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General Health, Wellness, & Spirituality Questions Hey.. are you new to the health & fitness lifestyle? Then this sub-forum is for you. Inside is a slew of pertinent tips and explanations to speed you on your way. Enjoy! The forum has been dedicated to the memory of a now deceased friend of the NarkSide: David "Mavsluva" Lowe. He was an inspiration for many of us here in the community. This forum serves to continue the work which David started: To unite the Spirit, Mind, and Body... in the pursuit of the improvement of self. R.I.P. David. We love you man. You'll always be with us.

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Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself.

With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:

1. Start each day with expectation.
If there's any big truth about life, it's that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "something wonderful is going to happen today." Guess what? You're probably right.

2. Take time to plan and prioritize.
The most common source of stress is the perception that you've got too much work to do. Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.

3. Give a gift to everyone you meet.
I'm not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

4. Deflect partisan conversations.
Arguments about politics and religion never have a "right" answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can't control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: "Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt."

5. Assume people have good intentions.
Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.

6. Eat high quality food slowly.
Sometimes we can't avoid scarfing something quick to keep us up and running. Even so, at least once a day try to eat something really delicious, like a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it.

7. Let go of your results.
The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you've taken action, there's usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.

8. Turn off "background" TV.
Many households leave their TVs on as "background noise" while they're doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you'll buy more stuff. Why subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer?

9. End each day with gratitude.
Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again.


Source: http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/9-daily-habits-that-will-make-you-happier.html
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Background tv is definitely a problem in my house
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I endorse number 9.
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Thanks for some great advice! :)

I've been obsessed with living a happier life, but this urge to find happiness actually made me become a little unhappier. I got mixed up with what's a perfect life and what's a happy life. I realized that a perfect life is nonexistent, and the foundation of a happy life is your mindset about how you feel about everything.
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It's so simple to be happy. I wonder why many people are not able to achieve it. Maybe it's because they have already used to living in environment where people is not accustomed to living a healthy habit for a healthy life. It's somehow saddening. But the good thing is, we can always have options to not rely on others the kind of man we will be and the kind of life that we will be living.
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I don't think this so much hard to achieve this.
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5. Assume people have good intentions.
Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.
With the things I've experienced, this is very difficult for me.
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I believe it all. We care too much about every thing else besides the way we are really doing inside. The little things are the most important so we don't have to avoid.
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Just by reading this thread you have made my day, despite it's already night here.

I think these habits are worth to write down, not just to bookmark, and even much better if posting sticky notes around your home, working place or gym to recall you those points in which you are weak when it comes to pursue happiness.

Much appreciated this list Narkissos, and much needed as well
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People are unhappy because they don't understand that happiness is not somewhere out there. It is a decision you take. I love this list, it really embodies happiness, without adding those things or persons we think we need to make us happy. Your rhappiness lies in your hands. Do more of what makes you happy.
Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I have never been to jail, but I know people who have and it is a bad experience for all. Members of my family were in jail, one went back time and again. I have visited people in jail and it is no fun serving a sentence. I am real glad that lessons were learned and th
Thank you for sharing your stories with us. I have never been to jail, but I know people who have and it is a bad experience for all. Members of my family were in jail, one went back time and again. I have visited people in jail and it is no fun serving a sentence. I am real glad that lessons were learned and th
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