Habits are the automatic mental and behavioural activities that make it possible for us to do things without much mental effort. As such, they make everyday life possible. Each of us have habits that we do regularly with limited conscious thought – good and bad. And although bad habits can be a serious downfall, having good habits can set us up for enormous success. After all, if you take away unnecessary conscious thought and effort by making lots of good little habits – imagine how much more you can achieve.
So here is a list of 30 good habits that you should make today, that will pay off for the rest of your life.
- Make your bed daily
- Save at least a small part of your weekly income
- Floss your teeth (and regularly visit the dentist)
- Learn how to cook a few basic meals
- Exercise regularly (whatever it is, make sure it’s something you can tolerate and sustain)
- Eat breakfast (here are some great healthy breakfasts for busy mornings)
- Eat less sugar
- Eat more vegetables
- Drink more water
- Be grateful – acknowledge things you are thankful for and actively thank others
- Follow people up – not just when you want something
- Stand up straight
- Ask questions
- Watch documentaries/ listen to podcasts/ read articles and books
- Regularly donate your time or money to a cause that means something to you
- Buy quality over quantity – invest wisely in clothes, jewellery etc.
- Regularly clean out your closet and donate old clothes to charity
- Admit when you make a mistake, learn from it and try your best next time
- Never go to bed with make up on
- Wear sunscreen
- Pack an umbrella when it looks like it is going to rain
- Establish a good bedtime routine and try to get enough sleep
- Be kind and complement people (even strangers – you never know, you might change their whole outlook of their day)
- Be generous
- Be on time
- Put away your phone when you are with people
- Smile at strangers
- Be authentic and honest
- Start a hobby that you love
I would love for you to share some other good habits in the comments below.