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Sunday, December 27, 2015

The A to Z of happiness

It is the season of giving, receiving and reflecting

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, here are 26 ways to lead a more fulfilled life.

Avoid negativity and respond positively - Doing this gives you more time to focus on positive things.

Break old habits by forming new habits - Instead of focusing on breaking bad habits, put more energy into forming beneficial habits.

Choose your friends wisely - To be truly happy, associate yourself with those who encourage and support you.

Dare to dream - Live the life that you want. Keep the motivation to live your dream by focusing on ther positive aspects of your life.

Enthusiasm is vital - By being passionate, grateful, positive, creative, pro-active, patient and enlightened, you can accumulate more enthusiasm in your life.

Family and friends are forever - Be grateful to those who have helped you get to where you are today.

Give and receive - While giving to those whom you care about is a way of expressing your feelings towards them, you should also honour your own needs.

Happiness is within you. - By accepting who you are and letting go of your expectations, inner struggles and frustrations, you will find inner peace.

Inspire yourself and others - By being true to yourself, sticking to what you love, expressing your enthusiasm and excelling at what you do best, you will find yourself surrounded by those whom you influence.

Just do it - Accomplish what you first wanted to do. Set small goals for yourself and take one step at a time.

Keep on moving - Get it together and never give up. Perseverance is one of the most important traits you can have.

Love yourself and be loved in return
 - Celebrate your past, pamper yourself, accept your mistakes and embrace your future.

Make things happen - You are responsible for what happens in your life.  It is up to you to take the first step.

No to procrastination - Stop thinking. Start doing. Just plan and take small steps towards your goal.

Opportunities are everywhere - Make your own future. Recognise that an opportunity is the first step towards success.

Practice makes perfect - Although it may be difficult at times, deliberate practice sharpens your skills.

Quitting is not an option - Before you give up, ask yourself if you have put in enough effort and time towards achieving your goal. Have you done everything you could?

Realise your dreams - Time is precious, so come up with a realistic time frame for reaching your goals.

Smile from the heart - By spending time with positive individuals, you will get more positive energy. Better yet, be that individual.

Take chances - Go after your dream job, escape from toxic relationships and strive for what you really want in life.

Understand and respect others - By knowing what others need, we can be at peace with one another.

Value-add - As you begin to contribute more, you will notice how good it makes you feel about yourself.

Will yourself to reach your goals - Always fight for what you want and stay positive, regardless of the obstacles life may throw at you.

X-(ac)celerate in life and move forward - Driven individuals are
continuously striving to do at least one task better.

You can make a positive change every day - You have the power to control your attitude. Think about how to behave, what to say and when to say it.

Zero in on what is important - Know when to focus on what is most significant in your life.

Article by Santhanaram Jayaram, a laughter coach and director of Inspired Life Academy. Visit for more tips on stress management and laughter.