The Battle Against Negative Thoughts

To change the negative narrative, vow never to doubt yourself or take to heart the doubts of anyone else.

There is no good that can come from being negative about yourself, anyone else or the situation you find yourself in.

Another way to put it is — spend your day identifying and shooting down every negative thought that comes at you and you will be on the road to increased happiness.

Negativity makes needed positivity impossible.

It takes work to filter out the negative news around us, the people who for whatever reason always tell us we can’t do something and that inner voice that somehow exists within us that shoots down our best instincts automatically.

The most positive person I know is 95-years old.

She fights through all the problems you might expect and some you would never guess.

And she does it instinctively with a great sense of faith that it always pays to be our own best friend.

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Scaring Off Happiness

Happiness is like a butterfly – the more you chase it, the more it eludes you.

It’s easy in a fast-paced world to pursue happiness like we work a “to-do” or bucket list.

Let happiness come to you at its own speed, in its own time.  It can’t be forced.

Happiness arrives just in time when we let it come to us not when we chase it.

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No Regrets

Why do we even have regrets?  There is nothing that can be done about them and more often than not what we regret launches us into something better – and yet, we rarely say “I have NO regrets” and mean it.

A broken marriage can lead to a happy one in the future.

Getting fired can be a blow to the ego (and wallet) but it’s surprising how many fired people go on to be successful in new jobs.

And yet we fixate on regrets.

Being rejected hurts for certain but what are we expected to do?  Be someone different for every person’s liking.

Steve Jobs got kicked out of his own company by the man herecruited to replace him as CEO.

When the feeling of being worthless creeps into the mind, shut it out and see why “regrets” often lead to the next opportunity to realize a dream.

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Combatting Jealousy

Whether we are jealous or the victim of another’s jealousy, it can stop today.

Feel powerful when you sincerely wish those who have what you want much happiness.

Because you have something good doesn’t mean I can’t also eventually experience the same thing.

It’s okay if someone has what you want or think you should have – you may be blessed with other good fortune.

Jealousy kills relationships – think about that if you covet close friendships.

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Rebounding from Criticism

Often criticism is a veiled compliment – try looking at it that way.  People who can’t bring themselves to tell you what they admire turn their jealousy into an insult.

Stop seeking approval.  The only person whose approval is a must have is your own.  Giving anyone else that power is in and of itself demeaning to you.

Criticism is never constructive – it is a veiled insult.  Improvements are better.

No one can criticize doing our best.

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