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14 Secrets to a Happier Life

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Everyone deserves to be happy. But not everyone understands that happiness is a choice, and maintaining a happy life requires a bit of nurturing. Here are 14 tips for a happier, healthier life.

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14 Secrets to a Happier Life

  1. 1. 14 Secrets to a Happier Life
  2. 2. Everyone deserves to be happy. But not everyone understands that happiness is a choice, and maintaining a happy life requires a bit of nurturing. Here are 14 tips for a happier, healthier life.
  3. 3. Tying your happiness to something outside of yourself is self- destructive. By doing this, you are depending on something outside of yourself to dictate your mood. You're not a puppet. You are an independent individual with 100% control of your thoughts and feelings. You get to own it, so go ahead! Try to understand and accept that you were born complete. It's important to remember that your happiness comes from within and nobody can take it away from you without your consent. 1) Don't Tie Your Happiness to People, Things or Events
  4. 4. While comparison can help motivate you to do better and aim higher, it inflicts more damage than good for most people. And with social media playing an enormous role in many of our lives, this problem has exploded through the roof. It's important to keep in mind that every one of us has our own goals, dreams, and a purpose to fulfill. In that sense, using others as a benchmark for your own worth is pointless. Also remember that what you are comparing is inaccurate. Most people only share their final results and successful moments. This means you are most likely comparing your worst to their best. The short but to-the-point podcast on this website covers the topic: When Social Media Trigger Self Esteem Issues - and the 4 Actions You Can Take to Turn This Into Something Positive! Don't forget to grab the free worksheet! 2) Stop Comparing Your Life to Others
  5. 5. Most people feel valued only when others shine the spotlight on them. One of the most powerful secrets to a happier life is to be the SOURCE of your own light. Let your light shine bright from within to warm and lift your spirit, as well as those around you. And you never know, you might just inspire others to do the same... and what a bright, wonderful world that would make! 3) Be the Source of Your Own Light CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  6. 6. Sometimes it's easy to neglect giving thanks for all the things that make us happy. When you create a feeling of gratitude, you change the feeling in your heart, as well as the type of thoughts you have in your mind. Many people have found success with keeping a "gratitude journal" in which they write all that they are thankful for first thing in the morning. Your list of items could be as simple as waking up in the morning, good health, having ingredients for the perfect cupcake, the sunshine, or even the calming rain. What a way to start the day! 4) Practice Gratitude CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  7. 7. Not only can prayer and meditation help you clear your mind and feel inner peace, it can also give you the space you need to step back and put even your biggest challenges in perspective. The clarity attained will enable you to see things differently, and as a result, open you to the possibilities of new solutions. 5) Prayer and Meditation CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  8. 8. As busy as you may be, it's very important to put aside some time each day for yourself. Take a relaxing bubble bath, read a book, treat yourself to ice cream, or just kick back and listen to some good music. Even a little time to do something nice for yourself will help you unwind and put yourself in a better mood. 6) Enjoy Some YOU-Time
  9. 9. People who exercise generally have lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Even a 10-minute brisk walk can have a positive effect on the mind and lift your mood. 7) Exercise CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  10. 10. Helping our brothers and sisters who could use some extra assistance is a win- win practice. Not only does it provide aid for those you are helping, it also helps remind us to be thankful for all that we already have. 8) Help Those in Need CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  11. 11. There is energy in everything, and that includes us too. As such, it's fairly easy to absorb negative energy when you are around negative people. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with happy, positive, and emotionally healthy people, you can be sure you will eventually be infected with their positive energy! 9) Surround Yourself with Happy People
  12. 12. Laughter is linked to many health advantages including stress reduction, lower blood pressure, and increased creativity. If you need a little help, you can always search for and watch a funny videos on Youtube. Or how about browsing over to one of those websites showcasing funny auto corrects and hilarious things children write! Even "fake" laughter when you really don't want to laugh can temporarily elevate your mood. Give it a shot! 10) LOL (Laugh out Loud)
  13. 13. Accepting your emotions, including anger, sadness, disappointment, and frustration as normal will help you see the world from a more realistic view. This will make it easier to respond to your negative emotions constructively by keeping your expectations in check and having a healthier perspective about life. 11) Accept Your Positive and Negative Emotions CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
  14. 14. Identifying and understanding a problem can lead to discovering clear solutions that will allow you to address the situation and finally put it behind you. Being proactive in finding a solution prevents yourself from falling victim to self pity. And finding a solution enables you to move on with your life with a clear head, instead of allowing your concern to fester in your mind. 12) Identify and Solve Problems
  15. 15. Holding onto anger and resentment certainly does not make a happy life, and the single solution for this is forgiveness. While forgiveness is the ultimate act of love and compassion, it's also the key to set yourself free from pain caused by another person. When you forgive someone who has done you wrong, it does NOT mean you are agreeing with them or have conceded to them. It means you are releasing yourself from someone else's poor choices so you can finally move forward with a clear head and a light heart. "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha 13) Forgive and Let Go
  16. 16. If the story of your life does not make you feel good about yourself, then write a new story! YOU are the author of your own life. Use your power to see and feel things differently. This new perspective will motivate a more positive attitude and enable you to create new, more positive possibilities. 14) Write a New Story CarmenSakurai.com Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

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