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Mastering The Art of Happiness (9 Tips to Get Started)

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Mastering The Art of Happiness (9 Tips to Get Started)
The symptoms of social anxiety can be misinterpreted as introversion but they are very different. Social anxiety is self-induced while introversion is a personality trait. In terms of behaviors and reactions, the two are similar. But, there are also some very big key differences.

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Accept your current situation

Accept your current situation

If you're fighting against the current of your life, it will be easy to lose track of your happiness.

When you begin to go with the flow and work with what you’ve been given, you’ll find that you become much happier overall.

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Look for the positive side

Look for the positive side

Even the most difficult situation has a silver lining. When we fail to recognize the positive aspects of the events that happen in our lives and only focus on the negative outcomes or qualities of a certain person or situation, it makes it easier for sadness and doubt to creep into our lives.

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Your search for fulfillment

Your search for fulfillment
Start taking a look at each area of your life and decide whether or not you feel fulfilled.

In the areas where you feel as though you are lacking, take some time to figure out what may make you feel happier.

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Make every minute count

Make every minute count

If you have moments and area of your life where you feel unfulfilled, or if you are spending time with people that make you less than happy by choice, reduce these tendencies.

We only have so many minutes on this planet. Why waste them being unhappy?

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Practice self-care

Practice self-care

Self-care is the practice of taking part in activities that help you to mentally recharge.

It is one of the most important things to do to stay happy and maintain your overall mental health.

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Exciting experiences

Exciting experiences

A slow or stagnant lifestyle can quickly become boring and unsatisfying.

You should always be seeking out new experiences to learn more about the world around you and to discover new passions and inspiring people.

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Follow through on your goals

Follow through on your goals

Goals give you purpose and motivation to live through each day doing what it is that will make you happy.

There is nothing quite like setting a goal and successfully following through on it. In fact, this is one of the main confidence-building methods recommended for those who are trying to work through their depression.

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Gratitude and happiness

Gratitude and happiness

For the practice of gratitude, start by writing down the things you are grateful for daily. Grab a journal and write down three things each day that you are grateful for.

Your perspective will begin to shift and you will begin looking for the positive rather than focusing on the negative.

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Volunteering and happiness

Volunteering and happiness

Take the opportunity and make a major difference in someone’s day. It will have a big impact on your happiness.

Helping others will also make you consider all the things in your own life to be grateful for, and again, this gratitude will take you quite far in your pursuit of happiness.

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Thinking before speaking and acting

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  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
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  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.

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