When you think of bad habits, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Biting your fingernails? Grinding your jaw? Obsessively clicking a pen? These are just a few of the many bad habits we all share. But what about the bad habits we don't want to acknowledge? Better yet, what about the bad habits we don't even know we have? Out of all the things we do subconsciously, a majority of those things are (you guessed it) bad habits.
1. Going along with something solely because you're afraid of saying no.
I do this all the time, mostly because I don't want to come off as difficult or mean (which really makes no sense). It can be something as simple as not liking the color of your nail polish but letting it go because you don't want to hurt the nail technician's feelings, or going to a sketchy bar just because your friend swears it's a good idea. Either way, we're all guilty of doing this in some way.
2. Unnecessarily lying to get out of a situation.
I get that lying can occasionally be necessary, but sometimes, I find myself lying for no reason. I wasn't 15 minutes late to work because some random bullshit happened on the way there. I was late because I love to wait until very last second possible to leave (and also possibly stopped at a drive-thru for some much-needed caffeine).
3. Automatically looking at the negative side of things.
If you know me, you'll know I am the queen of complaining and looking at things negatively. And I know plenty of others who do the same thing. I feel like being positive just takes a little bit more effort, but in reality, if I put in that extra effort, the whole situation would be better. For example, instead of getting pissed for being called into work, I could think of it as extra money I wouldn't have had otherwise.
4. Judging others based off zero information.
I'm not going to preach about how we should never judge others because let's be real, we all have some sort of opinion on one another, which also plays a role in how we interact with them. Our judgments can come in handy. However, it's really not fair to automatically assume someone is a certain way based off of a five-second interaction that involved little to no conversation.
5. ALWAYS apologizing.
"Sorry" has become a popular word in my vocabulary. So much so that the word has kind of lost its meaning. There's no need to apologize for accidentally getting in someone's way at work, or for making a trivial mistake that everyone will forget about in a minute anyway. We're so quick to say sorry, but for what? If we're going to apologize for something, it should be worth apologizing for.
So the next time you find yourself judging the girl who just turned in a job application, or profusely apologizing for something so insignificant, give yourself a little slap on the wrist. You have to break your bad habits somehow.