For: Mama Ismaelita “Mayette” N.

Desabille This is my gift for you this Christmas because you’re one of the strongest women I have ever known. Merry Christmas, Mama! I love you very much. From: Your Daughter, Dena Mae Amor N. Desabille
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30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. Here are some ideas to get you started: 1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is

no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
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3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to

yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled.
4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing

yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being

yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you

keep re-reading your last one.
7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least

ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about

the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth

is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions. 10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there

in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity

arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

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13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be

chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll

realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing

better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings

instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a

reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up

hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to

accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your

enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a

deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day

you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

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– Doing so is impossible. the sooner you will be able to smile again. Stop being ungrateful. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens. it will strip today of its joy. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. it rewards people who get things done. Don’t take the easy way out. especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. 26. – Focus on what you do want to happen. 27. Stop trying to make things perfect. – Life is not easy. you’ll often find that you’re right. then it’s not worth worrying about. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. When you blame others for what you’re going through. Do something extraordinary. and you pay close attention. Page 5 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 24. you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. The sooner you do. and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. 29. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – No matter how good or bad you have it.23. try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing. 30. Stop following the path of least resistance. 25. So narrow your focus. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. Stop worrying so much. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not. and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. wake up each day thankful for your life. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. 28. Maybe not the whole world. but their world. Stop blaming others for your troubles. Read Getting Things Done.

Happiness is a ________? 8. The questions below will help you with this process. What’s something you have that everyone wants? 5. What is missing in your life? 6. week. What do you need most right now? 10. month or year. We ponder the successes. What stands between you and happiness? 9. In one sentence. What is your life motto? 4. asking the right questions is the answer. failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness At the cusp of a new day. What’s been on your mind most lately? 7. It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness. who are you? 2. most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. 1. Why do you matter? 3. Because when it comes to finding meaning in life. What is one thing right now that you are totally sure of? Page 6 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . What does the child inside you long for? 11.

What’s the number one change you need to make in your life in the next twelve months? 27. health. What would make you smile right now? 53. When you look into the past. What will you never give up on? 16. What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend? 48. What’s the most valuable thing you own? 51.12. What has fear of failure stopped you from doing? 15. What is the biggest challenge you face right now? 39. What’s a belief you hold with which many people disagree? 46. What was the most defining moment in your life during this past year? 26. Which activities make you lose track of time? 19. What do you do when nothing else seems to make you happy? 54. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself. What’s the number one thing you want to achieve in the next five years? 28. In one word. what do you miss most? 36. What’s been bothering you lately? 13. What is something you’ve always wanted. What’s the best decision you’ve ever made? 21. What’s something most people don’t know about you? 43. What’s a common misconception people have about you? 44. What will you never do? 30. In one sentence. What’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever made? 20. what do you wish for your future self? 34. What is something you would hate to go without for a day? Page 7 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . how would you describe your personality? 40. specifically. What do you sometimes pretend to understand that you really do not? 33. What are you known for by your friends and family? 42. When you think of ‘home. What do you want to remember forever? 17. What’s something from the past that you don’t miss at all? 37. how would you rank: happiness. fame? 24. What are you scared of? 14. What’s something a lot of people do that you disagree with? 45. love. In order of importance. but have since done? 31. What are you most grateful for? 22. What’s something you said you’d never do. What should you avoid to improve your life? 56. What makes you feel secure? 18. what would you miss most? 52. What never fails to frustrate you? 41. What’s something that’s harder for you than it is for most people? 47. but don’t yet have? 25. how long would you allow that person to be your friend? 49.’ what. What is the biggest motivator in your life right now? 29. What do you wish did not exist in your life? 55. What is worth the pain? 23. What recently reminded you of how fast time flies? 38. What worries you most about the future? 35. If you had to move 3000 miles away. money. What’s something new you recently learned about yourself? 32. do you think of? 50.

What’s the biggest lie you once believed was true? 58. but no longer does? 88. What’s the difference between being alive and truly living? 73. Are you doing what you believe in. or having in your life? Page 8 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . What’s something about you that has never changed? 83. What are you naturally good at? 64. What’s something you wish you could do one more time? 94. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? 75. What or who do you wish you lived closer to? 79. What’s something you should always be careful with? 67. What are three things you can’t get enough of? 70. How do you know when it’s time to move on? 93. What mistakes do you make over and over again? 85.57. what will matter to you the most? 95. What makes you feel comfortable? 82. failing or never trying? 76. When did you experience a major turning point in your life? 78. being. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? 71. What makes you feel incomplete? 77. What’s something nobody could ever steal from you? 60. What has the little voice inside your head been saying lately? 66. What have you been counting or keeping track of recently? 65. What’s something simple that makes you smile? 91. What would you regret not fully doing. Which is worse. When you’re 90-years-old. What do you need to spend more time doing? 63. what would your message be? 80. What are you glad you quit? 62. So far. What do you appreciate most about your current situation? 90. What’s something that used to scare you. What do you have a hard time saying “no” to? 86. What promise to yourself do you still need to fulfill? 89. What will be different about your life in exactly one year? 84. What’s something you would do every day if you could? 74. What’s something you disliked when you were younger that you truly enjoy today? 61. What’s something you know you can count on? 81. or are you settling for what you are doing? 87. What should never be taken seriously? 69. What’s something bad that happened to you that made you stronger? 59. What should always be taken seriously? 68. What fascinates you? 72. what has been the primary focus of your life? 92. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people.

the more creative you will likely be with the big things. Knowledge and attention are absolute necessities. I call them the seven deadly sins of creativity. it lies in the joy of achievement. Now. and we end up having more dull days than creative ones. Roosevelt Acts of creativity can be found in every facet of life.Franklin D. Everybody has the potential to exercise their creative mind – to innovate new ways of accomplishing things that will ultimately make life easier and more gratifying. Some days we’ll be full of new ideas.7 Deadly Sins of Creativity Creativity is not just for artists and poets. We are surrounded by the byproducts of creative ideas both big and small. the more creative you are with the small things in your life. Lack of knowledge and attention. . oftentimes our poor personal choices perpetuate our inability to think creatively. it’s to be expected that there will be ups and downs in our levels of creativity. 1. Although this phenomenon is natural. and other days our brains will feel a bit dull. in the thrill of creative effort. generating elevated levels of success and happiness by helping us discover more efficient ways to do what we love to do. The vast majority of these poor choices fall into one of seven categories. Creative thinking cannot be productively applied until a certain level of knowledge is gathered about the current situation or problem at Page 9 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . In fact. Creativity magnifies the effectiveness of our natural talents. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money. And the small acts of creativity are no less important than the big ones.

We are all a product of our past experience. If you hope to exercise your creativity. you will be far more willing to accept calculated risks. you must get over your fear of failure. The foundation of practical creativity is simply trying new things to see what works and what doesn’t. When your mind is stimulated by curiosity and a fundamental interest in the subject matter. Doing exactly what you’ve always done. defines the problem that must be solved and then hands the data over to the creative right side of your brain.hand. Lack of passion and enthusiasm. It’s extremely difficult to pioneer creative solutions for things you have absolutely no interest in. Any journey into uncharted territory holds a certain level of inherent risk. which in effect squashes all their creative ideas before they have a chance to develop them. slowly taking you in a direction you haven’t gone before. Many people are scared to accept this risk. Because at the end of the day. In other words. The logical left side of your brain analyzes the situation and all the known facts. Sure. If you have confidence in yourself and passion for your ideas. creativity actually relies on both sides of the brain. your creativity and motivation will automatically accelerate. and every failure is leading towards success.) 3. you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. 4. creativity will drown in misdirection. Fear of failure. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing. you must first rely on your logic and absorb yourself in what is already known. There’s a saying that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Page 10 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Creativity blossoms when you are passionate and enthusiastic about what you are doing. Most creative ventures step into the unknown. 2. the creative right side and the logical left side. this will minimize surprises and mistakes. but we must step outside of our comfort zone and attempt unfamiliar activities if we hope to achieve breakthroughs in our future. you know that every success has a trail of failures behind it. The first steps the brain takes when tackling a creative venture are actually governed by logic. Without this logical review process. This is because most creative breakthroughs rest on the shoulders of everything that came before it. once a creative challenge has been realized. Enthusiasm is the lifeblood of creativity. Thus. not creativity. take creative chances and thwart off the other stress factors attempting to restrain your creative edge. (Read The War of Art. Confidence and passion together provide the solution. but it will also crush your creative edge.

