Inspirational Messages For LIfe

Hypeless Messages To Show Life Is Not Hopeless

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Hello. My name is Keith Braithwaite and I want to welcome you to InspirationMessages.com.

 
First a little about me; I am fifty two years old, live in the south of England and until a couple of years ago I had worked 30 years in the corporate world at various levels. Fortunately my last employer decided my role was no longer required and I grasped the opportunity to leave and at last take responsibility for my own life. During the previous twenty years I had also studied personal development in a direct sales environment but although I realised much of the words of motivation I had read were true somehow it had not clicked and I was not the super-successful person I had been promised I would be.

Something was wrong. I started to think that perhaps the presentation of the success principles was the problem. There are some amazing teachers out there but a lot of the inspiration messages were presented with such enthusiasm that they went straight by me.

The idea of InspirationMessages.com is to examine the principles taught in a simple, easy to understand manner – without the hype.

I will post regular articles and quotations on here examining the various elements required to help anybody gain the success for which they are looking. I invite you to come along with me to see if you can find whatever it is you would like out of life.  If you want to get involved in the discussion, please feel free to post a comment and maybe help another reader.

Come with me then on what will be a great adventure.
 
 

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Why Do We Need to Make People Feel Important?

Two Men Talking Motivation Words to Each Other

 

A few years ago I was on a business course near Southampton. I forget what the subject was but it was held in a hotel. Not somewhere you would necessarily consider a place to receive inspiration messages.

When I first arrived at the venue, I availed myself of the toilet – as one does. In there was a man, cleaning the cubicles. I found myself engaging him in conversation. He seemed a really, honest chap and we had a short but enjoyable interaction. At the end, he said to me ‘you know, not many people take the time to talk to me, I ma only the guy who cleans the toilet, after all.’ I thought for a second and, I don’t know where it came from, I said ’you are more important than you think. If the managing director took a day off, no-one would notice, but, if you didn’t turn up, the toilets would not get cleaned and everyone would notice.’

With that, I left and joined my colleagues. Later, in a break, we were in the corridor and my cleaner friend walked by. He called out ‘hello, Mr. Braithwaite. How is the course going?’

Without thinking, I had made him feel important and that is something so valuable when you deal with people.

Mary Kay Ash always told audiences at her motivational lectures “treat everyone as if they have a sign around their neck that says ‘Make Me Feel Important.’” Many of the massively successful people in life know that treating people in this way will make the other person feel special and very positive towards you.

How do you make someone feel important? Well, the first thing is to concentrate on them. In these days of distracting technology, it is so easy to half listen to someone as you check your phone or iPad. No! I remember successful businessman Jerry Scriven saying, “treat that person as if they are the only person in the room.” Concentrate on what they are saying, sympathetically react to their words, show a genuine interest and ask questions.

Remember someone’s name. It is said the most beautiful words someone can hear is their own name. If you are taking about someone the other side of the room from them, they will not hear what you say until you mention their name. Show that they are important enough for you to remember their name correctly, ask their name and repeat it back to them during the conversation to embed it in your mind.

Never be judgmental. They may be speaking words of motivation, or they may be saying something not so palatable, but always give them the benefit of the doubt. Your own opinions may not be totally correct and you will learn something from everyone with who you have a conversation. There are a lot of fascinating people out there but, if you don’t agree with someone, telling or showing them so is not going to get you anywhere – indeed, you may both come away feeling more negative. Treat everyone as if they have something very important to say.

Try it yourself. Take the time to make people feel important and you be seen as an excellent conversationalist, hugely intelligent and you will make friends wherever you go. Life will be that much more fun.

Of course, this is the basis of that wonderful book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie:

 

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

Dale Carnegie

 

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Inspiration Message: Dealing With Negative Thoughts

 
 
No matter what inspiration message we feed into our minds, if we accept rival negative thoughts then we will not get very far. For every thought that undermines our confidence we need to accept many good thoughts that wash it away.

The first thing is to accept we do have negative thoughts and that they do undermine what we can achieve. This is not as easy as it may seem. Most of us do not recognize the difference between a positive thought and an inspiration message let alone understand the impact they have on our lives. I can list many people in my acquaintance who spout destructive words every day and then cannot understand why they achieve nothing in their lives.
 

