The hardest part of adopting a new habit is beginning a new routine to shape that habit. A new habit can take some 30 days to establish, but once it’s assimilated into your life, it’s extremely easy to keep up. Here are 16 changes that you can make to become a better person:
1. Use words that encourage happiness
A good example of this is to watch how you reply when someone asks how you are. Instead of replying in a neutral fashion by saying “I’m fine”, or “I’m okay”, try saying: “I’m fabulous!”, or “I’m great!” If life has blessed you with many things to be happy about, then you should acknowledge that through your choice of words. It’s a basic universal truth that positivity only serves to breed more positivity, so be conscious of that.
2. Try something new every day
The first time we do or experience something can impact us so profoundly that it stays with us for the rest of our lives. Obviously this isn’t true for every single new thing we do or experience, but trying something new can open doors to life-changing opportunities.
3. Do something selfless every day
Life rewards you for the effort you put in. If you make a positive impact on someone else’s life, you also impact your own life in a positive way. See how you can make someone happier, or lessen their suffering. Being selfless is extremely rewarding, and once you get into the habit, you’ll be hooked.
4. Learn and practice one new skill each day
Being self-reliant is crucial for being able to live a vital, healthy and productive life. If we don’t master a basic set of skills, then we don’t get to have a mastery over our own lives. Think of learning a new skill each day as taking the steps needed to turn yourself into a jack of all trades. And besides, learning new skills is fun.
5. Teach someone something new every day
Strengths and talents differ from one individual to another, so enlighten someone with your uniqueness each day. Take note of what people ask you for help with on a regular basis. Are you good at math? Are you very creative? Try devoting some time each day to teaching someone the thing or things that you’re good at.
6. Dedicate an hour a day to your passion
What is the one thing in life that makes you tick? It could be anything – spirituality, collecting things, fighting for a cause you believe in – the list is endless. Indulging your passion on a daily basis will bring lots of added happiness and meaning into your life.
7. Treat everyone nicely
Regardless of whether someone is rude to you or not, just reciprocate as nicely and calmly as you can. Doing so doesn’t imply that you’re a fake person – it’s indicative of your emotional maturity. Treat everyone as you wish to be treated, namely with kindness and respect. Do this consciously, and you’ll see how the negativity around you will dissipate as if it was never there in the first place.
8. Be as positive as you can
Think of optimism as something to be sown and harvested. No matter how bad a situation is, true success is being able to find an opportunity when it seems like nothing good can come of it. Failure is a blessing, because you can learn and grow from it. If life doesn’t give you what you want right now, that only means that there’s something better for you right around the corner.
9. Acknowledge the lesson you’ve learned from a bad situation
Life continuously gives you lessons – from the people you meet, to the things you encounter and the experiences you go through. Whether good or bad, you should always look for and acknowledge the lesson you have learned. Once you’ve done that, keep it in mind and apply it to better tackle a similar situation or experience in future.
10. Pay attention and enjoy your life as it happens
In life, the past has gone and no longer exists, whereas the future hasn’t arrived yet. If you think about it, the present is all you ever have. Everything you’ve ever done, everything you’ve ever been through, has led up to this present moment. Seeing as that present is all you ever have, you should try living your life accordingly!
11. Get rid of one thing a day for 30 days
De-cluttering is good for the soul. Try getting rid of one thing every day for 30 days, and you’ll feel a tangible internal change. It might not be easy letting go of things at first, but it’ll get better with practice. By getting rid of physical things you don’t need, you’re opening up room for newer, positive things – both physical and abstract – to come into your life.
12. Create something brand-new in 30 days or less
Fashioning something using your hands and your own ingenuity is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. Use the next 30 days to create something of your choosing – just make sure that it’s something you actually care about so you don’t lose interest in it. Find something you love and let your imagination run wild.
13. Wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning
If you’re in a rush in the morning, you’re setting yourself up for a bad day, because you’ll be constantly chasing the time you’re trying to make up. Try getting up 30 minutes earlier, and save yourself speeding tickets, being late for work and other stresses you don’t need to be dealing with. Make a pact with yourself to do it for 30 days straight and see the difference that it makes.
14. Don’t tell a single lie in 30 days
We all tell little white lies, and naively think they’re harmless. The truth is that a lie is a lie, no matter how big or small. Avoid deceiving yourself and those around you, speak from the heart and speak the whole truth.
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15. Define a long-term goal and work on it for an hour each day
Set yourself a long-term goal, then work towards it by dividing it into smaller, manageable chunks. Try to complete one chunk at a time, and remember that taking the first step is most often the hardest. If you devote just an hour each day working towards something you’ve always wanted to accomplish, you can turn a small dream into a reality.
16. Read something that inspires you every day
While there’s a wealth of information available on the internet, there’s really no substitute for a good, classic book. Their authoritative wisdom has inspired profound ideas around the world for many generations. They serve to open doors – both in your mind and in your life. Decide on a book you want to read, and ensure you read a chapter of it each day.
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