Tuesday, March 1, 2011

21 tips for more joy

This is taken from New Insights, Bill Burridge and thought it worth sharing:

  1. If you are ever inclined to think you got a raw deal in life, realize that you may have deliberately designed it that way yourself.
  2. Don't spend your time comparing your life to others. Their life is their life. Your life is your life. Make the most of it.
  3. Live in the moment. It's all you have. You can't change the past and the future only exists as a concept.
  4. Practice inner calmness. When you feel anger or rage building inside, do a mental count to fifty while thinking about how inconsequential your cause of frustration is when considering the bigger picture.
  5. Learn to see the funny side. Laughter is, very simply, the best medicine!
  6. If life feels tedious and the routine is getting you down, look up at the night sky, drink in the spectacular wonder of the cosmos and ask yourself whether your creator designed life to be tedious or whether it is of your own making. Then take action to change your life.
  7. Ask yourself what it is you need most from life right now. Chances are it'll be something you have least of. To be needy is to be out of balance.
  8. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  9. When feeling fearful, uncertain or overwhelmed have the courage to take any small action. You'll immediately feel better.
  10. Don't pursue money without knowing very clearly why. Money is a wonderful commodity when you use it to bring more joy to your life. Money for money's sake is meaningless.
  11. Just as no two human beings have the same fingerprints, so each of us has a unique outlook on the world. Learn to tolerate and appreciate diverse perspectives.
  12. Live authentically. You cannot derive fulfillment from pretending to be someone you are not.
  13. When you encounter a problem think about how this represents an opportunity, embrace it and be thankful for it.
  14. When characteristics of other people annoy you, search to find where those characteristics exist within you.
  15. Take plenty of time to recharge and reflect. Frequent time-outs are what bring meaning and enjoyment to life.
  16. Your thoughts are the most powerful creative forces you possess. Don't waste them by focusing on what's not possible or undesirable in your life.
  17. If there's something you really feel like doing, do it, now, before the opportunity passes by.
  18. Trust your inner being and your inner voice. It is pure, unpolluted by the views of others, miscommunications, limiting beliefs and worst fears.
  19. Confront the fears that hold you back, head on and soon your hesitant, frustrated nature will give way to an adventurous, joyful nature.
  20. Put yourself first, not in a selfish way, but in a way that appreciates how much more you can be and do for the world if you cultivate your own strengths and abilities.
  21. Practice the three Gs: gratitude, graciousness and giving, to make your life a special one.
In my first blog you wrote down 50 things that make you happy. I do hope that  you reached at least 20 and that you are putting it into practise. 50 seems so many as we more focused on what we do not have instead of what is right in front of us and has been all the time!!!!

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