Simple Daily Habits For A Better Life

Sometimes it’s the simple daily habits that can either improve our life, or make it much harder. Below are some ideas to make life a little easier, and enjoyable, while you move toward that big dream, and create a better life for yourself.

Daily Habits to Make Life Simple

  • Get present. Studies find the best way to stay cheerful is to stay centered in the present—even when it’s not all that pleasant. In contrast, a wandering mind and daydreaming can bring people down. The best way to re-center? Sit quietly for a few minutes and try some deep, calming breaths. Focus on the breath moving in and out of the body and gently guide attention back to the breath if the mind starts to wander.
  • Count your blessings. Think about or write down what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s not time to write down everything,expressing gratitude creates an instant mood boost.
  • Snuggle up. Climbing under a soft blanket for a few minutes might make us more relaxed and flexible. Researchers found there’s something about contact with soft things that just makes us feel better.
  • Do something nice for somebody else. Yep, being nice can help us feel nicer. Small actions—holding the door for the person behind you, sending a quick love text to a partner or friend, or donating ten bucks to a favorite charity—count, so there’s no excuse not to get your nice on.
  • Listen to a happy song. It’s quick; it’s easy; it’s an instant mood-lifter. Sing along (perfect pitch not required) for extra benefit.
  • Go somewhere quiet. Even if it’s just the office bathroom, taking a few minutes to sit in a quiet space with no external stimulation can do wonders for a bad mood.
  • Cuddle. Physical touch can decrease stress, make us feel happier, and even improve our health. For the single folks among us, don’t fret: Even a quick hug with a friend or acquaintance can yield benefits.
  • Hang out with a pet. Cuddling, playing, or just chillin’ with Fido can help us feel happier and less stressed .
  • Achieve a goal. Even small successes can have big mood payoffs. Toss a crumpled ball of paper into the trash can Michael Jordan style, win a game of Solitaire, pick up a pencil off the floor using only your toes—in moments you’ll be basking in the glory of accomplishment.
  • Give yourself a massage. A quick rubdown (focus on the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet) can improve mood and release stress.
  • Meditate. Meditation is a quick, effective way to chill out and improve our outlook, and it might even make us smarter . Just a few minutes of sitting quietly, focusing on the breath, and maybe chanting a few Oms (silently or out loud) can snap us out of a funk.
  • Laugh. Laughter can cheer us up and decrease anxiety—and the best news is it doesn’t have to be “genuine” to have a positive effect. So even when it seems like there’s absolutely nothing funny in all of this world, busting out a big guffaw might just change your mind . Need help getting started? Check out the latest viral youtube videos, the Greatest tumblr, or anything said by Zack Galifianakis.
  • Do something new. We know, you’ve only got a few minutes; it’s not like you can change careers or fly to Iceland. The good news is even adding something small to a normal routine can brighten up a day. Order a chai if you normally drink coffee, take a different route to the bathroom at work, wear something you would normally never wear.
  • Dress up. Speaking of clothing: Buying new garb can amp up mood, but a person doesn’t have to drop cash to reap clothes’ benefits. Wearing the color red can boost confidence and self-esteem—which might just be the pick-me-up you were looking for.
  • Notice small miracles. Cultivating positivity and a sense of wonder can build positive outlook . Feeling stuck? Look around for small wonders (a butterfly, an act of kindness, something beautiful) or check out sites like Happy News, Good News Network, and Daily Good for a happier outlook on the world.

 

These are only a few daily habits that can help enhance your mood, and provide a better life. The point is not to try doing all of them in one day, but do some of them in your daily routine. I think they will make a big difference in your overall well-being. They can also help bring more structure, mental clarity, and balance with new things, new ideas, and new daily habits. This is the entire 34-ways to bust a bad mood in ten-minutes, or less. 

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7 More Daily Habits to Improve Your Mood

Below is 7 simple daily habits to help increase happiness, improve your mood, and ultimately bring a better life.

1. Munch on nuts.
For a mood-lifting snack, stash walnuts in your desk drawer. Or sneak salmon into your salad for lunch. They’re both packed with omega-3 fats, which may make people less prone to depression, and easier to get along with, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. They measured the blood levels of omega-3 fats (a reliable indicator of consumption) of 106 healthy adults and gave them psychological tests. Those with the highest omega-3 blood levels scored 49 to 58% better on the tests than those with the lowest blood levels.