Young Handsome Man In Thoughtful Mood Thinking an Inspiration Message

 
One man who understood the effects of bad thoughts on our lives was James Allen. He wrote in his book ‘As A Man Thinketh,’ “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not co-operate with it.”

Our first action is to understand when we have a negative thought. This is any thought that is not an inspiration message and generally takes the form of something like ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘you usually mess that up’ or ‘you are not as good as him.’ We need to pay attention to the way we think or speak about ourselves.

That is not to say we need to tell everyone that we are the greatest person on the planet. I suspect you will soon be unpopular if you did that! No, it is important to give yourself an inspiration message quietly and persistently. Apart from anything else, if others know you are telling yourself you are the best, they will soon find ways to undermine that inspiration message.

There is no such thing as neutral thoughts. If you catch yourself saying something like ‘you are so clumsy’ or ‘you are so stupid,’ you must replace it with an inspiration message like ‘that is very unlike me’ or ‘I am very capable of doing better.’ It seems Nature abhors a vacuum and, if you leave space in your mind, it will quickly fill with a thought, usually negative.

It has been suggested to me that you should always have a set phrase to use when you have a negative thought. One author suggested saying ‘I cancel that’ and immediately substitute an inspiration message but I have used another technique at times: I pretend to take the words from my mouth and throw them away. Another similar suggestion I have heard is to write the negative thought on a piece of paper and physically throw it in the waste bin. Bold gestures like that emphasize the destruction of the useless thought or words.

Then instantly replace the negative statement with a good inspiration message.

Whatever you do, it is important to tell yourself that you are very capable and special and give yourself an inspiration message to back that up.

Why? Because there is no doubt that you are an important and significant individual and capable of great things.

I just want you to believe it.
 

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Using Appearance as a Motivation Word

 
 
Most of us look for a motivational word that will help us achieve what we want out of life. There are many inspirational words and phrases that will do the trick although it is difficult to break success down into one motivation word.

One word that would help, despite being somewhat controversial, is appearance.

Okay, we are all told, and rightly so, that we should never judge by appearances but the truth is everybody does. Like it or not, we are all assessed by the people we meet within a few seconds.

There are several versions of the same maxim which basically says ‘you have one chance to make a good impression.’ This impression is made even before you open your mouth. Businesses are becoming more relaxed in their standards or dress these days but it would be a foolish person who turns up to work looking a slob.

It is just the same in all walks of life: if you look scruffy, people instantly assume you are inept and many will steer clear of you. If you look smart and well groomed, many will immediately trust you and want to deal with you.

Of course, this is sweeping generalization as an immaculately dressed person in a rough bar, for example, is unlikely to survive too long.

Actually that reminds me of two examples that go someway to explain my argument. Firstly, one day some years ago I was on my way to a business conference with a couple of friends. We all dressed in business suits and ties and had to call in to one of my friends’ house to collect him. We were in a nearly new car.

Unfortunately my friend lived in a rough area of town and there were children playing in the street. We were sat in the car for a few minutes and I could hear the children telling each other that such smart people had to be policemen.
 

Smartly Dressed Man and Woman Using Appearance as a Motivation Word

 
At the other end of the spectrum, I was once in London for a meeting just off Piccadilly. I was dressed in a suit again, this time a nice tailored three-piece example. Such an outfit makes you feel confident and I decided to do some shopping in the swanky Fortnum and Mason store.

I started to gather some items of food to take away with me but was disappointed to find there were no baskets available. Suddenly a smartly dressed member of staff stood next to me and asked if I needed any help. I explained my predicament and was astonished when the man offered to carry my shopping for me. I then had the odd experience of handing my shopping into the arms of my personal assistant as I went. When I had finished, he took the items to the till and packed them as another assistant rang them up.

I can only assume I got such great service as a result of the way I was dressed.

If you want to understand the idea of that motivation word ‘appearance,’ just think about your reactions when you first meet someone. I’ll bet you always think something about his or her appearance (‘he’s good looking,’ ‘she’s fat,’ or ‘he’s tall’) and I know women in particular assess the fashion sense of the other person.

