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We all want to better our lives and be the best version of ourselves at all times but most of us do not know how to achieve these because we have some bad habits that have permanently become a part of us. I’m sure when the year started, Most of us had plans to change certain areas of our lives and it’s been 4 months into the year and there isn’t much difference from our older selves. There is still time to make amends and become that best version of yourself and you can do this by making little changes in different areas of your life. Below are 9 good habits that leads to a better life.

In case you missed the previous post, here’s an opportunity to catch up; 5 Good Habits That’ll Transform Your Life Completely..

Waking up early 

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin

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In a world so busy, where everything is moving so fast, you need to take a step back and examine yourself and the way you see the world. Having a quiet moment everyday is therefore paramount to keep your sanity in such a crazy world. Waking up early affords you the opportunity to meditate and plan your day. The early hours of the morning is so peaceful and quiet. You’re able to think clearly and have that moment to yourself alone. You can read a book in peace, have breakfast which is the most important meal of the day, incorporate meditation into your life which can be a key to your happiness. Put it to a test for about a month where you wake up earlier than you normally do and see how your life transforms for the better and as you become more productive. 

Treat others with respect and show Love always. 

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:39

love and respect

Respect they say is reciprocal. Give to others what you want to attract to yourself. Respect every human being you meet and treat then with love and kindness for everyone is fighting a battle. Be good to the people on your way up because it’s likely you also meet them on your way down. Smile always, you never know how far a smile could go to bless a persons soul. Don’t forget that we’re all humans first asides race, culture or tribe so always be respectful to all beings whether they are below you, equals or above you.  Love yourself and also love others and never forgot that’s it’s always better to love than to hate. 

Say I love you more often 

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When was the last time you loved someone and professed your love to them? When was the last time those three healing words slipped out of your mouth? I love you Mummy, I love you daddy, thanks for making my life better. I love you my best friend, thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you son, daughter, thank you for giving my life meaning. 

“I love you” said at the right time and to the right person, can heal a broken heart, give hope to the hopeless and abandoned and offer freshness and vitality to every area of ones life. It feels good to love and be loved in return so why not give it a try. Pick up your phone and say those three words to those who matter to you. 

Quit smoking

The Federal Ministry of Health warns that smokers are liable to die young,”

quit smoking

I’m sure you may have heard this at one point in time or the other. And whether you believe it or not, smoking is a dangerous killer. Smokers often come up with excuses like, whether you smoke or you don’t, you still die anyways. Smoking causes a wide variety of medical illnesses and decreases your quality of life. It’s like committing suicide just that instead of an instant death, it kills you gradually. Smoking increases your chances of getting cancer, reduces your tolerance for exercise, increases your blood pressure, associated with several cardiovascular diseases, causes erectile dysfunction etc. so think twice before you pick up your next cigarette stick. Would you rather sacrifice your sex like for cigarettes? Think about it . 

Also see : How to quit smoking

Open your mind to learning 

The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice.. Brian Herbert 

learning

Learning something new is always exciting. Have an inquisitive mind towards everything in life. Learning never ends. You can learn from anything and everything. You can learn from the ants, the birds, the flowing stream. Look at something deeply and you can learn a thing or two. You can learn how to be calm just by watching the flowing stream, learn how to be orderly just by observing the ants, it just takes the willingness and zeal. Aspire to learn something new everyday and grow in wisdom. The environment we live in is too vast and there’s always something to learn as long as you’re really looking. 

Never give up on a dream

Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway..Earl Nightingale 

never give up

Sometimes in this race called life, we often run out of stamina and the will to continue. Times like this, we just want to give up and tell ourselves we’ve tried all we could. Is it really true you’ve tried everything? What if you gave it one more fight, one more push. Sometimes when the road gets really tough, and it feels like you’ve run out of energy and breath, you should realize at that moment that you’re half way there. What if your breakthrough was just right in front of you just within your reach at the moment you decided to quit. Nothing good about in life comes easy and life entails being able to move from one struggle to the next without losing your energy. What is that dream you have at the back of your heart that seems impossible to achieve? Start gradually by doing what you have to do everyday and you’ll find the strength to follow your dreams with your heart. 

Question everything 

question everything

Not everything you see or hear is true. In today’s world where we have different sources of information, you must learn to be assertive. You must learn to question everything even those things regarded as true by the majority of people. Try to find out why it might wrong. Don’t just believe something because everyone agrees with it instead be holistic on your thoughts. Be as inquisitive as a child who asks such questions as “ why is the sky blue”? When you question everything, you become an independent thinker and never fall into the dangers of believing a single sided story according to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Stop living in your past 

I have a past, but I do not live there anymore.. Unknown 

stop living in your past

What if you’re the cause of your own unhappiness and sadness? Are you living in your failed past relationships? Are you caught up with thinking about how it could have been and why it turned out the way it did? Living in your past is like living in a cage and when you are caged, you cannot fly. You get stuck in the shadows of pain and regrets. But when you leave in the present; you’re presented with a million fresh starts. You have the power to make the best version of yourself. Your life becomes more meaningful when you make a conscious decision to live in the present and embrace the power of now.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish everyday

to-do list

When you wake up in the morning, start by making a to-do list of what you would want to accomplish that day. And ensure you meet your target before the day ends. Having a to-do list makes you more productive. You can start small. Make a list of two things you want to accomplish and try your best to cross them off before the day ends. 

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