8 Truths About Life That Are Both Heartbreaking And Beautiful At The Same Time

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1. No matter how tight you hold on and how much you feel in control, everything could still fall apart. You could plan everything until there’s nothing left to plan and it could still all go to shit. Life is not about creating the perfect circumstances, but is merely about how you are able to persevere beyond the wreckage of a life you thought you’d have. Your most valuable skills are your flexibility, resiliency, because as you face the rubble of a life you thought you’d be able to curate, you’ll have to create a new vision and that could either be a beautiful or horrific experience depending on how you approach it.

2. You are entirely responsible for how your life turns out and how you react to what happens in your life. The most useless of all emotion is indifference. You must fight for the life…

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If You Want To Feel Happier In Life, Try Using This Checklist

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Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What comprises a responsibility checklist for having a good life? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.

I’m not quite certain what to make of “responsibility” but here is what makes for a good life in a 3 x 3 checklist format.

3 goals to achieve happiness:
  • [ ] Stay organized. This is by far the easiest way to save time and money.
  • [ ] Have integrity. Be the better person.
  • [ ] Gain competence. Become the better professional.
  • Result: Happiness through accomplishment.

3 skills to protect happiness:

  • [ ] Forgiveness. Let go, be indifferent, be on your way. Let bygones be bygones.
  • [ ] Detachment. You will inevitably emotionally attach yourself to things that matter, but often times we overestimate what matters. Don’t emotionally invest too much into the past…

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30 Things You Should Do (At Least) Once A Year

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1. Clean your closet, and get rid of anything you haven’t worn, anything that doesn’t fit you, anything that is too worn or ripped to repair, or anything you haven’t worn in at least a year (save for your one “interview” suit or dress, etc). Other than that, start fresh.

2. Visit your hometown, even if everybody else has moved away. Visit the last town you lived in if it’s close enough or you’re going to be passing by anyway. Remember why you don’t live there anymore. Feel grateful for what you have in comparison to what you had.

3. Go somewhere you’ve never been before, whether that’s a foreign country or a part of your own country you’ve always wanted to see but never did. It can be an hour away or a three-day road trip away. Regardless, plan to just see something you’ve never seen before — just once.


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