2. Flip through old photos.

When you’re feeling down, break out your kids’ baby albums or pics from your favorite vacation. It may actually make you feel happier than a square of Godiva chocolate would. That’s what researchers at the United Kingdom’s Open University found after they examined how much people’s moods rose after eating a chocolate snack, sipping an alcoholic drink, watching TV, listening to music, or looking at personal photos. The music and chocolate left most people’s moods unchanged; alcohol and TV gave a slight lift (1%), but viewing pictures made people feel 11% better. To keep your spirits high at work, upload your favorite pics to your computer and set them as a rotating screensaver. Or splurge on a frame that flips through digital photos.

MORE: 8 Ways To Have Your Best Day Ever

3. Inhale a calming scent.
Fill your office with a fragrant candle or diffuser to calm down during a deadline-packed day. In an Austrian study, researchers wafted the smell of oranges before some participants and lavender before others. The two groups felt less anxious, more positive, and calmer when compared with participants who were exposed no fragrance at all. Add a few drops of either oil to a room diffuser (we like the Scentball, available at amazon.com) and use in your office on stressful days.

4. Open your shades.
To feel happier in seconds, let the sunlight stream in when you first wake up. One study of more than 450 women found that those who got the most light, particularly in the morning, reported better moods and sleep. Got more time? Eat breakfast near a window that gets plenty of daylight, and put exercise equipment near a bright view. Some researchers speculate that combining exercise with morning light exposure may amplify light’s beneficial effects on mood, sleep, and alertness, says Anthony Levitt, MD, a University of Toronto light researcher.

5. Walk around the block.
If you work in a windowless office, make sure you step out to see the sun a few times throughout the day. “Studies show that people who get more light exposure during the day have fewer sleep problems and less depression, and evidence suggests that light can keep you alert and productive,” says Daniel Kripke, MD, a University of California, San Diego, light and sleep expert.

If you have more time, a longer bout of exercise may also spark a smile. “Lots of people skip working out when their moods aren’t ideal because they don’t have the mental energy to switch gears,” says mental health and exercise expert Jack Raglin, PhD, of Indiana University. “But the trick lies in finding the right workout to match the mood you’re in.” When you’re battling blues, try something low-key and mindless. “Studies have shown that even mild exercise, about 40% of your max heart rate, can lift your mood,” says Raglin. “So if you’re not up for the usual high-energy stuff, do some leisure activity you enjoy, such as digging in your garden or walking in a park. View it as mental recreation, not exercise.” If you’re angry, pick something that makes you focus. “As tempting as it may be, skip the kickboxing,” Raglin advises. “You can’t punch away anger. Instead, do something that involves your mind and keeps you from focusing and ruminating on what has you angry. Play racquetball, or take an aerobics class you’ve never tried. Learning new moves will free your mind from what’s upsetting you.”

MORE: 7 Ways To Work Out At The Office

6. Clear away clutter.

Disorganized heaps of paper in your cube or on the kitchen counter can make you anxious. For some, “clutter is a reminder of things that should be getting done but aren’t,” says Elaine Aron, PhD, author of The Highly Sensitive Person. “It can make you feel like a failure.” For a quick fix, straighten up a few surfaces in your office or in the areas of the house where you spend the most time. “It’s when every bit of space is messy that it’s most disturbing,” says Aron. Don’t bother to organize unless you have a chunk of time. Instead, arrange papers, books, and other detritus of daily living in neat piles or store them in baskets. “Just the illusion of order is enough to ease the mind,” she says.

7. Think fast.
Turn your thoughts into a race—it can lift the blues in minutes, says Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, PhD. For example, when your mother-in-law is driving you crazy, give yourself 30 seconds to make a list of all the ways she’s been helpful to you in the past—you’ll feel better fast. (If nothing nice comes to mind, quickly jot down other ways she bugs you; speed thinking negative thoughts can still improve your mood, Pronin found.) Researchers believe that rapid thinking may release feel-good brain chemicals—or it could just be a helpful distraction.  Here’s 2 minutes to a happier you.

Final Thoughts

All of these tips & tricks are an excellent way to bring more happiness, and improve your life. Hopefully some of these daily habits will help organize, and put some structure into your projects, and daily tasks. The best ways to avoid to0 much stress, and overload is to start out small. After all it’s the small things we do everyday that mold a better life.