Most creative ideas that leave an impact on the world are relentlessly tested. Confining yourself to boundaries others set up. No matter how creative you are or much progress you make with your ideas. and publishing them online. verify and validate it. In other words. Rather. Once your creative mind drives you to create something. After working for a couple hours straight. And unfortunately. reviewed by third parties. sometimes the people who care for you most might also interfere with your creativity. Page 11 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . even though they have no basis for these claims. Or they may suggest that your creative ideas are impractical and ridiculous because nobody really cares. The biggest bursts of creativity often come when you walk away from the problem for awhile. They will only drain you of your creativity and waste your time. Never pausing for a break. there will always be negative people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible. This is another perfect example of how creativity actually relies on both sides of the brain. Painters do it by painting and then displaying their art in a gallery. Instead. and sometimes modified and tested again. But in effect what they’re also doing is shielding you from the possibility of bringing your big ideas to life.) 6. 7. the creative right and the logical left. forget that they exist. (Read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. Exercise can be a great way to shift away from your logical thought process and into the creative depths of your mind in order to access new ideas and solutions.5. there’s more to the creative process than simply having an idea and executing it once behind closed doors. They’re doing this to protect you – to shield you from the possibility of failure. it’s when you’ve given the logical side of your brain a rest and you’re doing something else. some of the most creative ideas and inventions never make it into the public eye simply because their creator doesn’t realize the significance and impact of what he or she has produced. They’ll see you venturing into uncharted territory and they’ll try to quickly steer you back to familiar ground. and look at things from a renewed perspective. When you come across these people. usually the best way to jog your creativity is to literally take a jog. don’t try to reason with them. Bloggers do it by translating their thoughts into stories and articles. or consciously trying to think creatively. like taking a stroll outside. Where are you when your most creative ideas come to you? I’m guessing it’s not when you’re sitting at your desk working. often subconsciously. Scientists do this in a laboratory with other scientists. This gives your mind a chance to mull over the information. Never testing the impact of your creative output. As silly as it sounds. your logical mind must test.

I am referring to our levels of happiness on routine days when things in our lives are close to normal. I’m not implying that we can instantly heal the pain of a severe or unexpected personal tragedy just by thinking about being happy.) 7 Ways to Change Your Life in 7 Days No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress. guaranteed. you must try what you want to try. after we have spoken these words our Page 12 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . In these neutral times. Even worse. 1. you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. If you start implementing these seven habits today. (Read The Artist’s Way. Choose happiness with words. Happiness is simply a state of mind. Don’t accept false choices. When we speak we sometimes unintentionally choose words that have a negative undertone. the slightest change in attitude can swing our happiness balance drastically in either a positive or negative direction. Words have a lot of power and influence on both the speaker and the listener.When it comes to exercising your creativity. Rather. and follow your own intuition. go where you want to go. when we are neither ecstatic nor extremely sad. One of the primary factors that affect our attitude is our choice of words. Don’t let others put a cage around your ideas. you will see a positive change in your life within a week’s time. No. This can make us seem unhappy (and negative) in the eyes of others.

happy mood. at least for a little while. Read The Success Principles. It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience. Since I’ve made a regular habit of doing this. so I asked him what was making him feel so fabulous and he said. both in the workplace and in your personal life.” Why not rejoice in the fact that. “I’m healthy.” But one lazy Monday afternoon last month a new colleague of mine replied. my family is healthy. such as talking to a stranger. So I guess it’s contagious. and if we pick them carefully. it seems like the people around me are smiling more now too. Get uncomfortable and try new things. Page 13 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . “Move out of your comfort zone. but he seemed twenty times happier. Here’s one example: Typically. He wasn’t necessarily any better off than anyone else. Also. I don’t have anything to be terribly upset about. And I do genuinely feel happier. New experiences help us grow and they make life interesting. Routines stagnate us. the more new things you try – the more you step outside your comfort zone – the more inherently creative you will become. 2. “If this is what came out of my mouth. Rather than dismissing yourself as unchangeable creature of habit. thankfully. So I don’t have any reason not to be happy. many of these new experiences will open doors to life changing opportunities. Suddenly I realized that I have a choice. they can change the way we feel. is simply that the process is uncomfortable. I can either say “the glass is half empty” or “the glass is half full.unconscious mind starts believing in them. Make an effort to try something new every day this week. we are able to sidestep the biggest barrier to positive change: Fear.” The difference was simply his attitude and his choice of words. you can instead direct your own change by consciously developing new habits. So now when someone asks me how I am doing. The first fleeting words that come to mind are not necessarily the most accurate representation of our feelings and intentions. I am fabulous!” It made me smile. when I ask someone “How are you?” they reply. multiple friends and acquaintances have noticed a positive change in my attitude. Brian Tracy once said. With a strategy of continuous small steps into new experiences. I say “I’m doing wonderful!” or “Everything is awesome!” or something similar that reflects a positive. In fact. It really struck a chord with me. and we live in a free country.” One of the biggest reasons people get stuck in an idle state. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. this is not always true. “Oh. “I’m fine” or “I’m okay. We must realize that we have the power to choose the words we use. instead of taking action to change their lives for the better. But to create positive changes in your life you have to step outside your comfort zone. it must be the way I truly feel.” However. And once you get the ball rolling.

creating some small productive habits. Devote time each day to sharing your talents. Dedicate time to activities you’re passionate about. Make small. teaching math. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. but what happens when the path you’ve taken is more difficult or longer than you anticipated? That’s where passion comes in. 5. Why should you be passionate about what you do for a living? Because diligent focus alone is not enough to make you successful and happy. I was so excited I had to start this blog to share it with the world. When I started doing this in my life. positive changes – eating a little healthier.3. and soon you’ll find yourself in a positive spiral of changes – one building on the other. often hardly noticing what we have to offer. Acknowledge the lesson. some find refuge in religious faith. Read The How of Happiness. you don’t need a lot of motivation to get started either. positive changes every day. Passion can help you enjoy the road to your destination enough that you don’t have to only rely on your focus to drive you. 6. 4. the successful diva is the chick who will always Page 14 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . and try again. We tend to take these gifts for granted. but passion can keep you from quitting when you feel like there’s no end in sight. And if you start small. They have the ability to manufacture their own happiness and drive. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. Some people take an active role in their city council. This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives. What comes easy for you is no doubt challenging for others. Not only can working on things you’re passionate about be immediately gratifying. some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in and others find passion in their hobbies. cooking a good meal or leading an exercise class. smile. “What do people thank me for?” What do people routinely ask for your help with? Most people’s passions and talents help others in one way or another. for example – is an amazing way to get excited about life. No matter what the situation. Help someone in a way only you can. Inner happiness and zeal come from using these inherent gifts on a routine basis. Focus is important. Just get going! The simple act of getting started and doing something will give you the momentum you need. Perhaps for you it’s painting. Take part in something you passionately believe in. Making small. Ask yourself. We all have natural strengths and talents that can dramatically help those around us. The real winners in life cultivate optimism. exercising a little. Passion will change your life by pushing you forward through even the toughest of times. The same principals hold true for your job and career. This could be anything. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. The same philosophy holds true for making changes in your life. and thus we rarely share them with others.

and that you’ve been cast in an imprisoning mold. If you don’t get a job you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work. I usually wash the dishes after we’ve finished the evening meal. The limits to what you can achieve are an illusion. Thich Nhat Hanh: In the United States. run into it with their full weight. There is nothing wrong with looking forward to things. When I first met him eight years ago.find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. and claw at the cage. When wild animals are first captured and put into zoo cages. he was working with a Peace Fellowship. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it. They persist for weeks and months and they take any chance they can to free themselves. before sitting down and drinking tea with everyone else. These achievement limits are all in your head. The problem is. your reality can be whatever you want it to be. Y or Z that you will never be successful in that venture and you may as well accept your fate. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities. It’s important to remember that everything is a life lesson. we’re often already on the lookout for the next one – the next high. You’ve got to keep a positive outlook and continue to press forward through the tough times in order to enjoy the greatest moments of your life. They won’t even try. I have a close friend named Jim Forest. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. You could leave the cage door unlocked so the animals could escape if they wanted to. Page 15 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . You may believe that just because you haven’t yet been successful in X. Last winter. Jim came to visit. everything you encounter. I don’t think anybody could say this better than Zen Buddhist. 7. Pay attention and enjoy your life as it happens. especially in trying times. once an event we’ve been looking forward to is upon us.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson. Are you like these wild animals in a cage? Have you lost your initiative to succeed and make good things happen in your life? Is your mind stuck in the gutter? You may think your past is indicative of your future. etc. because they’ve become comfortable and given up the instinct that they could ever be free again. especially when things don’t go your way. The mind must believe it can do something before it is capable of actually doing it. But after a few years of captivity these wild animals lose their fierce desire to be free. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life. Everyone you meet. You must think positively. They bite it. The mindset of your past being indicative of your future is a trap – an extremely easy and unnecessary trap. it only means something better is out there waiting. I’m sure we all agree that it’s nice to know enjoyable events are coming up in our schedules. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. Read The Magic of Thinking Big. but they won’t. But the truth is. they try everything to get out of that cage.

