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10 Practical Ways to Live a Happier Life Today

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Living a happier life often seems to be about living your big dreams and putting in a lot of work over a long time.
 

10 Practical Ways to Live a Happier Life Today

 
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“Most people are about as happy as they make\r\nup their minds to be.”

\r\n(Abraham Lincoln)

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“When one door of happiness closes, another\r\nopens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one\r\nthat has been opened for us.”

(Helen Keller)

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,\r\nthey are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

(Marcel Proust)

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I agree that it is one part. But another part\r\nof happiness is here in small ways today.

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So in this article I’ll share ten small tweaks\r\nI like making to find more happiness in my daily life. I hope you’ll find\r\nsomething here that you can use today to make your life better too.

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1. Be kind in small ways.Let someone in into your lane while\r\ndriving your car. Hold up the door or hold the elevator for a stranger. Not\r\njust because that you tend to get back what you give in some form. But for\r\nyourself too, these little things add up and make you feel better about yourself.

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2. Be appreciative of other people.Replace the habit of spotting the things that\r\nannoy you about people with one where you make small or big positive\r\nobservations about them. It could be their great sense of style when it comes\r\nto shoes, how they always make you laugh when you need it or simply that they\r\nare always on time. Be sure to tell them that.

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3. Cut back on the time you spend with most\r\nnegative person in your life.And spend more time with the most positive person(s).

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4. Cut out or cut down on the most negative media\r\ninfluence in your life.It\r\ncould be the news on TV, the newspaper, some magazine or type of music, type of\r\nbooks or blogs or websites. Replace that time and find new energy and\r\ninspiration from one or more positive sources like inspiring movies and books.\r\nOr uplifting music and people.

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5. Be 5 or 10 minutes early.This will make travel time a time of\r\nrelaxation and renewal rather than a time of stress and negativity added to\r\nyour day. Plus, you’ll be on time.

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6. Do what is not “you”

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Try a new dish for lunch. Read a book or watch\r\na movie that is not in your usual genre. Learn a little about a topic that is\r\nnot something you are usually into. This is a great and fun way to find new\r\nperspectives in life, to grow and to expand your comfort zone just a little on\r\na daily or weekly basis. Cultivating this habit also makes it easier to get out\r\nof your comfort zone when larger and “scarier” opportunities present\r\nthemselves.

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7. Let go of one thing from your past.Clinging on to an old conflict, argument or\r\nthat you were wronged by someone can consume a lot of time, energy and space in\r\nyour life. It can also be oddly comforting since you are so used to it. But\r\nlife happens right now, day by day. And as Jan Glidewell once said:
\r\n“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your\r\narms too full to embrace the present.”
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So to stop hurting yourself you have to accept that what is in your\r\nmind is in the past now. By accepting that it is in the past but also in there\r\ninside of you as a memory you can start to decrease the hold this memory has\r\nover you. By accepting that is there and that you need to let go to live your\r\nlife fully now that memory will lose much of its power. And you can let go.

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8. Take the smarter and higher road.Don’t be someone the people can walk all\r\nover, set boundaries and say no when needed. But recognize that unnecessary\r\nconflicts just waste your time and energy. There are more fun and good things\r\nto spend time on in your life. So try to reach an understanding. But if it\r\ndoesn’t work then remove yourself from getting drawn into their conflicts and\r\nmake the day better for both you and possibly them.

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9. Be kind to yourself.The next time you make a mistake or fail\r\ndon’t treat yourself like a jerk of a boss would. Instead, be kind, see what\r\nyou can learn from what happened, gently nudge yourself in the right direction\r\nagain and keep going.

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10.\r\nAppreciate\r\nyourself.It’s OK and\r\nsomething that a lot of people don’t do enough. Spend 5 minutes tonight with\r\nthinking about or writing down in journal the things you can appreciate about\r\nyourself and how far you have come. Do this enough times – try 30 days –\r\ntochange how you view yourself on a more permanent level.

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If you thought this article was useful, please\r\nshare it with someone on Stumbleupon, Facebook and Twitter. Thank you very\r\nmuch! =)

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Soure from: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2011/05/31/happier-today/

Henrik Edberg

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