Kwaresma is in full swing, and most Filipinos have already decided and stood by what they’re sacrificing for the 40 days before Easter Sunday. Apart from meat, bad habits and indulgences, there are a few other things that we would do well to abstain from, not only to prepare ourselves for Holy Week but also to make the most out of the perfect time to rid our lives of negativity. Cut these 8 things out of your life for the next month or even for a day and you’ll marvel at how much your outlook (and the world around you) will change.
Our parents always warned us that the person who gossips with you will undoubtedly gossip about you. Do we really need this kind of voyeurism and crab mentality in our society? The answer is no, definitely not. Give up back biting, spreading rumors and talking about other people and you might just be surprised at how much lighter you’ll feel after not saying anything negative for a couple of weeks. It will be difficult, no doubt, but it will be worth it.
Perhaps the biggest social media sin of all, humblebragging is as annoying as it is easy to commit. If you’re proud of something, go out and say it–but try your best not to do so with fake humility. If you want to do good in the world, you don’t have to broadcast it to look like a decent human being. By all means, promote your causes, but this pabebe form of self-deprecating humor is not only, well, not funny, but it makes you look like a total tool.
6. Single-Use Items
As if the environmentalists on your feed don’t say it enough, it wouldn’t kill you to quit using single use items. Invest in a reusable lighter if you’re a smoker, buy reusable utensils and a water jug for use at work, use rags instead of paper towels and, say it with me now, “No straw, please!” Regardless of whether you want to leave trees and oceans for your future children to enjoy, just think of how much money you’ll save.
5. Designer Coffee
While your favorite coffee place might boast of sustainable coffee farming and conscious efforts to cut on waste, the coffee trade does more harm than good. Apart from the enormous amount of waste generated just to manufacture your favorite beverage, the coffee trade causes tremendous damage to forests, pollutes our water and forces farmers to resort to unsustainable methods of farming just to keep up with demand. And that isn’t even factoring in sugar, disposable cups and coffee pods.
We aren’t saying give up coffee, but buying beans and making yourself a cup in a press (without the use of filters) is a good place to start.