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Brian Krans

“Are you happy? Have you ever been happy? What have you done today to matter? Did you exist or did you live? How did you thrive? (...)"

BRIAN KRANS

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Epictetus

“We are not disturbed by things that happen, but rather, by our perception of things that happen.”

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.”

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Oscar Wilde

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

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Life is not linear

Life is a cycle of good times and bad. It’s not linear. There are always going to be ups an downs. But you can still make safe choices.

Looking at the bright: downs help us to appreciate and understand what an up looks like.

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The habit of taking even mild pleasure in small things is life-changing:

  • Make time to watch the sunrise
  • Use your mornings to take care of yourself
  • Lose track of time with your favourite book
  • Listen to the sounds of nature
  • Be present in the moment.

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This bias robs us of the joys around us because it causes us to:

  • Worry more than necessary and fear the worst.
  • Focus on bad narratives for too long.
  • Play the victims, to get sympathy from others.
  • Have unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

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Our brains have a negative bias. Every bad comment or news about us, or around us make a bigger impact on our perception about ourselves and the world than we realize.

Enjoying life starts with shifting our mindset, seeing things in a new way.

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The process of stopping bad habits is fundamentally different from forming new ones.

  • Creating a habit requires encoding a new set of automatic behaviors: the brain learns causal relationships between triggers that prompt action and the associated outcome.
  • The popular belief is that the key to breaking a bad habit is replacing it with another habit. But this doesn't always work.

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Self-Discipline AND Willpower

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve tried to change your behavior through sheer willpower. And chances are, you also failed miserably. Don’t feel bad! This is what happens most of the time. 

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Keep Learning

Education is largely the process of removing fears, be it of ideas, people or happenings. Ignorance is not bliss, as the mind will invent explanations that are far more terrible than reality.

Keep learning, learn about the world, about yourself, and continue to contemplate.

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