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25 Lyrics That Will Change The Way You Look At Life

25 Lyrics That Will Change The Way You Look At Life

Music, and more specifically lyrics, have a way of touching our hearts. Lyrics can affect our moods, unite nations, allow us to forgive one another, and change the way we view life.

Yesterday, I found myself listening to a song that I had never heard before. With the drop of the first few lines, I rushed over to the music player and started the song over again. This time, I would be sure to listen to its words much more closely.

It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? The musical double take.

It made me wonder if there are other songs that have the power to do that. More importantly, what lessons can they teach? Here are a few of those songs.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

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    The world has a way of giving you exactly what you need when you need it most.

    Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

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      The words in “Beautiful” gave a generation hope when there seemingly wasn’t any. They taught our youth what it actually meant to be beautiful.

      Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

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        Michael kindly reminds us that changing the world starts in only one place. You.

        One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste

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          All the fighting in the world is done at what cost?

          Peace really is the answer.

          Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

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            Suicide is real.

            Each year, 42,773 Americans commit suicide, and for each “successful” one, 25 others have attempted it.

            No one is alone. We all hurt and we all suffer. “Everybody Hurts” acknowledges this.

            We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks

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              As tensions rise, is there a better song that demonstrates what it would mean for the world to be free of hate, prejudice, and anger?

              Same Love – Macklemore and Lewis

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                Having recently just heard this song for the first time, it nearly brought me to tears with its message.

                We pretend to be a proactive community, but if you talk to minorities, work still has to be done.

                Beautiful Day – U2

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                  Ah yes, my alarm clock. Is there a better way to wake up than having someone tell you “It’s a beautiful day”?

                  Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

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                    If tomorrow was your last day and you knew it, would you treat today differently? I know I would.

                    Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

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                      What list would be complete without this all-time favorite? I think the message is pretty clear, don’t you?

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                      Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin

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                        Have you ever taken the time to listen to the message in this song?

                        Don’t lose sight of the important things in life for the things that aren’t important.

                        What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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                          An all-time favorite of mine.

                          Take time, slow down, and appreciate the world, your world, for how amazing it is.

                          Win – Brian McKnight

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                            An amazing song about the power of persistence.

                            “And if I fall… I’ll just get up and try again.”

                            Imagine – John Lennon

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                              How different would the world be if it stopped hating and started loving?

                              I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

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                                This song brilliantly advises the listener that we all come on hard times. The only thing that’s important in times like these is to not doubt yourself.

                                Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon

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                                  Change takes two things:

                                  1. A want to have it
                                  2. A willingness to go for it

                                  Turn the page on your old story and start writing a new one.

                                  You Raise Me Up – Secret Garden

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                                    Everybody has someone in their life that has the ability to pick them up when they are down.

                                    If that person isn’t around when you need it most, these lyrics will do nicely.

                                    True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

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                                      Never be afraid to be yourself.

                                      Remember, you are the only version of you on the planet.

                                      Changes – 2Pac

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                                        The world has come so far, but not far enough.

                                        These lyrics are as powerful now as they were then.

                                        Spiritual Revolutionary – Nabil and Karim

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                                          You are capable of achieving whatever you want.

                                          Whether you do or not is up to you.

                                          If You’re Out There – John Legend

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                                            Imagine what would happen if we all stood up against hate, anger, fear, discrimination, prejudice, and racism.

                                            How different would the world be?

                                            Come Together – The Youngbloods

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                                              Another classic about the power of a united species.

                                              What would happen if we as humans took this advice?

                                              I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

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                                                When times are at their darkest, remember that eventually, it will be a “bright, bright, Sun-Shiny day.”

                                                Drive – Incubus

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                                                  The quintessential life lesson.

                                                  When something has you fearful, the only way to overcome it is to do it anyway.

                                                  Hold On – Alabama Shakes

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                                                    Perseverance at its finest.

                                                    Hold on, push through, and keep fighting.

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                                                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                                                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                                                    In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                                                    1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                                                    Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                                                    2. Focus on your breath

                                                    Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                                                    3. Get organized and purge old items

                                                    A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                                                    4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                                                    Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                                                    5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                                                    Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                                                    6. Smile more

                                                    Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                                                    7. Don’t worry about the future

                                                    As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                                                    8. Eat real food

                                                    The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                                                    9. Choose being happy over being right

                                                    Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                                                    10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                                                    Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                                                    11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                                                    You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                                                    12. Get comfortable with silence

                                                    When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                                                    13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                                                    So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                                                    14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                                                    Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                                                    15. Speak more slowly

                                                    Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                                                    16. Don’t procrastinate

                                                    Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                                                    17. Buy a coloring book

                                                    Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                                                    18. Prioritize yourself

                                                    You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                                                    19. Forgive others

                                                    Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                                                    20. Check your expectations

                                                    Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                                                    21. Engage in active play

                                                    Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                                                    22. Stop criticizing yourself

                                                    The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                                                    23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                                                    Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                                                    24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                                                    Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                                                    25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                                                    Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                                                    26. Manage your money

                                                    Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                                                    27. Stop trying to control everything

                                                    Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                                                    28. Practice affirmations

                                                    Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                                                    29. Get up before sunrise

                                                    Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                                                    30. Be yourself

                                                    Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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