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10 Things You Can Do In One Second To Make Your Life Happier

10 Things You Can Do In One Second To Make Your Life Happier

One second. That’s all it takes to make your life happier. Don’t believe it? Then check out this list of 10 things you can do in a single second that will bring more happiness into your life every day.

1. Give a great big smile.

Looking for an easy way to make your life happier? Smile more. Smiling can help you feel better instantly. And it can be contagious. So give a smile to a total stranger on the street. Or if you’re sad, angry, or annoyed about something, choose to smile and laugh it off instead.

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2. Laugh out loud.

Speaking of laughing, there’s a reason why it’s called “nature’s best medicine.” Laughing can instantly make you happier. Don’t be ashamed to let out a belly-deep laugh every day. It’s good for your body, mind, and soul.

3. Take a deep breath.

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress and bring balance back into your life. And it only takes a second. Take some time out each day to focus on nothing except your breath. You’ll find your life becomes happier, healthier, and less stressful.

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4. Shut off your phone.

We live in a society inundated with smartphones, computers, tablets, televisions, and other technological advances. But it’s one thing to use these technologies in a productive manner; it’s quite a different thing to let your phone control you. Turn off the technology for a while and tune in to the workings of your inner mind. You’ll be surprised at what you find.

5. Take in your surroundings.

Life passes us by so fast sometimes we miss the little moments of beauty that really make it worthwhile. Take one second several times a day to stop and reflect. Watch a sunrise or sunset. Look around and appreciate everyone and everything you have in your life. And make your life happier in a matter of seconds.

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6. Take a sip of water.

It’s no surprise that drinking water is good for your health. Try keeping a water bottle with you wherever you go, and take a second to hydrate a couple times every hour. Drinking water can help keep you hydrated, control calories, filter your kidneys, and maintain healthy skin.

7. Give thanks.

Happy people have this in common: they are grateful for all the good things in their lives. This means that to make your life happier, take a few minutes each day and count your blessings. Say, “Thank you,” more often. Show your appreciation when good things come your way.

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8. Do a quick stretch.

An easy way to make your life better is to take care of your body. Take a few seconds to stretch out your tight spots and sore muscles each day. Here are some good stretches you can do at work.

9. Make meaningful eye contact with a stranger.

Most of us interact with other people every day. But how often are you truly engaging with the people you come in contact with? Take a second to give someone your undivided attention today. Look them in the eyes and really listen to what they’re saying. You’ll probably find that the quality of your interactions will increase substantially when you do this.

10. Be kind while driving.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of jerk drivers on the road. Traffic is frustrating and you usually don’t want to spend any more time in the car … we get it! But take the higher road instead. Let someone in when no-one else does. Stop for the biker or walker looking to cross the road. If you make a mistake, give a friendly wave and a smile instead of exchanging harsh words and gestures with the other driver. It only takes a second, and it can dramatically reduce your stress levels on a daily basis.

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Last Updated on February 19, 2020

15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

Books give us the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of people with greater wisdom than ourselves. They stimulate our brains and help us not only solve the problems we struggle with, but also motivate and inspire us with new ideas.

One of the great things about people who think positively and live happy lives is that they love to help others do the same. There are countless positive-thinking books and these 15 are a great way to help you start living a happy life.

1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

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    This book goes through the horrific struggle of Viktor Frankl who survived holocaust concentration camps. The only thing that kept him going was his idea that everything, even the worst of human suffering, had to have meaning. If you’re struggling through anything in your life, I guarantee the words of Viktor will give you courage to press on and find happiness.

    2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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      What is life’s greatest lesson? Morrie, a retired professor with a fatal disease, opts to use his predicament to share that message as opposed to just giving up and dying. Following the last few months of Morrie’s life will help you realize what is truly important in life.

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      3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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        Similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, Randy is a college professor who finds he has a fatal disease with only a few months to live. It is customary for professors at his university (Carnegie Mellon) to give a final lecture with the basis of ‘what wisdom would you impart to a large group of people if it was your last chance?’ Randy stays incredibly positive throughout and even keeps the lecture humorous and entertaining. Amidst it all, his wisdom is a powerful reminder about how to live a happy, full life.

        4. Earning Freedom by Michael Santos

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          Michael Santos was sentenced to 45 years is prison for selling drugs. During his term he fought hard to earn a masters degree and half of a doctorate (halted by the warden) while writing numerous books educating students about the criminal justice system. This book provides a fascinating window into his entire sentence (released in 2012) and how a positive attitude and strong work ethic got him through it. If he found happiness in prison through positive thinking, we can do it anywhere.

          If you don’t have the attention span to finish a long book, the following quick reads are shorter but just as powerful.

          5. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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            This book has shaped childrens’ minds for years. It illustrates the undeniable fact that when you think positively and believe in yourself, you can accomplish extraordinary things.

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            6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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              Happiness is found in giving. What does it mean to love someone? What would you sacrifice for someone you love? This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson about unconditional love and what it truly means to be happy.

              7. The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson

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                “When your life is over, everything you did will be represented by a single dash between two dates—what will that dash mean for the people you have known and loved?” (Linda Ellis) We don’t choose a lot of things about our life – parents, birthplace, etc. – but we can choose what that dash between those two dates means. This short book will give you a great perspective on making your life worthwhile.

                8. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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                  “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state… Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” (James Allen) This book might be short, but it is jam-packed with statements that will make you stop and think. We truly become what we think we are. Negative thoughts affect us more than we know. Positive thinking = happy life.

                  9. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald  Miller

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                    You are the author of your story. No matter how boring or dull your life has been, you can always turn it around. Donald was in a rut in his life. He had no desire to get out of bed and found himself questioning the meaning of life. Eventually he realized he wasn’t a slave to a pre-written script. He used that mindset to turn around his thoughts, actions, and life. When the closing credits roll on the story of your life, what will people say? Never forget that you have the power to push your limits and live an interesting, happy life.

                    10. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

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                      The Traveler’s Gift is a fictional story about a man who is overwhelmed with life and finds himself thrown into numerous true events from history – including Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He interacts and learns important life lessons from seven different experiences. The book is full of ways to think more positively and find more success in life.

                      11. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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                        Malcolm Gladwell motivates you to challenge your preconceptions of underdogs and misfits in this thought-provoking book. When you break down the facts in the story of David and Goliath from the Bible, you find that David really wasn’t an underdog at all – he was the one with the advantage. This book outlines story after story after story of people who were at a disadvantage and learned to find the strength in their weakness.

                        12. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen

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                          How would you feel if you got to the end of your life only to realize you had been measuring success wrong? Clayton provides a mass amount of wisdom and advice on how to live a life you won’t regret.

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                          13. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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                            The small things we worry about every day may not seem like a big deal, but they wear us down slowly and stop us from living up to our full potential. Learn how to get rid of those worries and negative thoughts and live a happier life.

                            14. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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                              C.S. Lewis, who used to be an Atheist, explains how he came to find meaning in life through Christianity. He breaks down all the reasons we doubt and falter in life and how living the principles of Christianity fixes our weaknesses. Lewis is famous for his deep, thought-provoking quotes and this book is no exception.

                              15. Bushido: The Way of the Samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto

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                                Bushido is based on the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. The document’s purpose was to shape the mind and the spirit of the samurai warrior.

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