Jim asked if he might do the dishes. our whole lives have been leading up to every moment. “There are two ways to wash the dishes. we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. Every single thing you’ve gone through in life. thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance. every high. I said. My whole life has been leading up to this moment. I transferred the “responsibility” to him for an entire week. Ask yourself this: How much of life are you actually living? If you’re like most people. I realized that most of the speeches actors and actresses make when they accept an award go something like this: “This means so much so me. right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Don’t miss it. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes to wash the dishes. “I choose the second way – to wash the dishes to wash the dishes.” But the truth is. then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes. “Come on.One night.” What’s more. we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. In fact. Page 16 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Think about that for a second.” From then on. Right now is life. we will only be thinking of other things. “Go ahead. While drinking the cup of tea. every low and everything in between.” Jim replied. If while washing dishes. Remember.” The key is to concentrate on a little less on doing and a little more on being. the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. you think I don’t know how to wash the dishes?” I answered. barely aware of the cup in our hands. If we can’t wash the dishes. but if you wash the dishes you must know the way to wash them. we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us.” Jim was delighted and said. the answer is likely: “Not enough. Thus we are sucked away into the future and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life. Jim knew how to wash the dishes. When I watched the Academy Awards a few months ago. it has led you to this moment right now.

the more others will smile at you. Show them how. Don’t anticipate awkwardness. whether you realize it or not. Compliment them.James M. Pretend today is going to be a great. And life’s a lot more pleasant when everyone around you is smiling. and it will be. we often feel because of the way we act. Smile at perfect strangers. because creating happiness in your life does not take a lot of time. 1. 3. Barrie You should never be too busy to smile. but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness. Let your guard down. A great attitude always leads to great experiences. Talk to someone you don’t know straight from your heart. in fact. Appreciate all the good things in your life. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel.12 Happiness Habits for Busy People It is not in doing what you like. Read How To Win Friends and Influence People. 2. Don’t wait for people to smile. You just have to do a few things right. The more you smile at others. Page 17 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . You already have some amazing things in your life. Do so. . Reflect on what’s good. Just be you in that beautiful way only you know and give them the chance to smile and connect with you. no matter how small.

Emotional happiness comes naturally to those who use their strengths to get things done. Read StrengthsFinder. we somehow forget how to have fun? It’s almost like we get dumber in this regard as we get older. to be grateful. The only caveat is that it must be related to something you actually care about. Create something. friends. Everyone possesses unique personal strengths. Most of us have ears. Use your imagination. throughout the day. If you are creating financial plans for clients all day and you hate it. Use personal strengths to get things done. which is another miracle. Most of us have good health. try it. Putting to use your innovative faculties and constructing something with your own two hands will leave you with an indescribable sense of wholeness. Learn to appreciate what a miracle that is. You don’t have to pretend bananas are rocket ships – although that would be fun – but try to imagine something that makes you smile at least once a day. and create something related to it. How is it that we are born knowing how to enjoy life. to thank others for what they give you. We all have different talents and skill sets. 5.Most of us have incredible family members. Creation is a process like none other. and more! Take time every day. Most of us have eyes. You will not be disappointed. Yesterday I saw a kid in the grocery store having the time of his life with nothing more than a banana and his imagination. Be grateful for each of these things. But if you can find something you love. with which to enjoy music. the psychological rewards are priceless. The solution? Counteract the aging process with the full power of your imagination. 4. 6. and yet after learning all of the wonderful things we adults learn. one of the greatest miracles ever. it will make all the difference in your life. with which to enjoy the amazing miracles of sunsets and nature and beauty all around us. to thank life for all that it has given you. then that’s not going to work. The state of completion always creates a sense of achievement. He was pretending the banana was a rocket ship. Page 18 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . other loved ones who love us back. If this achievement is based exclusively on your personal ability to get the job done. There really is no substitute for it. and he was flying it all over the store. If you haven’t created something in a while just for the sake of creating.

writing. accept the moment you are in and achieve a higher sense of presence. you also make a positive impact in your own life. Choose one needless item each and every day and get rid of it. regardless of the circumstances. in our cars.7. sweeping. This moment is your life. 8. Read Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. walking up stairs. but if you think positive thoughts and seek solutions. washing dishes. talking with a co-worker. eating. so expect some resistance. you can accomplish what others say is impossible. If you use meditation as a form of relaxation. the more they will want to help you. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration. Meditate. You’ll find that your mind will naturally start to unwind and you’ll begin to feel a bit more like yourself again. away from your work and spend 30 to 40 minutes eating and socializing with someone you care about. Don’t belittle yourself and don’t put up with people who try to belittle you. If you start cleaning up some of that external clutter. Get out of the office. pay attention and appreciate it. In life. Enjoy it. We have so much clutter surrounding us at any given moment (at the office. in our homes) and we’ve become so accustomed to it that we no longer notice how it affects us. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life. Reading. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. There will always be obstacles. You are as capable as you believe you are. They can be enjoyed if Page 19 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Get rid of one thing a day. 11. It might be difficult at first. it really doesn’t take long for you to start feeling the positive effects. Help someone else for a couple minutes. But after some time you will begin to learn to let go of your packrat tendencies. The more you help others. taking a shower. Avoid negativity and negative people. and your mind will thank you for your efforts. and a general feeling of happiness. decreased anxiety. Whatever you’re doing. Enjoy the moment. etc. On a general level. It’s that simple. These small moments make up a huge portion of your life. you get what you put in. meditation helps you slow down. Share your lunch break with a close friend. And so on and so forth. 12. 10. a lot of internal clutter will disappear as well. 9. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area.

Happiness is found with steady awareness. and pay attention to what you’re doing.you open your eyes and ears. Page 20 of 47 | Stories of Motivation .

Listen hard. which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Read Quitter. just before you take your final breath. for your sake. I followed my heart and intuition. honestly. Go where you want to go. so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Play with abandon. Try what you want to try. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Practice wellness. heart and intuition. Walk to the edge. Don’t let others put a cage around you. I hope. Don’t accept false choices. Live as if this is all there is.10 Things You Should Be Able To Say Before You Die “Live with intention. Follow your own intuition. Page 21 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . and it’s a short one. Laugh. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Choose with no regret.” This is your life. Everything else is secondary. Continue to learn.” .Mary Anne Radmacher Many moons from now. Do what you love. As our friend Steve Jobs says: “Your time is limited. Appreciate your friends. that you are able to repeat the following ten headlines to yourself. 1. Don’t be trapped by dogma.

he just watches. Maybe not the whole world. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad Page 22 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . you begin to think his opinion of what’s acceptable and unacceptable are absolute truths. It does. but their world. coworkers.2. No. But the watchdog’s views are not truths. I know what true love is. Everyone has this little watchdog inside their head. He can’t do anything about it if you decide to rise up and go against the grain. or you can go through the day directing your own life and making your own decisions and destiny. the watchdog is just a watchdog. suffering from the pain of discipline while you do what you need to do is a whole lot easier than suffering from the regret and disappointment of never fulfilling any of your dreams. they’re just opinions – forceful opinions that have the potential to completely brainwash you of your own opinions if you aren’t careful. 4. Remember. It was born and raised by your family. The greatest gift extraordinarily successful people have over average people is their ability to get themselves to take action – to physically do something about getting from where they are now to where they want to be. 3. Don’t censor yourself. Doing something nice for someone can change the world. you also make a positive impact in your own life. you get what you put in. I did what I needed to do. I said what I needed to say. Act as if what you do makes a difference. it won’t be easy. Finding a companion or a friend isn’t about trying to transform yourself into the perfect image of what you think they want. But you must say what you need to say when you need to say it. 5. And no. It may be your only chance to do so. I made a difference. and its sole purpose is to watch you and make sure you stay in line. you should not start randomly cussing and acting like a fool. Read How To Win Friends and Influence People. Your truth. And once you become accustomed to the watchdog’s presence. It’s always there watching you. It’s about being exactly who you are and then finding someone who appreciates that. bosses and society at large. He can’t actually control you. Every morning you are faced with two choices: You can aimlessly stumble through the day not knowing what’s going to happen and simply react to events at a moment’s notice. friends. Relationships must be chosen wisely. Speak the truth. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life. In life. But in the end.

