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Because October is my happy month, I decided to share my take on an article I read titled 10 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Happy People. Now, there are a lot of these lists out there, but this one has thus far been my favorite. I consider myself a relatively happy person to begin with, but there's always room for improvement.
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"I will not whine."
Do you ever get the urge to complain about what you don't have, what you haven't done, or what you want that others have? Do you whine about the weather (I do when it's hot), or get frustrated that you don't have enough time to write and finish your book, exercise, or pursue a hobby that you've wanted to try for years? How can one complain about not having enough time when they spend hours online or watching t.v? How does one justify the bemoaning of one's life when while they whine, they're doing nothing?
Whining or complaining about anything isn't going to get you results. It might make you feel better temporarily, but you'll only feel worse in the long run.
Planning leads to actions, and actions lead to results, and perhaps even success. Whining just annoys you and the people around you. What can you do today to make things better? What can you do today to make time for the things that matter? Be a person of action and results.
"I will not let the past control my future."
We all have things in our past that we'd like to forget, and if you don't, let's talk. We make mistakes, we neglect relationships, lose friends, pass up great job opportunities, miss saying good-bye to loved ones because we think that there is always a tomorrow. Mistakes can haunt us . . . if we let them. The past can define who we are . . . if we let it. The past is nothing more than the road we took to get to where we are. It's not our destination, and it's certainly not all we are. We are the combination of our past experiences and accomplishments, our present dreams and purpose, and our future journeys. We are more than the sum of one mistake or event, and to allow a single misjudgement define who you are will only deter your future potential.