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21 Habits of Happy People

21 Habits of Happy People
Contributed by Cindy Holbrook “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbar Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. 1. Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. 2. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. 3. Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. 4. Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. 5. Don’t wallow in self-pity. 6. Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! 7. Take the time to see the beauty around you. 8. Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. 9. Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. 10. Develop an attitude of gratitude. 11. Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. 12. Honesty is the best policy. 13. Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. 14. 15. See the glass as half full. Related:  word to the wiseMind Into Matter

» Start Here By Leo Babauta I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated. It’s hard to get out of a slump like that. It’s hard to get going again, to get started when all the forces of inertia are against you. Here’s how to get started, in just a few easy steps. Pick one thing. With every single step, you’ll feel better. Just announced: Dealing with Your Struggles video course.

70 Reminders to Help You Break Any Barrier I am pleased to introduce this guest article by a new friend John, the creator of HiLife2B, where he hopes to inspire people and to help them achieve their dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @janyasor 1. Believe that even the smallest compliment can save someone’s life 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70.

Why Creative People Need to Be Eccentric Creative people have a reputation for eccentricity. It’s not hard to see why when we consider the habits of some well-known creatives. Like Truman Capote: I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy. I’ve got to be puffing and sipping. Or Friedrich Schiller, as described by fellow poet Stephen Spender: Schiller liked to have a smell of rotten apples, concealed beneath his desk, under his nose when he was composing poetry. [from "Creativity", ed. All of my pictures are created against a background of music. [From "Creators on Creating", Ed. He gave all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he (Hugo) had completed his day’s work. Or novelist Orhan Pamuk: In the mornings I used to say goodbye to my wife like someone going to work. Apparently the apples reminded Schiller of his youth, wandering lovestruck through the orchards in autumn. How About You?

Fake it Till You Make it: 10 Ways to Feel Confident (Even When You Aren’t) “Original Fake” Photo Credit: courtesy of MashKulture Is your self-confidence natural, or a daily struggle? Many people’s confidence naturally wavers from day to day, leaving them too timid or confused at just the wrong time. If you think you’re not especially smart or capable, or that failure is a given no matter how hard you try, you’re right. And if you believe you’re brilliant and can accomplish anything you set your mind to, you’re right. Amplifying your inner confidence is like any other skill you develop; you can do it in a blink. Same with confidence. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. You don’t have to follow all 10 of these tips, but they are starters that will help you find your internal confidence and boost your sense of self belonging. Start with any of the 10 items on this list, and start feeling better inside out today! Confidence is the key to EVERYTHING. Ever wondered exactly how self confident you actually are? Don’t Forget To Follow PickTheBrain On Twitter! Related Articles:

21 Rules to Live Your Life – Dokkodo I came across ‘Dokkodo’ recently which is a small book written by Miyamoto Musashi a week before he died in 1645. Based on the date, I was quite amazed at how many of the following rules or principles if you like have stayed with us and are still very relevant today. The 21 precepts below were written just as Miyamoto was giving away all his possessions in preparation for death and I think many of them still apply to our modern society and lifestyles. Photo Credit I’m not one to simply copy the work of others and put it here, but in this case I believe that the precepts by Miyamoto deserve to be shared. Many of them fall into the same line of thinking that I have and the same line of teaching that I’m trying to share here. This post is long so I recommend you scan the points and if there are any you don’t understand or want to have my views on then read the comments by me below them. 1. 2. This is one I really had to think about to start to understand. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Photo Credit

50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances.

The Science of Productivity. “It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau Busy is already a given in our twenty-first century stampede. Meet Lady Productivity, our century’s muse. How do you assess your productivity? Contrary to what we tend to believe and try, productivity can’t be increased only by willpower, ability, or the amount of time we spend on a project. Optimal productivity boils down to a healthy balance between work and play, activity and rest. The brilliant creators at AsapSCIENCE, try to decode productivity in this animated science bite: Created by AsapSCIENCE in collaboration with Sparring Mind. Review, Rewind, Remember… Tips to boost your productivity: 1. What works for you? What doesn’t? What could? What’s the first step? Take it now? More creative, compact curiosity by AsapSCIENCE: >> Could Zombies Exist? >> The Scientific Power of Naps. >> What’s behind an orgasm. >> Amazing facts to blow your mind. >> The science of procrastination & how to manage it.

How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Timeless Tips Image by tbondolfi (license). “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”Spanish Proverb “How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”Martin Luther “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”Karen Lamb One of the most common problems is procrastination. Now, nothing wrong with a little escape from time to time. So what can you do? 1. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”Eva Young A bit of planning can certainly help you to achieve what you want to achieve. You think and think and try to come up with “the perfect plan”. 2. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”Olin Miller ”Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. By over thinking and putting things off you are not only trying to protect yourself from pain. Because you are dwelling on it. So plan a little and then take action. Often you don’t even have to plan, you have been there before and you know what needs to be done. 3. 4. “Do the hard jobs first. 5. 6. 7.

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