A habit can be described as a routine behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Most of us will struggle to change an old habit even when it does not serve us well. Likewise, a new habit can be difficult to form. Simply put, all habits are behavior patterns that are repeated so frequently they become imprinted in neural pathways.
Our habits directly impact how we experience, interpret and navigate the world around us. The intention of this blog is to share some simple behavior’s that anyone can adopt and repeat on a regular basis to promote feelings of well being for themselves and those around them. Many of us spend a great amount of energy focusing on the habits we want to change setting up repetitive cycles of failure and self criticism when we do not follow through with our intention. There is no doubt that changing any behavior that does not serve you well will improve your sense of well being, leading to feelings of contentment and joy. However, setting goals that you repeatedly fall short of can lead to building a habit of repetitive failure and self defeat.
The following is a list of habits that will help anyone who applies any or all of them to build feelings of well being and contentment with themselves. Repeating behavior’s that uplift and inspire can have an exponential impact on how we live in the world. When we successfully embrace conduct that we interpret as favorable we begin to internalize a more positive outlook. Developing a good feeling from your actions can create a reaction setting off a chain of events building a cumulative effect of positive outcomes.
- Express gratitude; this is one of the most empowering habits to adopt. We all have something for which we can be grateful. Begin each morning by bringing to mind three things you are grateful for; even if you need to start with being grateful that you have a bed to sleep in, a roof over your head, and clothes on your back.
- Practice kindness; being kind to others creates good karma, remember you get what you give.
- Cultivate self compassion; be kind to yourself, self criticism is a powerful demotivator. Treat yourself the way you would treat a loved one. When we have compassion for ourselves, compassion for others follows.
- Develop an awareness of your automatic negative thoughts; when you become aware of a negative thought, replace it with a positive thought. Thoughts create emotions, and emotions create actions. It is important to know that when you focus on a negative you attract more of that energy back to yourself.
- Laugh often; laughter not only makes you feel better, studies suggest that laughter lowers cortisol levels and protects against heart disease.
- Be mindful; pay attention to where you are and what you are doing. Become present with your moments. Without judging begin to acknowledge how often your thoughts wander into a narrative about past or present events and bring yourself back to the moment. This is a powerful exercise that requires practice and patience. Living in the moment can help decrease worry and anxiety.
- Get spiritual; when we sense a connection to something greater than ourselves it can give our lives meaning and purpose. This does not have to be about organized religion, spirituality comes in many forms.
These are just a few of the ways that anyone can begin experiencing a more joyful life. Building your confidence, builds your power to change the things that do not serve you well.
Create good habits, not restrictions.