The Path to a Free, Happy and Simple Life

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Some time ago I realized something really important. Simple, and yet so powerful, that it completely changed the way I see things.

I understood that I am responsible for everything in my life. That in each moment I choose whether to be happy or not. And that with every decision of mine I can change the outcome.

The thing is, the happy, simple and stress-free life we’re all wishing for is out there, waiting for us to start living it.

Here are some things I’m working on that can help anyone be more satisfied, live freely and easily, reach peace and feel joy.

You’ll find most of the statements too obvious as it’s stuff we should all be doing. But the truth is that we’re not doing it no matter how easy it is.
Instead, we’ve decided to complicate our lives and stick to that.

But I don’t need to follow the crowd. I choose to be happy. You can too.

Here they are:

  1. When people don’t like you, accept it. There’s nothing you can do. And whoever you become, there will always be someone to disapprove and disagree. As long as you’re okay with yourself and have people who support you, you’re alright.
  2. If you like someone, tell him. Even if he doesn’t like you, you don’t lose anything.
  3. The future is uncertain. Stop trying to predict it.
  4. Whatever has happened, learn from it and move on. There’s no place for your past in your present.
  5. If you make a mistake, don’t feel bad, lose hope or analyze it too much. Now you know what not to do and can try again. All successful people have been there.
  6. If you don’t like something, get rid of it.
  7. If you don’t like your job, quit and find something else.
  8. If you’re in doubt, just choose one of the options and try to make the best of it. Whatever happens, you’ll know you’ve tried.
  9. Stop comparing yourself and your life to those of others. It makes you feel awful and is never true as everyone is at a different level, dealing with different stuff and nothing is as it seems.
  10. If you want something, now is the right time to do it.
  11. You don’t need others to believe in yourself, actually you don’t need any help. All you have to do is see yourself for the amazing being you are with all those abilities, powers and potential you have. And do something about it.
  12. No regrets.
  13. The only thing that matters is the present moment. Enjoy it, or you’re missing out on what’s important.
  14. If you find someone special, try to make things work out.
  15. Don’t pretend to be someone else. It makes things too hard and never ends good. Embrace who you are and appreciate yourself.
  16. Choose to focus on the things you have. The rest will fall into place.
  17. You don’t need to change things. They are perfect just the way they are.
  18. If you want to cry, let your feelings out.
  19. If someone doesn’t appreciate you, take it as a sign from the universe that you shouldn’t waste any time on him.
  20. Better things are coming.
  21. The right person is out there.
  22. If you think about something every day, don’t give up on it. It’s worth it.
  23. There’s always an easier, simpler and faster way to do what you want to do. Find it.
  24. Wake up and thank for the day. That will make you appreciate it more and start it with a smile.
  25. Instead of trying to guess what someone else thinks of you, what his plans are or else, just ask him.
  26. If you don’t like the book you’ve just started, leave it. Life is too short for bad books.
  27. Don’t try to change people. Accept them as they are.
  28. Living life is easy. Thinking about it too much makes it hard, though.
  29. Don’t be afraid to talk about your accomplishments.
  30. Divide your big goals into tiny steps. And start acting on them now.

These are just some of the things we should start or stop doing that will transform our lives.

There are many more.

But once you get used to choosing less over more, being happy over not being satisfied and simple over complicated, you’ll develop such an attitude towards life. And soon all your decisions will be taking you to the right direction.

Further reading:

Simple Living Manifesto
Tips to Live Simple, Happy and Free
The Simple Life
Live Stress-Free
Building a Happier Life

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Signs You’re Stuck in a Rut (and How to Get Out)

signs you're stuck in a rut and what to do about it

Life has its ups and downs for all of us, but sometimes those downs creep up and take hold without us noticing. All of a sudden we look around and realize that we’ve found ourselves stuck deep in a rut. If you don’t know you’re in a rut, it can be very difficult to get out and this can lead to lasting negative effects on your health and happiness.

So how do you know when you’re in a rut?

And, more importantly, what can you do to get back on track?

One of the biggest red flags that demonstrate that you might be drifting listlessly through your own life is that you spend most of it daydreaming of being somewhere else.

It’s perfectly normal to spend some time in the office wishing you were lying on a beach instead, but if this is a permanent state of affairs, it’s a sign that you’re dangerously bored. Try adding some spontaneity into your life to liven things up a bit, at least until that next vacation.

If you don’t have an exotic location to jet off to, you need to make sure you still have some things to look forward to. If the only thing you have any anticipation for is getting into bed at the end of every day, then you’re definitely in a rut and need to start finding enjoyment in the little things in life, appreciating all of the things that come in between waking up and going back to bed again.

Social media is a great tool for lots of things in our lives. But it can also have a very damaging effect on your mental health because it’s easy to be fooled by the edited highlights of their lives people put on there. This can leave you feeling envious because the day to day reality of your life doesn’t look like what you assume everyone’s life is, so stop obsessing over other people and shift your focus back to yourself.

Doing this shouldn’t come at the expense of actually ever seeing other people or doing anything, of course. So if you’re finding that you are spending all of your time at home rather than getting out and seeing friends, or claiming that you don’t have time to do anything (when the reality is quite the opposite), these are all also signs that you need to think hard about changing your habits.

Nobody ever wants to get stuck in a rut, but in a world where work-life balances are getting ever more hard to maintain and technology is eating into face to face interactions, it’s easy to find yourself wondering where your life went. These tips from NetCredit will help you identify whether you are living yours in a rut and will help you start to find your way out again.

More tips on how to get unstuck:

How to Get Your Motivation Back
How to Boost Your Energy and Vitality for a Successful Life
How to Embrace Acceptance in Life
How to Deal with Indecisiveness