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5 Ways to Be Happy Now Without Changing a Thing

5 Ways to Be Happy Now Without Changing a Thing

We all want to be happy, but often the road to get there seems so difficult that it feels easier to give up and stay where we are. Making changes in your life is often an essential step to being happier, but today I’d like to share with you five ways to be happy now without changing a thing! We all deserve happiness and often it is within us to feel it right now, regardless of what our situation is.

Whatever your life is looking like right now you can be happy today too. Here’s my five tips to be happy now without changing a thing.

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1. Practice Gratitude For What You Do Have

We are all beyond blessed with many things we can be grateful for every day. If you have a roof over your head, food on the table and a family to love, you are already among the luckiest people in the world. If you are also blessed with the opportunity to indulge your interests and hobbies and time to socialize with friends and family, you are even luckier. Count your blessings and practice gratitude for what you do have every single day to be happy now.

2. Do Something Every Day That You Truly Enjoy

Make sure you do something every single day that you truly enjoy. Even if you only have half an hour to indulge, take the time out and do it. It might be cooking, reading, crafting, swimming, painting, writing or a multitude of other things. Whatever it is that lights you up, make time for it today. It’s easy to make excuses about why you shouldn’t do something you love, like not having enough time, money, or space–the list goes on. It’s essential that you step past these excuses though and just do it. If you don’t do things you love today, when will you ever do them? Tomorrow can easily turn into next week, next month and next year. No matter how you’re feeling right now take some time out to do something that you truly enjoy.

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3. Celebrate The Little Things

No matter where you are in your life right now there are little things you can enjoy every single day. Stop to smell the flowers on your morning walk, appreciate the smile of a young child, listen to the sound of the birds cheeping in the morning with ears wide open and savor every last bite of that delicious dessert. There is beauty and happiness in the little things every single day; you just need to open your eyes to see them to be happy now.

4. Spend Time With Friends and Family

Your friends and family will lift you up and make you feel good. Cherish the time you spend with them and do it often. Even if things in your life aren’t perfect, you can always count on friends and family to bring a smile to your face. Sometimes when we are unhappy, we feel the urge to block out those closest to us, for fear of bringing them down or shame for our current situation. Fight the urge and spend some quality time with your friends and family today. You’ll feel happier and ready to tackle life with a whole new enthusiasm.

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5. Make a List of Intentions For The Year Ahead

Just because you’re not changing things today doesn’t mean you can’t set some positive intentions. Set some life goals for the coming year and soak up the positivist. Every year is a fresh start and an opportunity to improve your life. By setting some positive future intentions, you’ll bring good vibes into your life today. Don’t feel pressured to make a big list of goals and changes. Simply set some intentions for how you would like your life to look in the coming year.

Do you feel the pressure to make big changes in your life to be happy? What’s one thing you can do today to be happy now?

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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