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5 Types of People to Avoid to Maintain Happiness (and Sanity)

Don’t we all just want to be happy? Of course, and most of us would like to see everyone else be happy as well. However, there are a lot of people in our lives who get in the way of that happiness. One thing that’s allowed me to maintain a positive and productive mental state is being able to spot these people, and eliminate them from my life. You can’t control how other people think and act, but you can control who you allow to have an impact on you. If you’re chasing fulfillment in life, these are five types of people that will end up being your biggest obstacles if you allow them. You don’t have to take my approach, but you should at […]

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The ABC of an Epic Friendship: 26 Simple Ways To Be the Best Friend Ever

I grew up in a broken home. It was 1999 when my father left and it’s been more than a decade since the last time I saw him. When I was in grade school, I was teased and bullied for being “fat”. Then came high school when we struggled financially because my mother had difficulty finding a stable job. College happened and I got my heart broken over and over in ways I had never imagined possible. Through all this, my friends stick with me and never left me hanging in the air. They were there for me against all odds, through thick and thin, no matter what. More importantly, they taught me how I can be the best friend I can ever be despite […]

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Zen in The Art of Productivity

Zen aims to simplify the mind. To exclude any concepts. Beginner’s mind has too many options. Master’s mind just knows.“ In Japan, archery is not only a sport where hitting the targets is the main purpose. Archery is also meant to train the mind. If one really wants to master the art of archery, technical knowledge is not enough. Only those who approached the state of clearness and emptiness of mind would overcome themselves and then the arrow would hit the target spontaneously. Archery is just one of the popular and traditional activities, where Zen can be practiced. Swordsmanship, brush-and-ink, the tea ceremony or flower arranging may be some others. But Zen can be practiced also in any modern-day activity. Basically it’s easy. In order […]

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5 Life Lessons From Running Your First Marathon

Running a marathon is for people who are either crazy, or ridiculously fit….right? Well, so I thought, until I decided to run one. Was it because I was always interested in sporty and fit? Nope. Take that reason, turn it on its head, and that’s where I came in. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in sports. I always got picked last, and I just knew that was my place…I’m sure you know exactly which kid I’m talking about. Hey, maybe you were that kid, too. I grew up with a firm belief that I couldn’t run, at all. It was a genuine belief, except that it was founded on nothing except a lack of trying. One day, though, something inside my head changed. Call […]

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How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy. Yoga studios and wellness centers are booming businesses. Positivity is on the menu for a lot of people. Everyone wants to find out the secret to becoming a more positive and happy person. Though there are many roads to happiness, a powerful tool in this quest has to do with writing. Positive thinking is great, but it’s actually quite hard to accomplish when you’re used to thinking negatively most of the time. Writing things down, on the other hand, is a much easier first […]

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5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

Every relationship has its peaks and valleys. Sometimes the valleys seem so deep and wide that it feels like you’ll never get out of them. Some couples never do. They either choose to go their separate ways, file for a divorce, or have a legal separation. A long term relationship is definitely one of the most adventurous journeys that anyone will ever willingly choose to travel, but we do so because the rewards at each peak are tremendous. My spouse and I have been married 13 years and together 17 years. We too have experienced many challenges over the years. She’s Catholic, I’m not. I’m an extravert, she’s not. If given the choice, I’ll watch science fiction. She’ll watch cop shows endlessly. We are two […]

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9 Little Things Happy People Don’t Do

Have you ever noticed that the happy people in this world seem to do things, or rather not do things that differ to what the majority of unhappy people would do? Sure they may only be small things, but they great factors in the overall happiness someone has in their life. The majority of people in this world are in the constant pursuit of happiness, and it’s not because of what they do and don’t have. The majority are unhappy because of the things they do or do not do, without even realizing it. This article outlines 9 little things happy people don’t do. 1) They Don’t Get Grumpy Traveling to Work Everyday when I drive to work, I look at the other drivers on […]

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The Best of Life Metaphors & Similes

You can look at life in many ways. Below are my favorite life metaphors and similes categorized based on the lesson it evokes. Depending on what’s going on in my life, it often helps to remind me of what life is all about and how I can choose to play a part. On Attitude You may not have control over what life throws at you but you do have control of your attitude. Choose wisely. “Life is like a box of chocolate you never know what you are going to get?” – Forrest Gump “Life is like a roller coaster it’s full of ups and downs but its your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” – unknown “Life is like a camera. Focus on […]

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5 Types of Bad Conversationalists and How to Avoid Being One

We have conversations every day, but not every conversation is equally pleasant. There are people who can engage you in a conversation and make you feel so comfortable that you hope the conversation never ends. They get you to share things that you haven’t even told your best friends. Then there are people who engage you in a conversation and you look for the first opportunity to leave. Who are these bad conversationalists and how can you avoid being one? 1. The Cell Phone Addict The Cell Phone Addict never seems to be fully engaged in what you’re saying. He is constantly checking his phone. He hears the words you’re saying, but not the meaning you’re placing. As a result, he is unaware of all […]

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15 Values That Make You a Better Partner and a Better Person

I believe that every man has certain values that he lives by. The only problem is that a lot of men are either not consciously aware of them, or they adhere to values that are not really beneficial for their personal development. A couple of years ago I was one of those guys. I had no idea what my values were and the more I thought about them, the more I realized that I lived by values that were anything but good for my development. My behavior was self-destructive, I didn’t have any goals and self-love was an alien concept for me. At some point I decided to work on myself and to leave all the negativity behind me. I wanted to integrate values in […]

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