Happiness & Peace


21 Things Happy People Do!  by Cindy Holbrook @ Pickthebrain.com

This article is not an AWFEL original however we felt it was worthy of making an appearance.

992496_493718767379734_1847233996_nHappiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:

1. Appreciate Life    -Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely   -Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate   -Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously   -Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

5. Creative Problem Solving   -Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

6. Do What They Love   -Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life   -Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

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8. Laugh   -Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)

9. Forgive   -Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude   -Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them 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. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word   -Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate   -Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business  -Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. 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 – including you.

15. Optimism  -See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally   -Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence  -Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

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. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care  -Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence  -Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility  -Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.






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I wasn’t sure what my goal was in life. Like many other people are figuring out today, finding a purpose takes time. All I know is I was born with too kind of a heart. Since birth I’ve had this mentality that I was going to fix this world. I had to. My passion was to change all of us to the beautiful peaceful joyous world I knew we were capable of being.

I’m not sure what class or grade I was in however when I found out we only used thirty five percent of our brains I knew I wanted to use all of mine. And with doing so I would move our world into a new future.  I was given an entire brain; why not use all of it.  Come to think of it, that may be one of our issues; we are a wasteful society.  Even what we have and use, we have an ungrateful perspective missing the value in many of the things in our surroundings.  Also this shifted perspective keeps us from reaching and striving to accomplish our real goals. Similar to chasing ghosts, our misplaced values deter us from a potential that is completely possible and more extraordinary than we can ever imagine.

Our brains are like computers; with our soul as a pilot the brain will only instruct the physical body to do what it is commanded to do. Without the proper commands, it will not successfully run the programs we want and even more so need.

Ah, the soul. The intangible force that we have yet to figure out is the same missing link of the holy trinity that allows us to have life on this rock we are all stuck on till further notice.  I say till further notice with the same belief that upon resolving the specifications of the soul we will open the doors to the outer worlds that have been alongside us throughout our history.  Whether you consider it heavens and hells or other planes, dimensions and realms, they are legitimate places that we have yet to harness the energy to give us the perspective to see.

It is all about our energy. That’s what we all create and fight for; an energy efficient world. It’s pressed upon us that we are going to burn up all our energies without educating us on the energy we create and can harness ourselves. The super all natural resource of energy comes from with in us. The same protons and electrons make up our every cell and being and if we could only wrap our heads around the actual chemistry makeup we are made of, we would derive the abilities to harness it, manipulate it and accomplish so much more than we could ever dream of.

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