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Energy Tips to Increase Happiness & Joy in Your Life

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You work hard, you’re constantly busy, you have a very active life, but… Are you really as happy as you want to be? Many people achieve outer success and have very busy, even productive lives and yet they feel there’s something missing.

Sometimes people feel guilty because from the outside their lives look really great. They think they should feel happier than they do. So they conclude that there has to be something wrong with them because they’re not quite as happy as they should be.

You deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel wonderful about yourself and the life you’re living. These simple tips will help you increase the amount of happiness and joy you feel on a daily basis.

1. Say goodbye to toxic relationships

Few things can affect your mood and the amount of joy you feel than negative people. Surround yourself with positive people who support, encourage and motivate you. Stay away from people who are constantly negative and who leave you feeling depressed and/or stressed. Stay away from people who live in a constant state of chaos.

2. Release perfectionism

It’s okay to have high standards and to believe in excellence, but if you try to be perfect all the time at everything, you can never be truly happy. You will put so much pressure on yourself that you’ll never be able to live up to it. This creates stress and limits your ability to really enjoy life. When you’re constantly striving to be perfect, other people won’t be able to connect with you. They know they can never live up to your impossible expectations. And for that matter, neither can you!

3. Let go of expectations

If you have unreasonably high expectations for yourself, you’ll also have those same expectations for other people, which means you’ll spend a lot of time feeling disappointed. Other people are not just like you, so don’t expect them to be. Releasing your unreasonably high expectations of yourself and others and unreasonably high expectations for yourself will allow you to relax and tap into happiness.

4. Stop comparing yourself

[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Oscar Wilde said “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”[/clickandtweet] Your job is to be the best you that you can be. That’s it. It doesn’t matter what other people have or what other people do, you are not them. You will never be truly happy if you constantly compare yourself to others because in many ways you’ll often feel that you don’t measure up.

5. Do more of what you love

What brings you joy? What do you love to do so much that time flies when you’re doing it? Bring more of this into your life. When you spend more time doing what you love you will naturally begin to feel more joyful.

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6. Help someone else

It feels good to help others, but you must be careful to do so from a place of strength and not of weakness. Make sure your energy is good and positive when you’re reaching out to help someone else, and then you’ll feel good and not depleted. If your energy is off and you feel angry, upset or frustrated, you may end up feeling worse, and will perhaps transfer some of your negative energy to the person you’re trying to help.

7. Put yourself first

Contrary to popular belief, putting yourself first is not selfish. It can be if you do it at the expense of others, but making sure your needs are met means you’ll have more positive energy to share with others simply because you’ll feel good. Stop putting yourself last on the list! Instead, put yourself first and then notice the balance you’ll feel when you give to others.

8. Know yourself

What energizes you? What drains you? What makes you feel good? What doesn’t? What brings you joy? What is most important to you? The more you know yourself, the more you can share yourself and the more confident and empowered you become.

9. Learn to embrace change

Life is constantly changing. Nothing stays the same forever. When you resist change or fear it, you’ll feel stress and anxiety. When you learn to embrace change and go with the flow of life you open yourself up to more possibilities and more happiness.

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10. Allow others to help you

When you try to do everything by yourself and you shut others out you put too much pressure on yourself and you’ll never be able to relax. Other people want to help you and they will feel good when they do. Be gracious enough to allow them that golden opportunity. When you take the pressure off yourself by allowing others to help, you can relax and enjoy life so much more.

In Summary

You might think it’s the big events in life that make you happy, but what we see time and time again is that it’s the little things you do that bring you the most joy. Take each of these tips and decide to apply them to your life a little more each day. All those small things add up and you’ll start finding yourself experiencing greater happiness, joy and well-being each day.

Regards,

Linda

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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