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5 Ways To Bring Happiness and Fulfillment Into Your Life

5 Ways To Bring Happiness and Fulfillment Into Your Life

The purpose of our entire life could be summed up into one accurate word — happiness. Why you’ve not found happiness may be unexplainable, but finding and unlocking the secret to true and lasting happiness is a duty we all owe ourselves. According to research, only one in three Americans say they are very happy.

Fulfillment in life will always bring happiness, but how do you attain fulfillment? This article will be sharing ways to stay happy and fulfilled.

1. Remind yourself of things that make you happy

For many of us, some of the things and people in our lives are what makes us happy. It could be the smile on the face of a loved one or the conversations you have with your significant other. This makes it possible for you to look within your circle to find the happiness that you seek. Reminding yourself that you have these beautiful people in your life will keep you fulfilled when you’re experiencing depression and letdown. Depression particularly depletes your energy and focus – leading many people to make mistakes that often cost them their loved ones.

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“Depressed drivers are most prone to road accidents,” says Jimmy Doan, a Houston accident truck lawyer. He has handled a lot of cases involving truck accidents (the accident type that takes the most lives on American roads), and he believes depression is one of the leading causes of accidents involving truck drivers.

Being able to find a way to fight depression and keep your mood light always will help you avoid a lot of human-errors and stay fulfilled. Keeping your mind on the joy that your loved ones bring you is certainly one of the best ways to stay happy and fulfilled.

2. Keep your focus on your life goals

People often get depressed when they stop focusing on their main goals and let distractions occupy their minds. Realizing that you can achieve your goals and make whatever dream you set your mind on become a reality, will help you stay fulfilled.

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Experts recommend celebrating every little wins on your way to success. This means you should stop beating yourself up whenever you think you’ve not achieved your goals, but to take time and celebrate the small steps you’ve successfully completed. Keeping your focus on your life goals and celebrating every little win will help you stay happier and fulfilled.

3. Only spend time with people that make your happy

The people we surround ourselves with can impact our mood significantly. This means you have to cut off communications with those that constantly let you down by injecting negativity into your life.

It’s true that you can’t make everybody happy. That said, you can’t be friends with everyone either. Only spend time with those people in your life that go out of their way to make you happy, and you’ll see how much your mood improves. Spending time with positive minded people is key to fulfillment and happiness.

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4. Seek the happiness of others

When we go out of our way to make others happy, the positive effect rubs off on us. According to a Harvard research, doing things that make other people happy such as spending money on them will always have a positive effect on our happiness.

Just make time out of your day and take someone out for a cup of coffee. This will have more impact on your entire day than you imagine.

5. Stop taking yourself too seriously

Do you often find that you criticize yourself too much? We’re humans and that means we will make a couple of mistakes every now and then. That doesn’t mean you should spend time wishing you had done things differently. Rather look at the fun side of it and make fun of yourself. Not taking yourself too seriously can help you fight stress and keep you in a lighter mood.

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Staying happy and fulfilled always is not out of reach for anyone. We only need to discover the things we could do to help us stay happy and spend more time doing these things.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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