How to Find Happiness in 5 Minutes

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Do you ever find yourself lying in bed wide awake right before you sleep? Many people have this experience and are sick of it. I know I am. Numerous thoughts running through your mind that seem impossible to get rid of. Is there a cure? Something natural to help you get a good night’s rest? I have one small word that could help change your sleep pattern into getting the sleep you need. Gratitude. Seek gratitude in everything. What’s more rewarding than being grateful for something? There is so much to be grateful for but most of the time we never realize the small things.

Here’s what you can do to ensure a happy bedtime with little to no worries or stressors in your mind:

  • Keep a journal next to your bed
  • Start off by writing 2-3 things you are grateful for that day
  • Read them silently to yourself
  • Smile and snuggle back in to bed to get a good night’s rest

All it takes is about 5 minutes to go from worrying/overthinking/stressing to feeling better about yourself. If you practice gratitude every night, you’ll see how better you’ll feel instantly. Make it part of your nighttime routine and it will become something you will look forward to each night.

I urge each of you to come up with a few things you are grateful for — and take a minute to share below! Spread gratitude.

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I’m Thankful To Be Alive

“There is always, always something to be thankful for”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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I’m unbelievably grateful for so much this year. All those incredible people who take time out of their lives to help me and make room for me in theirs. Over the years, you start to realize who really is important in your life and who’s just there for the hell of it. I’ve had so many people in my life because that’s just how it turned out — it was nothing special. But in time you soon realize who’s meant to stay in your heart and who really wants to be there.

My friends are very limited, especially over the past year my friend rate has decreased dramatically. It’s upsetting, but at the same time it’s a great wake up call to see who really is there for you. Do you really want friends just to have around who don’t consider you as important to them as much as they’re important to you? It’s not worth it. But you will have those couple of people who love you unconditionally and will always have a place for you in their heart. I’m so grateful for them and the bond we share.

My family is so wonderful. I may have a very small family, but we’re very close and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. All the laughs, smiles, arguments, dinners, game nights, etc. have always brought us even closer and that’s how a family should be. Not perfect, but perfect for you.

I’m incredibly lucky and grateful to have such a supportive boyfriend. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him and I’m eternally grateful for him. I couldn’t imagine my life with anybody else. We just click in a way that makes sense to us and that’s so important to have with a best friend and soul mate for life.

I’m also thankful for my new job that is absolutely perfect for me at the moment, my house I live in, the food I eat, and my changing outlook on life. Growing up, you don’t realize much that everything I’ve listed on this post can be nonexistent. We’re very lucky to have what we have and to deal with what we do have, even if we don’t think it’s as good as we want it to be. Life changes every day. We change every day. It’s just so important to be thankful each and every day rather than once a year. We all complain about the bad things in life (job, economy, the country, the world, etc.) but we never really focus on the good aspects of life. There’s good in every single day, our minds just choose not to focus on them as much as the bad aspects.

It’s time for me — and hopefully time for you — to change the outlook on life to a positive one because life’s too short and there is so much good in the world that we’re not realizing. Let go of the negative. Run away from it. And welcome and surround yourself with the positive and watch your life change for the better.

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Find Yourself and Just Be

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Why do we let others control us so much? What they say to us — it’s like we’re looking for their approval. That’s only the case for me when it relates to the closest people in my life. My family, my boyfriend, my close friends. We look for the support expecting to get it, especially from those people. But people have different opinions. They’re not always going to agree with you and that’s okay (at least that’s what I’m in the process of learning). We’re all doing our best. We’re trying to survive in this world and play this game of life. We make choices and sometimes they’re the right ones and it’s great, and other times they’re the wrong ones and that’s okay, too. We live and we learn from our mistakes. Except I wouldn’t call something like that a mistake. It’s a learning process. We’re not perfect, so who’s to judge? That’s completely wonderful if you’ve got a different opinion. Say it and be done with it. But the choice we make, the path we decide to ride down, is ours at the end of the day. I’m grateful for all the support I get in life, but it’s a life lesson when it bothers you if you’re not getting that support. It’s up to you and only you because it’s all about you. So my life lesson I’m in the midst of learning is listen to others’ advice, take it if it suits you and don’t let people drag you down if you truly believe in something.

Find your inner peace and let these stressors go. There’s absolutely no point in letting situations such as these bring you down. Work on yourself and make sure you are making the best decisions for yourself.

Find what makes you happy and follow that.

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Today, I am Grateful for…

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There’s one especially easy way to improve your life optimistically that only takes about five minutes per day. Besides meditation, this new technique has helped improved my life in about week. But like anything else, you need to be serious about it and commit otherwise you may not see the results.

The one new technique that can help improve your life is to start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a journal used to write down everything you are grateful for that day. You can use any type of journal. Just keep it next to your bed and right before you go to sleep, spend five minutes coming up with at least three things you are grateful for that day. They don’t have to be big events. It could be as simple as:

“I’m grateful for working today — not everybody is able to find a job”

So basically, your journal should be set up kind of like this:

Today, I am grateful for:                                                                         (Date)

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When you’re having a bad day and feeling down in the dumps, you can refer back to your gratitude journal. This might improve your mood and remind you that you have a great life. Using the method of a gratitude journal plus meditation, you’re on your way to improving your happiness that can last for longer than a short while. The best way to go about these methods is to meditate in the morning when you first wake up and write in your gratitude journal at night before you go to sleep.

Try these techniques for at least a week and watch how your life improves. It’s really the best way to start your day off great and end it with a smile.