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Wise Habits that Help Us Savor Our Lives

By Sandy Schroeder

What we think we want, and what we really need, do not always match up. Tempting schemes and fanciful dreams often pull us along, but when we actually stop and look at our lives, those are not the things that make us happy.

Travis Bradberry, co-founder of Talentsmart, an agency that services Fortune 500 companies, recently took a look at some of the habits that help us. He advises us to choose our habits carefully because they determine where we will land. Make them the best that you can.

Boot Electronics from Your Bedroom – The blue light from electronics defeats sleep. As the sun loses blue light, your body produces sleep-inducing melatonin. Go with it, making your bedroom a haven for sleep with black-out drapes, soft pillows and no phones or tablets. In the morning you will be rested and ready to roll.

Do Things That You Love – Spend time wherever you are happiest, out running,  prowling through a bookstore, or out in the kitchen baking. Taking time to do the things that you love will help you hang onto your energy and your smiles.

Avoid Toxic People – Time moves too fast to waste on negative people. When you see them coming, head in the opposite direction. Keep the door open for people who know how to laugh, to give, and to help. They know the secret to a good life and they will share it.

Appreciate What You Have – Wherever you are with your dreams and wishes, if you look closer, many of them may already be there. Appreciate the people, places and things that you enjoy right now.

Hang Onto the Little Things – We all accumulate  things that remind us of who we really are. Pictures, notes, books, or projects take us back to places that were important. They can be guideposts for the future, helping us choose what’s real. Keep adding to that collection and keep them close to remind you of what you value most.

Learn How to Say No - That sounds simple, but it can be amazingly hard. As you get requests, see if they fit your plans, or simply clutter your path. When you master the art of saying no, life can move much faster.

As you read this list of habits, if some of them fit, hang onto them and use them to go where you want to go. Or, the list may have helped you remember other good habits. Pull those out, too, and put them into play. It’s totally up to you, whatever works to make each day count.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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