There are small things that we can do to make ourselves better, but just because they’re small, doesn’t mean they’re easy. The main reason why we don’t do these things is because we need to form them as habits in order to reap their rewards.
The process of building up a habit takes time, but sometimes that time investment is well worth it. Here are five small habits that I’ve introduced into my life, that I find make me a nicer and happier person.
1. Regularly exercising.
I used to be incredibly out of shape, but for the longest time I didn’t care. I looked skinny, so why bother exercising? Well, I slowly came to the realization that just because I looked (somewhat) good, didn’t mean I felt good. My body wasn’t healthy, so I felt tired, anxious, and sluggish.
But then I started regularly exercising, and I began to feel a lot better. It took time and effort to work my way up to where I am now, but now I’m feeling much better. My energy levels are much more consistent, and I feel stronger and more flexible.
Exercising has also helped improve my blood flow, which has made my acne die down a bit, and also makes my skintone more even.
2. Quitting self-deprecating humor.
Self-deprecating humor is something that I see all too much in the current day and age, and it’s quickly gone from being mildly annoying to being downright toxic and destructive.
When I first saw self-deprecating humor, it was things like comparing yourself to trash and jokingly saying that you’re ugly or bad at something. That behavior in itself is unhealthy, but this kind of humor has only gotten worse.
Now I’ve seen teenagers joking around by saying that they should never have been born or that they should kill themselves.
This behavior is incredibly damaging, and leads to the actions that they joke about. Sometimes this kind of humor is actually a cry for help, in which case these people should seek help from a therapist, assuming they have access to one.
The problem with self-deprecating humor is that when we say things repeatedly, we slowly begin to believe them, even if what we’re saying isn’t true.
When I was at a low point in my mental health, I fell into the trap of using self-deprecating humor, and it only dragged me lower. Once I realized that I was beginning to believe what I was saying, I would stop myself each time I made another stupid joke.
When I caught myself calling myself worthless, I would turn it around. I would instead acknowledge that even though I have flaws, my life still has value, and I am still a worthwhile human being.
By getting into the habit of correcting myself whenever I made self-deprecating remarks, I slowly began to stop making those remarks at all.
3. Cooking regularly.
Overall, I am a pretty healthy eater, but I used to have difficulty cooking foods for myself, let alone for others.
When I did start cooking and baking, it was all experiments that turned out edible, but not exactly good. I kept up with it though, and slowly learned some of the basics, like how to cook eggs or make pancakes.
Even though my experiments failed a lot of the time, I was determined to cook regularly, because I love cooking! And now I have a pretty good idea of what flavors taste good together, and I regularly cook for my parents too.
Because I kept with cooking, I ended up developing a skill, one that can be utilized for the rest of my life!
4. Cleaning regularly.
Another good habit that I am slowly working on developing, is cleaning regularly. I admit, there are times where I fall behind on my cleaning and organizing, and clutter piles up, but I’ve been working hard to keep messes at bay.
Even though cleaning seems like a boring task, it’s really quite helpful to our mental and physical health. Dust, dirt, and mold can hinder breathing, and having a cluttered living space can cause stress and anxiety.
If you’re not into the habit of cleaning regularly, one small way to start is to clean up after yourself whenever you finish working on a task. Doing so will help prevent large messes from starting, and I find that it also helps increase my focus when I’m working, since I’m not distracted by clutter.
5. Learning to be more polite.
I would say that I’m a fairly polite person. I was taught to say please and thank you, and to apologize for my mistakes, but I still lack some of the finer details of etiquette.
Currently I’m trying to improve the way that I eat and speak.
Improving the way I speak is difficult, since I have difficulty with annunciation due to an overbite. This overbite also makes eating very difficult, so learning how to eat and speak more gracefully has been a difficult challenge.
What are some habits that you’ve picked up that you find make you a better person? Are you also working on any of the same habits as me? Please let me know in a comment.
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