Forming the right habits is one of the secrets of happy and satisfying living. All of us are creatures of habit, and most of us like it that way. It saves us thought and time, and we are spared the strain of continually making decisions.
It is wise, to check on our
habits to determine whether they are
constructive or destructive, bringing pleasure
or pain, whether they are harmful
or beneficial to ourselves or others. If
we find that some should be discarded we can introduce new ones.
Here are certain habits which it would be in your interests to adopt.
1. Take Adequate Daily Exercise:
More and more people are walking less and less. Increasing numbers
are engaged in sedentary occupations. Take steps to ensure you get adequate
exercise and fresh air every day.
Authorities agree that a brisk walk of a mile or two is the best
regular exercise. Walk in as pleasant surroundings as possible, and get away to
fresh clean air. Supplement these with 10 minutes of simple exercise on rising
in the morning. This quickens the
circulation and shrugs off sleepiness. It induces good general health, and erect carriage, and a general feeling of zest and well – being.
2. Positive Thinking:
Another habit which has
revolutionized countless lives is that
of thinking positively at all times and in all circumstances. When we think
negatively, we drift into the depressing habit. It is a customary pattern to
speak disparagingly of ourselves and others, to spotlight not only real dangers
but imaginary ones, to anticipate failure on all occasions, and to be obsessed
with the morbid and depressing.
Positively thinking means replacing
these with happy thoughts, optimistic thoughts, healthy and constructive and
charitable thoughts. It means saying farewell to bitterness and resentment, to
envy, fear, worry and pessimism. It is forgiveness, generosity courage. Calm
3. Do it Now:
This is another practice which is sheer dynamite. Until it becomes a
settled habit with you, write these three world and place them where you
are likely to see them frequently. In
case you are a ditherer or procrastinator let “Immediate action” be your slogan.
Jobs get done, letters get written,
bills get paid, appointments are arranged with amazing promptness. Make it a
permanent way of life with you . Do it now!
Many people reserve their smiles for holidays only. If they only realized how much younger
and more attractive they looked when they smiled, they would make a habit of
doing so more readily.
Smile when you greet people, smile when
you are with them, smile when you leave them. Smile your thanks, your
appreciation, your interest and your love. Smiling transforms the personality,
makes you more attractive and popular, wins you friends, boosts your confidence
and makes life easier for others.
5. Daily Reading:
Besides reading newspapers find
a place for solid reading to be inspired, to enrich your character and
conversation, to be distracted and to be amused. Read every day even if it is
only for a quarter of an hour. This will supply you with new ideals from people
who are alert and sensitive, the elite of mankind.
6. Visualization and Affirmation:
Victor Diamond suggests some excellent
affirmations: I am, and I will continue to be, well, happy, and successful. I
will maintain a positive, optimistic attitude even in the face of negative
conditions. I will replace any feeling
of disappointment immediately with a positive thought.
goes a step further. It uses the imagination to picture or experience in
detail, those things upon which the
heart is set. Picture whatever you desire as though it has already been
achieved in mind. See yourself doing something as an accomplished fact.
of the quickest ways to brings out the magic in your mind, and to obtain
anything you set your heart on, is to practice visualizing what you want.
Nothing but good can come from visualization if
you are positive in your desires. The things you want will come
all together, these six habits can revolutionise your life.