Being happy seems simple. But so often we bog ourselves down with self-inflicted internal and social pressures, and then it’s not so simple.
If you are looking for ways to be happy, give up these 14 things.
1) Give up trying to please everyone.
Learn to say no. It may be hard in the beginning, but with each repeat experience, saying no gets easier and easier.
2) Give up trying to impress others.
Stop trying to be someone that you’re not, just to impress others. When you stop and embrace the real you, people will be impressed.
3) Give up doing everything yourself.
People need each other. There’s a reason 7 billion people inhabit the earth. Asking for help doesn't make you weak.
4) Give up ignoring your body.
Are you drinking or eating too much? Do you need to work out? Your body is always talking to you. Do yourself a favor, listen to it and take care of it. You’ll be happier if you do.
5) Give up comparing yourself to others.
Don't compare. No one is perfect and you have no idea the struggles others face on a daily basis.
6) Give up talking smack about yourself.
Don’t believe all the negative and self-defeating stuff that your mind tells you. Turn the channel and listen to the playlist of great stuff about you.
7) Give up fearing failure.
Failure is simply a part of life. It’s okay to fail, but keep striving. Don’t think of failure as a stumbling block, but rather a stepping stone.
8) Give up spending time with people you don't actually like.
Spending time with people who don’t make you happy is just a mistake. There's nothing wrong with breaking up with a friend. There’s no rule that says you have to be friends forever.
9) Give up making excuses or blaming others.
It’s easy to make excuses or blame others for things that go wrong or that you didn’t do. Give up these unhealthy habits and start taking responsibility for yourself.
10) Give up the idea that you shouldn't eat food you love.
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