15 Small Things That Make Life Happier

Sometimes it is the little things that put us in a great mood. Here are 15 things that make life better!

  1. Finishing work early.
  2. Walking home from work when the weather is beautiful.
  3. Waking up before your alarm goes off, and realizing you still have hours left in bed.
  4. Being praised by your friends, family or boss.
  5. Finding money in your pocket or jacket that you forgot you had.
  6. When the elevator arrives as soon as you press the button.
  7. Listening to a new song that you’ve just discovered on repeat.
  8. Listening to your all-time favorite song on repeat.
  9. When you realize that a show you love is back with a new season.
  10. When you see a happy child or puppy in public.
  11. Having a great hair day.
  12. When you sing/rap the whole song correctly.
  13. When the sun starts shining and you put your winter coat away for a few months.
  14. When a package arrives that you’ve been looking forward to. (Today a big box of Twiglets arrived for me. Day = made!)
  15. When you think of a funny memory and you can’t help but to smile.

What small thing made your life better this week? Let me know with a comment!

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10 Quotes About Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an essential part of happiness; without it, you cannot love yourself. Here are 10 quotes that I really like about self-esteem:

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” Jodi Picoult

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.” Dan Coppersmith

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Marilyn Monroe

“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” Warsan Shire

 

Do you think that you have good or bad self-esteem? Let me know with a comment!

5 Awesome Parts Of Being Single

Society often portrays single people as unhappy and lonely, but this is rarely the case. Most people who are single are single through their own choice, and there are a lot of single people; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, singles make up 50.2% of the population in the United States. This means there are more single adults in the US than adults in relationships!

If you love being single, you’ll be able to relate to these 5 points.

 

1. You Can Focus On Yourself

Lots of people get complacent in relationships; a recent survey from the UK found that 62% of respondents gained 14 pounds or more after starting a new relationship! When you are single, you have more free time, and most people choose to spend this time wisely. From exercise to perusing hobbies, it is easier to focus on yourself and grow as a person when you are single.

 

2. You Can See Your Friends Whenever

Lots of people in relationships see their friends regularly, but others don’t – especially if they have recently had children. Relationships require people to sacrifice their personal freedom and free time, but single people can do as they please. This means they can see their friends whenever they want!

 

3. You Are Holding Out For A Good Match

Most people know this depressing statistic; almost 50% of marriages in America end in failure. Lots of people settle for someone who isn’t right because they feel lonely or unattractive, but these are the wrong reasons to start a relationship. As a single, you can hold out for the perfect person who you really want to be with.

 

4. You Become More Self Reliant

We’ve all been through an awful break-up that left us devastated. During this time, the idea of being single and independent is awful, as you believe that you need the other person to be happy. As a happy singleton, you know that you can rely on yourself. You make sure you have fun, you feed yourself, you go to work – and you do it all yourself, without needing the support of someone else.

 

5. You Can Do Whatever You Want To Do

How do you think your partner would feel if you decided to go for a month-long trip to Thailand? They might not be too happy if you don’t include them, which is reasonable. As a single person, you don’t have to check with someone else before you make life-changing decisions. It is very freeing to not have to consider the needs of others!

What do you think about this article? I think there are benefits to both being in a relationship and being single. Let me know with a comment!

4 Ways To Communicate With Stubborn Friends And Family Members

Long-term friends and family members are important to everyone. For most people, it feels great knowing that there are people in their lives who will always stick by them – even if they don’t always see eye to eye!

After years and years of knowing someone, you’re bound to disagree on something. This shouldn’t ruin your friendship, but sometimes it can be difficult to disagree with stubborn people without creating tension.

If you can relate to this, here are 4 tips to help you communicate effectively with your stubborn friends and family members.

 

1. Find Some Common Ground

The more someone disagrees with us, the more stubborn we become. If you want a stubborn person to see where you are coming from, start by finding some common ground. You don’t need to become a pushover and agree with their argument – just put the focus of the conversation on something you will both agree with. For instance, you could say “I know we don’t see eye to eye on this subject, but I hope that we can still go out for food after this conversation. Where do you want to go?” This will help to diffuse the tense situation.

 

2. Don’t Attack Or Blame

If someone feels backed into a corner, they become emotional and defensive. This means that they are more likely to attack and blame the other person, turning the disagreement into an argument, which is harder to resolve.

Instead of blaming, be honest. For example, instead of saying “You never do anything around the house,” you could say “I did a lot of tidying up last night. I’m really tired now – will you help me tonight?” This will help the other person to see your point, while diffusing the tension.