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4 Ways to Live Happier With No Strings Attached

How would it feel if you could live happier without more headaches, and complications in life? To manage time more efficiently enabling success in everything you set your mind on doing. For most of us it’s not as complicated as we make it. It is more of a mind-set than some magic formula that will somehow make all our problems go away.

The way we think determines our life, and everything else in-between. If you don’t like your life you can change it at any moment you decide enough is enough. I’m going to shake off my misery, my past, my shame. my regrets, my disappointments, and start a new day with more hope, more gratitude, and more happiness.

Choosing to live happier

From this day forward I choose to live happier regardless of my circumstances. That’s what I mean when I say to change your mind-set. This new way of thinking will begin to heal past pains, and bring in fresh emotions that you have not felt in a long time. It may take some time, but if you have any desire to live happier never give up on yourself, or others. In the darkest moments in life remember ….. Joy comes in the morning ,,,,, gladness will have a new meaning in your heart once you’ve came thus far. Here are 4 uncomplicated ways to live a happier, and a more meaningful life.

ACCEPT WHAT YOU HAVE

Research shows that happy people have modest levels of expectation and aspirations — they want what they can get — while unhappy people never seem to get what they want. They also know how to avoid disappointments and how to generate pleasant surprises. This is because they strive for realistic goals and are happy with their lot. As Dr Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, of the University of Monterrey, Mexico, confirms, we must accept things as they come.

‘We spend a lot of time complaining about the things that happen to us, but this is a waste of time and effort,’ he says. ‘To be happy, we need to enjoy what we have.’

ENJOY WHAT YOU DO

Happy people do what they enjoy and enjoy what they do — and don’t do it for the money  or glory. There’s no point being stuck in a job you hate, surrounded by unfriendly colleagues just because the money is good — people forget that they are allowed to be happy at work, too. Many spend the best years of their lives trying to make money, sacrificing their health and family in the process, says Dr Garcia Vega. Later, they spend the same money they made working trying to recover their lost health and estranged family.

LIVE FOR TODAY

Don’t dwell on the past, on things that went wrong or previous failures. Similarly, don’t dream about an idealised future that doesn’t exist or worry about what hasn’t happened yet. Happy people live for the now; they have positive mind sets. If you can’t be happy today, what makes you think tomorrow will be different?

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

Don’t be afraid to step back and re-evaluate your goals. Imagine your life as a story that you can edit and revise as you  go along. This kind of flexible approach requires positive thinking and an open mind — you need to actively choose to be happy.

NICELAND

Iceland has the happiest population, while Britain came ninth in a world survey

‘You always have the freedom to choose the manner in which you wish to approach any given situation,’ says Dr Garcia Vega.This theory is backed up by Ingrida Geciene of Vilnius University, Lithuania, who researched the happiness of people in 31 European countries.

She found that ‘voluntarists’ (people who feel they have free choice and complete control over their life) were happier than fatalists (people who think little can be changed by personal intervention).
Luckily for us, Northern European countries contain more voluntarists while Latin European countries such as Spain and Italy have a higher percentage of fatalists.

Final thoughts

To live happier is more about choice than circumstances. We have the power within us to determine how our story will end. Most of us knows deep down that God holds our destiny. But our daily choices have a detrimental effect on our happiness.

We get to decide …. We determine whether we will live happier, or not. And regardless of our age, or challenges we can make positive changes that set us on a new coarse. Open news doors, with new friends ,new resources, and a new attitude fueled with new energy.

When you feel good about your-self you can find your blitz. You can also find out what makes you happy inside. And with all that you’ll finally realize that it’s up to you to live a happier life. Read more: 12 secrets of being happy using research from 100 experts 

 

How to Make Smart Choices That Matter Most

Making smart choices take a lot of practice. There are choices that can lead to happiness, and success, while others heartache and pain. We have the choice to love people or hate them: to be grateful or carry resentment: to build or destroy. Every day the choices we make impacts our life and those around us.

The way we see ourselves inwardly ultimately determines the choices we make every day. The more insights we have inside our-self the more we can advert bad choices with lasting effects. The most common reason people make wrong choices is they don’t know who they are, or what they want. The consequences can literally destroy relationships, along with financial ruin not to mention a good reputation.

The end result is usually pain, hardship, and regret. Each day the sun rises there’s another chance to start over, and do things right. It’s never too late to start making smart choices no matter how many bad ones you’ve made in the past. The purpose here is to get to the root cause of wrong choices, so we can avoid them, and start making smart choices that lead us to a better overall life.

