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21 Things to Keep Yourself HAPPY, Without the Bullshit

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

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. SO DON’T BE! We’ve all seen people who are always happy…those annoying always smiling people that make you want to poke their eyes out & see if they’ll still be smiling….(oh…is that just me?) I’m not saying happy people don’t get upset, they just don’t let it overtake their life.

The following are 21 things you can do to keep yourself HAPPY…just don’t be that person…

1. Appreciate Life
Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning…You could have one leg, a fatal disease, or hey no gingers in your life…IT COULD BE WORSE. Don’t take anything for granted…even that annoying co-worker who always thinks they’re always right…They’ll get theirs eventually….KARMA BABY!

2. Choose Friends Wisely
Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals….People who constantly judge you or hate on everything you do, don’t deserve your time…As a wise professor once told me…”Don’t let them harsh your mellow” Use your friends…No, not for great concert tickets and a ride to the beach, but use them for what they’re there for…to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate
Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life…”To each their own”. Help when you can, without trying to change the other person.

4. Learn Continuously
Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that spark your interest. Hey it can’t hurt to learn a new hobby…

5. Creative Problem Solving
Don’t wallow in self-pity… GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING. As soon as you face a challenge or problem…FIND A SOLUTION. Don’t let little problems affect your mood. Learn to trust your GUT…Some of you have more than others 😉

6. Do What YOU Love
Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it.

7. Enjoy Life
There’s more to life than work. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and time for that special person you want to share it with. Too much work & no love will get you nowhere in life…& will have your gf/bf running into the arms of someone else… Don’t live in the past or the future, focus on NOW.

8. Laugh
Don’t take yourself to seriously…You’re not that cool. Laugh at yourself – no one’s fact you’re probably weird to at least 5 of your peers….I know, because I am one and you’re all WEIRDOS! When appropriate ( I know some people who need to learn this one) laugh and make light of the circumstances.

9. Forgive
Holding a grudge will hurt NO ONE but you….You really think that person cares your still mad at them? GET OVER YOURSELF. Again…You’re not that special. Forgive others for YOUR OWN peace of mind. When you make a mistake – OWN IT & learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; ALL of them. Take the time to tell the people you care about that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships
Always make sure your loved ones know you love them EVEN in times of conflict. Don’t break your promises. DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU’LL DO… If you tell someone you love them, SHOW IT. Words are bullshit and mean nothing.

12. Keep YOUR Word
Honesty is the best policy. If you can’t do something you promised to someone, tell them why and APOLOGIZE if you hurt them or wasted their time. TIME IS MONEY PEOPLE!

13. Listen
Sometimes you just need to shut up and listen.

14. Mind YOUR own gosh darn business!
Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of YOURSELF. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to. LEAVE THEM ALONE.

15. Optimism
Everything happens for a reason, blah blah, the glass is half full, blah blah…fill that glass with something that will make you positive dammit! Then your glass will be half full! No but seriously…everything happens for a reason.

16. Love Unconditionally
Accept others for who they are. Don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones, continue to love them. I love you BUT I don’t have to like you right now!

17. Persistence
Never give up. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Ya, really its that simple…I can’t fail if I’m not done yet…sorry students this doesn’t apply to exams…

18. Be Proactive
Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being.

19. Self Care
Take care of yourself! Pretty people are happy people 🙂

20. Self Confidence
Don’t try to be someone that you’re not…Remember that most people suck.

21. Take Responsibility
Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life.