive problems, and stress levels. If you learn to practice yoga often then you can look forward to many benefits in your quality of life.
In short, living a better life begins with making the decision to improve it. You won’t naturally start these habits, you’ll have to force yourself to do them. Every single day. After a while it won’t feel so forced, it’ll become habitual and you’ll do them without thinking.
What habits would make your life better?
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