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Five Ways To Maintain Happiness

Five Ways To Maintain Happiness

Happiness isn’t necessarily challenging, but many people make it out to be. Anybody who is reading this post has free access to knowledge, which is absolutely free. Sure, we experience hardships and adversity, but if you compare it to children who have no access to clean water to bathe or drink, food to eat, clothing or shelter, then you’ll realize your problems always have a defined solution. Learn how to rationalize and use deductive logic; these tools will help you overcome any adversity that you may face. When misfortunes fall upon us, they are due to our wrongdoings; they don’t apply to anybody else. Be held accountable for what you do and only blame yourself.

Handle Your Responsibilities

Bills are a part of life, and we all wish they paid for themselves–but they won’t. These tasks mentioned are small potatoes on the scale of responsibilities. Handling your labor is important, but looking after your health is number one. The first path on the way to being disciplined is being conscious of what you put into your body. Dietary habits play a huge part in your emotional stability. The quote you are what you eat is one of the truest statements of life. You could be aesthetically pleasing to others eyes, but eat horribly, which may cause you to be irritable and moody.

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Love Yourself More Every Single Day

Sometimes you need to be a little selfish–which implies you aren’t considering others; this isn’t true. Everyone needs to dedicate time to themselves. Solitude doesn’t only increase productivity and focus, but it helps you reflect on what’s happening in your life. Self-discovery is a resource you need to tap into every day. And if you aren’t willing to love yourself, then you won’t be capable of discovering yourself. Enjoy who you are, and devote the same amount of love you give to others to yourself. Happiness is only achieved by being sure of yourself, and recognizing when things are starting to go sour. Once the warning signs are addressed, you will alleviate your stress.

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Be Honest With Yourself

It’s commendable and respectable not to lie to others. What is that even worth if you’re constantly lying to yourself? The answer is absolutely nothing. Face the reality of what you’re going up against and fight. And when you aren’t experiencing adversity or turmoil, be thankful for the peaceful times, and understand your mentality is what makes or breaks you. If you’re truly happy, then being at peace during the rough times is possible with the correct perspective. Just ensure you’re well aware of your environment and love the good times and the bad. For a rainbow to exude its beauty, the storm must pass.

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Live In The Moment

Every moment is fleeting, and our time on this earth is short. Everything that we experience is only temporary; nothing lasts forever. Focus on the now, and what you can do to enhance the situation to workout in your favor. Getting comfortable during times of peace isn’t a suitable practice. Letting your guard down isn’t necessary. Always ascertain the beauty of every moment, and build for the future today.

Honor Your Family

These individuals don’t have to be blood-related. This really means anyone who genuinely cares about your well-being (which won’t be a lot of people), because those who truly care have to know who you are. And most people won’t truly know you, they just have an opinion and know about you. Look after them at all costs, spend time with them, and enjoy each others company. This level of companionship is insurmountable and infinitely precious.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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