Want more happiness & a better life? Stop these 15 things or flip them around and start a few new ones!

Want more happiness & a better life? Stop these 15 things or flip them around and start a few new ones!

We're happy to share this article with you today that lists 15 things to STOP doing in order to live a better and happier life. 

But it's just as easy to flip this around, in a more positive way, and find 15 things to START doing for more happiness, success, health and wellbeing. 

Whichever way you look at it, there are gains to be had…

by Elbert Hubbard from LifeHack

“The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.”

My desire to have a better life has been with me for as long as I can remember.  What I believed a “better life” would be for me in my twenties was very different to what I believe a better life is for me now thirty years later. In my twenties a ‘better life” was focused more on the material things (car, house, clothes) which I believed would make my happy. In reality looking back at me at 26 years old those material things probably would have made me happy.

Now a ‘better life” for me is more about living my dream, lots of passion, lots of laughter and love which of course brings happiness to me. Not a material thing is sight! Even though our definition of what a better life is can change over the years, the steps we take to how we can attain that “better life” doesn’t really change. As Elbert Hubbard said, a sculptor creates the beautiful statue through a process of chipping away the parts of the marble that are not needed. This process of elimination is what we need to take on board as we try to eliminate those things  that we do which prevent us from attaining a “better life for ourselves”.

The list of 15 things to stop doing has no order of priority – only you can decide which of the 15 things are the most important for you to stop doing.  Also, if you do want to create change in your life get clear on the definition of what a better life is for YOU. This will help you identify the key things that you need to STOP DOING so that you can have a better life.

1. Stop overcomplicating your life.

Complexity creates confusion and hides solutions in a haze of fog. It is very hard to be creative and innovative when you are bogged down with complexity and detail. Complexity will also prevent you from being open to finding the solutions that are often right in front of you.

”Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”


2. Stop adding BAD Stress to your life.

Being too busy, working too hard on things you really don’t like doing, striving for perfection, taking on more responsibilities because you think it makes you feel valued and  ending up having too many things to do that you have no time to just BE YOU. Bad stress is harmful to your health and I don’t need to quote all the scientific research that supports how harmful Bad Stress can be – to be blunt BAD STRESS over a continuous period of time will KILL YOU – so if you are prone to creating BAD STRESS in your life PLEASE STOP. Figure out WHY you are doing this to yourself and change.

“Stress is not what happens to us.

It’s our response TO what happens.

And RESPONSE is something we can choose”

Maureen Killoran

3. Stop regretting your actions from you past, what you haven’t achieved and what you have lost.

The past is over and what is more important, is where you are now and where you want to be in the future. All your past experiences, mistakes and failures in your life have prepared you for living your life in the present and in the future. Acknowledge your past and what you have learnt, then let the past go and move forward to the future

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in” 

? Katherine Mansfield

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