How to Be Happier Almost Instantly

It has been said that money can’t buy happiness. And it seems to be true.

A lot of us have this mistaken belief that wealth and success can somehow enable us to reach the level of happiness that we’re seeking, but science has proven that this is not the least bit true.

Indeed, it has been proven that some small acts of kindness, goodwill and thankfulness can lead us to feel happier almost instantly. In specific, some things that can help us are the following: Smiling, meditating, relaxing, laughing, being thankful, loving, socialising, being adventurous, being generous and exercising. Continue reading below to discover how these 10 simple acts can help you reduce stress.

The following infographic by life coach spotter provides some simple science-backed tips to feel happier almost instantly.

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5 Things to Do as a Family to Strengthen Bonds

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You are a family, yes, even when it stops feeling that way. The kids are growing up, your partner is buried in work and you are absorbed in your everyday. You not spending time together as a family is something that becomes virtually inevitable. It is down to you now, to put back together what seem like pieces of your family. This is no mean feat and will require some effort from each of you. It is, nevertheless, achievable.

Here are 10 things to do together that will help bridge the gap.

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Business Owners: Why You’re Lacking Creative Thinking

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We all have those days where we just feel like we’ve got nothing going on from a creative standpoint. We’d love to come up with the perfect idea, but it just isn’t happening. Why is this the case, and what can be done about it?

Creative thinking isn’t something you can achieve on a constant basis. It requires a perfect mindset and lots of personal growth in order to be harnessed correctly. This is what I’ve found throughout my experiences.

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How to get ahead at work by being smart about things

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The age old question of how to progress or get promoted at work. The answer is different for any company, but we can tell you what the answer certainly isn’t. Tripping up others is not a good way to get ahead at work. Even if you temporarily succeed, the chances are you will bite off more than you can chew which will eventually become blaringly obvious.

Be smart about things. Think outside the box. Genuinely invest yourself in the company and keep an eye out for things that could benefit your workplace.

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How to Be a Leader in Your Industry

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After years of growing a business, you may be thinking about taking a more central place in your industry. To meet the challenge, you’ll have to inspire others, garner respect, and act like a leader. While every successful leader is different, they share several common characteristics, such as charisma, intelligence, trustworthiness, and creativity. Learn how you can be a leader in your industry by observing the following steps.

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Guiding Your Teen to Live a Drug Free Lifestyle

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Some teens have experimented with prescription and recreational drugs without becoming addicted or suffering other negative consequences. But, they aren’t the norm. For numerous others, the addiction kicks in after the very first time they use. For these teens, drug use leads to problems with home, school, work, relationships, shame, helplessness and isolation.

As a parent, you’re always worried about teen peer pressure that could lead to using drugs. And, if you find that your teen is using, it’s your parental responsibility to get him the help he needs fast. The best way to help your teen is to become educated about the warning signs and steps to take to guide your teen into living a drug free lifestyle.

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Investing in Personal Development in Order to be a Better Leader

Learn to Be a Better Leader for Personal Development

No matter where you are in your personal or professional life, you can still learn and do more to become a better person. Investing in your personal development can help you be a better leader at work, a better spouse or a better parent to your children. What can you do to continually get closer to reaching and fulfilling your potential?

Never Be Afraid to Do Something Outside of Your Comfort Zone

One of the worst habits you can get into is staying inside of your comfort zone and becoming stagnant in your career or in your relationships. While there is nothing wrong with having a favorite restaurant or appreciating certain traits in a friend or colleague, you should make time to do something that you might not usually do.

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How to Take Action and Care for Your Body

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It’s quite easy to become lax when it comes to taking care of ourselves as adults. Normally, we don’t have that nagging voice in the ear telling us when to sleep or how to eat as our mother’s once did. This sad realization comes to many of us as we stand in front of the mirror after stepping out of the shower. The phrase, “What happened?” usually crosses our minds. Right there is when we make a crucial decision. Do we commit to taking better care of ourselves, or do we put it off until tomorrow? You must fight the urge to procrastinate decisions affecting your physical needs. What do you do when it comes time to take action?

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Caring For Your Parents As They Get Older

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When you are growing up, your parents are the ones that take care of you. They make sure that you have enough to eat, give you a roof over your head, and are there for you whenever you need to talk to someone who really understands and cares. It seems as if they are going to live forever – and it is hard to imagine the day when they start to slow down or need your help to cope with life.

That’s why it is so surprising when you finally realize that your parents are starting to get on in years. Perhaps they are not as agile as they used to be, or they may find it a bit difficult to handle all of the day’s challenges. When you reach this point, it is often very difficult to know what the best approach to take is. On the one hand, your parents are still your parents, so you don’t want to take control away from them. On the other hand, you want to make sure that they are safe and secure, and it is clear they might not be unless things change.

The single most important thing you can ask yourself is whether your parents are able to continue living in their own home. If they are, this is the best thing for them – it is somewhere they know, it has happy memories, and they will still feel that they are in charge of their lives. Many more people are doing this now as they age – in fact, aging in place is becoming a common trend in the US, and there are lots of resources available to help people who want to do this.

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Healing Through Letting Go

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I never thought I was a sensitive person. Practical, yes. Reasonable. Down to earth. But sensitive was not how I would classify myself. It is only recently that I have begun to realize that I am sensitive. If you are really honest with yourself we are all sensitive. What happens to us, what people say, what environment we are in does affect us. It is only when you become aware of this effect that you can gain some control over it.

At one point in my life I strove to be a robot. Emotionless, without hurt on anxiety or fear or even joy. I felt that this was a better way to live. Less painful. For a long time I succeeded to an extent. I felt nothing. I remembered nothing. You see, emotions are what make memories and without them there is nothing to anchor memories to. I have entire years of my life missing. A bad way to cope, to be sure, but one that I think many of us do unconsciously or consciously.

After finally having enough time in this manner of living a series of events in my life made me wake up. A new job with new people helped me to understand that my way of life was not normal or particularly healthy. Although I was not quite sure how to change my life I started trying to become more ‘alive’.

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