Importance of Good Habits

  • 15 March
  • School Blogger

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.

Mahatma Gandhi


 

As a student or parent, we are well aware of the importance of good habits. Habits are the way the world perceives us and our kids. In addition, they are also a way to reflect our upbringings onto the world. Good habits make a good human and in turn, creates a responsible citizen. It’s not wrong to say that a small habit developed at childhood can contribute at large in the future.

 

One such good habit is making your own bed in the morning. William Harry McRaven, a retired United States Navy Four-Star admiral, once said in his speech and quote “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” It seems and sounds like a very simple task, yet how many of us or our kids (except the mothers) actually do it?

 

Most of us rush directly into our morning routines, run through the clock for shower, breakfast and to be on time for the schools or offices. In the hush, we often neglect the bed and leave it as it as. We find many reasons to do so, either we are getting late or will do it in the evening.

 

What does the habit of making your own bed signifies?

  • First and foremost it represent that you started off your day with a positive task.

  • It shows that you accept that it is your responsibility to arrange your bed and is properly taken care of.

  • It displays that your plan for the day is clear and you have accomplished a small but important task efficiently.

 

Making bed not only sets the tone of the day on a positive note but also warmly welcomes you back in the evening (unless you are someone who finds calm in chaos). Tired in the evening when a clean room and bed awaits us, it relaxes the mood. Isn’t feeling calm in a distressed room difficult?

 

An organized bed inspires to keep the rest of the room clean. Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and non-fiction author, wrote in his book “The Power of Habit”, referred to making the bed as a keystone habit. He mentions, "making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget."  If nothing else, a properly made bed and an arranged room surely do look good at any time of the day.


 

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