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How to Be More Positive in Under 2 Minutes

How to Be More Positive in Under 2 Minutes
I’m a pretty positive person — I consider it one of the keys to the modest success I’ve had in creating new habits and achieving things in the last few years. I couldn’t have run three marathons without a positive mindset, nor created Zen Habits, mnmlist, or The Power of Less. I couldn’t have lost 50 lbs., quit smoking, eliminated...

The Letting Go Challenge

The letting go challenge
The holiday season can generally be one of the most stressful times of year. That’s on top of most families being so stressed they aren’t able to spend quality time together. Is stress building up in you? Is it lowering the quality of your life a bit? Try this right now: pause in your busy day for a moment to notice...

How To Be Happy Anytime

How to be happy anytime
My friend Barron recently asked, “If you could be anywhere right now, doing anything you want, where would you be? And what would you be doing?” And my answer was, “I’m always where I want to be, doing what I want to be doing.” I’ve notice that in the past, like many people, I was always wishing I was doing something...

Making the Best of Your Mistakes

Make the Best of Your Mistakes
"When you make a mistake, big or small, cherish it like it’s the most precious thing in the world."  -Leo Babauta Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves. Yet without mistakes, we would not be able to learn or grow from them. If you think about it that way, mistakes...

The Dos and Don’ts of Being Successful

The Dos and Donts to Being Successful
Success is defined with many different explanations. The road to success is common to all successful people, though. Some find success in money, others in just living happily day by day. No matter what you consider "successful," there are certain ways of getting there that help, others that hinder. Here are a few of the "Dos" the success checklist: Make time for yourself, not just...

The Keys to Staying Balanced When You’re Busy

The Keys to Staying Balanced When Youre Busy
In a busy day, it can feel like there are a hundred people to meet and a thousand places to be. Sometimes, it can get a little overwhelming. Often times you've focused all your energy on things and people and by the end of the day it can feel like there's no more time in the day for yourself. Balance is the...

Fitting Everything in 24 Hours

Having “not enough time” is just a feeling... -Leo Babauta One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel is having too much to do, and not feeling like we have enough time to do it. We are overwhelmed. Fact is, we all have the same amount of time, but we often fill up the "container" of our days with too much...

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Happiness is closer than you think…

 “A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” Sometimes life can get in the way of our...