Living on the edge was probably the ‘in’ thing to do back in the day when life was less complicated. Even I, someone who would only step into the dark side when there’s ice cream and cookies, would do something drastic once in a while just for the kick of it. Then again, we were probably only 14 then too.
Things are different now and we’ve got proper lives to lead. There’s so much to do! There’s also so much bringing us down whether we like it or not! But we can definitely choose how to deal with the mess and to keep sanity where it’s supposed to be, I’ve got 5 simple ways to look at the world differently. 5 ways to give ourselves a little more attention and feel happier about it, 5 things that are within our control.
Penny C lightens things up.
1. Laugh at Yourself
We all want things to go perfectly well; we want everything to be in sync. But that’s not what life is about. Get rid of the touchy, grumpy monster inside you and get a grip on reality. If you can laugh at on-screen actors that make a fool of themselves just so that viewers can have a good time, bet you can take a moment and laugh at yourself too.
The benefits of finding humour in the things you do? Chances are you’re less likely to freak out and think its the end of the world if something does go wrong, and people will find you likable, attractive and what’s the word…human. You also experience less tension, worry lesser and you’re on the road to better health. Go a little crazy. When you start laughing at yourself, you know that’s when you’re really beginning to grow up.
A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh. ~Raymond Hitchcock
2. Embrace Your Quirks
People check boxes, you circle them. You’ve got the habit of browsing through children’s picture books because you can’t get enough of the simple yet fascinating imaginations that they provide. So you do things differently from others. Heck, you even look different too with one eyebrow higher than the other. You don’t march to the beat of one drum but there’s no need to feel awkward.
Embrace your quirks in your personality, they tell a lot about you. You’ll be less insecure and you’ll always manage to find a healthy escape when the going gets too tough. Accept yourself and build your own brand. Your quirks may be the key to your future success.
You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it. ~Pat Obuchowski
3. Stop Comparing
Are you one of those who daydream about the lifestyles of well, not the rich and famous, but of friends or people who earn big bucks and lead carefree lives? You sigh and wished you could do the things they did? If you are, stop it! Accept who you are and stop comparing your looks or lifestyle with your friends’. Everyone has different qualities and strengths, not to mention weaknesses too. You don’t know their stories and really, be glad that you don’t.
Don’t believe it when your thoughts tell you that you’re not good enough because the fact is, we are our worst worst enemy. Appreciate yourself, count your blessings, and think about the all the good things in YOUR life. Love yourself because that’s the way anyone else is able to love you. Trust us, you’re worth it!
When your inner and outer energies radiate in harmony, you are blessed and spiritually magnetic. ~Terri Guillemets
4. Find Your Passion
Often enough, certain thoughts pop into our head when we’re looking for a fulfilling career – what’s our passion? What do we love to do? Here’s a tip – do something that won’t have you grumbling about 5 days a week. You’re more productive when you’re feeling cheery, and more likely to be producing or creating something you’re proud of.
Even if you’re not in your dream job, find a hobby that will take your mind off the rush, indulge in books or an awesome television series that can take you away from a heavy week. Find a passion that you’ll look forward too.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confuscious
5. Let Them Win
Take a break from letting your ego talk its way into you winning each squabble; don’t try and be right in every argument. Even if you know you’re totally making sense of the situation, let it go gracefully. Be cool; see where the other person is coming from and genuinely seek to understand their point of view. Listen to what they’ve got to say and soon something will make you realise that being right isn’t so important after all.
Fighting to be right all the time will inevitably cause more friction, unhappiness and only sour memories will remain, for both of you. It’s one way married couples work it out in the long run because they know winning isn’t everything. Ending an argument without always trying to win it shows how much you value the relationship.
Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them. ~Author Unknown
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