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How To Live A Simpler Life

25-Nov-2014


1. Free your heart from hatred—forgive.


Being unable to forgive is like taking a poison continuously and slowly killing yourself from bitterness, grudges, and anger. Guilt and hatred bring stress. Stress is a killer. Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. When you forgive you are not only putting things behind you but also freeing yourself from hatred and pain.  Forgiveness is about generating your own healing.




2. Free your mind from worries.


“In every life we have some trouble;
But when you worry, you make it double.
Don’t worry, be happy…”

We’re all familiar with the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. When we hear it playing on the radio, we sometimes can’t help sing along with the music. We feel the energy flowing in our veins in every note and for a moment, we are worry-free. But how do we keep ourselves from worrying too much?



3. Live Simply.


I know that most of us want to live a simple life. But only a few have the guts to walk their talk. Some still want the complexity and constant drama of their lives and have a hard time leaving behind their complicated but flamboyant lives, in exchange for a simple one. On the contrary, we don’t really need to leave our belongings and go straight to the mountains to live a plain and simple life.

So let’s try to observe this: Slow down a bit. Read a lot. Spend more quality time with your family and friends. Eat healthy, think wisely.



4. Give more.


We always want to live a meaningful life. We are generally happy when we are making a difference in the world. We feel pretty good inside and we feel the surge of joy and the passion to give more.
The quote “it’s better to give than to receive” is true if we learn to give selflessly, not only financially but also emotionally. A little act of kindness is more than a charity work. It’s an expression of love. And we will only experience that “special kind” of feeling if we give without expecting anything in return.



5. Expect less from people.


We tend to expect a lot from other people. When they don’t meet our expectations, we end up disappointed. We also expect a lot from ourselves. Most of the time, we allow the opinions of others to control our lives, feeling desperate to please them. Becoming real means accepting yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, acknowledging  you’re a work-in-progress. It is not fair to expect another person to fix you, or change your life, or suddenly become who you want them to be in order to make you happy.