 

3. Don’t Focus On Proving Your Point

Sometimes disagreements end up going round and round in circles, because one person is only focused on proving their point. Instead of moving forward, they get sucked in and they won’t stop until the other person sees their point.

Don’t let yourself get caught in this emotional trap. Take a deep breath and focus on communication, rather than blindly proving a point. Ask the other person how they feel, and bring the subject back to the main issue.

 

4. Try To Listen And Ask Questions

Most arguments are caused because one person can’t see the other person’s perspective. If you want to resolve the issue, you should focus on listening and asking questions so that you can understand the other person’s point. The simple act of you trying to understand them should help them to calm down and relax, so that you can talk honestly and openly without tension.

Do you have any other tips? Let me know with a comment!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD FORGIVE

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘forgive and forget’, but sometimes that can be the hardest thing to do. If someone has hurt you, it can be difficult to move past that – but you should. It isn’t for the sake of the other person; it’s for the sake of your own mental well-being.

Here are five reasons why you should forgive the person who you are angry at.

 
1. It isn’t fun to live in the past

There is no point in continuously thinking about past events; what is done is done and it can’t be changed. Focusing on the past will only make you bitter and resentful, and the other person probably won’t even realize how upset you still are by the event. Move on for your own sake – being bitter is like buying poison and then taking it yourself!

2. Forgiveness doesn’t have to mean forgetting

If someone really hurt you, you don’t have to forgive them and become friends again. Maybe they let you down or broke your trust – either way you don’t have to be their friend again. You are forgiving them for your own happiness, not for theirs.

3. Everyone makes mistakes

Everyone gets caught up in a lie or a mistake at one point in their lives. Often these events can escalate and build, and a good person can end up doing something bad. No-one is perfect!

4. Compassion is important

At some point in your life, you will have wished that someone offered you compassion and understanding. Compassion isn’t a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength and love.

5. Because you deserve to be happy

Simple but true!

“People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!” – C. JoyBell C

12 MORE WAYS TO SHOW LOVE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY

Many people say that if they won the lottery, they would take all of their loved ones abroad. People love to treat the people they care about, and nothing is better than a big holiday together!

But what if you haven’t won the lottery? Most people can’t afford to spend lots of money on their friends, but they still want to show them that they are loved and appreciated.

Here are 12 more easy ways to show love without spending money.

1. Invite them out with your other friends. Everyone loves to feel included!

2. Send them a funny video on YouTube that you know will make them crack up.

3. Compliment something many people don’t acknowledge, like their impressive work ethic or ability to always be fair and reasonable.

4. Send them a picture of you two together so you can reminisce on the awesome memories.

5. Notice and congratulate them whenever they work hard for something.

6. Be there for them when they are upset or angry. Listen to them talk, and offer advice when they are ready.

7. Make them a home-made card and write a meaningful note inside. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look amazing – it is the thought that counts, and it is likely that your friend will treasure it forever.

8. Ask them how they are every time you see them. Always take the time to listen to their answer, and look out for any signs that they may be having a tough day.

9. Ask how their big day went. Everyone has presentations, projects and deadlines, and some days are tougher than others. It always feels great to know that someone is silently supporting you when you having an eventful/hard day.

10. Bring their favorite snack whenever you meet up with them as a surprise.

11. Remember the little things that they tell you.

12. Tell them “I love you.”

12 WAYS TO SHOW LOVE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY

 

If money was no object, it would be very easy to freely express our love with expensive gifts.

Sadly most of us don’t have lots of money to spend on others. After bills, rent and food, there is very little left over – but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to show your loved ones that you care.

Here are 12 easy ways to show love without spending money.

1. Make them a mixed CD with songs you know they enjoy, and a few songs you think they will like.

2. Dedicate a blog post to them.

3. Ask them to re-tell their favorite story. You know they love telling it – and you love hearing it too.

4. Ask if they need any help with their day-to-day responsibilities – simply picking up their children from school one day could really help them.

5. Give them a book that you have already read that you think they will enjoy and learn from.

6. Thank them for helping you to grow as a person. Maybe you are more compassionate for knowing them, or maybe you are less of a push-over.

7. Cook them dinner. Everyone loves a delicious, home-cooked meal!

8. Let them choose how you spend the day. Even if it isn’t really your thing, try to see it through their eyes so you can have a great day too.

9. Let them be right, even if they are not. Who cares?

10. Look out for someone they care about.

11. Make a sacrifice so you can spend time with them. Instead of spending a night on the sofa, save the whole night for them. Drop by with a film, some drinks and some snacks.

12. Be childish together. Go to the park and eat ice-cream together.