Intentional Happiness

Successful People Know That Life Is All About Choices

  All day you make choices. In fact, almost everything you do is a choice. Once you accept this, and realize how your life is in your control, you will start to make better choices. Look at how you begin your typical day. You chose what time to set your alarm. You choose whether to hit snooze or turn off your alarm. You…
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What Being Spontaneous Taught Me About Goals

After graduating college, a friend and I decided to backpack through Europe. We bought a Eurail pass and flew to London. We had very little money and no particular plan. The only thing we knew for sure was when we had to be at the airport in London to fly back to the US. We had no destination in mind and every…
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Do You Own Your Possessions or Do They Own You?

I was recently speaking with a friend who was really upset. She and her husband lived in a big house, with a big mortgage. They took their family on frequent vacations. Their children were always dressed with the most expensive clothing. When their children started to drive, they each got new high-end cars. Then college rolled around and they had no savings…
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Everyone’s Pain is Their Own

I was recently speaking with someone who was going through a difficult time with her family. In fact, I have had this conversation a number of times over the last few months. A parent is sick, a sibling is uncooperative, there are financial issues, health issues, work issues, you name it. In every case I’ve come across lately, people compare their problems to…
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Setting Goals for the New Year is NOT Cliché

Now that January is here, many people are starting to set their goals. You may be one of them. Setting goals at the beginning of a month or a year makes sense. It coincides with a start of something else. It makes you feel as though you are starting fresh, and you are. But there will always be those people that laugh…
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4 Things You Should Do When You are Unhappy

Everyone goes through times when they are unhappy. This is not to be confused with profound and intense sadness (like when you lose a loved one), but when you are unhappy about a particular part of your life or more than one part of your life. When you are not feeling happy, there are some things that can help and other things…
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Don’t Give Up on Your Goal(s)! Every day is a Chance to Start Again!

Everyone has their struggles and some goals are just much more difficult to stick to than others. Of course, when you first start working on your goal(s) you are very enthusiastic. You promise yourself that you are going to succeed. You start off with every intention of seeing it through… and then what? After some time, you start to slip. Maybe you…
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