Habits are established customs which are followed regularly. It is a repetition of the similar action in different situations or circumstances.
The age old adage, ‘early to bed and early to rise’ is considered to be a good habit.
People indulge in habits to fulfill their needs and wants. At times, habits are developed on one’s own and at times, they are picked up from a source.
Types of Habits:
Man has different kinds of habits. There are some habits which are based on instinct. Habits like eating meals three times a day, drinking water, going to sleep in the night or the afternoon are instinctual in nature. These are the habits over which man exercises no control. They are with us since our birth. There are certain other habits which are acquired in one’s lifetime. Habits like brushing, bathing, combing, wearing clothes, walking etc. are acquired by an individual as he grows up. These habits are usually picked up at a very young age. Other than this categorization, there are good and bad habits as well.
Societal needs leads to the development of good habits in the individuals. As man is a social animal, he cannot live in alienation from other human beings. Thus, to stay together in a group, man develops certain habits. The basic good habits include respecting one’s elders, greeting people when one meets them, wishing them well when departing etc. Other than this, observing the law, serving the poor and downtrodden, helping the sick and needy, giving shelter to the homeless, assisting someone with a handicap, etc. are also considered noble or good habits.
To lead on a peaceful life, man develops other good habits like reading, writing, listening to music, dancing, singing etc. Going to the temple and offering prayers, giving alms to the poor, supporting the old etc. are other such habits which fulfill the needs of one’s soul.
Importance of Good Habits:
The individuals in the present society live in groups. They have to support each other so as to sustain their lives. Good habits form a major part in such sustenance. Good habits teach man a lot of things. A person with good habits is respected by others in the society. A person with bad habits is shunned by the society. Good habits help man lead a disciplined and serene life. Good habits also help in developing good manners. A person having good habits is loved by everyone and he always stays happy with whatever he does.
Good habits are an indispensable part of our lives. They should be developed from an early age. Good habits lead to a better life and more happiness. A person having good habits is never dejected. Good habits help us earn respect and hence everyone should cultivate good habits.