1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Develop an endless curiosity about this world. Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events. Try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and try to experience as many different environments and sensations as possible. This world has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it?
4. Remember people’s names so that they feel appreciated and for your own future benefit when you want something from that person. To do this, say their name back to them when they introduce themselves. Then repeat the name in your head a number of times until you are sure you have it. Continue to use their name in conversation as much as possible to remove any chance of forgetting it. If you’re still having trouble, make up a rhyme about their name: “Dan the Man” or “Natalie flatters me.”
5. Get fit! It’s ridiculous to think that we have one body, one sole means of functioning, and people are too lazy to take care of themselves. Fit bodies lead to better health, confidence and more success with romantic endeavors. I’d say those are 3 very good reasons to get in shape.
6. Learn to focus only on the present. The past is unchangeable so it is futile to reflect on it unless you are making sure you do not repeat past mistakes. The future is but a result of your actions today. So learn from the past to do better in the present so that you can succeed in the future.
7. Even more specifically, live in THIS moment. Even 10 minutes ago is the past. If you live purely in this moment you will always be happy because there is nothing wrong in this split-second.
8. Smile more often. Whenever you get a grin on your face, your brain is releasing serotonin, the happy hormone. Smiling is the natural way to force yourself to be happy. Many people even smile for five minutes straight in the morning to get themselves in a great mood for the day. It is a very powerful tool that is utilized less and less as we grow older and need happiness more than ever. Just remember that while happiness leads to smiles, smiles also lead to happiness.
9. Drink water. Hydration is tremendously important for overall health. Soda has absolutely ZERO nutritional content; it’s like pouring a punch of sugar and syrup into your cup. Instead, fill it with life-replenishing water. It may taste plain at first if you’re coming off of a heavy soda-drinking streak, but you’ll soon find yourself addicted to it. 10 glasses per day is optimal, how many have you been getting lately?
10. Don’t take life so seriously! Learn to laugh at the little things and this whole “existence” thing will be a whole lot easier. Be amused by your mistakes and failures and be thankful that you learned your lesson and won’t mess up like that again. And most importantly do things that you enjoy! Life is not strictly business, it can be mixed with pleasure.
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1. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
2. You didn’t go to sleep outside.
3. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.
4. You hardly broke a sweat today.
5. You didn’t spend a minute in fear.
6. You have access to clean drinking water.
7. You have access to medical care.
8. You have access to the Internet.
9. You can read.
10. You have the right to vote.
Number 1 – They Think, Say, & Do Negative Things.
Yup. They see problems in every opportunity.
They complain that the sun is too hot. They cursed the rain for ruining their plans for the day. They blame the wind for ruining their hair.
They think that everyone is against them. They see the problems but never the solutions.
Every little bit of difficulty is exaggerated to the point of tragedy. They regard failures as catastrophes. They become discouraged easily instead of learning from their mistakes.
They never seem to move forward because they’re always afraid to come out of their comfort zones.
Realizing that we never really grow up, we just learn how to act in public.
The “butterflies in your stomach” feeling of a new romantic relationship.
Hearing a new song you really like and then downloading it and listening to it over and over and over.
Kissing someone and smiling at the same time.
The smell of the air after it rains.
Singing every word to your favorite song at the top of your lungs.
Waking up, realizing it’s the weekend, and curling up for another thirty minutes of sleep.
The bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book.
Finding someone who has the same nerdy obsession as you.
Watching two drops of rain roll down your window and pretending it’s a race.
When you find out the name of a song you’ve been wanting to know forever.
Seeing old people in love.
That one guy or girl you can never stop thinking about.
Finally getting to sleep in your own bed after being away for a few weeks.
The feeling you get when you look in the mirror and actually like what you see.
- Free dinners.
- You can cry without pretending there’s something in your contact.
- Speeding ticket? What’s that?
- You actually get extra points for sitting on your butt, watching sports.
- If you’re a lousy athlete, you don’t have to question your worth as a human being.
- A new lipstick gives you a whole new lease on life.
- In high school, you never had to walk down the hall with your binder strategically positioned.
- If you have to be home in time for Ally McBeal, you can say so, out loud.
- If you’re not making enough money, you can blame the glass ceiling.
- If you’re not very attractive, you can fool ‘em with makeup.
- If you use self-tanner, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a big loser.
- You could possibly live your whole life without ever taking a group shower.
- Brad Pitt.
- You don’t have to fart to amuse yourself.
- You’ll never have to decide where to hide your nose-hair clippers.
- When you take off your shoes, nobody passes out.
- If the person you’re dating is much better at something than you are, you don’t have to break up with him.
- If you think the person your dating really likes you, you don’t have to break up with him.
- If you don’t shave, no one will know.
- If you’re dumb, some people will find it cute.
- You don’t have to memorize Caddyshack or Fletch to fit in.
- You can dress yourself.
- Your hair is yours to keep.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is
manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to meditate.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Comparing our lives to others is fruitless. We have no idea what their journey is about.
12. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones especially about things out of our control. Invest energy in the positive present moment.
13. Try not to over do. Understand limits.
14. Why take ourselves so seriously. No one else does.
15. Gossip drains precious energy.
16. Dream more while we are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. We already have all we need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Let go of our partners mistakes of the past. Focus on our present/future happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Make peace with our past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of our happiness except us.
22. Realize that life is a school and we are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons we learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. We don’t have to win arguments. It’s ok to agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is insignificant compared to what you think of yourself.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends & family will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. (Higher powers) heal everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how we feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When we awake alive in the morning, be thankful.
39. Our Inner most is always happy. Release your “Inner Happy” on the world every day!
- Chase your dreams while you are able – Life is tricky, and if you aren’t careful, you can find yourself with a family and a mortgage before you know it. Take some time now to think about what you are passionate about. Find out what your dream is and chase it while you are young and still have the time, enthusiasm and energy to do it.
