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5 Habits That Will Boost Your Happiness and Inner Peace

Dec. 3, 2014 Huffington Post

1. Spend your energy on things within your control.

Let go of things you can’t control — like the weather, the bus being late, the behavior of others, traffic and long queues, the café running out of your favorite salad roll, or coming down with a cold.

When these things occur, let them gently wash over you like water off a duck’s back. Don’t let them disturb the sense of inner peace and contentment residing deep within your heart.

Then something magical will happen. All of a sudden you will have a wealth of free energy to spend on things you can control.

2. Adopt an optimistic worldview.

We are taught to focus on problems, on fear, on protecting ourselves from all the things that could go wrong.

The world is a reflection of our dominant thoughts, so with this overly pessimistic outlook, problems and misfortunes are exactly what we find.

We’re not able to see all the beauty, blessings, kindness, love, abundance and opportunity surrounding us in every moment — because we’re not looking for it.

Adopt an optimistic worldview. Wake up and anticipate an amazing day. Feel excited about the infinite possibilities for your life. Notice all the love and gifts around you just waiting to be seen.

3. Forgive, forgive, forgive.

The Buddha once said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Learn to forgive other people when you perceive they have ‘wronged’ you. Have compassion for their situation — they are fighting their own battle, they are doing their best.

See past their ‘faults’ to the light inside of them — it is the same light that lives within you.

This is one of the hardest habits to adopt in life, but it is also one of the most freeing.

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