“You can’t always get what you want. not only because everybody else is taken. and for the best reason. there is an ingredient of magic in finding love. It requires envisioning the person you would like to become and making your best efforts to grow as an individual. Read 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. at the end of the day the only reflection staring back at you in the mirror is your own.company. It’s not about thinking you’re perfect – because nobody is – but knowing that you’re worthy of being loved and accepted. but because trying to be anything else doesn’t usually get you very far. A big part of this is simply being grateful for what you have. true love will happen. I became the best version of me. and when you are. Love is beautiful and unpredictable. There’s no need to rush. Appreciate the things you have right now. Boost your self-esteem by recognizing your accomplishments and celebrating them. It is all within you. Acknowledge your positive qualities. You must choose to be happy. As with all things of the heart. and when you come across a quality in yourself that you aren’t proud of. It’s more like quietly knowing that you’re worth a lot. You are your own best friend and your own biggest critic. It’s a good idea to be yourself. How you feel about this person is vital to your long-term wellbeing. There are no coincidences. Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. unexpectedly. Judy Garland once said. “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else. in your way of thinking. Many people aren’t so lucky. The best thing you can do is to start to become the most outstanding person possible.” Look around. Everything happens for a reason. but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need. success and contentment come from being comfortable in your own skin. 6. proactively work on correcting it. How you view yourself and your world are conscious choices and habits. I am proud of myself. with the right person. Being proud of yourself is also known as having strong self-esteem. Very little is needed to create happiness. The lens you choose to view everything through determines how you feel about yourself and everything that happens around you. Read Today We Are Rich. 7. Strength. The universe will know when you are ready. it will happen – in the right time. 8. If something is meant to be. I am happy and grateful. As Mick Jagger once said. Regardless of the opinions of others. People who are proud of themselves tend to have passions in life. don’t sulk in your sorrows. Being proud isn’t bragging about how great you are.” Live by this statement. feel content and set good examples for others. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s Page 23 of 47 | Stories of Motivation .

at any given moment. Appreciate all the things you do have. This causes problems. 9. sometimes that pain lingers for too long. And while this pain is normal. you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. I forgave those who hurt me. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Forgive. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Remember. We’ve all been hurt by another person at some point or another – we were treated badly. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. trust was broken. you are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. make us reluctant to open up to new things and people. 10. You are competing to be the best you can be. and miss out on the beauty of life as it happens. Love those who deserve to be loved. This one is a culmination of the previous nine headlines… Follow your heart. hearts were hurt. Page 24 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Celebrate your small victories. and cherish the bond you share. We get trapped in a cycle of anger and hurt. Offer a helping hand when you’re able. If you aren’t being yourself. It not only causes us to be unhappy. distract us from work and family and other important things. I have no regrets.shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. Do what you need to do fulfill your dreams. Be true to yourself. but can strain or ruin relationships. Be kind to others. Say what you need to say. Smile. And let go of the things you can’t change. Learn from your mistakes.

You can’t make choices for other people. In other words. idea or goal. business partners and family members via his Facebook wall and private Twitter stream. 8. don’t let a ‘Dr. Over the past year he has been dispensing bits of wisdom to friends.Same concept configured as a question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time. 2. I figured I’d share some of his advice with you today. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small pieces. 1. so most people don’t recognize them. Worry is a misuse of the imagination.30 Lessons A Wise Man Once Shared My father is one of the wisest men I know. 6. Perfect is the enemy of good. do the planning and then DO IT! 3. Read Getting Things Done. Education and knowledge are invaluable. 9. Don’t let other people make choices for you. -Henry Ford . but don’t dwell in the past. 4. The Chinese character for the word ‘crisis’ literally means ‘danger and opportunity. Page 25 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . No’ folks that you will encounter in this life. No’ deter you! Trust your gut. ‘not knowing’ is a wise approach – it’s like cleaning out a crowded closet to make space for something useful. 7.’ 5. Opportunities are often disguised as work. don’t abuse the precious ‘now’ by not being in it. Here are my 30 favorite excerpts from his recent posts. do you need to have a comprehensive understanding of dentistry to go to a dentist to have a cavity filled? In many instances. If you have a personal inspiration. Since much of what he posts is in line with the focus of our blog. There are an unlimited number of ‘Dr. Learn from the past. But do we need to know everything? Is it possible in a specialized world to know everything? For instance.

14. electricians specialize. in building a house. what will I have lost and what will I have gained?” The answer is: You will have lost nothing but a little bit of your time while gaining an important lesson that will help you get it right the second or third time. There is a world of magnificence hidden in simplicity. A healthy paradox of life that I find personally challenging: There is ENLIGHTENMENT to be gained from the ability to live in the moment. Stop the busyness and really enjoy what’s important to you. –Confucius Read Quitter. In order to get. masons specialize – get it? These guys are consultant contractors who have mastered that component. There is a major gap between knowledge and taking ACTION. Supporting. 19. Choose a job you love. 12. roofers specialize. Just do it and let your actions speak for themselves. So focus on smaller areas and your efforts will be felt more fully. Connect with fewer people on a level that is deeper and more profound. I like Shakespeare’s line in the play Hamlet. We live in a multi-specialized world. Short lecture on happiness and contentment: Check out what you do have and be satisfied with it for today. Be real with people instead. Not much is worth fighting about. Sometimes you just have to go for it. but if you don’t have a time management system. For any large project. 15. so be careful not to confuse things that are urgent with things that are important. 23. Mistakes and failures are necessary interim steps in the learning process. -Japanese proverb 21. Your situation and environment is ever changing. Focus on goals. guiding and making contributions to other people is one of life’s greatest rewards. Pick the five most important things in your life now and focus on those things. The amount of work is the same. Concentrate your efforts on smaller and smaller areas. usually the only people who ever get it right are those who continue going for it even when they’ve come up short numerous times before. or an event control system. For example. Let the other stuff go. 17. Step back from arguments with your spouse. You can’t do it all yourself.10. Put your uncertainty and fears aside for a second and ask yourself this: “If I try and I don’t get it right the first time. 22. don’t fight. In fact.” The trick is what one emphasizes. not obstacles. 20. Keep it simple. family members or neighbors. Fall down seven times. Stop talking about what you have done or what you are going to do. If you can avoid it. Big results come when you narrow your focus. heating and air conditioning technicians specialize. plumbers specialize. and you will never have to work a day in your life. Manage your time. When your efforts are diffused over a wide area they won’t have much of an impact. Everything you do comes back around. or we make ourselves happy. 18. just close your mouth and Page 26 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . when the young prince tells us that “I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space. stand up eight. Purposely impressing people is an act that brings nothing but a momentary ego boost. but keep that focus narrow. -Carlos Castaneda Read The Happiness Project. 11. We either make ourselves miserable. you are at a significant disadvantage in achieving goals. When you feel anger surging up and you want to yell that vulgar remark on tip of your tongue. 16. find the right consultant or mentor. There is an infinite list of what you could want and don’t have. It could take time for change to happen. Don’t try to impress everyone. People rarely get it right the first time. you have to give. 13.

Forgiveness is not saying. Also concentrate on keeping your body active. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. find peace. with “How are you doing today?”) Then after this rapport context. start to steer your ship through continually changing seas.” Forgiveness is always the answer… let go. I didn’t get your name. Example: “Hi. Cardiovascular improvement – your heart loves you when you take it there. accumulate some basic nutritional knowledge. A powerful communication skill that I call SCAFFOLDING in business or informal interaction with other human beings on the phone or in person: Give the person your first name and get their first name in the first few moments of contact… which establishes rapport. Smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday… and you will be. and start experimenting immediately with what works for you. We all make mistakes. You don’t have to be right or win an argument. and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. my name is Marc. But you are not your mistakes. deep breathing space. let the person know that you “appreciate their assistance. investments (real estate. “What you did to me is okay. and accounting. economics. have struggles. 30. Page 27 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . who am I speaking with?” (Follow-up. you are not your struggles.” 27. stock market). 28. depending on the situation. Read Eat to Live. liberate yourself! 25.walk away. Practice as if you were a television interviewer. Don’t spend more than you make. If you can’t be with the one you love. It is your life. 26. Without necessarily getting a Ph. your body and mind. but take some courses or read some books on finance. People skills – I think the main one: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AND LISTENING. in nutrition. Get other people to tell their stories. With these navigational skills. 29. Let yourself calm down.D. It just doesn’t matter. increase minimal culinary skills. Don’t let your money manage you. financial planning. love the one you’re with.” It is saying. stretching space. You don’t need an MBA. and even regret things in our past. move on to dialogue like. 24. “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever. “I wonder if you could help me with a simple issue I am having with ABC… or you do you have any recommendations for XYZ? Always in closing. Escape from confinement in automobiles and office desks and move around. building muscle.

