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Are Your Habits Leading You Astray, or Helping You?

By Sandy Schroeder

Habits help all of us make our way through the day, but sometimes they can lead us away from the things that make us happiest. Think about the things you do day-after-day, and then rate the ones that really work for you.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, suggests we choose our habits carefully to create real meaning in life. Here are some of his thoughts.

Live every minute – Enjoy what you have right now as you savor the moment. Always yearning for more can motivate you to move faster and work harder, but it can also tempt you to overlook the warmth and joy of your home, kids, pets, and skills.

Don’t waste time on toxic people – We all know people who bring out the worst in us. They do their best to annoy us, and sometimes succeed. When you see them coming, head in the opposite direction. Life is too short to waste on being miserable.

Let your work flow – Jump in and get moving, even if you don’t have all of the answers. People who wait and worry and hesitate often get bogged down, and then simply give up. Others, who are willing to stumble or fail, are the ones who usually win. They take chances and learn from their efforts.

Put out the blue lights at night – Sunlight offers a big dose of blue light in the morning, motivating us to get up and get moving. At night, blue lights from our tablets, phones or laptops can interfere with the production of melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. If possible, park all of your electronics outside of your bedroom and opt for the white noise of air filters and the serenity of green plants.

Be open to opportunity – Change is inevitable, and the more we embrace it the happier we will be. No, change may not always be simple, or easy, but sometimes it may present totally new ways of looking at things, or chances to try new things. If you love being in a groove, it may be especially hard to hop out, but once you do you may wonder why you waited so long.

Accept who you are and enjoy – Deep down we know who we are. Whenever you can, reach out to savor the things you love most in food, music, poetry or people. Every time you do you will replenish your energy and deepen the connections you value most.

Tuck away treasures – Use shelves and bulletin boards to save favorite quotes, notes, articles, pieces of glass, shells or pictures, whatever reminds you of a special thought, person or time.

If these tips make sense to you, use them to make the most of everything you do.

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

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