“Today I choose Life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices- today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it”. Kevyn Aucoin

Making smart choices easy

“Below are a few tips & techniques to help make smart choices easier.

  • Using the power of choice wisely: How we relate and treat other people is also a choice. We can hold grudges and be bitter, or open-minded and kind. Many of us refuse to see ourselves from the lens of other people. Other people show us who we are inside by how they relate to us. Our attitude, emotions, and feelings are all reflected back to us from other people. You can’t expect loving kindness from others if you don’t show it back to them. If you come across out of fear and insecurities than guess what? That will come back to you from other people. There is a power of choice to either love people or try to avoid and isolate yourself from them. The more interested you are in people the more interest people will have in you. This can open the door to abundant resources while creating long-lasting relationships.
  • Using time and money wisely : Time is priceless and the choice is ours in how we spend it. It’s easy to get in a rut in life and lose focus by intentional or unintentional distractions that keep our mind preoccupied with things that aren’t important. The choice in how we build our lives with the time we have will decide relationships and wealth. When our life is not prioritized and balanced we make sloppy choices with lasting effects. How we spend our time, money, and energy are all by choices that either make life easier or much harder.

Why balanced choices matter

smart choicesLiving with more balance puts life back in sync while preventing a lot of mart unnecessary stress and frustration. But it does take practice especially in business! It’s easy to get so caught up in your business/career that balance is the last thing on the list.

I was a 7 day full-blown work alcoholic without any recognition of balance in life. This is not a smart choice for those that want success in your life! Yes I became successful but how do you define success? Without balance I almost lost everything that mattered most.

I worked this way year after year until something happened that caused different choices in my life. One day while driving I could feel something trying to take my mind literally. It was one exhausting fight and it took every ounce of energy for me to prevail.

The fight only lasted a moment but it felt like a lifetime. I could feel myself slowly getting a little stronger until this overwhelming feeling was gone. My life was never the same from that day on. What almost destroyed made me stronger, and more focus on what I wanted in life.

Smart choices that make life better

From that day forward I made a choice to put balance back into my life.  Making smart choices does make life easier, and much more manageable. Immediately I noticed a renewed person and it seemed every thing I did afterward prospered. All the stress was gone and a powerful renewed energy flowed from my veins. This transition made me relax and unusually comfortable. The result was the ability to get more done in one hour then 3 hours before.

I made the choice to let things go a little, and become a better husband and father. This choice created balance that I never had before and gave me a new perspective about life.

Final thoughts

Usually the things we treasure most have little to do with money. When I decided to put more balance into my life it restored my marriage, my relationships,  and my business. At the end of the day making smart choices can make life more happy, meaningful. and enjoyable.

How to Live Happy “NOW” Despite Circumstances

 If you think about it everything we do in life is for happiness. The problem is that we try to find it on the outside instead of the inside. This causes us to strive for happiness in all the wrong places, for all the wrong reasons. When we try to find happiness chasing after someone or something it never satisfies because it is limited to outside circumstance. The mentality of living a stress filled life,  so later there’s retirement, paid bills, and finally happiness.

 There’s a deep craving in us all for satisfaction, and we are willing to go to extreme measures to find it. Below are some highly effective ways to take in every moment of life, and live happy now despite circumstances.

 Living happy in the moment

For most of us living a happier life is about the most important decision we could ever make. Why? Because it will change everything in you, and around you. When you can enjoy every moment of your life despite your circumstances only then can you truly be happy. To consciously embrace a present state of being regardless of everything going on around you. This state of mind will keep you in complete control of your life even though negative things might be happening all around you.

Have you ever noticed the detail in a leaf, or stopped to look at the stars sparkle like jewels waiting to be found. Every moment we have is a marvelous wonder to embrace. We must learn to live happy now, and quit putting it off for another time, or place.

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet”. Albert Schweitzer.

What will be more important years from now….the burdens of life….stress overload….or appreciating the small details that make life more favorable. Do we stop to look at our children: the details in their expressions. When you stop and look deep into the eyes of people you can see their pain, happiness, and even a glimpse of their soul. Many of us live in the past, and never learn to live in the moment. We are sadly conditioned to push happiness off for another time, and place.

living happy in the now

The power of happiness

When you think about it “NOW” is the only moment of power that we have to be happy. All hopes for the future, and memories of the past only exists now. This moment is where the past and the future comes together. Everything we know only happens now. Many are either living in the past or so worried about the future they can’t stop to enjoy happiness now in the moment. Here are a few ways to live happy now despite circumstances.

