10 Ways to Become a Better Man

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From Old Spice commercials to Christian Dior ads, there are a lot of voices out there trying to tell men what it means to be a man. Despite what advertisers would like us to believe, being a man doesn’t mean you need to drive the biggest truck on the market, spend every weekend standing in front of a grill, or even like football. It’s time to dispel the myths of machismo, and get back to the basics. Whether used in your personnel or professional life, here are 10 habits every man should keep in mind.

Remember to Smile

As the adage goes, you only get one chance to make a fist impression. However, men often feel the need to act overly stoic when meeting new people, especially other men. Studies show that a first impression occurs within the first three seconds of meeting someone, so even if you’re normally a outgoing individual, you may not get chance later on to display your charms.

To make the best first impression possible, be sure to smile, regardless of your mood. Not only does smiling make you appear more personable, research suggests that a quick flash of the pearly whites here and there can help improve mood, lower stress levels, boost your immune system, and lower blood pressure.

Stay Passionate about Your Work

It’s easy to find yourself stuck in an unrewarding job and wonder how you got there to begin with. Losing your passion for work can do more than make you hate Monday mornings, however. Studies have shown that successful individuals possess a strong interest in their work and a passion for their individual goals. If your work disinterests you, than odds are you will remain miserable and success will stay elusive.

Stay Fit

The older we get, the easier it becomes to fall out of shape. However, staying in shape means more than just looking good. Regular exercise will help you stay sharp mentally, sleep better, and reduce your risk of depression. Research has shown that roughly 120 to 150 minutes of muscle building and aerobic activity a week can strengthen muscles and help keep off the weight.

Mr. Manners

Popular perception of men at the dinner table is not an appetizing one. The Homer Simpson model of chowing down without a care for table manners may seem humorous on TV, but leaves a lot of room for improvement when sharing a meal with someone else. A display of good table manners will help you appear as a man of dignity and class instead of a hungry savage desperate to consume any and all food placed before you. Maintaining a good posture, chewing with your mouth closed, using a napkin, and excusing yourself when leaving the table can make a huge difference in how you’re perceived by others.

Mr. Clean

Staying clean and smelling good can provide a boost to your confidence and cause you feel better about yourself, which makes you more attractive to others. This means resisting the urge to dig the same t-shirt you’ve worn the last three days back out of hamper, showering on a daily basis, and shaving when necessary. Be sure to find a good shampoo, hand soap, and deodorant that don’t have clashing aromas so you don’t leave the bathroom smelling like and a lavender Irish Spring Brut.

Dress for Success

As the saying goes, dress for the job your want, not the job that you have. If you have been bucking for a promotion at work, want a little more attention from women when you go out, or just want to look your best, try dressing for success. Whether this means wearing more suits, color coordinating your outfits, or just buying new clothes to replace the stained, tattered rages you wear on most days, the right outfit can truly make the man.

Punctuality Matters

Showing up on time demonstrates to others that you are responsible and that you believe other people’s time important. To become more punctual, make a point to use calendars and schedule meetings. Prepare for important presentations and meetings the night before so you don’t have to spend time getting everything together the next day. Estimate how long it will take you to drive, walk, or take the train to were you’re suppose to be and leave a few minutes earlier.

Give Back

Volunteering your time to a worthy cause, big brother program, or just helping elderly neighbors with yard work can benefit you both mentally and physically. Studies have shown that individuals who regularly volunteer experience higher levels of happiness, purpose, and self-esteem, while also experiencing lower risk of depression.

Learn to Laugh

Numerous studies have shown that laughter can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and boost your immune system. Even more interesting, however, a recent study suggested that laughter can help strengthen your heart’s arteries, which lowers your risk of heart disease and heart attack. So make it a point to get a little more humor into your life by watching a comedy show, movie, or comedian at least once a week.

Be Polite and Kind

Kindness can be contagious, and being kind to those around you is a great way to make them and yourself feel better.

This is a guest post.  Timothy Lemke blogs about living a healthy lifestlye for Dr. Timothy Dolby, a Tumwater WA dentist at Smiles Dental. 

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