Unlucky people tend to be creatures of habit. and live out the same routine day in and day out. If you want to improve your luck. you have to try new things to see what works and what doesn’t. -Benjamin Franklin I have great news! Today could be your lucky day. This kind of behavior boosts the likelihood of chance opportunities by introducing variety into an otherwise status-quo situation. For example. Page 28 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Here’s what you need to do: Constantly try new things. And in my friend’s particular case. one lucky friend I know recently described how he thought of a color before arriving at a business convention and then introduced himself to people wearing that color. It’s not a matter of chance. In contrast. it’s a matter of choice.10 Ways to Create Your Own Good Luck Diligence is the mother of good luck. Lucky people are ordinary people who create their own good luck by practicing simple luck-producing habits. talk to the same types of people at social functions. They take the same route to and from work every single day. lucky people try to introduce variety into their lives. There’s a saying that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. his (somewhat odd) tactic led to a fairly substantial contract deal with a new client.

specifically. Some of us were born to be entrepreneurs – to create growth and opportunity where others saw rubbish.Think about how lucky you are right now. As he talked. Work on things you’re passionate about. Don’t waste your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams and desires. Good luck and true wealth come naturally to those who are passionate about their work. They imagine how things could have been so much worse.” Another interesting example of this is how research suggests that Olympic athletes who win bronze medals are typically happier than their Silver medalist counterparts. successful and lucky business client recently who showed up to our meeting with a cast from shoulder to wrist on her left arm. I’m pretty sure Google’s founders didn’t have the goal of organizing the all of the world’s information as their primary focus when they first started – instead they started with a series of smaller problems (problems are potential opportunities) and slowly expanded their end goal from there. Many people aren’t so lucky. Lucky people tend to see the positive side of their ill fortune.” she continued. Look around. You control your luck and your life by controlling your thoughts. but rather started by trying to solve a simple problem. they wouldn’t have won anything. In contrast. Read The Power of Positive Thinking. bronze medalists focus on how if they’d performed slightly worse. This is because silver medalists think that if they had performed slightly better they might have won a gold medal. I chatted with an aspiring web application developer recently who was complaining that all the big ideas were being worked on already and that there was nothing groundbreaking left to do. “But I am the luckiest person alive. And still. Having a positive outlook on life is a must if you are to become a luckier person. the opposite is also true. I realized he was referencing massive projects that others were working on that seemed mostly out of reach. Fortunately. You must follow your intuition. that moves you. “I walked away from that fall with a broken arm instead of a broken neck. If your outlook on life is doom and gloom. Appreciate the things you have right now. She then explained to me how she had fallen down a flight of stairs. I met a rather cheerful. And as I thought about all these ‘grand ideas’ I realized that in most cases they probably didn’t start with a massive plan or project. For instance. some of us were born to do whatever it is. This is the impression I get when I read about the early stages of companies like Google. Some of us were born to be poets – to touch people’s hearts with exquisite prose. then that’s all you’ll experience. Notice little things and solve small problems. Page 29 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Read Quitter. Some of us were born to be musicians – to communicate intricate thoughts and rousing feelings with the strings of a guitar.

Remember. Share your skills. Taking a risk can be calculated – you weigh your options. in life. finding and connecting with others who share your passionate viewpoint can help you in numerous ways. they’ll often hold you in high regard. Help others out when you’re able. and often share and learn things outside of your common interest area. Remember. you get what you put in. don’t hesitate. don’t hesitate to assist in any way you can. just enjoy the experience of helping that person out and building a stronger personal relationship with them. as you’re the one who broke down some of that ‘newness’ barrier for them. You can tap into their knowledge on the topic. you go for it again when you can afford to lose a little more. Make an extra effort to reach out to people who you’ve identified as having an interest overlap. If you’re already involved in a group with a particular interest. and you will be left standing in the same unlucky spot forever. when people come to such meetings looking for help. Win-Win. share your own ideas and experiences. When you take small. And when you help others. either you succeed or you learn something. Instead. and knowledge freely with others. Similarly. if you never act. Lucky people take more risks. Luck often comes in the form of help when you need it. don’t expect something in return. It can provide a great opportunity for you to build a friendship in an unexpected place. you will never know for sure. If it doesn’t work out.Establish relationships with people who share your interests. Take calculated risks. and the best way to ‘grease the rails’ for help when you’ll eventually need it is by helping others right now. Not only will a friendly face help to encourage them to get involved. ideas. calculated risks. jump on board with that connection. This doesn’t mean they gamble their livelihood by taking illadvised risks on sketchy business opportunities. If you happen to meet someone casually who has an interest overlap with you. make an effort to reach out to newcomers. That stronger relationship will be there for you later on in your time of need – just trust in it and be a helpful friend whenever you can. know what you can afford to lose. If you’re presented with an opportunity to help – particularly one that you can fulfill without infringing on your other responsibilities – the luckiest thing you can possibly do is help in every way you possibly can. and go for it. If you’re already passionate about something. Page 30 of 47 | Stories of Motivation .

everything you encounter. Use all of the lessons you learn to make educated decisions and create good luck for yourself in the future. you’ve got to be willing to give it 100% every day. etc. at best. Opportunities present themselves every day. Life is happening right now. having good luck is a choice. or they concern themselves too much with future ideals. Everything is a life lesson. You can’t learn something new or uncover a new opportunity that’s happening now if your mind is stuck in another time. If you keep doing what you’re doing. all around you. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it. No slacking off! Achieving your goals and dreams can be a lot of work. obsessing about the bad luck that put them in their present unlucky situation. Read Getting Things Done for some practical guidance in this arena. The rest of us never act on our decision. only an astute few of us actually work on it. especially when things don’t go your way. While many of us decide at some point during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling. Lucky people. on the other hand.Pay close attention to the present. but you have to pay close attention to your surroundings to notice them. The harder you work. Identify the lesson. half-assed effort.’ I mean truly devoting oneself to the end result. Be ready for it. Unlucky people often dwell on mistakes from the past. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life. concentrate on the present moment. the luckier you will become. Page 31 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . If you want good luck in your life. They won’t. you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Everyone you meet. it only means something better is out there waiting. Stop waiting around for things to work out on their own.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson. By ‘working on it. Work toward your goals every day without fail. Read The Power of Now. Or. If you don’t get a job you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work. we pretend to act on it by putting forth an uninspired. Remember.

extreme sports. or disappointed that you didn’t do. Enjoy the moment. romantic getaways. Certain events and possessions. They raise our happiness temporarily. especially when things don’t go your way. Do they work? Do these things make us happy? Sure they do. 2. like an unexpected windfall. Everyone you meet.” Live by this statement. If you don’t get a job that you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work. but soon we return to our inner baseline. Then when we get a little older. 1. walks along the beach. What will you be proud to have accomplished. a night at the bar with some friends. But people have a baseline of inner happiness.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson. – Judy Garland once said. The only shoes you Page 32 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . – Everything is a life lesson. Be true to yourself. we look for happiness in more ‘mature’ ways – a stable partner. Acknowledge the lesson is every situation. The key is to gradually raise this baseline. Look for happiness in the right places. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes. Below I discuss what has worked for me and those closest to me – how a small group of us went from downbeat and drained to a happy and hopeful in a few short years. it only means something better is out there waiting. fast cars. 3. alcohol. etc. might raise or lower our happiness momentarily. – When we’re young we look for happiness in drugs. but don’t completely ignore long-term goals. everything you encounter. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life. “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else. etc. parties. Be authentic. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it. sex. five years from now? Read The Happiness Project.27 Healthy Habits of Happiness How do we heighten our happiness? There are many ways and one size does not fit all. jazz music.