  • The power of intention: We have the power of intention which determines our priorities, and measures our incentives. Our intention is important because it carries moral values that effect our happiness deep within our conscience. In order to live happy now we need pure intentions . Having good intentions help balance our emotions, and feelings with a healthy conscious to live a happy life.
  • The power to forgive: We have the power as a human being to forgive when someone has wronged us. As long as we carry resentment we can never live happy now. When you don’t forgive it becomes like a cancer eating away your character, inner well-being, and happiness. Embrace the power to forgive now, let it go, so you can experience a life of liberation, refreshment, and freedom.
  • The power to love: We have the power to love which determines our level of happiness. Without love it’s impossible to live happy, The more inverted, self centered, and mentally detached we are from others the less likely we will ever have a happy life. The more we love others the easier it is to live happy now in the moment.
  • The power to be grateful: We have the power to be grateful for everything in our life. This is perhaps one of the greatest ways to find a sense of true happiness. When you’re not grateful for the small things in your life, the big things won’t matter. This means you will always be striving for more, which will never satisfy your inner thirst to live happy now.

Your future is happening now

When we think about the past, present, or future it can only happen now. The future is only an illusion! When tomorrow arrives it will be now, and today will only be a memory of tomorrow’s now. We get so caught up trying to push happiness to a future moment that we forget that “now” is the only time that exists.

The idea that we strive for happiness at some future time is insane. Life is filled with moments of time. What we think, feel, and believe now decides our future.

Putting happiness off another time and place

live happy now


The longer happiness is put off the harder it is to get back. You find people who have every reason to be happy, but instead choose to be miserable. They have a good retirement, all the bills are paid, but because they put happiness off for so long they can’t enjoy the present moment.

“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so”. Robert Green Imgersoll.

We develop thought patterns early on to find happiness in another time at some other place. When we turn 10 we can’t wait to be a teenager. Then at 13 we can’t wait to drive a car. When were old enough to drive we can’t wait to move out and get a place of our own.

When we move out we can’t wait to buy our first home. Then when we turn 50 or 60 we wish we could go back in time and do things differently. This mentality is always putting happiness off for another time and place. They keep people living for a future time instead of embracing the life they now have….. the living power of “now” this very moment. Once we learn to embrace every moment …. We Awaken … Everything around us, and within us begins to come alive, and change for the better.

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future”.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

7 Things You Should Do to Improve Your Life

When you factor in the top reasons to improve your life where do you end up? Usually it’s money, relationships, or some big dream you’ve put off for years. If you’re anything like most people, you don’t make a conscious effort to prepare for each day. You grudgingly roll out of bed, shower, eat breakfast, and head off to work. All your actions are automatic, and come natural from years of repetitious, doing the same thing over and over. You don’t have to think about your next step because you’ve done it a thousand times before.

While routines can make our lives easier, they can also prevent us from growing, and experiencing new ways of doing things. For this reason many choose a life of mediocrity, and never realize their full potential. Overtime their childhood dreams begin to fade, and reality sets in as they learn to tolerate a life they hate. Here are 7 steps that you can do “now” to improve your life.  

#1- Live in the now 

It’s hard to imagine that most of us are so preoccupied that we never learn to live in the present moment. All our life we are taught to put off happiness for another time at another place. We constantly seek fulfillment in people, places, and things. When we are not present we lose focus on what really matters.  Living in the “now” will dramatically boost your happiness, and sharpen your focus. It brings fresh ideas, and a deep rich quality of living that can only improve your life in every way.

Living in the moment naturally makes us more empathetic, and compassionate for people. We can actually hear what their saying without being preoccupied over the next words out of our mouth.  Developing this new skill will cause peoples trust factor, and perception of you to elevate.  They will love and trust you with their life. This is the first step to improve your life. Take time to smell the coffee, and learn to enjoy every moment that you have breathe. I highly recommend reading: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  Learn the art of living in the now.

