The 10 Keys to Happiness

  1. Do something nice for someone  When we do nice things for people, we feel good.
  2. Be harmonious     Although achieving this state (and maintaining it) is not as easy as it sounds, avoiding the ‘push-pulls’ of extremes is key.
  3. Give     The old maxim, ‘give and you’ll receive’ is true.  When we give–even if we feel the other may not deserve our generosity–the boomerang factor kicks in and we receive.
  4. Be patient     Understand that the best things in life take time.  Trying to ‘manufacture’ happiness is a waste of your precious time.  Resist the temptation and be patient instead.
  5. Forget     That nasty divorce?  The time you accidentally left your hand on the doorjamb and someone closed the door?  Forget those bad memories and build new, positive ones.
  6. Overcome fear     One of the biggest stoppers to being happy is being afraid.  Don’t be afraid.  Everything, no matter how bad, works out in the end.
  7. Gratitude     When we are grateful for the bounty we’ve received and feel blessed without measure, we need to say ‘thank you.’
  8. Get out in nature     Nature is a very powerful, healing force.  I walked in a forest the other day and felt an unspeakable stillness that re-energized me completely.
  9. Exercise     I like to swim.  After a good swim, I feel happy!
  10. Acknowledge difficulty     Recognize that there will be difficult moments.  Remembering, though, that they’re just moments will get you through.

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The10 Keys to Success

  1. Positive thinking     In order to make our dreams come true, we need to think positively.  It’s vital that we reject negative thoughts, ours or others’.
  2. Clear focus     Do you have a goal?  Keep it in the forefront of your mind.  As you perform the necessary steps toward reaching your stated objective, always remember to keep your goal first and foremost.
  3. Envision the desired result     If you know what you want most, where you want to be, visualize it.  Look at the situation or goal in your mind’s eye as if it had already happened.
  4. Steady as she goes     Refuse to be bothered by naysayers.  Continue on your chosen path knowing that it will lead to the success you’re dreaming of.
  5. Open the door     Success is like a door.  In order to reach it, you must turn the handle and open the door.  This will involve taking calculated risks.
  6. Don’t give up     Although there may be obstacles on the road to success, don’t get discouraged.  When this happen, revisit keys 1 and 3.
  7. Believe in the moment     Believe that, as you practice the above keys or, steps, that you are exactly where you should be at this very moment, regardless of anything contrary.
  8. Take needed breaks     Without the necessary rest and relaxation, you may break down.  A certain amount of indulging is required.
  9. Be grateful     While moving toward our most cherished goal, gratitude is imperative.  We need to thank the people who help us along.
  10. Accept success     In order to be successful, we need to accept success when it comes.  We need to believe in ourselves, that we are worthy of success.