This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives. – Ralph Waldo Emerson said. and others find passion in their careers. – The road to happiness isn’t difficult.” Put in an effort to both seek out happinessboosting experiences and learn to appreciate what you find. “To different minds. – How you view yourself and your world are conscious choices. – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Either you succeed or you learn something. your world will become Emerson’s hell. the best things in life are free. Be a part of something you believe in. the same world is a hell and a heaven. If you’re always striving for something bigger and better. but if you can detach from your own negative views and appreciate the simple aspects of each moment. self-discovery will come naturally. 5. Focus on what’s right. it always ends up just the way it should. Use personal strengths to get things done. They come in the form of simple pleasures and they appear right in front of Page 33 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 8. the psychological rewards are priceless. Appreciate the things you already have. And no matter how it turns out. you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. – Don’t belittle yourself and don’t put up with people who try to belittle you. some find refuge in religious faith. Some people take an active role in their local city council. One awesome gadget or tool is often better than five mediocre ones. In other words. 4. Move your thoughts beyond obstacles. Instead of searching for passion. One great looking shirt often brings more joy than ten from the clearance rack. This will never change. So stay positive. The first five pieces of candy always taste better than the rest. 11. but when you actually get them they lose the magic you imagined. Savor the joy of simple pleasures. If you aren’t being yourself.can occupy are your own. 6. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. The real trick is to learn how to keep moving amidst these obstacles – acknowledging that they’re simply a part of life – and continually seek out or construct experiences that make you happy. If you focus on them. and learn from the rest. – Sometimes we get so wrapped up in ‘finding ourselves’ or ‘finding our passion’ that we forget how this discovery is actually made: By living passionately now. live passionately now. Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. happiness will remain slightly out of reach. 10. Avoid negativity and negative people. – Everyone possesses unique personal strengths. And if you eat the whole bag of candy you wind up feeling a bit nauseous. happiness becomes easier to cultivate. The state of completion always creates a sense of achievement. stop looking and simply start living each day with passion and zeal. – An excess of things may seem wonderful when you imagine them. Your current situation may be far from perfect. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in. Quality and moderation often bring more joy than an excess. Focus on quality over quantity. Emotional happiness comes naturally to those who use their strengths to get things done. There will always be negative obstacles. The lens you choose to view everything through determines how you feel about yourself and the world around you. 9. without stopping to appreciate what you currently have. 7. if you want to find out where your true passions lies. 12. If this achievement is based exclusively on your personal ability to get the job done. – This could be anything. appreciate the pleasant outcomes. If you do. It just depends on your perspective. Happiness is not dependent on amassing a certain amount of wealth or notoriety. We all have different talents and skill sets.

21. not a wasteful one. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less. Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. “Thank you. Page 34 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . – The quality of our personal relationships correlates directly with our overall sense of worth and happiness. Bottom line: Smiling actually makes you happier. your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. Share time with people you love and experience life together. – A genuine smile makes you and everyone around you feel better. There are few things more satisfying than recounting the greatest moments of your life with your family and closest friends who lived these moments alongside you. 19. even if they never ask for your forgiveness. – In life. This reaction has been studied since the 1980’s and has been proven a number of times. Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life. Self-sufficiency is the greatest freedom. Smile more often. and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it. you also make a positive impact in your own life. And remember. Live debt-free. Do not spend to impress others. Get that unnecessary stress out of your life. 15. 20. 16. – Sustained fidelity in a long-term intimate relationship creates a healthy foundation for everything else you do. – The average person is usually astonished when they see a physically handicap person show intense signs of emotional happiness. Resolve conflicts with others. Stevie Wonder couldn’t see. 17. Exploit the resources you DO have access to.you at various locations and arbitrary times. We need a certain amount of meaningful contact with other people to feel fully alive. – Freedom is the greatest gift. – Always forgive people and move on. Be self-sufficient. There’s nothing more rewarding than putting smiles on the faces around you. just a number of friends you can be certain of. 13.” Help an elderly lady with her groceries. but it lifts a huge weight off your shoulders when you know that you could survive on your own if you had to. Get it? 14. you get what you put in. It’s nice to have close friends and family you can count on. – Financial debt causes stress and heart ache. you don’t need a certain number of friends. Don’t do it for them – do it for yourself. Check out Makes Me Think. Buy the office receptionist flowers just to say. Always live well below your means. 18. Help others when you’re able. How could someone in such a restricted physical state be so happy? The answer rests in how they use the resources they do have. Live a comfortable life. Perform random acts of kindness on a regular basis. Be faithful to your significant other. so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music. Read The Millionaire Next Door. And when you’re happy. Sometimes in the midst of life’s chaos we forget to do the little things that remind us we’re part of something greater than ourselves. They are governed by Mother Nature and situational circumstance and captured by mindful awareness. Noticing these moments and taking part in them regularly will bring unpredictable bursts of happiness into your life. It’s all about taking a moment to notice the orange and pink sunset reflecting off the pond water as you hold hands with someone you love. The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. – Pay for a stranger’s coffee in line at Starbucks.

And when they do. make an educated guess on the next logical step. It just depends on what you do and how you treat it. Read. Take a moment to reflect on all the awesome abilities you have and to be grateful for all the good things in your life. You are the only one who can directly control the outcome of your life. Make time to do so. you’ll become a slave to their ideas and dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. with different strengths – strengths these other people don’t possess. neighbor. jog. When you’re older. And remember. or someone famous. – When you catch yourself comparing yourself to a colleague. Jump around! Dance! Exercise in the gym is good. Invest time. friend. you will remember the fun. and lift things. Ponder what you did to have fun when you were younger and go do it again. energy and money you spend acquiring pertinent knowledge. Leave the yard un-mowed for a weekend and get out on the town. you can never lose. or a source of aches and pains. or cutting firewood. And no. 25. Compete only with yourself to be the best you can be. Use your body as it was designed to be used. Your body is an incredible machine and it can be either a source of joy. listen. adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas and new information. Even if you get it wrong you’ve learned something. run. Accept things when they are less than perfect. You never know what the future holds – whether or not you and your loved ones will still have good health or even be alive. With all of our responsibilities. Your failures along the road to your goals are simply opportunities to learn and grow. Remember. – Fun is way underrated. Page 35 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 24. – Walk. It should be a requirement. The opportunity to enjoy life is now. – If you find yourself at a point of intense decision making where you’re caught in a spiral of over-analysis and you’re making no progress. – Happiness comes as a side-effect of learning new skills and challenging yourself. and take it. which is better than doing nothing. Every person has a stack of obstacles in front of them. energy and money in yourself every day. You must take accountability for your situation and overcome these obstacles. – Either you take responsibility for your life or someone else will. The more time. it won’t always be easy. not the freshly mowed yard. fun seems like an indulgence. You are simply the product of what you know. it rewards people who get things done. stretch. life always takes place in the present. throw things. Take full responsibility for your life. Make time for fun. 23. and over time you will change the trajectory of your life. 27. It shouldn’t be. When you invest in yourself. break the spiral. 26. take a deep breath. Choosing not to is choosing a lifetime of mere existence. stop! Realize that you are different. exchanging back rubs.22. the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. but so is making love. the more control you have over your life.

Heaping scoops of spicy salsa on a few small crackers is another goodie. – Darkness promotes fatigue and laziness. but it does give you a quick nerve jolt that’s bound to make you a bit more alert. listening to fast beat music can be a great way to keep your mind awake. Go outdoors. 7. taurine and drugs. oranges. – Sometimes a quick conversation with someone you care about is just what you need to boost your mood. – This may sound strange. 5. – If it’s not too much of a distraction. and grapefruits are great energy boosters. can help you stay awake and alert when you’re feeling drowsy. Call a close friend. but your health will pay the price too.50 Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy Conquering drowsiness before it overwhelms your mind can be quite a challenge without the help of caffeine. 2. but pulling down on your earlobes 4. It feels a little weird. finding an unnatural. Listen to some fast beat music. unhealthy energy boost is easy. Turn on every light in the room. 3. Turn on all the lights. natural ways to boost your energy and stay awake and alert when you must. Rub the roof of your mouth with your tongue. – Rub your tongue against the top front area of your mouth cavity. Pull down on your earlobes. apples. With the prevalence of energy drinks and coffee shops conveniently located all around us. – Low carb fruits such as raspberries. 6. Page 36 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . You’ll certainly be wide awake and wired. Let’s take a look at 50 possibilities: 1. Stay away from meats. – Getting some fresh air outdoors is always a good way to rouse your senses. So the question is: What are some healthy. Eat nutritious low carb snacks. breads and dairy products.

