Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to be Happy


* STEP 1:
Dream big. Go out on a limb and pursue a life that interests you, not one others expect you to live.

* STEP 2:
Make a conscious decision to be happy. This is paradoxically the simplest and the most difficult aspect of the whole venture. As most cheery people will tell you, though, at some point they simply decided to be happy.

* STEP 3:
Have fun. (Seriously.) Get out there and do things that tickle your funny bone.

* STEP 4:
Live within your means so that you're not stressed out about money.

* STEP 5:
Take care of yourself,but focus on helping others. Living a meaningful life nurtures long-term happiness.

* STEP 6:
Find activities that ignite your passion--from orchids to inventions, discover what fires you up. Find a hobby, such as knitting, cooking, gardening or woodworking, to serve as a creative outlet.

* STEP 7:
Meet new people and experience places, near and far. Spend time in the wild soaking up the peace and tranquility found only in nature.

* STEP 8:
Slow down, turn off the phone and stop rushing. Be open to new experiences. Take time to notice what you have rather than what you don't. It's natural to feel discouraged at times--practice shifting your focus to what's positive.

* STEP 9:
Eat chocolate. Work out. Both will give you an endorphin rush (one just takes less effort). Getting regular exercise and staying fit will have you feeling great, staying healthy and looking marvelous.

* STEP 10:
Find satisfaction in simple things: Spend time with children and see the world through their eyes. Smell tiny babies, watch an ant trail with a toddler. Pick wild blackberries. Laugh. Eat ice cream. Turn up the music and dance! Visit Link for more.


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At April 21, 2008 at 10:50 PM, Blogger Xio said...

Very nice piece. And very cute photo!


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