#8 Be thankful
When all things are said and done, you need to be thankful for who you are. Happiness comes from within, not everyone understands that. The majority are caught up in the melee of chasing after money and materialistic things in the disguise of happiness. Take some time and think of the positive things in your life. They don’t have to be major; you’ll realize there are countless minor things that contribute much more happiness to your life, cherish that.
#9 Learn a new skill
They say learning never ends. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. New skills improve our self-confidence. When we learn something new, we get excited and tend to want to learn even more things. Take time off and enroll in that craftsmanship course, learn how to surf. Constantly challenge your mind to do new things, it will become a great tool for self-development.
#10 Manage your time well
#11 Read a book
Not many are fans of the library. It doesn’t have to be there. Research shows that reading actually stimulates the mind. How many books have you read so far this year? Zero I suppose. Well finding time to read a book isn’t rocket science. Try this, instead of watching TV till late night, switch off the TV for 1 hour and read that book before you retire to bed. The goal, however, is not to be a book warm but read at least getting that habit. Try to enjoy the book rather than trying to finish it.
I know what you thinking. This is not only for monks and Buddha who want are trying to connect to a certain deity. Some see meditation as the complete waste of time but it has shown to help clear thoughts which are a huge part of trying to start a day with a good mood. Next time you wake up sulky and all moody, try meditating for 10 minutes and watch your brain relieve that unwanted stress. There are various forms of meditation, so you are sure to find out the right one for you. Meditating won’t click right away, start small and in the long run, your mind will start getting used to it.
#13 Deal with negative thoughts and emotions
#14 Push through tough times
Tough times don’t last forever. You will stumble, fall and sometimes life will be tough but you keep pushing through. Giving up is out of the question if you want to continue growing. This resilience is an active ingredient in building great character. The next time you encounter the same challenge, you will be amazed at how you excel in the same. However, don’t pile everything on you once. Learn to fight and live to fight tomorrow. Take it one day at a time.