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How to Make Life Simple Again – Personal Development Article

Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter that makes it complicated. Bring your attention back to what’s important, and move forward with your life. Your days fill up so fast, and they are so rushed and packed with distractions—sometimes they literally seem to be bursting at the seams. I know exactly how you feel. This used to be my life too. Before I started simplifying my life, I was being pulled in dozens of different directions every…

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The Real Reason You’re Not Living the Life of Your Dreams – Personal Development Article

In August of 2018, I was sitting on the couch and complaining to my wife. The Oregon fires had caused a summer of smoke which meant we weren’t spending much time outside due to our one-year old daughter and my wife’s asthma. My waistline was slowly expanding and I was growing tired of living in the same place for over 25 years (my wife and I had settled down in the town where we grew up; a southern Oregon city…

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7 Hard Things You Should Start Doing for Others – Self Improvement Article

Don’t just rant online for a better world. Love your family. Be a good neighbor. Practice kindness. Build bridges. Embody what you preach. Today. And always. About a decade ago, at one o’clock in the morning, my grandpa who was suffering from Alzheimer’s got up, got into my car and drove off. Angel and I contacted the police, but before they could find him, two college kids pulled into our driveway with my grandpa. One was driving him in my…

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Your Enthusiasm Will Make A Difference – Self Improvement Article

I have read Dr. Peale’s book “Enthusiasm Make The Difference.” As a matter of fact, I have read a few of his books. All of them are good reads. I love the examples and stories of his patients and clients in a world so far different than ours today. The stories are pre-internet days. Pre-everything days really. Some say it was much simpler then, than now. To a certain extent, I agree with those people. Life has sped up.I remember…

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Passion – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009.I’ve noticed the same questions come up over and over again.And the answers always remain the same.The truth of the matter is that you already have the answers; you’re just getting in your own way.How? By thinking too much. Trying to figure things out. Forcing progress. The trying to force things to happen gets in the way of things happening.If that doesn’t quite make sense, or you don’t quite believe it, keep…

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4 Reasons You Need to Keep Doing Hard Things to Be Happy, Healthy and Successful – Happiness Article

You need to do hard things to be happy, healthy and successful. Because the hard things ultimately build you up and change your life. If you already feel like you’re at the end your rope today with little slack left to hold on to, realize your mind is lying to you. It has imprisoned you by reciting self-defeating stories in your head—stories about your mistakes and what you should have done differently. And you’ve begun to believe that you’re really…

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10 Hard Truths To Bring More Wisdom Into Your Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Photo taken in Assisi, ItalySome of life’s hard truths are so simple that many of us have a really tough time accepting them and this only makes our lives more complicated. “There is a feeling which is much more important than happiness, success, or any other sense of achievement in life. It is the feeling of being at home with yourself.”~Rudá Iandê This quote is by the shaman Rudá Iandê. He’s probably the person who has done more to help…

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16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Feel Like You’re Losing) – Personal Development Article

A big part of happiness and success is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now, and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is. At times we all feel less than adequate. We feel like we’re running in place, struggling to make even the slightest bit of progress. And while this is a perfectly normal feeling, you have to ultimately break free from it and see yourself and your life in a…

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10 Excuses the Mind Will Tell You Before You Take the Next Step – Self Improvement Article

STARTING NOW: NO shortcuts. NO quick fixes. NO blaming others. NO “I’ll do it tomorrows.” NO MORE EXCUSES! The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also an excuse-making machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. And this prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives. I’ve had to learn to watch these excuses very carefully in order to make the positive changes I’ve made in my life: a…

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5 Reasons My 90-Year-Old Grandma Smiled on Her Deathbed – Happiness Article

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”― Mae West Fifteen years ago, I was lucky enough to witness the humble, elegant, peaceful passing of my 89-year-old grandpa. As I sat quietly in his hospice room alongside my grandma and other family members, his nurse smiled softly and said, “I can see he lived well. People his age often pass just the way they lived.” And as I drove home that evening, a couple questions…

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The Reward of Living a Meaningful Life – Self Improvement Article

