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Find Inspiration in Your Everyday Life

Find Inspiration in Your Everyday Life

We can find inspiration in our everyday lives. Attune yourself to the ordinary experience of daily living, and find inspiration in the here and now. Here's how.

We certainly find inspiration in the person who overcomes obstacles to do something profound, a beautiful work of art or piece of music, or the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. These are definitely inspiring things. But you don’t need to go to a museum, visit a world heritage site, or learn about a famous person to be inspired. You can find inspiration in your ordinary and everyday life.

We tend to be inspired by the extraordinary. But I think we could have more bliss in our lives if we became better attuned to the ordinary, if we were able to find inspiration in our own everyday lives.

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Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

While habits are often necessary, they can be restrictive. Consider breaking a habit (even if it's not bad) in order to get out of your comfort zone.

If you do a web search of “breaking habits,” you will get over 30 million results about how to break bad habits (smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.). But recently, I came across the quote below by 20th-century theologian Henry Van Dyke, and it resonated deeply with me. It made me realize that habits, while often necessary, can be restrictive. Even if they’re not bad habits, you may want to consider breaking a habit that is not bad in order to grow a bit.

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Live Life Now: Living in the Present Moment

Live Life Now: Living in the Present Moment

Live life now, not as it was and not as it might be. Being fully present in this moment is important to finding your bliss. Here are some ways to live life now.
We all need to learn to live life now. Spending all of our mental energy focused on the past or the future means that we aren’t living in the present. We aren’t living our lives right now, and, honestly, the present moment is truly the only time we have to live. Many of us are constantly distracted, but I’d encourage each of us to live life now and be fully present in this moment.

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Develop a Flexible Mindset: Less Disappointment, More Bliss

Develop a Flexible Mindset: Less Disappointment, More Bliss

A flexible mindset helps you experience life in a blissful manner; rigid thinking leads to disappointment. Learn how to develop a flexible mindset here.

A flexible mindset can decrease disappointment and help you find bliss. Rigid thinking can be self-defeating. When you expect things to be a certain way and will be satisfied only when they are that way, you may experience a lot of unhappiness in life. If you can develop a flexible mindset, you will encounter less disappointment and more bliss (Coaching Flexibility To The Overly Rigid Child).

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Start to Live Your Purpose — Choose Your Destiny Now

Start to Live Your Purpose — Choose Your Destiny Now

Start to live your purpose and choose your destiny now. Don’t let life just happen to you. When you truly believe that you control your life rather than life controlling you, then you are free to choose your destiny. But, many of us spend years living as if life just happens to us. We live on autopilot, going through the motions without examining if how we live is truly how we want to live, if who we are is who we want to be. Let’s talk about how to start to live your purpose

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Keep Moving Forward Toward Bliss by Taking Care of Yourself

Keep Moving Forward Toward Bliss by Taking Care of Yourself

We all encounter struggles that can keep us from moving forward to bliss. Struggles can derail us from our goal of living a blissful life. But, if we keep moving forward towards bliss by taking care of ourselves despite our setbacks, we will eventually achieve bliss (10 Ways to Build Resilience).

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Practice Appreciation to Increase Life Satisfaction

Practice Appreciation to Increase Life Satisfaction

If you practice appreciation you can increase life satisfaction. When you practice appreciation, you are acknowledging the worth and significance of someone or something. The act of appreciating enhances positive emotions (The Magic of Appreciation). So, if you want to improve your own emotional wellbeing and live a more blissful life, start practicing appreciation. 

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Improve Mental Health by Improving Physical Health

Improve Mental Health by Improving Physical Health

If you want to improve your mental health, you should improve your physical health. You’ll be pleased to know there is a direct association between sleep, exercise, nutrition, and emotional health. Individually, chronic sleep loss, lack of physical activity, or eating poorly can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression. So if you want to improve your mental health, you should improve your physical health, too.

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Foster Unity over Division to Live Blissfully

Foster Unity over Division to Live Blissfully

There is a lack of connection between people in spite of the fact that unity over division can lead to a blissful life. There is a pervasive mentality of “us” versus “them.” Despite the fact that we know social connection makes us happier, we tend to dehumanize others. We pit ourselves against those who are different from us, acting apathetic at best and cruel at worst. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that indifference and cruelty are not traits that will help you live a blissful life. In fact, they may actually prevent it. To break down the walls we erect that keep us separate, we need to learn how to humanize others and foster unity over division to live blissfully.

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Stop Trying to Control What’s Out of Your Control

Stop Trying to Control What’s Out of Your Control

Trying to control what is out of your control just doesn’t work. I’m beginning to see a familiar pattern emerging in my behavior (6 Ways to Change Your Thoughts). My constant list-making (and checking off list items), my impatience, and my wanting other people to do things the way I want them done seem to be constant. These all stem from my desire to control various aspects of my life. In effect, I’m trying to control what is out of my control.

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