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10 Signs You’ve Been Doing Well In 2016 Though You Don’t Think So

10 Signs You’ve Been Doing Well In 2016 Though You Don’t Think So

On the face of it, you may think 2016 isn’t a good year at all, considering what’s happening all around the world and on a personal level, it may seem that there’s just nothing special about 2016 from any other years. But then again, it’s your attitude towards life that matters and you may have overlooked certain things if you don’t think you’ve been doing well this year. You may have debts to pay off, but you don’t live malnourished and below the poverty line. You may not have found your soul mate yet, but there are certainly people in your life whose presence you treasure.

So here’s a list of top ten things to be grateful for and a sure sign that your life is on the right track.

1. You’re still alive!

And that, my dear reader, is nothing short of a miracle. You are alive right now in the 21st century at a very exciting time in the history of mankind and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. You are alive and every day you can feel the sun shine on your face and breathe fresh air and experience the wonders of the natural world around you. You’re alive and aware and that’s all that matters.

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2. You have a roof over your head

Wherever you are, whether it’s a tiny rented room of an apartment or a penthouse, you have a place to call home. No matter how bad the day there’s always a special place you can return to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

3. You’re loved

When you call your parents, you know they’ll always be there for you. When you meet up with your friends, you know there are some people with whom you can share your darkest secrets. You have someone in your life who’s always got your back.

4. You have food and water

You don’t have to worry about how or when you’ll be able to afford your next meal. You don’t have to steal or scourge for leftovers to satiate your hunger. You have access to healthy food and clean water and that’s a privilege so many people in the world lack.

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5. You tried to improve yourself

You know you’re not perfect, but hey you tried your best and made resolutions and that’s what counts.

6. You failed but kept going

Yes, you’ve had setbacks but each failure is a stepping stone to success and the fact that you’re still trying proves that you haven’t let past defeats take you down,

7. You forgive others

There are people in your life you’d rather avoid, but instead of wasting your time and plotting revenge, you’ve chosen to let go and move on.

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8. You forgive yourself

Many of us know how to forgive others but when it comes to forgiving ourselves, we may need a little help from our friends. But at the end of the day, you know who you are, despite your shortcomings and you choose to live a better life and that’s a very good sign.

9. You have clothes

You may not have a celebrity’s wardrobe, but you have clothes that make you look and feel great or those that evoke special memories. You have breezy clothes for summer and woolen scarf to keep you warm in winter.

10. You dream big

And no matter what you’ve not stopped dreaming and you’re still here, doing what you can to make your dreams come true and that is the biggest sign that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.

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So congratulations! You’ve lived a great year. Keep focusing on the bright side. The world is still beautiful and now’s your time to make it an even better place to live in.

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5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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