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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Make You 10% Happier Forever

By: Michael Blankenship |
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You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. 

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your life.

Assume The Best

Did that person cut you off in traffic because they were in a hurry? Or because they’re an a**hole with a personal vendetta against you and your kin? Who knows. But you’ll be less bothered (and happier) if you assume the best of others. 

“I know my life is better when I work from the assumption that everyone is doing the best they can.” – Brené Brown

Find The Silver Lining

Optimistic people live 11% to 15% longer than their pessimistic counterparts. They also make more money. 

Have a habit of seeing the hole rather than the donut? 

Try to find the silver lining more often. You’ll be happier and healthier. 

“When action is needed, optimism, even of the mildly delusional variety, may be a good thing.” – Daniel Kahneman

Lower Your Expectations

I just told you to be more optimistic. But it’s also important to keep your expectations in check. 

Expecting radical results often leads to discouragement… and quitting.

Throw your expectations out the window and embrace the journey.

“Keep low expectations and life gets pretty good.” – Anthony Hopkins

Ignore What Others Are Doing

Social media loves to distract you with the success of others.

But who cares? 

Stop paying attention to other people. Focus on your own journey. Keep executing and keep moving forward. What can you do today to take one step further? 

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” – Marcus Aurelius

Journal Every Day

Many people struggle to think clearly without writing or speaking. But if you talk to yourself all the time people will think you’re crazy. 

So get a journal and write in it every day. Morning and evening. 

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

Make Exercise Your Medicine

Feeling down? Go for a walk. Hit the gym. Ride your bike.

When we sit still, the mind gets stuck. Moving your body will also move your mind, helping you get unstuck and refocused. 

Give your body the attention and activity it deserves. 

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

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