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Isn’t life challenging and difficult enough already? Do you really need to add more stress and hardship by doing things to yourself that you don’t need to do? From time to time, we all do things that make the possibility of happy living more difficult than it needs to be. Why not give yourself a fresh start to life by avoiding things that bring you unneeded stress and pain? Here are steps you can take to help make your life easier.

Stop trying to buy happiness

You can own an expensive car, live in a mansion and holiday in exotic locations and still not be happy. The purchase of possessions will never fully satisfy our desire for happiness. For some, it may result in temporary joy, but happiness rarely lasts longer than a few days. The truth is that what brings us joy and happiness is free… love, laughter, compassion, passion, friendship, and kindness.

Stop lying to yourself.

Most of us lie to ourselves as a self-protection mechanism. We feel uncomfortable with something we are doing and feel the need to justify it. It’s a form of self-preservation, a natural avoidance of things that are difficult or take us out of our comfort zone.

Stop thinking you’re not ready.

It is extremely rare to feel 100% ready for a new challenge or experience. Nobody is ever ready to do anything. There is only now. Prepare the best you can and take the first step. Now is as good a time as any.

Stop being ungrateful

No matter how bad your life appears, when you wake in the morning take a moment to be grateful for your life. Someone somewhere is fighting for theirs.

Don’t spend time with negative people

Spending time with negative people can have undesirable effects on our happiness, motivation, and wellbeing. Leaving you in a bad mood, feeling cynical and drained of energy. Basically, spending time with negative people can really suck the joy out of life. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you, uplift you and bring you happiness.

Stop trying to make things perfect

Perfectionism can seep into every area of our lives. We live in a world where we are bombarded with images of perfection. Some of us are immune, but for most of us, the constant yearning for our life to be perfect leads us to create unrealistic expectations of ourselves. This can leave us feeling drained, exhausted, and ultimately defeated. Letting go of perfectionist behaviors is one of the most empowering things you can do.

By: Damilola Faustino

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