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What's a good habit that everyone should have?

EDIT: Because I forgot to put my own suggestion in :)

Drinking water is definitely a habit everyone should have. And I mean more than 4 glasses a day. I personally add a little flavor to my water by dropping a lemon slice in. It helps me think that it's less of a chore or goal to meet, but rather a tasty drink I don't want to put down.

3 years ago by massani with 40 comments

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  • spacepopper
    +31

    Show appreciation when someone goes out of their way to do something for you, a simple thank you goes a long way.

    • massani
      +11

      Last month I held open a door for someone, and they gave me some Mackinac Island fudge in return! They definitely exceeded my expectations in showing appreciation.

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  • Wenjarich (edited 3 years ago)
    +13

    Keeping track of daily your calorie in-take with your daily budget. It really puts into perspective the affect certain items of food and drink have on our weight. I lost 18 kgs simply by tracking my daily in-take. I have never said I can't have any item of food, but knowing how much it affects me has limited how often I have it. It also showed me the difference between the affect of exercise and being good with your food. I am no expert on health or weight loss but I found this simple thing made a huge difference for me.

    Edit: Cellphone errors

    • FurtWigglepants
      +5

      Reminds me of the guy that lost weight eating only twinkies. It's not what you eat but how much.

      • pixelboot
        +6

        I can totally vouch for this! I am pretty lazy and i have a desk job. I reduced my caloric intake and started tracking everything i ate with my fitness pal. I've lost 15 pounds in 4 months with literally 0 effort. Last night I had chicken nuggets for dinner. As long as it's in my daily budget, ill eat it.

      • Wenjarich
        +3

        Yes I remember reading about that. It's really crazy. It's also why I had to remind my step-mother who decided to do the same thing as me but took it to a whole other level, that it is a system that helps weight loss, it is not a system that measures health of diet.

        Btw, if you don't mind my asking, how did your username come to be. It's stuck out to me seeing as you replied to two of my posts in short procession and I find myself truly curious as to its origin haha :D

        • FurtWigglepants
          +3

          Furt is a recurring goblin name in MTG. And I think wigglepants came from a random name generated from a game, Halo I think.

    • ColonBowel
      +3

      I like to stay willingly ignorant, thank you very much.

  • ISO
    +10

    Gaining the habit of keeping a clean email inbox by either archiving or deleting messages that have already been read. It drives me nuts to see someone try and dig through a long list of emails in order to find something that I just sent them/is relevant.

    • xg549
      +3

      Inbox by Google is really great. It pushes the idea of marking emails either as "done" or "snoozed" once you read them to get them out of your inbox. That along with its grouping system is awesome for organization. It recently went out of closed beta and I recommend it to anyone.

      • ISO
        +1

        Exactly. This tool has saved me immense time and effort in organizing and handling email. I second this recommendation as it is an invaluable tool for anyone no matter if they get a lot of email or a lot.

      • cunt
        +1

        Once I started to organise my inbox I found Gmail's interface to be cumbersome and not fit for purpose. The main problem is that from the search screen you cannot move emails to folders - just tag them as that folder.

        Outlook.com is much nicer

        • xg549
          +3

          I don't know what improvements they have been making to outlook since they made the shift from Live Mail but I'm pretty much sworn against their service ever since I had a bad run in with their customer service. One of my old live.com emails got locked out for "suspicious activity" whatever the fuck that means - was someone trying to hack me or something? I don't know. But anyway this was an old email address that I made when I was probably 12 or 13, at an age when I still bought into the age of internet paranoia, so none of the security information I provided was legitimate and I had forgotten all of it along with the alternate email address. I opened a ticket with support, trying to figure out some way I could get my account back and after several days of haggling with them and asking for escalation to someone who would reason with me they were adamant that if I didn't know my security features there was nothing they could do for me. I felt like that was really really shitty. They could have found any number of ways to let me prove that it was an account I used to have access to but they wouldn't. I lost some valuable information that was in emails only inside that account. Fuck microsoft.

  • Smiley
    +10

    Smile often! :)

    It spreads a positive atmosphere everywhere, and generally makes the world seem friendlier! :)

    It apparently also makes you live longer too!

    • GeniusIComeAnon
      +4

      Good advice! Last year I moved to a smaller town than where I was from, and everyone smiles so much! I love the atmosphere it makes :)

  • BucksinSixxx
    +8

    Politeness.

