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Challenge of the Day – Declutter

Today, go through your things and get rid of what you don’t need or use. Feel overwhelmed, start with just one room or even just your wallet or bag. They say outer order contributes to inner calm.

Read this article to find out ways to declutter your life.

Zen Living: 4 Ways Decluttering Increases Happiness

Before you read this, take a lap around your home. Make a mental note of all the “stuff” you see or find. Check the closest, the basement, and the cabinets. If you’re anything like me (or, more accurately, my wife!), you have a bunch of earthly possessions that you’ve had for God knows how long. Worse yet, I bet you came across a bunch of items that you either a) haven’t used in forever, or b) forgot you even had. Don’t worry — you’re not alone.

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Daily Challenge – Just do it!

Whatever task gives you the most anxiety in the coming day, do as soon as possible. The faster you get it off your plate, the faster you can enjoy the rest of your day.

Make that call, appointment, or pay that bill. You know you’ll just stress about it, so get it over with. Just do it and it’s done.

8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy

Ever wonder if you could make yourself happier? You can. Here’s how.

BY MINDA ZETLIN   Co-author, ‘The Geek Gap

What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about happiness.

Over and over, the same two themes emerge. First, we’re usually wrong about what will make us happy–or unhappy, for that matter. For example, research has demonstrated that people who win the lottery are no happier about that event one year later than if they’d lost the use of their legs instead. And second, happiness is largely a matter of choice. Which is good news, because it means we can pretty much all be happier if we want to be.

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30 Traits Happy People Have in Common

by MARC CHERNOFF

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
―Aristotle

Books on happiness are a dime a dozen.  I’m a bit of a self-improvement junkie, so I can assure that they are – I’ve read well over a hundred of them.  And no, it’s doesn’t mean that reading these books is a waste of time.  I have discovered some amazing nuggets of wisdom in the books I’ve read that have helped me better myself in many ways.  Three of my favorite books on happiness include:

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Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

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Coauthor Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you.

Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke. The famous Terman Study from Stanford followed subjects for eight decades and found that being around unhappy people is linked to poorer health and a shorter life span.

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Quote of the Day – Feel

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –  Maya Angelou

Challenge of the Day – Genuinely compliment 5 people

Complimenting others will not only make the receiver feel great, but it will also benefits the giver too! There are studies and science to back up these claims. And why wouldn’t you want to make someone else’s day?

Science Explains Why Compliments Feel so Good

It is no surprise that people like when others are nice to them. A compliment, good grade, or positive work review can even cause people to perform better, as studies (and probably you) have found.

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