7 Tips for a Happier Life

7 Tips for a Happier Life

How can you have a happier life? Try these seven things!

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Are you struggling with life? Just can't seem to find a reason, yet not so depressed you'd actually think about seeking help. Maybe you just aren't finding the joy in those things that used to make you happy? Here are seven things that you can try to help put a hop back into your step:

1. Be Grateful

It helps to keep track of those things we are grateful for

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Create a gratitude journal. Find something to be grateful for each day and write it down before you go to bed. It may not seem like it makes sense, to be grateful for something when you are still grumbly...but try it. The next time you make that green light or the bus just in time, say "thank you" to the Universe.

2. Smile

Smile...others will smile too!

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Think about an idea in the morning that puts a smile on your face. No one has to know what you're smiling about. Meet everyone with a smile. Some people will smile back, others may look at you like you're crazy...but chances are they will be smiling when they do it! Smiling is contagious, try it!

3.   Embrace Your Beliefs - Live Them

Whatever you believe...practice it

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Everyone has things they believe in. Be it a religious or spiritual belief or a belief in the common good of humanity, those beliefs need to be acted upon for their greatest benefit. If you have a religious membership, incorporate those things that you do to maintain it into your schedule. If you believe in helping the homeless, make time in your day to do it. What you believe in is deeply personal, the activities you choose to represent those beliefs will be just as personal.

4.    Set Simple Goals & Reward Yourself When You Meet Them

Does your closet need some TLC...Mine sure does!

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This isn't about the big things you've been wanting to do for years, these are small things, goals you can set and meet easily within a week. Maybe you've been wanting to clean out that closet and give those old clothes away? Set a goal and do it. Then reward yourself with a new top or maybe a special treat at the local bakery you've been wanting to try.

5.    Spend More Time with Your Friends

Our friends need us as much as we need them!

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The people you call your friends are your chosen family. They laugh and cry with you. Call them. Okay, maybe texting would be preferable. However you communicate with your friends, do more of it! Make a plan and get together every couple of weeks for coffee or something. They miss you.

Get A Dog -- or Two!

Even going to the beach is more fun with dogs!

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Our canine companions make us happy in so many ways. They will greet you with a wagging tail when you leave even for a few minutes. One side-effect of exchanging looks with or petting a dog is a "happiness hormone," oxytocin, is released in both the dog and you!

7.   Walk Your Talk – Live Your Ideals

Participation in those activities that support our ideals is essential for a full life

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Make the extra effort to do those things you talk about doing. If you believe that eating meat isn't the best choice, choose alternative protein sources. If you believe we should use less plastic, act on it, use fewer plastic items. Whatever your ideals are, put them into practice, you'll be all the happier for it.

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75 Of The Most Iconic Vine Quotes

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Vine may be dead but Vine references live on. I still watch Vine threads AT LEAST twice a day. Here are 75 of the most quotable vines:

1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"

46. "YOU BETTER STOP."

47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

51. "21."

52. "I'm in my mum's car, broom broom."

53. "Iridocyclitis."

54. "You know what, I'm about to say it."

55. "That is NOT correct."

56. "Uh, I'm not finished" "Oh my God, can you let me do what I need to do?"

57. "I have osteoporosis."

58. "ADAM."

59. "Merry Chrysler."

60. "Wait a minute, who ARE you?"

61. "Try me, bitch."

62. "When will you learn, THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES?"

63. "I didn't get no sleep cause of y'all, y'all not gone get no sleep cause of me!"

64. "Do you want to go see Uncle Cracker or no?"

65. "So no head?"

66. "You got eczema."

67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

69. "Can I PLEASE get a waffle?"

70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

74. "F**k off Janet, I'm not going to your f**king baby shower."

75. "JEEEEEZ, Jesus Christ."

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