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Seven Simple Keys to a Joyous Life by Inna Segal

Image Two hands with smiley facesHow to Choose Happiness: Seven Simple Keys to a Joyous Life on Beliefnet might be helpful to those of you wanna-be happy people who don't know how to or just don't believe that happiness really is a choice.

Many of the experts on happiness say that being happy is a choice; that it is a decision you make every morning, that today ‘I am going to be happy’. But how is it some people manage to have that inner contentment and others struggle to put a smile on their face? I have asked thousands of people what makes them happy or unhappy and have discovered certain repeating themes: People feel happy when they have a fulfilling relationship, a career they love, great health and energy and variety of interests. Often those people have a positive attitude to life and they see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Here are seven keys which can help you experience more joy and happiness in your life. Read the full article here.
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How to Handle Negative Criticism

Photo Tree in green rain by Rune SpaansMy Tuesday must be having an identity crisis and thinks it's a Monday because today is every bit as busy as yesterday. Whew! There's more work on my schedule than hours in the day but no complaints here -- mama needs to get the car into a mechanic, call the plumber and visit the dentist. But in between meetings, all of which ran over their allotted time, I realized the level of negative criticism that surrounds me - both internal and external - is a huge roadblock in my journey.

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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I’m Most Thankful For…

Photo Stars of Fall; Pumpkin & Fall Foliage by Colleen ProppeIt's a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner to go around the table and share with the family what it is we're most thankful for. So this year I'm going to post just a few of the many treasures in my life for which I am grateful. My health I'm not in perfect shape. And I could definitely use a trip to the dentist. But overall, I'm not doing too shabby. Hopefully all the chocolate I'll eat between now and December 31st won't have too big an effect. The ability to see, touch, taste, hear and feel won't be taken for granted. I count my blessings every day I am able to: wake up, breathe, get out of bed on my own, walk to the kitchen, fix my breakfast, eat, shower, listen to music, watch movies and feel my daughter's hugs. Thank you, universe! (And DNA.) (more…)

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Be Thankful

Photo Tulips in the city 2 by Marinela ProdanBe thankful for what you have. A familiar piece of advice, especially if you've ever been unable to obtain something you really wanted. Or, found yourself in an unexpected situation, usually one with negative connotations, from which you saw no way out. Perhaps you heard that timeless phrase when you complained about insert whine here. (Complaining is related to worry and those are two relatives you don't want to invite over!) But it is in those troubled moments - the times when you're pushed to the limits of your ability to cope - that gratitude is needed most.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~ Buddha
When you can't pay your bills, be thankful. If your car won't start and you'll be late for work, be grateful. Are you exhausted from working 14 hours straight? Be thankful! For in those instants life is offering you a choice: transform your problem into an opportunity for gratitude (and so much more) or drown in a sea of self-pity and sorrow. So what's to be thankful for when you've run out of money and can't buy food for another three days? (more…)