With the turbulent economy and the ever increasing cost of basic commodities, constant worry has almost become a normalcy in every household. Today it is easier to become cynical, jaded and it is even simpler to entertain negativity. As a result, most people are in a constant pursuit of effective tools that can help them achieve success, fulfillment and happiness. Many folks for instance are actively seeking all different types of avenues geared toward finding optimism in life. On the other hand, skeptics are quick to point out that positive living is merely a passive form of pursing cheerfulness. Most folks however do not recognize that positive living is like looking for a needle in the haystack if you are not committed to make the necessary changes in your life. Without further ado, here are 5 steps to live a happy life today;
1. Never dwell on yesterday
You should utilize past life experiences with wisdom. In other words, instead of spending your precious time thinking what you could have done yesterday, focus on what awaits you tomorrow. Stay sane and avoid feeling depressed on what you did yesterday because there is nothing you can do about it.
2. Focus on now
Make an effort to always anticipate something great waiting to happen in your life. You can reflect on your life joys and have a mental photograph of your strengths. This mental photograph is a powerful tool that can help you stay positive and motivated in any situation regardless of how you feel.
3. Take time to exercise
Exercise is not as challenging as what people make it to be. In fact, there are many exercises you can do at home without having to pay expensive gym membership. Find time to do an activity that uplifts your mood. As they say, exercise has both physical and mental benefits. A short walk in your neighborhood is an amazing way to kick-start your day.
4. Avoid negative people
You should spend less time and ultimately avoid people who are constantly second-guessing anything positive. Find friends and acquaintances that are positive. When this becomes your way of life, these people will keep your engine running and there will be no room in your mind for negativity whatsoever.
5. Read inspirational materials every day
Reading positive materials is a great way to stay positive and motivated. There are countless inspirational e-books online that offer invaluable tips on how to live a positive life. Ensure you read something positive in the morning and before you retire to bed and you will see a remarkable change in your life.
Narcissism can be defined as extreme admiration and love for one self. Facebook users who have plenty of friends, regularly post photos and update their status every hour are downright narcissist. Facebook gives narcissists an ideal platform to get admiration and sense of self-worth through comments, and in turn they become the epitome of attention. Facebook users are grouped into two; the grandiose exhibition type and entitlement/explosiveness type. In the latter (grandiose exhibition type) – the person seeks to become the center of attention. On the other hand, people who exhibit entitlement traits are willing to go to great lengths to seek attention and respect they assume they rightly deserve.
Regular checking your Facebook or Twitter may be a normal routine but now research questions whether people truly find joy in sharing their personal issues with the rest of the world. People in my generation embrace Social technology and use it for narcissism and self-promotion behavior. Constantly networking on Social websites is closely associated with an inflated ego, commonly seen when ‘’attention seekers’’ post lots of pictures at parties with friends to appear cool and fun.
How many times have you checked your Facebook or Twitter account today?
Saving money is something new to me. As my friends say, I love to spend and certainly enjoy the good things money can buy, and the idea of thinking how to save money for me is just boring and depressing. Besides that, I cannot stand listening about economic crisis, bank bailouts, saving your last penny and so forth. Money has become the talk of town and people seem not to have anything else to talk about. Thankfully, I always do my best to steer clear from this dreaded topic – saving money. But then again, how does it feel when you do not have extra cash for an emergency? Can you comfortably borrow money from friends and relatives? If not, then you should read this article several times to fully understand the importance of saving and the joy of having money around when you need it.
1. Avoid petty stress
Saving money each month can help alleviate the stress and anxiety associated to not having money to meet your needs, and any problem faced by those that spend their every penny is completely avoided. You will agree with me that our earning potential decreases as we age hence saving for future luxuries is far important when your physical health clearly dictates employment is now a forgotten term to you. A sizeable saving will allow you to enjoy peace of mind.
2. Boosts your self confidence
Having money around feels great, don’t you think? It acts as a constant reminder that spending is money that you no longer have, and that buying stuff to fill your void is a small step toward a bigger problem. Whether you save for a vacation or new shoes, each time you set some money aside to accomplish your goals is a positive step towards getting it.
3. More income and less dependence on those around you
Having a sizeable saving means you will never nag your family or friends by borrowing money. After all, they also have their share of financial obligations. The point of saving is to encourage independence through personal financial responsibility. The sky should not be your limit when saving money.
4. Invest and earn more
When you decide to save some cash every month and embrace the lifestyle of frugality, an array of choices are available to you. For starters, you can invest in stocks or buy that special gift you have always cherished. As a suggestion, you should do ample research before you invest your hard money in stocks.