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5 Books That Can Turn You Into A Different Person

5 Books That Can Turn You Into A Different Person

Ever since I was a young girl, I have always been a fan of books. Granted, I was not as an avid reader as I am today, they have always caught my attention. In my elementary days, every year there would be a hosting of The Scholastic Book Fair. I remember I would push and shove other kids to be first in line. After our librarian would tell us about the books, she would let us wonder off, I went crazy. It felt as if I was stepping into a candy shop for the first time.

It astonished me how an author can make you feel; sadness, happiness, excitement, anxiousness. They can write about a story that reminisces on your youth or perhaps a lost love. Others can write about a world that you have dreamed of while you let your mind wander. Possibly a fantasy world. When you are stuck in a rut, trying to find your path out from the dark clouds, words from authors who have experienced a similar situation, can lead you to the brighter road.

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Personally, my favorite thing about the author and book was how it could open my eyes to new views. Along with experiences that can make me grow as a person. No matter what age you are, there does come a time in your life, where you need guidance or advice. Reading stories that again, relate to a tough event in your life, does go a long way.

Over the past few years, I have read amazing books and I have read not so amazing books. Then there are ones that I cherished because they made me view the world differently. Whether it was from politics to romance or space. With that, I wanted to share four books that made a different person and will make you one as well.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The story follows a Shepard boy, Santiago, who is having dreams about this “treasure’. During his journey, Santiago meets strangers (perhaps a leading lady) who teach him a thing or two about “treasure”. This book is great those who are looking to find their destiny in life, their purpose.

The Little Prince by Antonie de Saint-Exupery

A pilot whose plane crashed in the Sahara desert meets a young Prince. Throughout the story, the Little Prince shares with the pilot an adventure he went on. He traveled to six different planets, each meeting a character that would affect him personally. Although it is children’s book, it will make you want to cherish your youth and believing in yourself.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amir, a young boy who was born and raised in Afghanistan, had many ups and downs in life. Which I am sure a lot of us can relate. It follows his life story, youth to adult. This book will make you cry. This book will make you anger. It will also make you happy. You will experience family secrets, first love and how much friendship means to everyone.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This young girl here is my role model. At just eighteen, Malala has written a book, started a fundraiser and won a Nobel Peace Prize. While reading this book, you will realize as humans, we take a lot of things for granted. Also, how kindness can go a long way.

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Zen by Daniel Levin

This book is not a fiction or non fiction book. The title does speak for itself. It is filled with random short stories and quotes that will help with your mind and body. Hopefully finding hope and joy with life itself.

Featured photo credit: Tristan Martin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 13, 2019

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.

Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, then check out these 10 things happy people do differently.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

1. Happy people find balance in their lives.

Folks who are happy have this in common: they’re content with what they have, and don’t waste a whole lot of time worrying and stressing over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people lead balanced lives. This means they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s family, friends, career, health, religion, etc.

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2. Happy people abide by the golden rule.

You know that saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Well, happy people truly embody this principle. They treat others with respect. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people. They’re compassionate. And they get treated this way (most of the time) in return.

3. Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.

One of the biggest things happy people do differently compared to unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this, are able to take things in stride, and move on. Unhappy people tend to dwell on minor inconveniences and issues, which can perpetuate feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, greed, and anger.

4. Happy people take responsibility for their actions.

Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it. They recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way. Happy people, on the other hand, live by the mantra:

“There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”

5. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.

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    One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.

    6. Happy people are honest with themselves and others.

    People who are happy often exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. They would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.

    7. Happy people show signs of happiness.

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      This one may sound obvious but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. Their posture may be slouched and you may perceive a lack of confidence.

      8. Happy people are passionate.

      Another thing happy people have in common is their ability to find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.

      9. Happy people see challenges as opportunities.

      Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow. They turn negatives into positives and make the best out of seemingly bad situations. They don’t dwell on things that are out of their control; rather, they seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles.

      10. Happy people live in the present.

      While unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, happy people live in the moment. They are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is:

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      There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” Because life is a gift.

      So if you’d like to bring a little more happiness into your life, think about the 10 principles above and how you can use them to make yourself better.

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