Positive habits have the potential to change your life. Because the easiest and best way to establish new behaviours is to make them a habit.
Here are 5 positive habits that make you happy and change your everyday life for the better. You simply have to do them so often that they become an automatic programme.
Habits are a great way to make life easier. If you want to change something in your life, make it a positive habit.
Then you don’t have to think about what to do and when to do it, you just do it because it’s part of your life.
So today I would like to share with you five positive habits that can help you lead a happier and healthier life.
1. the positive daily review
The positive daily review is about reminding yourself every evening what went well or what was particularly nice about the past day.
Normally we focus more on the negative and feel worse than we should. If you instead take time every day for the positive moments, you will feel better, happier and more optimistic. In the long run, you train your brain to perceive more positive things.
Take about 3 minutes every night before you go to bed.
Think about what went well or was nice about your day and write down at least three events. If you do this exercise in the evening, you will be able to switch off better and fall asleep more relaxed.
If you have a partner, you can also do the exercise together and tell each other what was nice about the day.
The same applies if you have children. Make a ritual out of it and have each child in turn tell you at bedtime what was good about that day.
If you are alone, you can also get a nice notebook and put it on your bedside table. Every evening, write down three things that were good about your day. Over time, you will have a very nice collection of positive experiences.
2. The “Date Night”
Date night is a fixed date with yourself, your partner or your friends.
In our stressful everyday lives, we tend to neglect everything that doesn’t seem so important. The meeting with your best friend is then cancelled just as much as the time alone with you in the bathtub.
But we need this time very urgently because we need good relationships. Laughing and talking together not only provides a lot of positive experiences, it also strengthens trust, relationships and a sense of community.
Mark a fixed date in your calendar for date night. For example, I have a fixed date night with my husband every second Tuesday. On this evening we do something special together and go out for dinner or to the cinema, for example. That way we don’t lose sight of our partnership.
If you don’t have a partner, you can choose a fixed evening each week to meet up with friends. For example, every Wednesday from 7 pm is time for friends.
Then you can meet regularly with your best friend to cook together, or you can go bowling with a couple who are friends, and the next Wednesday you can go out for a meal with a friend, and so on.
If you especially lack time for yourself, you can also arrange a date night with yourself. How about every Saturday from 3-6 pm?
During this time, you do something for yourself, pamper yourself, get close to your happiness or pursue a hobby.
No matter how you arrange it. Make sure it’s regular so it can become as routine as brushing your teeth every day.
3. exercise and sports
Don’t worry, I’m not forcing you to join a gym. But I would encourage you to make regular exercise a habit.
Exercise and sport are a natural antidepressant. They have a mood-lifting effect and create positive feelings.
Apart from that, regular exercise naturally contributes to your health, strengthens your cardiovascular system and reduces the risk of various diseases.
In addition, exercise helps you to perceive yourself as effective and efficient. You are doing something, you are getting better at something, you are following through with something. All of these are positive feedbacks that increase your self-worth and make you more confident in other areas as well.
The best way is to do sport 2-3 times a week. But of course it depends on your personal situation.
And exercise doesn’t always have to mean sport. You can also go for a 40-minute walk every day during your lunch break or get into the habit of cycling to and from work.
If none of that works, sign up for a dance or tennis class or practice yoga in your living room.
Find something you really like to do and it will be easier to stick with it.
Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean something religious. There are quick mindfulness meditations and complicated content meditations that can take you 5 minutes or even several hours.
Meditation helps you to sort out your thoughts, to become more attentive, to concentrate better and to become more conscious. It can become your daily oasis of calm. Learn more about the benefits of meditation here.
It is best to meditate first thing in the morning (e.g. after going to the bathroom). That way you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. 10 minutes is enough.
If you don’t have 10 minutes, take 8 minutes or 5. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Here I have a step-by-step guide to meditation.
5. enough time for your hobbies
One habit you should definitely get into is to regularly make time for your hobby or hobbies.
Pursuing your interest will help you have positive feelings and get into the flow more often.
It also shows you that you are not only defined by your job or your family. You have many facets, interests and qualities.
Live them. Whether it’s playing guitar, climbing, reading, writing poetry, learning languages or crocheting…
Depending on what your passion is, you can take an hour once a week for it. If you’re more into reading or crochet, you might want to set aside 20 minutes every day in the evening (or on your way to work).
And if your hobby is a sport, e.g. playing basketball or dancing, you can kill two birds with one stone anyway.
What do you think?
Can you imagine integrating more positive habits into your life or are you perhaps already doing it?
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