13 Ways To Live A Happier Life

13 Ways To Live A Happier Life

Living life to your fullest potential is a goal that we all have. Here are 13 tips to living a happier life!


Happiness is a universal feeling we all aspire to experience more of however it can be difficult to achieve this in our lives when we are constantly confronted with obstacles and hardships. Keep reading for 13 ways you can lead a happier and have a more fulfilling lifestyle.

1. Be Content With What You Have


Appreciating all that you have will bring out the best in you. Although it may seem like the grass is greener on the other side It's important to be grateful because chances are you have all that you need right where you are.

2. Be Authentic


Be the most real version of yourself you can be. With platforms like social media, it is so easy to create distorted versions of ourselves, and it's important to remember that it is okay to be honest about who you really are.

3. Create Unforgettable Moments With The People You Love


Don't be afraid to take risks with the people you love. Living in the moment with the people you hold close creates the most meaningful memories that you'll remember for years to come.

4. Set Priorities In Your Life


Set priorities for what you want out of life. Establishing your priorities allows you to set goals and accomplish what you set out to do, making distractions a minor obstacle.

5. Be A Role Model


Set out to be someone's role model. Putting yourself in a position where others look up to you allows you to really make a difference and feel like you are helping others grow.

6. Smile At Strangers


Smile! You never know what someone may be going through and a small notion of kindness from a stranger may just brighten their day all that much more.

7. Don't Settle For Anything Less Than Excellence


Never sell yourself short! You have what it takes to go the extra mile and you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

8. Be Optimistic


Have a positive viewpoint even when things may start to go downhill. Although our lives may be full of negativity. just that small bit of positivity helps us power through even the toughest of days and help others through hardship.

9.  Give No Energy To Your Critics

Learn to ignore the haters! No matter what you do there's always going to be people who just don't like you and thrive off of seeing you in a negative place. However these people do not even deserve your attention let alone your acknowledgement, and it is best to just turn the other cheek.

10. Speak Less. Listen More.


Learn to be more aware of the people and environment around you. When you start listening to you learn to appreciate more than you ever thought you could and you also discover people also appreciate what you have to say.

11. Create A Vision For Your Life


Think about what you want out of life. Sitting down and really thinking about your vision for your life, although this may be a scary concept, allows you to really establish your goals and start planning for the future.

12.  Be Patient


Be patient with yourself and others! Learning to be patient allows you to appreciate what you wish for more when it finally does come.

13. Remember Your Life Matters


Remember that you matter in the larger scheme of things. Whether you deliberately volunteer to help others or perform small acts of kindness, all your actions big or small make a difference in someone else's life.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.


It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)


Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)


Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)


Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

Comedy Central

Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes



Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)


Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)


Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)


Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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