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5 ways to take charge of your happiness

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1.  Think happy thoughts
This is so simple, too simple, but there is only one person who is in control of your thoughts and that is you.  Like Eleanor Rosevelt said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Control your thoughts, control your actions and make a conscious choice to make those positive.

 2.  Don’t just sit there
Do something!  Even if it is paying that bill that is haunting you and you’ll ‘do it later’.  Now since you’ve put that bill off this many times, chances are when you get the next one and see that you owe triple, you will kick yourself knowing that had taken five minutes out of your day 3 weeks ago, you could have avoided the disappointment.  Break that vicious cycle and do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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3. Fake it til you make it
We all have those days when nothing seems to be going our way and we wish we would have just stayed in bed.  Nobody can be happy all the time and nobody expects you too, it’s how we handle these obstacles that makes us who we are.  Nobody wants to be around a crab ass, cry baby or a negative nancy, so don’t let your bad days get the best of you.  Take a walk, make a phone call to a loved one or just take a breather for a few minutes, get yourself together and remember – it’s only a bad day, not a bad life.

4.  It’s good for your health
Smiling lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins and ultimately makes you happier.  Studies show happier people live longer lives and have happier marriages.  If that’s not reason enough, smiling makes people look younger and shows confidence.  There is nothing else in this world that can do all of these things, and on top of it all, not only does it come naturally, it’s free.

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5.  Be the best version of yourself
Do what makes you happy.  Set aside time every single day to do something you want.  Not what your mom wants, or your husband, not even your kids.  Not only will they still be there when you are finished, but they will be happy that you’re happy.  Who can chase around kids, work for a living, find time to make dinner all with no time for themselves?  Oh and all with a genuine smile on their face?  It’s not possible.  Not only is it not possible, everybody has a breaking point and nobody wants to be around you when that happens.  Wouldn’t it be better to avoid the break in the first place?  Simply take the time, no, steal the time away and make it yours, doing whatever it is you do that makes you happy.

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
-William Gibson

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