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Rules to Live by for a Happier You

By Daryl H. Bryant (507 words)
Posted in Pay it Forward on January 12, 2012

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{#/pub/images/happyyou.jpg}There isn’t a magical secret to changing your life. Improving your state of mind is dependent on your perspective of your circumstances.

We are almost two weeks into the New Year and it makes me wonder how everyone is doing with their resolutions. My resolution this year was to cut down on the swear words that accidentally slip every now and again. I am doing my best to be more cautious of my language, and so far it has been good!

For some odd reason though people tend to make unrealistic resolutions that are usually rooted in a dissatisfaction they have within themselves. Those feelings can be fixed by working at subtracting bad habits and replacing them with good ones.

Stop This!

  • Stop holding onto negativity

This means jealousy, grudges, and bitterness— holding onto these emotions sucks and eats happiness.

  • Stop dwelling on the past

Remember to live in the present, consider this moment instead of yesterdays or tomorrows. Accept what you can't change and stop dwelling on the “what ifs.”

  • Stop focusing on what you don’t have and focus on what you do

Every day is a gift, be grateful for what and who you have in your life.

  • Stop being so hard on yourself

For most of us, we are our toughest critics. Learn to forgive yourself and others so each day is a new beginning and a fresh start.

Do this!

  • Get fit

I am not suggesting you become a work out machine (unless of course that's what you want) – physical activity releases endorphins into your brain that actually elevate your mood. And a healthier you is always a happier you.

  • Never stop learning

Never stop taking in new experiences, have a hunger for life!

  • Think positively

Once you get in the habit of thinking positively you actually start to be more positive.

  • Do good deeds

I wrote a post previously about paying it forward. Positive energy spreads goodness not only in you but in others you spread it too.

Helping others and doing good deeds feels great and it helps you grow as a person. You learn compassion, concern, and patience through helping others.


We didn’t ask for MS but life as we all know will often bring us lemons, it is up to us to make the delicious lemonade.

There is a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

This doesn’t mean it is up to you to change the world, which is definitely a large burden to bear. I feel Gandhi was trying to say that once you change how you see and perceive the world, only then will circumstances change.

Until we find a cure for MS, it is something we have no choice but to live with. Only we can bring happiness to our lives. Concentrate on what you can change not what you can’t. 

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mary williams posted on: July 11, 2012

having a hard time with weaknes, my urostomy and eyesight trying-yrying hard to be/ positive sometimes discouraged but trying..

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