Day 1599: Bad habits and good habits

Because I’m in the habit of asking people in therapy groups to express their thoughts and feelings on paper, yesterday I asked a group to write down their bad habits and good habits. I also have the habit of reminding people that we tend to focus on the negative, so I encouraged people to make their list of good habits as long as possible. We discussed how much easier it was to identify bad habits, perhaps because we take our good habits for granted.

I have a habit of including photos to illustrate my blogging points:




Because I have a bad habit of hastily taking pictures when I’m in a hurry, I cut off one of my good habits in the second photo above.  I have the bad habit of sometimes forgetting the good, so I can’t remember what that good habit was. I think the first word is “ask.”  I do have the habit of asking lots of questions, like this one: can anybody guess what I wrote there?

I’m trying to break my bad habit of being in a hurry, but I had a good reason for rushing yesterday: I had to get things done before signing a Purchase & Sale agreement. Soon, I’ll be developing the habit of living near the water!

I also have the habit of taking pictures that magically fit whatever topic I choose for my daily blog post.  Do you see any evidence of bad or good habits here?








That’s Jessica, who was at Whole Foods Market last night giving free samples of Nada Moo! — a coconut milk-based alternative to ice cream.  Michael, who is trying to break the bad habit of eating too much cholesterol, bought two pints.  I’m also in the habit of including people I like in my blog and Jessica was a GREAT salesperson.

I also have the habit of sharing music with my readers.

I hope you have the habit of leaving comments for bloggers.

One of the good habits I listed above was “expressing appreciation.”  Many thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — for reading it.

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20 thoughts on “Day 1599: Bad habits and good habits

  1. I have the good habit of reading your amazingly inspiring posts! Thank you for always putting your heart into it! ❤ 🙂

  2. One of my good habits is reading your blog everyday! ❤️ One of my bad habits is spending too much time online. So now, without delay, I am going to get into my gym clothes and put in my time at cardio and strength training. Summer has arrived at our mountain home in PA, at least for a day or two. Yay, flip flops and shorts! Have a great day, Ann. ❤️

  3. I once thought about becoming a nun but I couldn’t get into the habit.
    Making bad jokes is, I think, one of my good habits. I used to think good habits were easily broken but I’ve since realized not all are. Making generalizations is a bad habit because they always turn out to be wrong. Well, not always, but most of the time.

  4. I hope my good habits outweigh my bad ones. My good ones turn out of habits into natural reactions. Telling someone you like their outfit, haircut, or shoes brightens not only their day but mine. Bad habits — snacking and TV. Awww…who wants to be perfect anyway?

  5. We share pretty much every bad habit except “perfectionism”–I’ll cross that one out and replace it with “not giving enough shits.”

  6. Any chance the mystery good habit was “acknowledging” instead of “asking”? I’m just asking. 🙂

    • I’m acknowledging that you are correct! The mystery good habit was “acknowledging progress.” I’m so glad you habitually make comments.

  7. My number one undesirable habit is never giving myself a break, setting goal after goal so that I never “catch up”. ☹️

  8. Since Christopher has beaten me to a nun joke, I just sit here picking my nose – there should be one that will suit.

  9. I’m in the habit of swinging by your blog first thing in the morning but this week my habit of trying to do too much in too little time has gotten to me. You are a habit I will never break!

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