Simple Recipe for a Happy Life

Follow these steps to train your brain to be positive:

  1. When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement: “My purpose today is to ____________. I am thankful for ____________.”
  2. Try to make at least one person smile each day.
  3. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you can’t control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment. Remember the serenity prayer!
  4. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  5. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  6. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present
  7. Don’t compare your life with others. You have no idea what they journey is all about.
  8. No one is in charge of your happiness except YOU.
  9. Forgive everyone for everything.
  10. GOD heals everything—but you have to ask Him!
  11. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  12. Envy is a waste of time.
  13. When you are feeling down, start listing your blessings. You’ll be smiling before you know it.
  14. Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements. “I am thankful for ___________. Today I accomplished _____________.”

Considerate or Entitled? The Difference is in Two Words

Can you guess the two most important words to include in a social exchange that involves a service or sacrifice?

Yes, it’s the ever-familiar, almost-take-for-granted “Thank You.”

While this isn’t a new or far-fetched idea, these words are often forgotten. Sometimes they are tacked on at the end of an exchange without lead-in or sincerity.

Carefully crafting our gratitude can do wonders to communicate respectability, poise, and connection.

Vocalize Your Appreciation

Said with a smile, sincerity, and eye contact, these words let people know that they are appreciated. And after devoting time, energy or effort, receiving gratitude is what encourages us to continue giving of ourselves.

If we feel unappreciated or taken for granted, we tend to shut down. Our creativity suffers. Our compassion suffers. These two words have such power!

Still Mighty, That Pen

When written in a physical note, the words “Thank You” not only make people feel appreciated but also that they are important. Whether or not the words in your note were particularly artistic, you took the time to recognize their kindness.

Some thank you notes or letters are obligatory elements of occasions such as bridal or baby showers, weddings, housewarming parties, etc. The gift recipient should respond with notes no more than six weeks after the event. The same holds true for birthday gifts, graduation gifts, special invitations (such as attending a fancy event as a guest), or extended hospitality (such as staying as a guest in someone’s home).

It can be easy to forget these kinds of tasks, so write your notes as soon as you can so they are not forgotten!

And remember—these two words have the power to influence others’ opinion about themselves. Manners matter!