1.Accept that Life isn’t fair. You’ve probably heard this a hundred times by now, but the sooner you acknowledge it, the happier you’ll be in the long run.
2. Stop complaining. Those who complain the most accomplish the least. If you havea problem, take responsibility and do something about it. If it’s a problem you have no control over, let go of it. There’s no point suffering over a problem you cannot solve.
3. Master your emotions. Remember: You are in charge of your body and mind, not the other way around. Doctors, self-help books, and medication are there to help you if you have extreme issues controlling your emotions.
4. Learn a relaxation technique. Meditation, as well as yoga, self-hypnosis, and light exercise are great ways to ward off stress and keep your mind sharp.
5. Accept your heart’s desires. Many people ignore their hopes and dreams. Blocking out what you truly want will only lead to unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. Accept what you want, and do what it takes to get it.
6. If you have a goal, a dream job, etc., start working on it now. Not tomorrow, not in a week, not in a year,now. Stop procrastinating! The longer you put it off, the harder it will become to achieve, and the less time you’ll have to reap the fruits of your labor.
7. If you’re not satisfied with something, do something about it. If you want to lose weight, make goals to eat less and exercise more. If you’re unhappy in your relationship, talk to your partner. If you don’t enjoy your job, quit. Whatever you do, don’t complain and don’t make excuses.
8. Take responsibility for your actions. Never blame anyone or anything else for your blunders. Be responsible for your own actions, and others will appreciate and admire you for it.
9. Learn something new every day. The day you stop learning is the day you start growing old. Always be on the lookout for new learning opportunities.
10. Learn from your mistakes. Every mistake you make is a valuable learning experience. A failure is only a failure if you learned nothing from it.
11. Get rid of negative influences. Friends and family that bring you down are not worth being around. Let go of them, and instead surround yourself with people that motivate and inspire you.
12. Let go of the past. Drop your grudges, forget your revenge plots, and let go of your hatred of past enemies. Remember: You live in the present, so think like it.
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
13. Eliminate any and all self-limiting beliefs. Never say, “I can’t do this.” “I’ll never be good enough.” “I could never do that.” Even if the odds are stacked against you, self-limiting beliefs will only make it worse.
14. Never try to change people. People very rarely change, and the chances of you changing somebody are slim to none. Use the time you would spend changing someone to improve yourself instead.
15. Don’t become part of a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you say, “I will never get the job”, you probably won’t. If you say, “My friends are going to abandon me”, they certainly will. Thinking negatively about your situations can do nothing but worsen them. Being positive can only help.
16. Aim for win-win situations. Never willingly sacrifice another person’s happiness for your own.
17. Cut loose every once in awhile. Having fun does not always mean being immature. And even then, it’s okay to be immature sometimes. Enjoy yourself!
18. Practice good hygiene, dress well and learn good posture. It’ll improve how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you.
19. Treat others as you expect to be treated, and you are more likely to be treated that way in return.
20. Respect other people, regardless of their political beliefs, religious beliefs or sexual preferences. Likewise, never push your own beliefs onto others.
21. Look forward to the future, but live in the now. Never say such things as, “I’ll be happy when I get promoted next year”, or “I’ll only be happy once my son is old enough to move out.” It’s okay to look forward and build up for the future, but never forget that you live in the present.
22. Be persistent with your goals. Talent and knowledge alone will never lead you to success. Persistence rewards talent, not the other way around. Persevere, and you will be rewarded.
23. Trust yourself. Learn to trust others. It is better and healthier to put trust in many than to doubt all.
24. Get rid of bad habits. Better yet, replace your bad habits with good habits. If you’re a heavy soda drinker, find a new drink that satisfies you, such as tea or juice. If you smoke, try vapors.
25. Get organized. Learn to plan ahead. Never procrastinate. Keep your house free of clutter, your mind clear, and your tasks simple, and your stress will take wing and fly away.
26. Use positive reinforcement. It might sound corny to stand in front of a mirror and say, “I am beautiful” or “I am a wonderful person”, but it works. And it will always work better than saying, “I’m ugly” or “I’m worthless”.
27. Force a smile every once in awhile. It’s impossible to smile and feel down at the same time.
28. Accept who you are. Accept your shortcomings, even if you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Likewise, be thankful for what you have.
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.
29. Stay busy. Don’t waste your time sitting around moping. There are an infinite number of things for you to do; do them!
30. Keep your mind open to new possibilities. Be ready to accept that you might be wrong about something you’ve always assumed was true. Reality is not always as it seems, and you must be prepared for it to change at all times.
31. Work smarter, not harder. Working harder has its benefits, but working smarter will reap infinitely more.
32. Sleep well. Do what it takes to get a good night’s rest, even if it means buying a new mattress, moving to a new room, or taking supplements. Remember, you’ll be spending 1/3 of your life sleeping. Make the best of it.
33. Learn how to cook. Cooking is generally healthier than living on a diet of microwave food and fast food. And you do have the time, trust me.
34. Stop suffering. Suffering is almost always pointless. Many people let themselves suffer without realizing they don’t have to. Let yourself be happy, no matter how hard or stressful your life is.
35. Be who you want to be. Never let anyone else tell you what you should do. Build your own destiny, and fulfill it.
36. Be honest with yourself. Deep down you know what you truly want, and you know how the world really is. Don’t spend your life wrapped in a delusion.
37. Help when you can. The more kindness you give out, the more kindness you will receive in return. Try to help those in need, even if you don’t think you can.
38. Appreciate what you have. There are people out there who would love to have as much as you do, even if you don’t think you have much.
39. Keep life simple. We as humans make life a lot more complicated than it really is.
40. No matter who you are, no matter your gender, skin color, ethnicity, political affiliations, or religious beliefs, remember this: You are great. You are awesome. You are unique. Never let anyone convince you otherwise, including yourself.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
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