At the time this article is coming out, I am currently navigating what has been a very tumultuous year for me. This has been a year of great transition and transformation in my life. While I have experienced incredible breakthroughs, this has also been a year where I have had to fight many battles. This has truly been one of the greatest seasons of my life because it has produced growth, development, and maturity.This season of my life has taught…

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A Case For The Grey Area – Self Improvement Article

I wish you could see how special you truly are. Instead, you’re focused on what could have been and sad about what will no longer be. I wish you could see the light that radiates every time you enter a room. Instead, you’re locked away in-between those four walls wishing things didn’t play out the way they did. I wish you could see how brave you are for leaving where you grew up for a chance at a better future.…

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15 John Lennon Quotes On Love, Life, And Peace – Self Improvement Article

John Lennon Quotes On Love, Life, And Peace. Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool, the UK to Julia and Alfred Lennon. He was a singer, songwriter, and peace campaigner. Together with Paul McCartney, he founded the Beatles – probably the first rock n’ roll band in the world. The Beatles were shot to stardom in the 1960s when George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined in. After the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon pursued a sporadic solo career…

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How to Live a Happy Life – Self Improvement Article

We all want to discover how to live a happy life. I’ve been in pursuit of a happy life for as long as I can remember.I’ve always wondered what it takes to be happy. As I pursued money, relationships, and success, I realized that happiness doesn’t come from the outside; it comes from within.I also realized that I don’t necessarily need to do anything to be happy.The funny thing is that when I saw this, I became more likely to…

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Social Comparison and “Keeping Up With The Joneses” – Self Improvement Article

You don’t measure up with anyone, because you can’t accurately compare yourself to others. One of the ultimate traps in life, especially when it comes to our happiness and well-being, is spending too much time comparing our lives with others and trying to measure it in relation to someone else. We compare ourselves in virtually every area of our lives. We compare each other’s homes. We compare each other’s jobs. We compare each other’s bodies. We compare each other’s relationships.…

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“Ever Since I Nearly Died, I’ve Lived with a Sense that I’m in ‘Overtime’ and Every Second Counts.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: David Fajgenbaum. Dr. David Fajgenbaum has undergone an extraordinary medical experience. During medical school, he had his last rites read in 2010 and nearly died four more times as he battled a rare and incurable illness. Thanks to a drug that he discovered in his lab—and began testing on himself—he’s now in his longest longest remission ever (5.5 years). He leads the effort to cure his disease—idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease—as a physician-scientist at Penn and co-founder of the Castleman…

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

JoAnna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others. Illustrations by Tomi Um. When I was introduced to the practice of metta—most often translated as lovingkindness practice—I definitely knew it wasn’t for me. It was too mushy and sentimental for my pragmatic mind. It was reminiscent of the wishful praying that I thought was reserved for the type of faith I had left behind. I didn’t really believe that I—or maybe any living…

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15 Little Things You Need to Focus on Less to Get Ahead Today – Personal Development Article

You become a true master of your life when you learn how to master your focus—where your attention goes. This morning, after back surgery nearly a year ago, one of my neighborhood friends finally took his first few unassisted steps. His doctor says he should be back on his feet full-time in about two months; he just needs to build up the muscle in his legs again. When I asked my friend what he’s looking forward to most about being…

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7 Things We Hold On To (Long After It’s Time To Let Go) – Happiness Article

by Erica Layne, author of The Minimalist Way “That which you hold, holds you.”― Tom Robbins Jeanne Marie had moved her wedding shoes from apartment to apartment, home to home—for more than fifteen moves over thirty-five years. In her twenties, she’d shopped exhaustively for the right pair, trying on dozens of shoes before landing on the perfect strappy sandals, the pair that would follow her around for the next three and a half decades. She’d always hoped to wear them…

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Contentment through Letting Go of Expectations – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

‘Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed’ ~Alexander Pope Every morning we wake up and open our front doors to pick up the newspaper and enjoy the fresh news with a nice cup of steaming tea/coffee. Well, that is usually the ritual in my house. Now we have been having this ritual for years and years and I am beginning to think it was passed down from our forefathers…:) When one fine Sunday morning (when…