# 2- Find your passion

Many people go through their whole life, and never find their true passion. Without a passion life becomes tasteless with no meaning. People who never find their passion usually don’t get far in life.  If you haven’t found your passion in life there’s several things you can do to find it. Sometimes our passion is hidden in layers of the past. What did you love doing in the past that you are not doing now? Another way to find your passion is to take time to test your life, and the direction it’s going. Are you moving toward things you love,  or are you drifting farther away. You need passion to fuel the energy it takes to live out your purpose. Without a passion it’s will be much harder to improve your life.

#3- Set goals

Once you have a passion you’re ready to start setting some realistic goals. Staying motivated is not always easy. Even people who have achieved great success find it hard at times to stay motivated on their goals. Setting goals allows you to fix your mind on a single idea. Something you truly want to do. Here are some areas to help set some goals: relationships, career, finances, friends, health, self-esteem, appearance, possessions, recreation, travel, spirituality, accountability, and personal growth.

Determine exactly what you want and make it time bound. Your mind will do its magic when there’s a deadline attached to your goals. Always make sure your goals are relevant with any particular goal. Your goals may cost you your friends, respect from family members, and even your sanity at times. If goals are not realistic, or relevant you will never get past these barriers. If you want to  improve your life learn the art of making goals happen successfully.

#4- Dream big 

Without a dream your day-to-day life will be more about survival than success. On the other hand any dream worth having will always come with challenges. Either way everyone pays their dues in life. If you’re going to pay your dues you might as well make the best of it. In other words learn to dream big even though there are challenges that come with it.

Let’s face it there are times when things don’t work out as planned, but that doesn’t mean we give up on our dream. You take past mistakes and learn from them so each time you’re faced with new challenges you’re more equipped to do things better, smarter, and efficient the next time around. This is the exact method that successful entrepreneurs have used throughout history. Having a dream is the foundation principle to happiness, success, and an amazing life. Do everything in your power to develop a dream, and it improve your life in every way imaginable.

#5- Reward your-self

Life is a busy place, and when we don’t take time out to reward our-selves we become less enthusiastic,and more robotic.  The best way to solve this problem is to start providing yourself with gifts to enjoy.  If you work on commissions set aside 15% to splurge on yourself. This might sound like bad advice, but think again. By encouraging yourself to make more money you become richer, which motivates you to succeed. We should take care of our-selves mentally, physically, and emotionally so life is more tolerable, fun, and joyful. Rewarding yourself is a great way to improve your life, and spice things up a bit. You don’t have to buy a yacht. Sometimes a great movie with someone you love is perfect.

#6- Let it go

Simply learn to let go, and let it happen. This is one of the best things you can do to improve your life. This is not about letting go of responsibilities, but the things you just can’t control. For example not every person is going to like you. Learn to except what you can’t change, and do your best in what you can. Let go of bitterness, hatred, and regret, and life will be a much better place to live. Not for the one who did you wrong, but for yourself. When we try to force things on people everything we do creates friction. We attract what we focus on.

With a goal you’re attached to the outcome. You measure your progress with determination to meet your objections. When you let go you detach yourself from the outcome, and focus your attention on being happy, alive, and alert, regardless of the outcome. Letting go will keep you incomplete control of your life whether you succeed or not.

#7- Learn the art of happiness

One of the most effective ways to happiness is gratefulness. There’s a deep yearning for happiness in us all that money just simply can’t buy. The art of happiness is to live present, and be grateful for everything. No matter who you are there’s always something you can be grateful for. As long as we measure our happiness with our stuff it will always be limited.

Make your happiness internal  regardless of your surroundings or circumstance. Focus on nothing except what you want your life. Then meditate on it day, and night. Happiness is a choice that we all can make in our life. The more we try to buy happiness the more obvious it becomes that no amount of money will fulfill our true desires. These seven things will improve your life , and bring more happiness, and success then you can imagine.

How to Stop Procrastinating In 5 Minutes

Anyone with ambition to stop procrastinating has good intentions, but it wont be easy. Procrastination is one of the most destructive habits for productivity, or our life for that matter. And of course it’s a lot easier to do nothing, than to do something about it. If you’re a structured procrastinator you might want to change the 5 minutes on the blog title to about an hour or so. I’ll explain below.

At the end of the day we all know that without action nothing gets done in life. I’m going to attempt to help you stop procrastinating. This will be done using one minute segments, minus the amount of time it takes to read this blog. There are two types of procrastinators. The perfectionist who never gets a lot done, or the structured procrastinator who invents ways to get out of work. Neither one is worth bragging about so if you fall into one these categories pay attention.

