1. Focus on the present.
Louise Smith said and I quote “you can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junks. The only time you should think about the past is when you’re trying to learn from it so you don’t repeat a past mistake, stop thinking of what might have been and start thinking of what will be. Make judicious use of the present and don’t hold yourself back with the past. Every minute we waste on regrets, we give up sixty seconds of focusing on what we can really do now.
2. Stop taking life too seriously
Stop trying too hard, don’t be the one who laugh at nothing. Life can be stressful if you take things too seriously. Don’t live a strictly business life, mix it with pleasure, enjoy the ride and be grateful for being alive. If you take life too seriously you will never get out of it alive.
3. Think positive thoughts.
Are you going to grumble that roses have thorns or you are going to be grateful that thorns have roses? Positive thinking means expecting, talking, believing and visualizing what you want to achieve. It means seeing in your mind’s the thing you want, as an accomplished fact. Stephen Richards said “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making”. Who do you want to be?
4. Smile more often.
Smile always, it makes you look beautiful, changes your attitude, raise your confidence and makes you more attractive. Smiling reduces stress and cuts your risk of stress-related diseases. It can lighten the mood of any situation you find yourself in and has the power to lift the mood of those who see your friendly expression.
5. Be honest all the time.
I don’t know about you, but I hate to have to remember what I said yesterday. Howard W. Hunter said “Each lie, each deception, each act of dishonesty combines to create a monster that can destroy your character and your life”. When you’re honest, people trust you the more and you build integrity with this.
6. Control your emotions.
Never allow your emotions to overcloud your thinking. The only one who can make you unhappy is you, you can choose to get affected by what others say or not. You can’t control other people, but you can control how you react to them.
7. Choose your friends wisely.
Show me your friends and I’d tell you who you are. Who do you want to be? Are the friends you keep helping you to achieve those dreams or do they hold you back? What kind of influence are they having on you? Good friends will tell you the truth even it hurts to hear it – especially if they think it will enhance your life. If he/she is not compassionate, honest, trustworthy and respectful then he/she is not a friend.
8. Help others.
Not for ourselves alone are we born, never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. No one has ever become poor by giving.When you help people, not only does the circle begin again, it also often comes full circle.
9. Learn to forgive.
When you hold a grudge, you become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can’t enjoy the present, you let others control you, your happiness and your freedom. Forgiveness let you focus on more important part of your life, leads to feeling of understanding empathy and compassion.Steve Maraboli said and I quote “the truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you cannot move forward”
10. Read books.
Knowledge is power. Everything you read fills your head with new information which might come in handy anytime. The benefits of reading is vast, from helping to improve and learn new vocabularies to enlightening us about people of other culture. Reading improves our focus and concentration, and also improves our memory.
11. Don’t burn bridges.
Every person you meet or engage with present an opportunity, so be polite and positive with each one of them. In business and in life you never know who is going to be meaningful to you in future, nothing is worth cutting someone off completely. Meet and treat people the way you wish to be treated, keep in touch with as many people as possible and treasure your relationships. The only thing you are going to get out of the “take the job and shove it up your ass” attitude when leaving a job you thought you are being unfairly treated is a sense of temporary superiority. Don’t try to get even, keep your head up high and shut your mouth. Leave with honor and dignity.
We all have bunch of different things to manage, like study, work, and our personal lives. All these comes with pressure, one way to cool off is to relax. It helps us physically and mentally. There’s a strong connection between relaxation and both our physical and mental health. Relaxation has lots of benefits, helps clear your mind and come up with new ideas, keeps stress level in check, improved mood, and helps us to sleep better.
13. Learn to appreciate
Happiness includes appreciating not only what we have but also everything and everyone around us. Don’t appreciate people just because they did something for you, do it for the qualities they have; this way they know who they are is more important than what they do for you. It’s important for our long term happiness and well-being.As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them… Fitzgerald Kennedy
14. Love and respect others
Love makes the world go round. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Pay close attention, respect people for who they are and not for what you want them to be.Don’t let qualities like gender, ethnicity, and nationality affect how you treat people, respect and love all equally. Loving people makes you a better person, it’s healthy and life-affirming to both the giver and recipient, and a sign of psychological and emotional well-being. Shakespeare said Love all trust a few, do wrong to none. Identify with all of humanity.