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    How To Live Well One Day At A Time

    The happiest people and the unhappiest
    people of this world often experience similar things in
    their day: Challenges at the office, traffic filled motorways,
    the seemingly endless stream of negative news and
    constant levels of change. But not all people truly live well.

    What separates the happy from the unhappy is that the
    joyful ones give their mental focus to different things,
    because true harmony is to be found within you, not
    outside of you. 

    Happiness is an inside job. If you base your happiness on
    external objects, the moment one of those objects is taken
    away from you, you lose your happiness. 

    Here are four simple strategies to help you live well one
    day at a time:  

    1. Count Your Blessings

    All too often, in the crush of daily life, we fail to notice all the
    good things in our lives. We focus on the less than ideal job
    or the endless time in traffic or on the mountain of bills. 

    By taking a few minutes out of your busy day to count your
    blessings, you will bring a sense of perspective to your life
    that might be missing. 

    Give silent thanks for the great country you live in, your
    good health and loving family, the fact that you have a roof
    over your head and food on the dinner table.  

    Counting your blessings will remind you of the good in
    your life that most take for granted. 

    2. Make the Time to Think 

    When was the last time you sat down quietly and reflected
    on how you are living your life?  

    Are you spending your hours on activities that are enriching
    the quality of your days or on pursuits that add no value at all?  

    Are you growing as a person and contributing to the
    world around you?  

    Can you recall the last time you thought deeply about
    the meaning of life and the legacy you hope to leave? 

    3. Laugh More

    The average 4 year old laughs 300 times a day while the
    average adult laughs 15 times a day.  

    Make the time to watch a funny movie or share a belly
    laugh with your child.  Laughter relaxes you and ensures
    that you don’t take yourself too seriously.  

    As William James said: “We don’t laugh because we are
    happy. We are happy because we laugh.” 

    4. Live Well in the Moment

    Life is a gift. Yet too many of us spend our lives chasing
    that pot of gold on the horizon rather than enjoying the rose
    garden that lies in our backyards.  

    To jump start your life, begin to savour life’s simpler pleasures.
    Watch the sun rise. Read a great piece of literature or relax to
    a great piece of music.  

    Take Action 

    Write down ten things that make you laugh. Then schedule at
    least one of these things into each day.

    Now is the time to live well.

    At Resilient Minds we help our clients grow their resilience
    so they can perform at high levels on the really important
    things in all aspects of their lives. 

    Warm regards 

    Jamie Ford

    “A ship in harbour is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”  

    ––John A. Shedd. 

    www.resilientminds.co.nz
    Thought Leaders in Resilience, Productivity, and Wellbeing
    Jamie +64 21 772 079

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