I’m not always diligent in keeping up with all the good habits and routines I should practice every day. Sometimes I just have a hard time getting started with a new habit, but more often I seem to have a hard time keeping up with them.
But there are some things I do that I know for sure change my outlook on my day. No, I’m not talking about running five miles a day or going to the gym (although those would be great habits). I’m talking about very simple actions that don’t take much effort but can dramatically change how I feel throughout the day. The habits and routines I practice at home make day-to-day living a more joyful experience.
Here are 6 simple daily habits (in no particular order and certainly not all of them!) that contribute to my general well-being, happiness and gratitude at home.
1. Pray with purpose.
I keep a written list of people and needs to pray throughout the day to keep my mind focused on God’s presence in all circumstances. Here is a cool prayer app you can use to keep track of prayer requests on your phone or iPad!
2. Count blessings.
Whenever my heart start to wander towards discouragement, I jot down a few of God’s many blessings. It helps! I also love to decorate my home with many reminders of what matters most to me. Being surrounded by personal mementos, family photos, favorite memories, quotes and verses help me to focus on gratitude for what I have already been given.
3. Make the bed every morning.
This might seem silly, but for me making the bed is one of the dominoes that starts a chain of other good daily habits and feelings of happiness and gratitude for my home throughout the day.
4. Polish the sinks.
There is always so much housework to do, but if I can only keep up with even one household cleaning task every day, it should be my sinks. Life feels so much less stressful and I feel happier and more productive when our sinks are polished clean and not full of dishes or toothpaste globs.
5. Light up the darkness.
I love the ritual of turning on a few lamps around my house in the evening (especially in my entry and main living areas) to light up dark corners. The ambient light makes my house feel so warm, welcoming and cozy! I make it an intentional habit to feel gratitude for my home as I turn on the lights each night.
6. Practice random acts of kindness.
Everyone needs encouragement and we all need community. Even if we are busy, or naturally homebodies or introverts, it doesn’t take much effort to reach out, build a little more community and make someone’s day a little brighter. Besides the occasional coffee date to chat face-to-face, I’ve been working on remembering to send out quick notes friends to let them know I’m praying for them and taking the time to leave encouraging comments or compliments for friends or acquaintances on a social media sites. That small effort makes my day happier, too.
What are some of your daily habits that change the course of your day for the better?