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50 Simple Things You Have to be Happy About

50 Simple Things You Have to be Happy About

We’ve all heard the phrase “money can’t buy happiness.” Modern society has done everything it can to refute this notion; I can’t count how many commercials advertising luxury items I’d never be able to afford have been shown on TV since I started writing this a half hour ago. It also doesn’t help that I’m watching Sportscenter reporters discuss multi-million dollar contracts for people whose job it is to throw and catch a ball.

But it’s easy for society to skew your perspective. Turning off the TV for a moment, pawing through a National Geographic, it’s easy to find examples of happiness sans material possessions across the globe: children living in slums, playing with a makeshift soccer ball, never pausing to wonder about the things they don’t have. Women walking dozens of miles a day to get clean water for their families, and doing so with pride. Men working for pennies to feed their children, and finding happiness in having shelter from the weather.

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The happiest people are not those who have the most money, the biggest house, or the most “stuff.” People all over the world (who some would consider to have nothing) believe they have more than they’ll ever need. The richest people in the world could learn a lot from the poorest citizens in the poorest countries. Being monetarily poor is not synonymous with being emotionally bankrupt. Being happy is not about what you own; it’s about your mindset and outlook toward life. Most of the items on this list probably apply to you, and are 50 reasons you have to be grateful every day of your life.

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  1. Waking up every morning

  2. Waking up under a roof every morning

  3. Waking up next to your love (or waking up to texts from a loved one)

  4. Seeing group texts from your friends first thing in the morning

  5. Taking a hot shower to start your day

  6. Getting rid of that morning breath

  7. Replacing morning breath with coffee breath immediately

  8. Leisurely eating breakfast before work

  9. Catching up on all your news feeds while you eat

  10. Work from home days

  11. Dressing to kill

  12. Having a great hair day

  13. Having a full tank of gas in your car

  14. Having a job to go to (any job at all)

  15. Hearing your favorite song on the way to work

  16. Getting down to business the second you get to work

  17. Feeling accomplished by 9:30

  18. Actually getting acknowledged for your work by your boss

  19. That second cup of coffee

  20. Being assigned a group project with coworkers you actually like

  21. Actually getting work done and having fun in the process

  22. Lunch breaks

  23. Pizza Fridays

  24. That first sip of caffeinated soda

  25. Getting back to work feeling refreshed

  26. Quitting time (be honest, nothing good happens at work from 2:00-5:00)

  27. Fridays!

  28. Paydays!

  29. Weekends!

  30. Calling your mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. just to say “Hey”

  31. The smell of your slow-cooked meal as you open your door

  32. An equally satisfying dessert

  33. Relaxing with a good book

  34. Watching your favorite rerun of your favorite syndicated show

  35. Answering Final Jeopardy correctly (especially when the contestants don’t)

  36. TV night with your significant other (or in the case of my wife and I: TV nights)

  37. Taking a vacation

  38. Taking a staycation

  39. Taking a mental health day

  40. The first orange leaf in Autumn

  41. The first snowfall of Winter

  42. The first 70° day of Spring

  43. The first Summer day when it’s hot enough for a swim

  44. Getting an even tan (for once)

  45. Holidays with friends and family

  46. Planning a life with your love

  47. Starting a life together

  48. Looking back on past successes

  49. Improving upon past failures

  50. Living every day of your life to your fullest potential

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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