Everyone has at least one of those little habits that seem harmless, but in reality have a negative influence on their own and other people's lives. Here are seemingly insignificant but nevertheless toxic habits you should get rid of right now.
Comparing yourself to others. This is one of the most common and most harmful toxic habits. Comparing ourselves to other people makes us feel miserable, because we typically compare ourselves to someone who is more successful than us. The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself. Comparing yourself to others stops you from moving forward, while comparing yourself to yourself encourages you to grow.
Expecting for the worst things to happen. Of course you should always be prepared for a worst-case scenario, but you shouldn't think that things will inevitably go wrong. Wise men say, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Concentrate on the “hope for the best” part, and your life will become so much happier and less stressful! Constant pessimism suits no one.
Waiting for life to happen. Dreams and goals are an important part of our lives, but they are not it's only meaning. A lot of people are so focused on waiting for their dreams to come true that they forget to enjoy their everyday life. Don't let your life pass you by, live it to the fullest. The more active you are, the more good things will happen to you. Remember that your life is happening right here and now, and you won't have a chance to repeat it (even if reincarnation does exist, it will be a different you and a different life).
Not asking for help. A lot of people think that being strong means coping with everything yourself. Well, that's a huge misconception. Sometimes the weight on our shoulders is too much, and it is just impossible to solve all the problems ourselves. Asking for help doesn't mean that you are weak. On the contrary, it may take a lot of courage to do it. We are sure that there are a lot of people in your life who will be glad to lend a helping hand because they care about you.
Relying too much on others. Every medal has its reverse; while some people never ask for help, others do it all the time. Taking help when you really need it is perfectly normal, but constantly relying on other people without even trying to solve your problems like an adult person you are is a toxic habit. Remember that ultimately only you are responsible for your decisions, your actions, and your life in general.
Gossiping about your friends. Gossiping doesn't necessarily has a malicious intention. Sometimes we just find ourselves mentioning a friend in a conversation when they aren't around: “You know, I've met N. the other day, and she didn't look well.” Such things can be said without gloating and with genuine concern, but that doesn't mean that this kind of gossip is harmless. Mindless gossiping makes you come across as someone who cannot be trusted.
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