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The Cure for What Ails You: How to Beat the Misery of Discontentment : zen habits

Taking Positive Action

Affirmative action, even if it is little, is a great start.

  1. Even a little exercise every day, a walk or stretching exercises, can help us feel awesome.
  2. Decluttering of even a small corner of your room or a tabletop can make you feel great.
  3. Waking up early and meditating is a great way to get better mentally.

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Set intentions when starting the day

When you start your day, or any meaningful activity, ask what your intentions are for the day or that activity.

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