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22 Things Happy People Do Differently

This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.

happinessThere are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.… Read the rest!

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The One Meal You Absolutely Can’t Miss

For years scientists and health gurus have told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why is that? It is because study after study shows us the negative effects of skipping breakfast or eating a non-healthy breakfast. Starting your day with proteins, like eggs and bacon, leads to better brain function, attentiveness, and more energy. Starting the day with refined sugars and other carbohydrates, like donuts or bagels, can lead to energy depletion and mental miscues.

Today I want to talk about a different kind of breakfast. It has nothing to do with what you eat but it does have to do with what you put into your body. I’m talking about a couple of things you could do each morning that will keep you energized and focused for the rest of the day.… Read the rest!

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The Parable of the Perfect Pearl

I was at a leadership conference this past weekend where they told the following parable:

“There’s an ancient oriental legend that tells the story of a jeweler who found the perfect pearl. The pearl was so beautiful that the merchant wanted to place the pearl in the proper setting. So he conceived the idea of building a special box of the finest woods to contain the pearl. He sought these woods and had them brought to him, and they were polished to a high brilliance. He then reinforced the corners of this box with elegant brass hinges and added a blue velvet interior. Then jewels were embedded in the outside. As a final step, he scented that blue velvet with perfume, then placed in that setting this precious pearl.Read the rest!

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50 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned When I Was Young


This morning I came across this list shared by an older gentleman who had actually lived a pretty amazing life. His insights are wonderful. I hope that I can remember these and teach them to my children. Enjoy!


  1. You’re stronger than you think you are.
  2. Mistakes teach you important lessons.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.
  3. There is nothing to hold you back except you.
  4. You can press forward long after you can’t.  It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.
  5. No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.
  6. You are limited only by your own imagination. Let it fly.
  7. Perception is reality.
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45 Instructions for Life

     Everybody has advice to give about life. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t. The advice we give comes from our own personal experiences. One of your friends may tell you to try a certain restaurant because the service is amazing, while another friend may tell you to avoid the same restaurant because the food is bad. Either way, the restaurant is what it is, but different people experience in a different way.

I found this list through StumbleUpon this morning and thought it had some good advice. I’m not saying that these are the definitive instructions for a good life but I think anyone who incorporated these would be the type of person we would all love to be around. Enjoy!

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
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The Hospital Window – Make a Difference!

I really liked this story the first time I heard it many years ago. Hope you enjoy it!


Here is the original story written in Europe after WWII:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.… Read the rest!

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The Important Things

You’ve probably heard this story before but I think it is a good one to repeat because of the profound meaning it has for our lives:

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.… Read the rest!

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Drop the Poison!

Walking down the road one day an older gentleman in a tattered grey overcoat came upon a young man holding a bright green rock. A foul-smelling gas was coming from the rock as the young man held it tightly, examining it’s surfaces.

“Sir”, said the old man. “Did you know that what you are holding is very poisonous?”

The young man looked surprised. “It isn’t poisonous! It’s extremely rare and you can’t have it. It is all mine and I’m not letting go of it.”

“Trust me, it is not that rare. It is poisonous, however, and it will have a great affect on you.”

“Yeah right. Can you prove that it is poison?”

“Well, tell me how you found it.”

“This morning I was walking through the park, talking with an acquaintance.… Read the rest!

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7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day


Found this great information from Geoffrey Jamesat Inc. Magazine:Had a lousy morning? Things looking grim?

Not to worry. The rest of your day need not be a disaster. It can in fact become one of your best, providing you take these simple steps:

1. Remember that the past does not equal the future.

There is no such thing as a “run of bad luck.” The reason people believe such nonsense is that the human brain creates patterns out of random events and remembers the events that fit the pattern.

2. Refuse to make self-fulfilling prophesies. 

If you believe the rest of your day will be as challenging as what’s already happened, then rest assured: You’ll end up doing something (or saying) something that will make sure that your prediction comes true.

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