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If you do these 15 little things every day, you will be a wiser person than you think

If you do these 15 little things every day, you will be a wiser person than you think

How wise are you?

The question can be a bit confrontational, and you can imagine Confucius or Socrates.

But wisdom is not always about old sages in white robes. It’s often about the small daily actions we take (or don’t take) that make the difference.

If you follow these daily habits, you are wiser than you think (keep up the good work!)

1) Mindfulness meditation in the morning

You wake up and sit quietly for a moment and meditate. It doesn’t necessarily take that long, but you find a way to enter that zone of conscious peace.

You let the thoughts and emotions flow over you without judgment or attachment.

You focus on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath and focus on the day ahead. Maybe you listen to a guided meditation that helps too.

It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s a sensible way to start your day.

2) Create daily goals and intentions that bring you closer to your goals

There is certainly something to be said for spontaneity and expressing it.

But you plan your day.

You have an agenda with plans for the coming day and priorities and you cross them off as you go, digitally or literally.

You have things you want to get done, and you don’t leave it to chance. Even simple reminders can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping our goals in mind, a form of practical wisdom that is often overlooked.

3) Actively listen to other people

It seems easy to hear what someone else is saying:

If you speak the same language and pay attention, you will hear the words coming out of their mouths and you will know what they mean and what that person wants.

This seems simple, but the fact is that active listening goes a step further.

Not only do you hear the words that come out of someone’s mouth and their basic requests, you also hear their deeper needs and can read more into what they say.

This habit of active listening is very wise and leads to deeper relationships and connections in life.

4) Read interesting books and articles regularly

You like to pick up a new and interesting book whenever you can, and you regularly read articles that stimulate your mind.

You enjoy tackling new topics and highlighting points of view that you don’t necessarily agree with.

This is wiser than you realize, and goes beyond mere curiosity.

You don’t want to live in an echo chamber: you want to be introduced to a wide variety of ways of looking at the world and you love delving into a new universe by immersing yourself in a book.

5) Check with yourself before responding to people

You don’t fly off the handle easily. In fact, you rarely respond to your emotions right away.

Instead, check with yourself before you respond.

You find that split second where you can really think about what you’re doing before you just do it.

You are in control of your instincts and you do not react immediately to people or to your desires. You check in first and think about it, find that little space of reflection before you act.

6) Remain patient even in the face of uncertainty and boredom

When things become uncertain, as they often do during the day, you remain patient.

The workday sometimes drags on, but you know that if you stick to a block of an hour or two, you’ll be home and can check your messages.

The same goes for your personal life, where you can accept that the boring routine sometimes prevails and that life cannot always be exciting.

You keep going and find excitement in yourself and your determination, as well as steps and gradual plans you make to change your life.

7) Remain captain of your own ship, even when the stormy winds blow

Emotional stability and resilience are an irreplaceable quality, and you have worked hard to develop them.

You know that the storms in life are guaranteed to blow from time to time, and you don’t let them overwhelm you.

You are captain of your own ship and master of your own choices. You don’t let external hardships be your excuse to give up, and that makes every day a more joyful and powerful experience.

8) Self-care and sometimes putting your own needs first

The day becomes busy and hectic and you do your best to be there for everyone.

But you never forget yourself.

You take the time to eat a decent breakfast, lunch and dinner. You ask for more time when you work late on a project. You let a colleague know when you have too much on your plate to help him or her now.

You don’t feel bad about putting yourself first when necessary. Actually reasonable self-care and prioritization comes naturally to you, because you know that no one can really help others if they are a mess themselves.

9) Stay flexible on a daily basis when life hits you with curveballs

Flexibility is practical wisdom in action.

Earlier I said that you have a plan for your day and daily goals. This is true. But it is also true that you adapt to the circumstances.

If you have a fender bender outside the office, the needs of the day will obviously shift radically in a different direction (involving a lot of insurance paperwork and so on).

You stay flexible every day because you know that life always plays tricks on us and we have to stay alert.

10) Pause to learn from everyday mistakes instead of continuing blindly

If and when you make mistakes during the day, do your best to learn from them.

If they can’t be avoided, look for ways to find humor in your dicks.

So you just emailed the wrong person and it’s kind of embarrassing? Why not make it a joke and ask on social media how their family is doing?

You burned the food while cooking and you are exhausted? How about simplifying dinner parties from now on that aren’t so labor-intensive, or sharing the dinner duties with your partner?

11) Be truly grateful for the people and blessings in your life

You are struck by real gratitude at different times of the day.

You think about how happy you are and discover that it is actually true. So much goes wrong in your life every day or things don’t go as well as you would like.

Yet you must honestly admit that your life is an enormous blessing.

And you’re starting to see that more and more every day.

12) Limit how often you use your phone and digital distractions

Smartphones have become a necessity in modern life.

They are simply indispensable for personal and professional purposes. Many of us also work partially or completely on computers and electronic devices.

But never make this the central part of your day and make sure you take breaks from your devices.

You also remember that real life is still more important than the electronics we surround ourselves with: they are here to serve us, not the other way around!

13) Maintain healthy boundaries in your daily interactions and relationships

You know how to maintain healthy boundaries in your daily interactions and relationships.

This manifests itself in many forms:

When you’re in a bad mood, you do your best not to take it out on others…

When a colleague or friend is manipulative, leave the interaction…

Whatever the situation, you find a way to set a firm boundary and stick to it.

14) Practicing grace even under stress and high expectations

Even when life hits you with a curveball, you respond with grace.

You don’t take it personally when it’s hot, because you know it high-stress situations happens to everyone sometimes.

You do your best to calm yourself and do what you can, putting one foot in front of the other.

It may seem very basic, but this is wisdom in action.

15) Embracing the unknown day after day and keeping a sense of surprise alive

It’s easy to fall into the ‘same old, same old’ routine…

But you find ways to keep it fresh and exciting.

At the very least, you keep the option open for a surprise and have that part of you that knows that there could always be something great around the next corner.


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