– Sometimes all you need is a little pep talk. Strong peppermint flavors seem to work best for me. Spend your energy wisely. Techniques can be as simple as inhaling for five seconds. If you need to stay awake and energized in a lecture hall or meeting room find an open seat under an AC vent. – Recognized when your energetic moments are. and use this time productively. Nuff said. – This stimulates your circulatory system. twist your torso from side to side… stretch it out. Take a few really deep. controlled breaths. 10. – Deep breathing helps reduce stress. 23. Stay organized. – Warm. 16. – When you feel yourself getting fatigued. reach towards the sky. giving you a renewed level on energy. 18. Tap the top of your head. If you are attending a lecture or business meeting. Exercise in the morning gets the endorphins flowing. – It won’t rot your teeth and that minty taste will make you feel fresh. You should aim to be active for at least 30 minutes each day. 22. satisfaction and health. and then keep it up. get up. – Watch a funny video clip or read your favorite comic strip. Chew sugar-free peppermint gum. bend down and touch your toes.8. Watch a motivational video or read something that inspires you. 14. Watch or read something that inspires you. – Get a little more sleep instead. 15. Stretch. Get yourself some cold water. Also. Do this continuously for a few minutes. Take light exercise breaks every two hours. I’ve found exercise most effective on my energy levels when I exercise in the morning. – Avoid losing energy by keeping everything in its place. have been known to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels. Exercise regularly in the morning. – The idea is to keep your mind busy. Those 30 minutes of exercise will make you feel energized for hours to come. – Give yourself lasting energy by eating on a regular schedule. 9. – Ease into exercise. Often if you get the ball rolling. Eat at least three meals a day. holding your breath for four seconds and exhaling for four seconds. Even the slightest bit of exercise can act as a healthy way to energize your mind and body. Avoid late night television or aimless web browsing. Write and plan. 13. Page 37 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . a source of fatigue. 11. 19. Practice altruism. A good chuckle will stimulate your mind. You can also try more elaborate techniques which require different positions 20. drinking an ice-cold glass of water can help to wake you up and feel alive. stuffy environments accelerate mental fatigue. 17. 24. If you are simply trying to stay awake or re-energize. – Lightly tap the top of your head with your fingertips. Apply pressure to the top of the back of your neck. – Use your fingertips to apply pressure and lightly massage the top part of the back of your neck for a few minutes. 25. including the warrior poses. Also. 21. which keeps you happy and productive most of the day. create a detailed to-do list for the week or plan out your perfect weekend getaway. write down everything that is said. Have a good laugh. – By doing good work and good deeds for others you’ll help your energy with enhanced happiness. Roll up and down on your toes. Crank up the AC. – Take a break and take a walk or do a couple jumping jacks to get your blood moving. which will deliver much-needed oxygen and fuel (glucose) throughout your body. certain yoga exercises. 12. you won’t stop. – Splash some on your face and the pulse area of your wrists. and increases the level of oxygen in the blood.

Take a 15 minute cat nap. Yes. – Drink plenty of water. riboflavin. basil and black pepper. you’re bound to start feeling worn out. and change your socks midway through the day. nuts and vegetables. – Foods with lean protein help you feel fuller for longer. providing you with energy that lasts. Watch your attitude. in the end it will cause fatigue. Bring a change of socks to work. which can make you feel tired. or chicken breasts (white meat). You’ll be amazed at how much fresher you’ll feel. – By eating smaller. lime. more frequent meals. Use aromatherapy and incense. somber colors. fir. Page 38 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Essential oils that can help you stay alert and reduce fatigue include bergamot. the worst thing that can happen might actually happen. ginger. rosemary. – It’s an odd trick. massage oil. Stay hydrated. A generally upbeat and optimistic outlook on life will keep your energy level up. 27. – This trick is related to the mood you project to people. Eat smaller meals more often. – Sugar will cause fluctuations in energy that can leave you feeling burnt out. pine. Eat whole grains and energy foods. and people will respond to you with a somber attitude. 35. selenium. – Although coffee can give you a rush of energy. Change your socks for refreshment. peppermint. 32. If you wear bright. lean pork. Decrease sugar consumption. 33. but giving it too much worry will only drain you. eucalyptus. you may be feeling more tired and cranky. fruit or fruit juices. you’ll get that attitude projected towards you. 30. a feeling that will also help you stay awake. Drinking plenty of water will also increase your need to go to the restroom.26. vitamin D. 36. folic acid. yogurt. especially vitamin C. 28. 38. you’ll avoid the groggy feeling that comes with digesting large meals. clove. eggs. but you probably shouldn’t drink more than one cup a day. Dehydration will reduce your blood volume. cinnamon. Watch your attitude and make sure you’re not letting yourself be overly negative. 34. – If you let the bad things that happen during your day get you down. lemon. – Whole grains have complex carbohydrates that take a while to break down. thiamine and vitamin B12. Coffee does not have to be eliminated. 31. If you wear dark. Oils can be added to bathwater. – Make sure you get the proper amount of vitamins. Consume the proper vitamins. Some of the best high energy foods include sunflower seeds. beans. Wear brighter colors. Lean protein foods include fish and other seafood. They also prevent blood sugar spikes. and won’t interfere with regular sleep patterns if you do it early enough. giving you more steady energy. and the reciprocating mood they project towards you. Also try a citrus scent. – A short afternoon nap can be refreshing. but it works. Choose lean protein. 37. lemongrass. 29. somber attitude. Dehydration can reduce blood volume. – If allergies have your sinuses blocked. cypress. a steam bath or vaporizer for inhalation. Cut down on coffee and energy drinks. Look for the positive in every situation and you won’t be so tired. which will boost your own mood and energy levels. happy colors. – Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to stimulate the brain through the nerves in the nasal passages. Rinse your nasal passages with saline solution. you project a dark. which leads to feelings of fatigue. niacin and the B-vitamins such as pantothenic acid. This trick is especially handy on days with lots of walking. Clear your stuffy nose.

The things you do to lose weight – exercise. depression and other negative emotions can take a heavy toll on your energy levels. – This one should be obvious. 42. try new things and seek out new experiences to spice up your day a little and keep you alert and awake. 50. – Slumping down at your desk isn’t doing you any favors in the alertness category. or a problem that needs to be fixed. can make you feel more alert and ready to work. in an ergonomically friendly way. You’ll be more alert and you’ll get the hard stuff out of the way so the rest of your day will be a breeze. and you’ll get compliments from coworkers that will make you feel better — and make you a perkier and more energetic. – Getting into a rut can make your day seem boring and tedious and drain your energy levels. maitake and more. Get enough sleep at night. Start work with a challenging task. Sitting up at your desk. Finish an incomplete task. drink water. avoid simple sugars – are actions that also have a positive effect on your energy level. bee pollen. 46. 48. Find something to look forward to. 49. – Many people swear by herbs that are purported to improve energy levels. We need 7-8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. Get things done. Stop slouching. Try something new. Put just a tad more effort into looking your best for work. 47. – Feeling better about yourself has a magical way of giving you more energy. Page 39 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . gutu kola. Examine your emotions. – Energy vampires always have something to complain about. Dress up. 45. – Having something to look forward to is a great motivator. – Get your brain in gear by giving it a challenging task first thing. get your mind firing on all cylinders by talking about or doing something you feel passionate about. Your exhaustion may have a lot to do with how you’re feeling mentally. – Even if you can only do it for a few minutes here and there. 43. – Stress. Consistently sleeping less than 6 hours a night builds up a sleep debt that is hard to recover from. so take the time to deal with your emotions or get help if you need it. – Carrying around extra weight takes a toll on your body and energy. 41. The best way to feel energized is to be well rested. Do you have a task that’s weighing heavily on your mind? Just do it. Have a discussion about or work on something that interests you. Lose a little weight. Avoid energy vampires. 44. – There’s nothing more draining than the lingering of an incomplete task. try supplements of ginseng.39. 40. Consider herbal supplements. If you’re looking for a natural way to stay awake. so take off a few pounds gradually. Change things up. and get the monkey off your back. and they’ll drain your energy by making you listen to them about their problems or by giving them attention.

8. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. 2. Maybe not the whole world. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Send a hand-written thank you card to someone who assisted you with something. Give a compliment about a waiter. Or write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill. to his or her manager.) Connect like minds. waitress. 6. Start small. Start now. It does. 3. Compliment a stranger’s appearance. 9. Smile when you make eye contact with someone. -William James Doing something nice for someone can change the world. but their world. Send flowers to someone. Introduce two friends or colleagues who you feel have something to gain from each other. (Read Operation Beautiful. 5. Leave encouraging post-it notes in a library books and other random places.140 Ways to Change the World Act as if what you do makes a difference. 1. 7. Page 40 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 4. sales clerk. etc. Flatter them.

