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21 Habits of Happy People

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This wonderful reminder is gratefully reposted from: http://www.mindopenerz.com/21-habits-of-happy-people/

“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.

We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:

1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word

Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate

Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care

Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.

Most of all: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.

(Picture Credit: http://lovenstyle.com/be-happy/)

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Something to Think About – May 2013

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Two translations of the same text, Chapter 11 of the Tao Te Ching.

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being
but non-being is what we use.
(translation by Stephen Mitchell (1988))

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Thirty spokes share a hub;
The usefulness of the cart
lies in the space where there is nothing.

Clay is kneaded into a vessel;
The usefulness of the vessel
lies in the space where there is nothing.

A room is created by cutting out doors and windows;
The usefulness of the room
lies in the space where there is nothing.

Therefore,
The benefit of things lies in the usefulness of nothing.
(translation by Yasuhiko Genku Kimura (2004))

Resources:
http://www.earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_11.html
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Something to Think About – April 2013

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The Axe

A man couldn’t find his axe, and suspected that his neighbor’s son stole it. As the man inspected the boy—the way he moved, the look on his face, and the way he spoke—everything seemed to point to the boy’s guilt. “He stole my axe!” the man thought to himself.

However, not long afterwards, he came across his missing axe while digging in a dell.

The next day, he looked at his neighbor’s son again. This time, he couldn’t spot all those cues that pointed to the boy’s guilt the previous day.
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Sources:
Story – http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/chinese-folktales.htm
Painting – http://chinesepaintingsexpo.com/chinese-landscape-painting.htm

Alicia Kent – Jin Shin Do® Body Mind Acupressure Practitioner

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Glow is excited to announce the arrival of Jin Shin Do® Body Mind Acupressure – with the lovely Alicia Kent!
Alicia Kent
Alicia is a Transformationalist. She is a Passionate, Creative, Loving Healer; Growing & Expanding into her Soul’s Purpose. Through her Gifts of Intuition, Compassion, & Creativity, she assists Individuals to Release Stress & Pain, Gain Insight & Clarity, and Blossom into their Full Potential.

Alicia is Registered with The Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Body Mind Acupressure®, The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, British Columbias Acupressure Therapists Association and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

Alicia will be practicing at Glow every second Thursday and Friday and is offering $25 off your first session! For more information, please visit her website athttp://www.akashabloom.com/index.html. To book an appointment, please contact Alicia directly at aliciakent@shaw.ca.

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East vs. West Medicine Infograph

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The above infograph is courtesy of healthexecnews.com.

Something to Think About – March 2013

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Once upon a time in a village in ancient China there was an old man who lived alone with his son. They were very poor. They had just a small plot of land outside the village to grow rice and vegetables and a rude hut to live in. But they also had a good mare. It was the son’s pride and joy, and their only possession of value. One day the mare ran away. The old man’s friends came to him and commiserated. “What a wonderful mare that was!” they said. “What bad fortune that she ran off!”

“Who can tell?” the old man said.

Two weeks later the mare returned accompanied by a fine barbarian stallion. Friends and neighbors all come around and congratulated the old man. “Now you have your mare back, and that stallion is as fine as any in the land. What a stroke of good fortune!”

“Who can tell?” the old man said.

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Two weeks later the son fell off the stallion while riding and broke his leg. Friends of the old man came to him to express their sympathy. “It’s too bad your son broke his leg, and right before the planting season too. What bad luck!”

“Who can tell?” the old man said.

Two weeks later, war came to the land, and all able-bodied young men were drafted. The troop that contained the man from the village was at the front in a bloody engagement, and the entire troop was lost. All the men from the village died in battle. The young man with the broken leg stayed home. His leg healed. He and his father bred many fine horses and tended their fields.

by Huai Nan Tzu, retold by Carole Deppe

Something to Think About – February 2013

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Imagine there is a bank which credits your account $86, 400.00 each day. The account carries over no balance and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Most likely you would draw out every cent before the end of each day. Well, every one of us had such a bank. It is called time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off whatever remains and carries over no balance. It allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of that day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back, there is no drawing against tomorrow, you must live in the present… in today’s deposit. Invest it so as to get the most in health, happiness and success. The clock is running, make the most of today.

Photo Courtesy of: http://janussyndicate.deviantart.com/art/Time-Flies-85400304

To realize the value of one year…
Ask a student who has failed his final exam.

To realize the value of one month…
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week…
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour…
Ask a daily wage laborer who has children to feed.

To realize the value of one minute…
Ask a person who has just missed a train.

To realize the value of one second…
Ask the person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond…
Ask the person who has just won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have. Treasure it more because you shared it with someone special… special enough to have some of your time.

What will you do with 86,400 seconds today?

-Author Unknown