The destructive path of procrastination

Every once in awhile I’m able to sneak in an article without my wife Natalee reading it. Hopefully this is one of them. After 30 years of marriage, both of us fit into two separate categories of procrastination. You’re probably wondering why I’m writing an article to help you stop procrastinating in 5 minutes if I can’t help my wife after 30 years of marriage.

See why I don’t want her to read this article! Anyway to make a long story short she’s a perfectionist, and for the first time ever I went through a season where I started to become a structured procrastinator. In my earlier years I was a 7 day a week full blown workaholic ( I don’t recommend this to anyone) but later in life I found myself a little richer, and older making excuses why things were not getting done.

One day it suddenly occurred to me that if I continued down this destructive path I would lose everything. Things I worked hard for throughout my life would begin to crumble including my marriage, and my wealth. It took me 5 minutes to make a decision to stop procrastinating, and from that day forward it’s never been back. If you find yourself procrastinating in life, and you want to stop “now” and start being productive keep reading below.

Stop procrastinating for perfectionism

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons many people find it hard to stop procrastinating. The perfectionist tries to do things in perfect order, at a perfect time. Most people who are perfectionist find themselves frustrated, because they can’t find anything that works the way they think it should. They will avoid getting important things done to accomplish smaller tasks that in their mind have to be done first. This causes a habit of putting things off for insignificant things that don’t matter. If this is you take one minute on each of these points to consider if procrastinating is worth perfectionism.

1 min – People will not want to help you do anything, because they feel whatever they do will not be good enough.

2 min – When you try to micro manage every detail you lose sight of the overall vision in the end.

3 min – You will find yourself making simple tasks frustrating, stressful, and complicating, and as a result you will do less.

4 min – Your energy will have tension in whatever you do, and people will notice even though most likely you don’t.

5 minutes – From now on in whatever task you’re doing step back, and try to see the big picture, start moving towards that direction with the mindset that you can always go back, and tackle those smaller details as time permits.

This probably took less than 5 minutes to read, and if we consider each point carefully I think we can all agree that procrastinating for perfectionism comes with a price. The bottom line is if you’re a perfectionist learn the art of being a productive perfectionist without procrastinating on other important tasks.

 Are you a structured procrastinator ?

Procrastinating structurally takes skill, effort, and even a little imagination. Structured procrastinators know exactly what they’re doing. They find creative ways to avoid certain tasks they know are important. They make comical  excuses to get out of doing the most insignificant tasks. They have survival instincts that let them know how to do just enough to get by. This is what makes them very creative and structured in their procrastination. After a lifetime of being a workaholic this is where I found myself a few years back.

I now see it as an opportunity to help others who can’t help themselves from procrastinating. Willpower alone is not enough to stop procrastinating. Why? Because in order for willpower to be effective it needs desire. If you’re a structured procrastinator here’s 5 things in one minute segments that should help cure you.

 5 minute cure for procrastinating structurally

1 min. Remember that for every reason to procrastinate there are more reasons not to. Take a moment now to think about the consequences.

2 min – Whenever you feel overwhelmed in life it causes you to go into shut down. This is another big reason people start procrastinating. Simply start breaking down projects into smaller tasks so you can stay focused without feeling overwhelmed.

3 min – Think about your family. They need you at your best. Is procrastinating worth sending your kids off to school with embarrassing cloths to wear, or for them not to go to college to experience a better education? This is not about quilt. It’s about consequences. Stop and consider for a minute if procrastinating is worth it.

4 min – Maybe your kids are grown, and you just don’t feel it anymore in life. You’re ready to give up. Think about how hard you have worked throughout your lifetime. Are you really ready to surrender everything? Stop and consider for a minute the consequences of procrastinating your life away.

5 minutes- Desire is the foundation to every action we do in life. Without desire we die. Procrastination is a slow agonizing self-confidence killer, but desire kills procrastination fast. Your prime focus to stop procrastinating is to develop a dream with a strong desire for what you want.

Final Thoughts

I think my 5 minutes is up, but I don’t want to leave here without giving you one thought. Think about things you loved doing in the past that you’re not doing now. This could be a hobby, or something as simple as taking a walk, enjoying friends over for a card game, or going on a fishing trip to clear your mind. Do whatever it takes to get back your desires in life so your have a good reason to stop procrastinating.