3 Quick Questions for a Simpler and Happier 2018

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“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights” Hamilton Wright Mabie This year is coming to an end. Just a couple more days to go. But before we step through that doorway I’d … [Read more...]

How to Deal with the Holiday Stress: 5 Timeless Tips

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“May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart!” Eskimo proverb The holidays are upon us. A time of needed relaxation and more time with the people closest to us. A time of stress and worries. A time of not all the joy you may have hoped for or been promised by upbeat advertising and movies. It can be a time of mixed feelings. So today I would like to share 5 powerful and timeless tips that can help you to make … [Read more...]

Nattering Neighbobs of Negativity Getting You Down?

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The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence I generally do not watch the news—maybe one newscast a day but no more. The local news is filled with murder and mayhem, robberies, kidnappings and other reports of negative events and personal disasters. The national news is filled with the same only on a global scale. But I made an exception during the last presidential campaign—I listened to talk radio and watched both local and … [Read more...]

24 Quick Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier. Why? You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy. You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem … [Read more...]

Ten things that make for Joyful Living

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The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence Ten things that make for Joyful Living are: Enough time to love, laugh, and create something brand new. When I was young I was working overtime, and trying to get a college education at night. The little joy in my life came from work and learning. By the time I got home I was too tired to enjoy my family. Now that I am retired there is a danger of having too much time, and I must be … [Read more...]

30 Ways to Come Alive, and Not Just Exist

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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. Maybe for a day or two. Or as weeks bleed into months and nothing much happens. You just trudge along. You go … [Read more...]

Positive Thinking: 10 Tips That Will Help You to Overcome Pessimism and Negativity

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One of the most powerful habits that I’ve picked up in the past 10+ years is to think in a more optimistic and constructive way. It makes life feel lighter and not so burdensome. It opens up new paths towards where you want to go and it helps you to more easily overcome setbacks (and often get something good out of them). You’ll feel less worried and sorry for yourself and more motivated to keep taking action. But how do you adopt this … [Read more...]

How to Stop Daydreaming: 2 Small Ways to Start Living the Life You Truly Want

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“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Marie du Deffand “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale Maybe the most common issue people have with personal development and making a positive change is that it stays a daydream. That they get … [Read more...]

How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 12 Simple Habits

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What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much. They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier than it actually is. They overthink positive things until they don’t look so positive anymore. Or overanalyze and deconstruct things and so the happiness that comes from just enjoying something in the moment disappears. Now, … [Read more...]

5 things to Stop Feeling Anxious About Right Now

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Life can seem overwhelming at time for so many, and anxiety is a condition that many people deal with on a daily basis. For many, it may seem undeniably challenging to deal with the worries of so much that happens in life. However, being at peace with yourself and remaining nearly anxiety free can happen when things are put into perspective. Here are five things to stop feeling anxious about in order to let go and enjoy your life to the … [Read more...]

Do You Get Too Old to Follow Your Dream?

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The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence Perhaps the best self-improvement tool is to follow your dream regardless of your age. Here’s my story When I was 11 years old, I became quite ill and had to spend some time in a hospital located quite some distance from the town where we lived. One of the nursing students was from my town, and … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Rejection: 7 Habits That Have Helped Me

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“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” Eleanor Roosevelt “Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” Harvey Mackay “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett In this week’s article I’d like to look back into the past. Back to … [Read more...]

How to Become an Optimist: 3 Daily Habits To Help You Get Started

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin One of the most common questions people ask me via email is how to become more of an optimist. So this week I’d simply like to share … [Read more...]

74 Motivating Quotes on Strength and Making It Through Hard Times

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It’s just a regular day. Maybe things are going great. Or at least OK. And you feel pretty good. Then something happens. You make a mistake. A setback slips out from around a corner and hits you between the eyes. Or you fall into a rough patch, a crisis or feel that you’re too far away from achieving your dream and you just want to pack up and go home. This week’s article is about those times. And about motivating you, recharging you and staying … [Read more...]

How to Take Several Generations of Couples in Wedding Photos

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The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence Weddings used to have a serious note, and although the ceremonial part is still binding and in most cases traditional, the rest of the wedding is an environment that’s very suitable for change. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with turning your wedding into the party you always wanted it to be, but … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways to Spread the Optimism and Positive Energy Starting Today

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill Optimism. It can turn a situation that looks negative or bleak into an opportunity or something to learn from. It can replace the draining thoughts of pessimism with something that will give you more positive energy and enthusiasm again. And it can help you to jump over obstacles, to keep moving when you fall or stumble … [Read more...]

Are You a Happiness-Seeker?

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I used to want my life to be an endless stream of happy moments. It was easy for me to imagine, a life without disappointment or struggle, a life where every moment of my day was filled with happiness. It would be the ideal life, a life worth living – the perfect dream. But then I came to realize that a life of constant happy moments, would lead to happiness-overload, and at some point I would yearn for a different experience. The best … [Read more...]

7 Happiness Robbing Thoughts You Need to Stop Today

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Do you sometimes feel down? Like somewhere along the way you reached a fork in the road and your dreams went one way while you took the other path? You take an impartial look at your life and figure out you actually have a lot going for you. And you wonder why you feel discouraged. Does your happiness depend on your situation?  It can’t be. You know there’s plenty of people living in poverty, in dangerous parts of the world who are happy. So if … [Read more...]