There’s Only One Thing You Need to Do to Be Happier—This Is It
People are often too busy rushing around, so taking the time to do something that you “always do before a big (or little) moment that sets you at ease, focuses your attention, or steels your resolve can have a huge effect on how you feel and how well you perform.” The story goes on to point out that if you make a toast before taking a drink, the libation tastes better. Why? Performing the simple ritual of toasting makes you more mindful of the consumption experience, and you end up savoring the beverage more.
Rituals are especially significant for children. Kids in families with predictable routines who often eat together have better overall health and achieve more in school. Find the rituals that work for you and stay true to them.