10 Easy Rules For A Happy Life

What I know for sure is that a full life asks us to: Love hard, live our purpose, don’t take ourselves too seriously, laugh often, cry when it hurts, move at our own pace, find peace early, don’t judge, be yourself all of the time, approach our fears with not yet curiosity and BREAK THE RULES ALL OF THE TIME.

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Suggestions for Living

1) Love hard because there is no other way to experience the fullness of life.

2) Live your purpose because that’s what we are here to do. Our purposes are connected. When we each align with our purposes, the world becomes a better place through our connectedness and the goodwill we extend to each other.

3) Laugh. Laugh often. Laugh at life because sometimes that’s all you can do in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Laugh because in the process of scaling that thing, you know, you are going to fall up the steps at least once. Laugh until you cry.

4) And don’t be afraid to cry when it hurts. That’s life and that feeling is a broken heart, disappoint, fear. And now that you’ve felt that emotion, know that you’ve also felt love. You’ve loved hard. Only when you’ve loved hard will the pain of loss elicit tears. Tears aren’t reserved for pain. Happiness can induce tears. Those tears are a reflection of gratitude.

5) We don’t need to rush any parts of our lives. Everything comes in its own time. Be in the present moment. I know everyone says, be in the moment. They say it because they’ve experienced the rewards of being in the moment. When you are in the moment, connected to your surroundings, open to the possibilities of the experience (everything is an experience), the rewards are endless. What rewards? Peace. Joy. Fullness. Even in moments of discord and disjuncture, being in the moment can give clarity of purpose. If an experience does not bring positivity into your life, the clarity you gain from being in that moment frees you to disconnect from it. You can move on with peace, at your own pace.

6) Find peace early; peace in the process of becoming. Find peace in knowing that wherever we are today, we possess the innate ability to shift directions to become whatever else we dream. Find peace in the change.

7) Don’t judge! You never know what others are experiencing unless that tell you. Likewise, your experiences are yours, others can’t share in them absent an invitation. Once, I spent a year, making decisions about ending relationships, without the benefit of the knowledge, of what those I was removing from my life where going through. I was focused on my experiences, what I’d lost, who had abandoned me and my hurts, to the disadvantage of others. I wasn’t considerate of others. My judgment was based on selfish inconsideration. Don’t judge. Ask for what you need. Give consideration to others, we are all living in the same crazy world.

8) Be yourself. Show up as who you are every day, everywhere. When we are authentic, we encourage the authenticity of others. We attract genuine connections. We give reverence to the imperfection of humanness. You are, we are enough! Be yourself. Give the world the benefit of knowing you.

9) Embrace fear with curiosity. I believed fear was a warning sign. And it can be. However, often, it’s an opportunity to grow. If a thing scares you, size up the risks, and make a determination to go forward.

10) Break the rules. Break limiting rules. Rules are guidelines intended to set a standard not to limit our growth. So, when the rules don’t work throw them out and start over.

What I know for sure is, life expands when we are open to its possibilities.

These suggestions are guidelines I have lived by, not intended to limit or direct instead, they are a consideration for how to live your best life. Why is this important? Why does it matter? Because we each want to live our best lives. These guidelines support the process.

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