    • shiprekt
      +1

      Agreed, it's a small thing but it has tremendous reach.

  • AlchemiA
    +8

    don't judge but always dare to look and see

    Change is a seemingly hostile environment to our little cell:brain biology paradigm. Cognitive dissonance is a process where a massive retooling of our synaptic pathways is occurring, often resulting in 'temper tantrums' and breaking things and other 'bad' behaviors learnt by all of our 'bad' education. Yet it is in that very process where neurons coalesce into a new flower of meaning and significance.

    This is reflected in these random acts of defiance we're seeing everywhere. We’re living through some very difficult times, and we feel it in our bones, in our hearts and in our minds; this new-paradigm is bursting at the seams of what it all means, and by an internal-fire made of many-reflections of realEYEsed delight, our flowering into epiphany from our inner-sight, where deep calls to deep which is neither wrong nor right, and which’ll bend space n’ time ’round these Quantum-tunnels flowing within as divine, and then all that matters in this whirl’d-view is that we cross the line, from what is old to what is a new inward-out-design…

    All men make a God of their desire and history repeats itself ad infinitum ad nauseum... nonetheless, creativity is a process of change and an Artist is an agent for change. They'll disturb comfortable-meaning and unravel recursive-cliché by their fierce-vulnerability, by their courageous-authenticity and by having been bent by their beautiful-individuality...the Truth in this sentimental-reality is rolling with these changes of creative-destruction we see everywhere...

    ‘change the way you look at things and the things you look at change’ – Dr. Wayne Dyer

  • Najos
    +7

    Sleep! I used to work really weird schedules and I never went to bed or woke up at the same time. I realize a lot of people are in that situation and a regular sleep schedule is impossible, but if you can, go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. I've been doing it for a few months now and life is just so much easier. I'm never tired until I'm ready to go to bed and I rarely get any kind of insomnia anymore.

  • Bastou
    +6

    Do a budget and check where one's money goes. When you give attention to the details of where you spend money, it can become real easy to save a lot, while not changing your life habits much.

  • trails
    +6

    Setting aside time to decompress. Life being hard and stressful is pretty universal, and whether it's putting down a video game, exercising, meditating, reading, or whatever floats your mellow boat, taking some time to escape it all is a pretty good habit to have.

  • ttubravesrock
    +5

    keep work and home separate. Even if you work at home.

  • GeniusIComeAnon
    +4

    I'm surprised no one has said this. Brush your teeth! It was a habit that I used to struggle with keeping, but eventually figured out how to keep it consistent. It can boost confidence and has many more health benefits than just keeping a shiny smile :)

  • burpface
    +4

    Do good things without expecting anything in return.

  • SevenTales
    +3

    Have a morning ritual before starting the day. Something nice, you do waking up to set the mood. For exemple, Each morning I drink some tea while reading a little.

    • sixstorm
      +2

      I get up at 5:30AM and have to leave for work by no later than 6AM. I used to get up at 5 to give myself a little extra time but man do I love to catch those last 30 minutes of sleep.

      • spaceghoti
        +1

        I absolutely cannot do this. If I get up at 5:30 AM I'm doing well to be out the door by 7. I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination.

        • sixstorm
          +2

          I used to be a nightowl but work has changed that for me. I usually wake up and go into panic mode, trying to get out the door ASAP.

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  • CrazyDiamond
    +3

    Repeating someones name in your head after you meet them so you remember it. Saying "I'm bad with names" is kind of just an excuse for something you can easily fix about yourself with practice.

    • jmcs
      +2

      That almost never works for me. If I see the person for 2/3 days in a row I'll probably remember the names, but there are people that I see only occasionally (in meetings or conferences) that I just can't remember their names.

      • CrazyDiamond
        +3

        One thing that can really help is addressing that person by their name while talking to them. Finishing off with "It was nice to meet you [name]" or working it in while you're talking to them. Saying their name to them and having them verify the response can help solidify it in your head. Also, if it's a name that's kind of complicated, maybe ask them how it's spelled.

    • cunt
      +1

      I find that I remember better if someone introduces the other person to me

  • Lcthulou
    +3

    A Daily Journal. Doesn't matter if it's a Diary, Food/Exercise Log, List of accomplishments or things to do, Everyone should practice just the little mindfulness that a journal provides.