13. 34. Introduce yourself. Eliminate the words ‘hate. Page 41 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 48. 25. 33. 49. 17. feel welcome. buy someone something cold to drink. 12. 20. (Read The Alchemist. Your participation is needed. Wave to a kid in the car next to you. Spread good news. 19. get them something warm.) 27. Work in a soup kitchen. 22. Give everyone the same level of patience you’d have with your baby sister.10. 21. Tell your boss. (Check out Makes Me Think. Help bag your own groceries at the checkout counter. Tip waiters and waitresses well when they deserve it. 47. Inspire others online. Like decorating your house for the holidays or creating a piece of art. Make new colleagues. Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left. Donate blood. Forgive someone. 38. Think. teacher or professor that he or she is doing a great job and that you appreciate what they’ve taught you. 44.’ ‘can’t.) 42. Put some change in an expired parking meter. Spend time with children and greet the world with wide-eyed wonder. 11. Create places and things for others to enjoy. Remember people’s names and address them accordingly. classmates. Do one brave act today. On a hot day.’ and ‘won’t’ from your vocabulary. Volunteer. 14. Be a part of something you believe in. Check up on someone who looks lonely. Send letters of appreciation to business owners/managers and other people who support you. 15. Repeat something nice you heard about someone else. Share your talents with someone. Be a courteous driver. 31. 18. 46. etc. Buy house warming gifts for new neighbors. 36. Share your lunch or a snack with someone who doesn’t have one. Those around you will notice your enthusiasm. 40. Let people merge in front of you. Leave a thank-you note for the office janitors. On a cold day. 30. 24. go out of your way to wish them a happy one. 26. Send a check to your favorite charity. Live each moment with enthusiasm. 39. 43. 45. speak and act in a loving manner. 23. Get outside of yourself and help others. If you overhear that it’s someone’s birthday. Do it with love and for a good purpose. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you’d give to your grandfather. Appreciate people the way they are. 32. Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store. Ask someone for their opinion or advice. Notice and appreciate the positive side of things and share this appreciation with others. 29. 41. 37. Volunteer at a children’s hospital or nursing home. 28. 35. Bring cookies or bagels to work for everyone. 16.

Hug a friend. Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything. Share your umbrella on a rainy day. 83. Let someone else eat the last slice of pizza or cake. Use all the manners you learned in Kindergarten. 63. Acknowledge people for a job well done. If there’s been an accident or a potentially hazardous situation presents itself on the road. Dance with someone who hasn’t been asked. that you think could help them 59. Observe everyone without judging. Spend a few clicks of your time at Free Rice. 68. just let it go. 78. 57. Tell a good joke. 52. 62. Say “Please” and “Thank you. Encourage others to do one unanticipated kind or helpful act at least once a week. Babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some time alone. 51. Teach others how to make a difference by setting an example. Give people the space they need. 65. 60. Greed. 70. 58. 72. Page 42 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Leave an encouraging or positive comment on a stranger’s blog. For instance. 86. 53. Let go of anger. (Check out What Money Cannot Buy. Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand. Lend your shoulder to cry on. 74. 67. 81. report it to the local authorities. 75. 76. 84. 71. Believe in yourself with all of your heart.50. Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving. 85. Replace what you’ve used. 54. 61. Let them know how important they are. 64. Shop at your local charity thrift store. Give words of encouragement toward someone’s dream. etc. Call a stranger’s attention to a beautiful sunset or full moon. Speak the truth. fill up the copier or printer with paper after you’re done using it.) 80.” 77. Boost the morale of someone close to you by telling them what you love about them. if somebody accidentally cuts you off in traffic. Avoid all three. Treat every small interaction with another person as an opportunity to make a positive impact in both your lives. Help others learn to be independent. 88. no matter how big or small it is. Ask someone you see every now and then if they’ve lost weight. Do a little something extra to make someone else’s life easier. 87. 82. If someone you love really likes something (a meal.) give it to them when they least expect it. Give without expecting to get back. Offer encouragement after a failure.) 55. Give someone a copy of a book that once helped you. The money you spend there helps others. 73. Look for ways to save a few extra bucks a month and then donate it to a good cause. For example. 79. (Read The Happiness Project. Don’t be so serious all the time. 66. 89. The universe will notice. a favor. 56. 69. anger and ignorance. Your phone call could save a life. Ask someone who enjoys cooking for one of their recipes.

tweet. 106. Wave to your neighbors. Donate unused computer time to cancer research (and other types of research) with BOINC. Donate books to a library. Dance with someone who doesn’t have anyone to dance with. Volunteer your time to a suicide hotline center. 121. 94. 91. 98. 118. Page 43 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . Make something for someone. 119. 103. Park your car further from the store and walk the short extra distance. Donate things you no longer use to those in need. Plant beautiful flowers in places where others can appreciate them. 93. 117. 116. But if you must. Generate money for the charity of your choice by searching with Good Search. 113. and give it to someone for no reason other than to see them smile. Open car doors for your passengers. 109. Forgive a debt if you’re able. Grow your hair out. brew an extra cup of coffee. 102. Share great food recipes. email. Pay for the person in line behind you. 123. 115. then donate it to Locks of Love. Donate time or materials to Habitat for Humanity. and gives you additional exercise. Do something unexpected that will inspire people and shake them out of a bad mood. draw a picture. daycare center or school. This frees up spots closer for people who may need them more than you. 105. 122. 100. Support independent artists and musicians by purchasing books and albums that aren’t yet in the mainstream. Drop off your old eye glasses at your local LensCrafters as a donation to the OneSight program. 124. Stop for a person waiting to cross the street. 95. Search through your cabinets for a few cans of food you’ll probably never use and donate them. inmate or someone who is down on their luck as a pen pal. or text message out of the blue to someone who would appreciate it. Express your gratitude to those who make your life easier. 96. 111. Offer someone a piece of gum or candy instead of waiting for them to ask. 92. Be a designated driver. 108. Show others the magic in ordinary moments.90. Round up a few loose coins and put them in the next charity box you see. Send a letter. Help a kid with their homework. Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit. 101. don’t smoke near others. 104. Bake an extra batch of cookies. Recommend friends to local businesses who might appreciate their services. Adopt a soldier. 112. 97. 114. 120. Don’t smoke. See the world as you wish it to be. Clean the house for someone you know who is too busy to keep on top of it. Tell someone you love them. 110. 107. 99.

Lend your voice. Accept people just the way they are. 136. 131.125. or a listening ear to other people’s passions. Stop to help. The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire. the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them. Come to the rescue. Stand up for your beliefs without flaunting them. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know. offer to take the picture for them. 127. There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy. Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts. People notice and appreciate individuality. 129. Make yourself available and approachable. 133. bring them some hot tea. 126. stop and ask how you can help. Often the powerless. 140. And yes. together we could truly change the world. ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause. the homeless. or in need of assistance. 128. Over-deliver on all of your promises and obligations. Put a small personal touch on everything you do. Stand up for someone. If we all did just one thing every day. happier. I realize this is a long list. 135. If you see a couple taking a self-pic. Page 44 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 134. and more pleasant place for everyone. 137. but it’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together. Become a mentor or tutor. 138. etc. Contribute time. If you realize someone is sick. Redirect gifts. 139. 130. Help the weary shopper in front of you who needs that extra two or three cents to avoid breaking a 20-dollar bill. but needs a helping hand. ideas. Look for new and better ways every day to make the world a better. Adopt an animal. Help someone get active. 132.

” -Dan Millman Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities.that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple. (Check out her book The How of Happiness. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives. these ‘happiness habits’ will always be applicable. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism. the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. enjoyment. We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have. Express gratitude.) I want to honor and discuss each of these 12 points. especially in trying times.12 Things Happy People Do Differently by Jacob Sokol of Sensophy “I’d always believed that a life of quality. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live . being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. 2. uncomplicated life. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. because no matter what part of life’s path we’re currently traveling on. and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. Page 45 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . – When you appreciate what you have. No matter what the situation. 1. Kinda cool right? So basically. happy. Cultivate optimism. It makes sense. what you have appreciates in value.

Develop strategies for coping. When we neglect to appreciate. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made. You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. 4. You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing. How extraordinary is that? Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on. A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better. having no Page 46 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . 8. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character. and you’re continuously thinking about it. Action and awareness are merged. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them. sleepy. including making us feel more blissful. compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being. we rob the moment of its magic. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. Practice acts of kindness. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. meaningful relationships. You see. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence. 9. Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out! If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to. When you ‘hate’ someone. 7. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. 5. If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to. Forrest Gump knows the deal. but so will people watching the act of kindness. Counter-intuitively. kindness is kicking ass and taking names. 10. it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fullyequipped with an ineffable force.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you’re fully committed to doing something. those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping prerehearsed. Commit to your goals.3. Increase flow experiences. or emotional. and in your arsenal at your disposal. Savor life’s joys. Move over Pfizer. It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan. 6. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. You’re not hungry. Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable. you have no choice but to do that thing. What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. If you feel called to compare yourself to something. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. Learn to forgive. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus. Nurture social relationships. on-call.

Practice spirituality.option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose. Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft? Not only that. Take care of your body. Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do. we recognize that life is bigger than us. the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth. It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists. – When we practice spirituality or religion. Page 47 of 47 | Stories of Motivation . your emotional energy (your feelings). then your mental energy (your focus). We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever. but here’s the double whammy… Six months later. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape. and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected. 11.” 12.

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