Here are 10 positive habits that you can consider incorporating
into your routine.
often we get so caught up in day-to-day activities that we get
distracted from thinking about and developing little positive habits
that could make the difference between having an okay day and an
Some of them may seem so simple and obvious that we don't even
think of implementing them regularly.
Start the day with a positive mind-set.
Upon awakening make the commitment to face the day and
whatever it brings with a positive frame of mind. Prepare yourself
for the fact that everything will probably not go smoothly or as
be willing to handle any challenges you're faced with (we know
there will be some).
Be grateful for and focus on the good things you have in your
life. Many of us get in the habit of sweating the 'small
stuff' and let it get in the way of appreciating the important
things such as family, friends, good health, freedom and the many
opportunities we enjoy. When we get caught up in the small stuff, it downplays the
fact that we really do have much to be grateful for.
Learn something new.
Make a conscious effort to keep your brain active and
functioning at optimum levels. Learn a new vocabulary word or a new
piece of information as often as you can. It will keep you sharp and
Have a good laugh.
Read the comics or tell a joke just to loosen things up. Laughter
and a jovial attitude help relieve stress, keep things light and change your
perspective from a gloomy to a cheerful one.
Smile at someone.
When you walk through the office, down the street or are in a
store, make it a point to smile at someone to acknowledge them. It
will make you both feel good. We're usually so preoccupied and
caught up in activity that we don't take time to notice those
Give a heartfelt compliment.
If you notice that someone at school/work has a new hairdo or
outfit and looks especially good, or has just given a good
presentation, don't hold back, give them a compliment. Everyone
enjoys positive feedback.
Tell your spouse, family member or friend how much you
Just as we enjoy a nice compliment now and then, it improves our
mood to know a loved one appreciates us. Quite often we take
those we are closest to for granted.
Perform an act of kindness.
Do something nice just for the sake of doing it. Help an
elderly person lift or carry a parcel. Clear the table after a meal
if it's not your normal routine. Offer to take your neighbor's
kids to the park or the show along with yours. It generates and
promotes good will.
Be a better listener.
Take the time to listen to another's point of view. Even if
you don't agree with what they are saying, try to put yourself in
their place and understand where they're coming from.
Take 10-15 minutes quiet time.
Give yourself a break. You deserve time to reflect and
regroup too. Even a little 15-minute catnap can be surprisingly
refreshing and rejuvenating. You'll wake up feeling like you can
take on anything!
These 10 positive habits can be incorporated into your routine at
whatever intervals are comfortable for you. Being aware of and
practicing them regularly will make each day more pleasant for
you and everyone around you. It's the simple little things in life
that make the biggest difference!