- You will regret the opportunities you didn’t take much more than the ones that didn’t pan out – Of all the things I regret in my life, most of them are things I didn’t do rather than mistakes I made. Many times in my early adulthood, I would find out about an opportunity and then talk myself out of going for it. The self doubt and worrying about all of the what-ifs can be crippling.
- Be prepared to make lots and lots of mistakes – When you make mistakes, you know that you are growing. And, as long as you are growing, you know that you are alive. If you never made a mistake, you wouldn’t be challenged. What fun is that?
- Try on new ideas – When you hear of an idea or opportunity that sounds interesting, try it out. Don’t let the fear of looking silly or being embarrassed prevent you from exploring new things. No one is really watching you as hard as you think, and there is no shame in being brave.
- Always be honest, with yourself and with others – Lying is just a waste of time. Be honest in your relationship, but most of all, be honest with yourself. Don’t let other people tell you how you should feel or who you should be, and don’t try to be the person you think you should be or beat yourself up for not feeling the way you think you should. If you make honesty a priority, you can just be the person you are.
- You don’t have to go to college right away – If you don’t know what your passion is, how on earth can you chase it? There is this assumption that after high school, you have to go to college. If you don’t feel like you are ready to succeed in that environment, take a year off and figure out what it is that you love. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting college a year late or even going to a trade school rather than opting to pursue a degree.
- Trust your instincts – In almost any situation, trust your gut. When you tune in to your intuition and your instincts, you are almost always right. If you feel like something is really important to do, do it. Don’t try to second guess yourself over and over and don’t do things that you feel aren’t right just because you want to be “nice”.
- If you are stuck worrying about something so much that you can’t sleep, get up and write it out – When you are in a vicious cycle of doubt and worry, the best way to get it off your chest is to write it down. Once you have it out on paper, it doesn’t have to be stuck in your head keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
- It’s more important to know where to find the answer – If you know how to research and find out the answer, then you don’t need to try to remember every single fact. It is impossible to know everything, instead, just learn how to research.
- Live within your means – You don’t have to have a lot of money to do the things you want and to have a great time. You can never win the game of who has the best, most expensive stuff. So, don’t even bother. Lunch in the park can be just as much fun as a day at the mall, it just depends on your outlook.
- Play everyday – As we grow up, we stop being willing to just play. There is always room to be creative and silly.
- If you don’t know what to say, don’t say anything – Sticking your foot in your mouth is always worse than being shy. If someone says something you don’t like, or you just don’t know how to respond, just don’t say anything at all. Let them break the silence.
- Be who you are – Being yourself always seems so overused to me, but it is still true. When you work hard at growing and being the person you were born to be, rather than the person you think you ought to be, you will have a very happy life. Not everyone was born to be in a cubicle. Just be careful to leave yourself room to grow.
- Use the resources you have, instead of waiting until you have more – It is easy to think that if only you had something, (a college degree, a better car, a different partner, a pile of cash) you could reach your goal. Instead of focusing on the things you don’t have, look at the resources you have and put them to use furthering your cause.
- Never stop asking questions – We could all learn a lesson from 3 year olds. They want to know why and how come about everything. When you get into the habit of asking questions, you will come to realize that sometimes the search is more important than the answer.
- Try your best to never burn bridges – You may not think that it is worth the effort to treat everyone in your life with respect and integrity, but you never know what the future may hold. Sometimes a chance encounter can lead to something new and exciting.
- Most people can’t read minds, so tell them what you are thinking – If you want something, tell everyone you can. You can’t get upset with someone for not doing what you wanted them to do if you never asked them to do it.
- Just do it – Even if you don’t have all the resources you think you need, or you aren’t sure if it’s the right time, just do it. Let the rest work itself out. If you think that an opportunity is right for you, don’t second guess yourself. If later you find that you made a mistake, you can always fix it or move on. Either way, you’ll be better off than if you never took a risk.
- Spend some time everyday being quiet with yourself – The most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself. Don’t be afraid of being alone or just sitting quietly with yourself. Sometimes you greatest truths will come out in a whisper when you are being quiet.
- Assume love – We always seem to be so quick to assume that people are looking at us, that they are judging us, that they secretly don’t like us. Why are we so quick to think the worst of ourselves? When you don’t know the situation, assume that people are looking at us with love, that they are admiring our courage and that they think we are great until there is proof that proves otherwise.
- Get started a few minutes early.
- Work on something that’s meaningful to you.
- Complete an important piece of unfinished business.
- Spend time with positive, friendly people.
- Do something nice for someone else.
- Be present. Focus on where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with right now.
- Do one thing at a time.
- Listen to your self-talk. When you hear negative thoughts, think about the positive side of things.
- Smile, even when there’s no pressing reason to do so.
- Unplug. Entertain yourself with real-world experiences.
- Go somewhere new. See something new. Meet someone new.
- Do something that makes you laugh.
- Challenge your mind. Learn a new skill.
- Challenge your body. Exercise for 30 minutes.
- Let someone help you.
- Clear a little clutter by getting rid of something you don’t need.
- Be honest with yourself and those around you.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, let them inspire you.
- Spend a few minutes alone in silence, just thinking.
- Focus on solutions.
- Keep an open mind to new ideas and information.
- Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.
- Stay out of other people’s drama. And don’t needlessly create your own.
- Say, “Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “I love you,” when you should.
- Don’t try to please everyone. Just do what you know is right.
- Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Savor the natural joy of simple pleasures.
- Notice what’s right with the world.
- Focus on all the things you already have, think about them and appreciate them.
- Get to sleep a little earlier tonight so you’re well rested tomorrow.
Ailurophile A cat-lover.
Assemblage A gathering.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.