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10 Insanely Popular Ways to Weaken Your Self-Confidence – Self Improvement Article

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but it means nothing without building up the confidence to do something with it. Two decades ago, when the bullies at our high school called her a nerd for being a virgin and a straight-A student, my best friend Sara smiled and confidently said, “Thank you. I’m really proud of it.” She honestly was. What those bullies said never bothered her one bit. And this is just one tiny example of…

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Re-framing experiences using our senses – Positivity Article

Re-framing experiences using our senses: sight, sound, movement and feeling This blog is an exploration into how we experience the world using our senses. It looks at the power of our visual, auditory and kinaesthetic systems to shape how we respond to the world around us. By being aware of this and using our sensory modalities we can re-frame our meaning to improve our reactions. From a personal experience this has helped me understand myself better: why I react as…

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The Most Surprising Thing that Came from NOT Achieving My Dreams – Self Improvement Article

by Emma, creator of Simple Slow & Lovely “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”― J.K. Rowling Dreams and a vision for our future are wonderful things to have. They can inspire us, keep us motivated and help us to do scary things. But what happens when we don’t achieve our dreams? What happens when you wake up in the middle of your life and realize you haven’t done the things you thought or hoped…

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7 Essential Mindset Shifts From Gary Vaynerchuk That’ll Help You Have an Amazing Life – Self Improvement Article

Does the following sound familiar to you? You feel trapped in your life. You try so hard to keep it all together, but nothing seems to go your way, and no matter what you do, those dreadful events keep on coming. Because of this, you have no motivation left to get up in the morning. You isolate yourself and don’t want to see friends or family because you just don’t want to endure this life any longer. If this describes…

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How Do I Work with My Fear of Other People’s Anger? – Meditation Article

You can’t stop people from being angry at you, advises Insight Meditation teacher Gina Sharpe, but you can change how it makes you feel. Photo by Jonathan Emmanuel Flores Tarello. Question: Buddhists talk a lot about working with your own anger, but what about other people’s anger? One of my main problems in life is that I’m afraid people will get angry at me. That makes me vulnerable, lack strength, and fear conflict. I am easily hurt by anger, and…

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10 Quick Questions that Will Change the Way You Think Today – Personal Development Article

Judge a person by her questions rather than by her answers. Because asking the right questions is the answer. The saying “She who teaches others, teaches herself” is very true, not only because constant repetition helps impress facts indelibly on the mind, but also because the process of teaching itself gives greater insight into the subject taught. Selfishly, this is sometimes the reason Angel and I take on new course students and write new personal development articles, even when our…

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8 Little Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive Before it’s Too Late – Happiness Article

You’ve come a long way, and you’re still learning and growing. Be thankful for the lessons. Take them and make the best of things right now. For my 18th birthday, many moons ago, my grandfather on my mom’s side gave me four lightly-used flannel shirts that he no longer needed. The shirts were barely worn and in great shape; my grandfather told me he thought they would look great on me. Unfortunately, I thought they were odd gifts at the…

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21 Things You Can Do To Change Your Life Forever – Self Improvement Article

Last night I had a dream. It was Christmas Eve. And I was receiving presents. At that time, all I could think of was “I don’t want these. It’s just more stuff I won’t use.” Looking back, I can see how much I’ve changed. I almost haven’t noticed the change, because it sneaks up on you, until it’s impossible to ignore. It’s like when you were a kid. You got taller, but you didn’t notice until you stood up against…

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25 Lessons You Will Appreciate When You’re Ready for a Simpler Life – Self Improvement Article

When things aren’t adding up in your life, begin subtracting. Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter that makes it complicated. It’s time to focus on what matters, and let go of what does not. For almost a decade now, Marc and I have been learning to do just that—live a simpler life. Not simpler as in “meager.” Simpler as in “meaningful.” We’ve been working on eliminating many of life’s complexities so we’re able to spend more…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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