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The Best of Lifehack – July 2012

The Best of Lifehack – July 2012


    July has come to a close, and now it’s time to present the best of the month gone by with the latest edition of our Best of Lifehack series.

    This month we covered a wide range of topics here at Lifehack (as we do), as well as launched a couple of new initiatives in Lifehack Lessons and Lifehack Quotes. It’s been a busy month here and as we head into the latter half of the year we’ll keep bringing you the great content you expect from Lifehack.

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    Now, let’s check out The Best of Lifehack – July 2012:

    10 Bad Habits Worth Losing

    It’s a good idea to put together a list of bad habits to remove from your life this year. And the good news is – we still have a few months months to get rid of them! To get you started, here are Zoe B’s top 10 bad habits to lose.

    Constantly Feel Good About Yourself Using These 3 Steps

    If you feel as if you are currently in a state wherein you need some help on bolstering your feelings of self-worth, here are some ideas from Kara Heissman that you may find helpful:

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    8 Body Hacks To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

    In this article, Curt Pedersen provides 8 tips that research shows can help to increase your body’s production of this hormone. Give them a try to help give yourself a natural boost.

    3 Hacks to Be a Better You

    We should always work to be better people. We have the tools, and they shouldn’t be wasted. How you decide to become a better person is up to you. With that said, if you need a little direction then here are 3 hacks courtesy of Josh Bell help you to be a better you.

    Not Losing Weight? Listen Up!

    Not losing weight? Here are some simple tips from Justin Miller to get you over the hump – ones you can apply immediately to achieve success. So listen up!

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    101 Ways to Feel Happy on a Daily Basis/a>

    Want to feel happy — or even happier than you are already? Annabel Candy offers 101 ways to feel happy on a daily basis.

    How to Optimize Your Daily To-Do List

    There is one simple way you can optimize your to-do list, and make sure stuff that needs to get done, gets done. Every item must relate to annual/life goals. Dolly Garland delivers some great tips on how to optimize your daily to-do list so that you keep your items connected to those goals.

    10 Ways to Live a More Meaningful Life

    How can we live a more meaningful life? The answer is usually complicated, but David Loker suggests 10 ideas for cultivating one in this piece.

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    How to Really Start a Business (or Why You Don’t Need Money to Make Money)

    In this post, Greg Miliates explains how to get past the myths that prevent you from starting a business and discusses how to start a business on the cheap — and change your life in the process.

    Why Are You Getting Things Done?

    CM Smith, Lifehack’s Associate Editor, asks the big question: Why Are You Getting Things Done? If there are too many mundane tasks on your to-do lists or you feel like you have no direction, then you need to find out why you are getting things done.

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    10 Things Happy People Do Differently

    10 Things Happy People Do Differently

    Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.

    Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, then check out these 10 things happy people do differently.

    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

    1. Happy people find balance in their lives.

    Folks who are happy have this in common: they’re content with what they have, and don’t waste a whole lot of time worrying and stressing over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people lead balanced lives. This means they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s family, friends, career, health, religion, etc.

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    2. Happy people abide by the golden rule.

    You know that saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Well, happy people truly embody this principle. They treat others with respect. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people. They’re compassionate. And they get treated this way (most of the time) in return.

    3. Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.

    One of the biggest things happy people do differently compared to unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this, are able to take things in stride, and move on. Unhappy people tend to dwell on minor inconveniences and issues, which can perpetuate feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, greed, and anger.

    4. Happy people take responsibility for their actions.

    Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it. They recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way. Happy people, on the other hand, live by the mantra:

    “There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”

    5. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.

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      One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.

      6. Happy people are honest with themselves and others.

      People who are happy often exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. They would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.

      7. Happy people show signs of happiness.

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        This one may sound obvious but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. Their posture may be slouched and you may perceive a lack of confidence.

        8. Happy people are passionate.

        Another thing happy people have in common is their ability to find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.

        9. Happy people see challenges as opportunities.

        Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow. They turn negatives into positives and make the best out of seemingly bad situations. They don’t dwell on things that are out of their control; rather, they seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles.

        10. Happy people live in the present.

        While unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, happy people live in the moment. They are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is:

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        There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” Because life is a gift.

        So if you’d like to bring a little more happiness into your life, think about the 10 principles above and how you can use them to make yourself better.

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