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4 Simple Action Steps To Finding Happiness

4 Simple Action Steps To Finding Happiness

Clap with me if you feel happiness is the key to success in every sector of your life. It’s true! When you’re happy, your mind, body, and spirit are aligned with the universe, and all of those aspects are working together to create an extraordinary life.

Happiness is just that important to long-term success in every facet of being. So I’m going to break it down to four concepts that you can implement in your day-to-day life to create happiness and prosperity wherever you focus.

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Your Vigilant Drive

    Vigilance is the action of careful observation, watchfulness, attentiveness, and mindfulness. Your vigilant drive is what makes you aware, awakens you, and keeps you on par with your purpose. On a more basic primitive level, it keeps you alive.

    So how do you find happiness with vigilance? You’ve got to create a lifestyle for yourself that puts you on a path of chasing something you desire (rather than being whipped into it). Then, the vigilance acquired on that journey is positive, pleasurable, and we’re happy to ride it all the way to the goal.

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    Being on the whipped side of vigilance forcibly may still get you results, but you won’t be as happy about it when something/someone is forcefully driving you to action. This is negative vigilance. You will likely be highly stressed and unsatisfied. So, ensure your drive is fueled by positive vigilance in order to acquire happiness the right way.

    Finding Your Purpose

    This is a very important next step. Once you have recognized and started living with positive vigilance, you have initiated the journey, which will propel you to find your evolving purpose. You’ve got to be aware, alert, and open to hints that the universe sends you. If you follow those breadcrumbs, you will find your purpose because every time you pick up one of those tiny seemingly insignificant crumbs, you will instantly be filled with warmth and light. This will lead you to happiness and that feeling will continue all the way to the next breadcrumb. This is your trail to finding your purpose.

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    Getting In Flow

    The crucial component to finding happiness stems straight from finding your purpose. It is the need to be “in flow”. Daniel Pink wrote a book called Drive that details this concept brilliantly.

    You don’t get in flow by doing things “you have to do”. You get in flow when you do things that fulfill you. You may need to get creative to make what fulfills your heart put food on the table, but that’s the game of life we all have to figure out.

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    Being in flow is the point you reach when you’re not thinking about whatever you’re doing, you’re completely on purpose, your long-term vision is clear, you’re just in the groove doing it! When you’re in flow, taking steps is easy, and you love what you’re doing. When action doesn’t feel like work, that’s being in flow. And when you’re in flow, you’ve found joy.

    Flow accentuates the importance of happiness. If you want to be more successful and more joyful and if you want to give back to more people, those goals become an upward spiral once you’re in flow.

    My Formula To Happiness

    If you build a practise like this in your life, you’re going to be purposefully working towards a bigger and better future. Happiness is a natural byproduct of that vision. The further down the path you go, the more happiness you will find.

    1. Do something you love every day, whether it means reading, going for a run, teaching, gardening, or a combination of a couple or a few of these things.
    2. Practice gratitude. A quick and easy way to raise your happiness level is writing in a journal dedicated to things you’re grateful for each day. It works every time.
    3. Perform random acts of kindness. It’s unbelievable how performing small gestures for random people can bring you so much joy.
    4. Meditate daily. Find the kind of meditation that works for you. Yoga is a moving meditation that works for me.
    5. Exercise. The more intense your workout is, the happier you will be. It’s scientifically proven, so go for it!
    6. Be mindful. Really pay attention to what you’re doing, consciously create your life with each purposeful action.

    That’s it. Implement these concepts into your life and happiness will be yours. Now go forth and prosper!

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    Last Updated on December 13, 2018

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

    Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

    A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

    1. Eat Before Heading Out

    First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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    2. Select The Treats

    Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

    3. Avoid Skipping Meals

    Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

    4. Drink With Moderation

    It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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    5. Be Active

    You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

    6. Get Out Of The House

    Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

    7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

    Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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    8. Set Realistic Goals

    You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

    9. Enjoy Yourself

    Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

    10. Drink A Lot Of Water

    This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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    11. Eat Less And More Often

    Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

    12. Prioritize Your Workouts

    Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

    So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

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