Our lives are made up of different habits, and it’s the habits that control how we behave, how we think about ourselves, and how well we interact with our surroundings. A habit takes time to develop and the way we are reflects the habits we’ve picked up over the years.
Habits are malleable, that is, they can be modified over time.
Little habits developed consistently can lead to big changes in our lives, and they have the power to shift our lives to a more positive and empowering state. It follows the principle of the compound effect.
In this article, I’m going to share with you some basic exercises you can incorporate into your day to day living. When practiced consistently, you’d notice a significant change in your life, and also in your level of self-confidence.
6 Little Habits That Can Make a Big Difference
1. Keeping a Journal
I found journaling to be an effective way of eliciting things within the mind. It’s a great technique that helps declutter the mind and give you peace just like meditation. Journaling helps you to understand yourself more, it gives you the opportunity to be grateful for the life you have. It builds your mental strength.
There are so many other reasons why journaling is a powerful habit to adopt. Here are a few of the reasons based on research:
- Journaling improves health condition in general and it has also been found to be effective in improving arthritis, and asthma.1
- It has the potential to boost your immune system.2
- Journaling can help increase your mental state.3
- Journaling is effective for stress management.4
We all know the benefits of exercising regularly yet most of us don’t exercise at all. Most people view exercise as only track and field activity, and it’s one of the reasons most people fail to exercise.
Exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous or strenuous. In fact, it is scientifically proven that walking alone is a great exercise and it has the potential of improving our overall health when practicing consistently every day for 30 minutes.
Here are the benefits of walking at least 30 mins a day/exercising:
- It can improve your cardiovascular system.
- Exercise has the potential of reducing your stress level.
- It improves blood circulation.
- Burns excess fat in the body.
- Reducing the risk of heart diseases.
- Exercise has the ability to reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis, and some cancer.
3. Practicing Morning Meditation
Meditation is one of the most powerful habitual practices you can incorporate into your daily routine. Meditation is an active process of training the mind to be more focused, calm, and relaxed. This process helps to reduce stress, boost mental capability, and also boost the immune system.
Once you incorporate meditation into your daily routine, you’ll notice a change in your level of awareness within a few days. You’ll become more vitalized, happy, and focused.
Here are a few benefits of meditation:
- Meditations help to combat stress, anxiety, and frustrations.
- It helps improve your emotional intelligence.
- Meditation helps to improve your attention span.
- It improves your self-awareness.
- It helps you to develop more love for life.
4. Reading Something Inspiring for a Few Minutes
Reading is a great habit everyone should cultivate. Most successful people advocate for it. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are two notable figures who subscribe to the benefits of reading every day. It isn’t compulsory to read the whole day, in fact, studies show that reading for just 30 minutes a day can boost your mental capacity, and it also has the potential to make you happy.
Here are a few benefits of why you should read daily:
- Reading strengthens your brain.
- It helps you to develop a better understanding of the world around you.
- You develop strong emotional intelligence.
- Builds your vocabulary.
- It helps to reduce stress.
- Reading can help alleviate depression and anxiety.
5. Practice Giving and Accepting Complement
Complements are all about showing and receiving love. Research shows that the subtle act of giving complement and also receiving it can boost your level of self-esteem, improve inflammation, and also improve your overall health condition.
People who receive a compliment for a task tend to improve their performance and confidence. The same thing goes with the giver, they feel more worthy and develop emotional intelligence.
6. Practice Smiling Regularly
Most of us perceive smiling as something that we give when we’re happy and emotionally sound. While this observation is true, most people usually do not see the need to smile at all.
It is scientifically proven that the constant act of smiling has the potential to improve our state of mind, and also health. It has the ability to improve our mood and also the mood of people around us. Happiness begets happiness.
Practice smiling when you greet someone or when you even ask a question. Don’t wait for things to be right before you smile. Incorporate it into your normal mood, appearance, and habit.
Here are a few benefits of smiling:
- Smiling makes you more attractive.
- It improves your mood.
- Smiling relieves stress.
- It lowers blood pressure.
- Smiling boosts the immune system.
- It makes you look younger and healthier.
- Smiling helps to improve your state of mind.
7. Listen More than You Talk
Actively listening to someone is a sign of trust, and it is also a sign of strong emotional intelligence. So many people find it hard to listen, they prefer to talk. If you can develop the habit of listening more than you talk, you’ll earn the trust of many people around you.
More overall, people are looking for who to share their problem with, and also to have an emotional connection. And active listening happens to be one of the most effective ways of developing an emotional connection.
Here are a few reasons why you have to listen more than you speak:
- It helps build your attention span.
- Active listening helps you to become a great conservationist.
- It helps you develop more focus.
- You get to appreciate people more.
- It builds your emotional intelligence.