At the end of your life wouldn’t you like to say that you did your best, contributed what you could, and became the best person you could be? I know I do! There are some truly amazing people in the world who live at high levels of consciousness. These people didn’t get this way overnight. It took them a lifetime of building habits and seeking growth.

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As the old saying goes, “money can’t buy happiness.” No matter how much wealth we have, it’s rarely an indicator of personal satisfaction. But still, at the end of the day, wouldn’t it be nice to have a couple extra bucks? A little bit of spending money for your own indulgence? A budgetary boost to keep you feeling safe and secure when the economy isn’t looking too bright? Sure, of course that’d be nice, but finding a dollar on the street corner will only get you so far. The key to a real lasting pick-me-up is in its utility, not in its market value.

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We all have days where we have to drag ourselves out of bed and, for lack of a better way to describe it, just feel “blah.” There are many reasons why you may feel less than inspired about life, from high stress levels at work to a poor diet or lack of exercise, but the good news is that you don’t have to let it ruin your day.

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When our jobs require us to seek out mistakes and fix errors, our brains become trained to find the negative. So instead, keep an eye out for the positive. Your coworker who held the door open, your new pen that writes so smoothly, that comfortable chair, etc… Merely noticing these small items can boost your happiness.

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“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Many people tend to make things more complex than they have to be. Even when the answer is right in front of us we may overlook what is already there in search of a more complex approach. The same thing happens when we go looking for self-improvement, or ways to be happier and live a more fulfilled life. Trained to look over the simple explanations, we oversee them by a long shot. Happiness doesn’t have to be complex and difficult.

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