8 Happy Ways to Spend 80 Years

8 Happy Ways to Spend 80 Years

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.
-Abraham Lincoln

Eighty years is currently the average life span in the West.  Here’s how to make them happy and fulfilling:

1.  Travel often.

Do yourself this favor before it’s too late.  Without thinking too much about it, pack a pillow and a blanket at least once a year and go see a part of the world you’ve never seen before.  You will not regret it.

Traveling has less to do with seeing things, as it does with experiencing them.  It has less to do with discovering something, as it does with discovering yourself.  In your travels you won’t find all the answers, you will find lots of questions you would otherwise have never thought to ask.

The thing about traveling to new places is that you run into your insecurities and fears around every twist and turn.  You run into all the good things and bad things about yourself on a daily basis, and are provided the opportunity to grow far beyond your years.

2.  Work on something every day that moves you.

When you strike that fine balance between the challenge of an activity and your skill at performing it, when the rhythm of your work feels in sync with your purpose, when you know that what you’re doing makes a difference, you become [Read more…]

7 Things Happy People Say Every Day

7 Things Happy People Say Every Day

You have the right words within you to make every day a happy one.

Here’s what you need to say and why:

1.  “Today is going to be a great day.”

If you’re reading this right now, SMILE, you’re alive.  The possibilities ahead of you are infinite, it’s true.  Think about this and let it inspire you.

A good life begins right now with a choice.  It’s going to be fun, finger-snapping kind of day if you want it to be.  Choose wisely and indulge in the goodness.  Enjoy the sights and sounds, watch the clouds, stare at the stars, and imagine yourself dancing among them.

Your life is for smiling, imagining, exploring, learning, hugging, sharing, caring, helping, and healing.  Choose to do these things.  Choose to make the most of the gift you’ve been given.  Wake up every morning in such a way that the negativity committee lingering in the back of your mind says, “Oh crap, not another happy day!”

2.  “I’m looking forward to it.”

William James once said, “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”  Everything you do is only as big as you are, and [Read more…]

9 Powerful Ways to Spend a Day

9 Things You Should Spend More Time Doing

All the time given to you in life is valuable; you just have to know what to do with it.  Let’s make it count.  Shall we?

Starting today, spend more time…

1.  Thinking for yourself.

The uneducated belief in something false that someone tells you is the greatest enemy of your own truth.  Do not let anyone tinker with the freedom of your mind.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to think for yourself.  With all of society’s influences and agendas incessantly trying to persuade you every single second, thinking for yourself is the most courageous act imaginable.  You are a unique human being with independent thoughts and free will; carry on accordingly.

2.  Being a little bit uncomfortable.

If you’re not a little bit uncomfortable on a daily basis it means you’re not growing.

Every aspect of physical and emotional growth arrives from outside your comfort zone.  So be fearless sometimes.  Have the courage to take the risks that feel right.  Go where there are no certainties.  Stretch yourself and your routines even if it means feeling a bit uncomfortable.

The road less traveled is sometimes laden with potholes, bumps, and unexplored [Read more…]

7 Unfortunate Habits of Unhappy People

7 Unfortunate Habits of Unhappy People

Everyone experiences unhappy times on occasion, but there is a big difference between experiencing a temporary bout of sadness and living a habitually unhappy life.  That’s what chronically unhappy people do.

Even if you are generally a happy person, take a look at these seven habits to determine if any of them are keeping you from experiencing greater amounts of joy.

1.  Playing it too safe.

Don’t play it so safe that you put yourself in situations where none of your potential options satisfy your calling.  Dream your dream, but also realize that you are more than just the dreamer, you are the point of origin for your dream’s reality.

Your dream is your creative vision for your future life.  You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar.  Start smashing through those emotional barriers.  Move forward.  Life doesn’t magically give you what you want in your mind; it gives you what you insist upon [Read more…]

8 Dangerous Things We Teach Each Other

8 Dangerous Things We Teach Each Other

Be aware of the implied and menacing lessons society teaches.  To truly thrive in this world you’re going to have to unlearn and disregard some of the ludicrous advice people reflexively pass along to each other.

Here are eight dangerous pieces of advice you may have learned:

1.  There is a clear path that everyone should follow.

Your greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding in life at all the wrong things.

Choose a path that fits YOU.  Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.  Challenge yourself to ask with each and every step, each focus point that consumes your energy: “Does this thing I’m doing right now serve me and those I care about in the next few minutes, few months, and few years?”

Whatever you settle on, just make sure you don’t gain the whole world by losing your soul and purpose in the process.  Read The Untethered Soul.

2.  Success is a particular outcome or object that can be acquired.

Success is a consistent pattern of behavior more so than it is an isolated event.  It is the way you live rather than some object or outcome you acquire.  Success is [Read more…]