You also get an idea of the importance of appearance when someone makes an unkind comment about the way you look. We all know we should not care what they say (and why are they such a great judge, anyway?) but the truth is it does hit home on most occasions.

So what should we do?

The first rule is still don’t judge people on the way they look. Okay, their appearance can be an indication of the person inside but make sure you find out and respect their real character.

Secondly, knowing that other people will judge your appearance, make sure you control the impression they get of you.

Always wear clean clothes. No matter what you wear, people will respect you more if it is clear you made an effort. Smelling like a farmyard will impress no one.

Experiment with what works for you. Women can try various combinations of clothes, accessories, hairstyles and cosmetics to see what make stem look and feel good. Men have it a little easier with a narrower choice of styles. Whatever works for you, remember too to tailor it to the occasion and ensure everything matches.

Unless you have a supermodel figure (for ladies) or look like James Bond (for men), you might consider wearing a slightly larger size, as this will flatter your figure.

Making appearance your motivation word can make you feel more confident in all you do. Knowing you look good gives you a great boost and can remove one of the obstacles to living the life you want to lead. Looking your best also helps to sell you to other people less enlightened about the importance of appearance.

Never judge people by appearance but remember that everyone else does.
 



 

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Inspirational Messages For Life Produce The Quiet Man

 
 
It is one of those misconceptions that loud, brash people must be the most confident. We often believe they have absorbed all the inspirational messages for life and can deal with all that happens to them. Interestingly the opposite can be true.

Having a good attitude does not mean we have to be outgoing and loud. In my experience, those who are loud and dominant need inspirational messages for life and those who have the best attitude are the quiet men and women who have nothing to prove.

Such people are in control and can approach life with a calm, unruffled manner.
 

Older Man In Black Top Looking Across Wheatfield

 

Those who are keen to tell the world they are confident and assertive are actually insecure and have to persuade themselves, and others, they are really in control. They can have difficult relationships and cause ripples wherever they go.

The truly confident person accepts him or herself. There is no need to tell everyone as calm confidence projects itself as what we call ‘charisma.’ Nonetheless, the confident person seeks out continual self-improvement, understanding that we all need a constant stream of inspirational messages for life: learning is a constant never-ending process.

The author James Allen was one person who really understood quiet confidence, writing “The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.”

The world of mountaineering and exploration seems to produce quiet men and women and I feel lucky to have met a few. People with such confidence draw others to them in a way that loud people do not. Examples of such people I can name are Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bear Grylls and Sir Chris Bonnington.

Martial arts masters also understand the power of the quiet confident person: Master T.T. Liang, wrote in his book on T’ai Chi Chuan, “When the mind can be maintained firmly, then a calm unperturbedness can be attained; and to that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose of the spirit of vitality.”

Those who are quiet take time to learn the inspirational messages for life. They have learned about themselves and the life they lead.

If you are looking for a confident person to learn inspirational messages for life from and follow, make sure you find a man or woman with this quiet confidence.

Then aspire to attain the same state yourself.
 

“In the words of a wise man there is great power, but his silence is more powerful still”.

James Allen

 

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Words of Motivation: 5 Tips to Start Every Day Right

 
 

Man in Bed Looking Unhappy at Having to Get Up

 
It is all very well cramming our minds full of inspiration messages so we can find success in our lives, but it is what we do every day that determines whether we find the life we want or not.

We can read all the words of motivation we want but if we do not wake up in the morning and start taking action then it is all wasted. For this reason, I believe our early morning routines are essential to self-development.

What we do as soon as we awake in the morning sets the mood for the whole day. Our minds wake up ready for suggestion so I feel we have an opportunity every day to set ourselves up for success.

Author James Allen was a great believer in getting the start of the day right. In his collection of essays entitled ‘Byways of Blessedness’, Allen wrote: “You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.”

We all react in different ways to the first hours of the day but I believe there are some words of motivation and general guidelines to help you set your mood for the day ahead.

1. Get enough sleep.

Logically your routine the night before will help how you wake up the next day. You can prepare for a good day by getting a full nights sleep.

It is always worth getting to bed a little earlier to ensure you get the relaxed sleep your body demands. As you rest, your body repairs itself and any growing takes place so treat yourself to a good sleep.

In general terms it is worth having a relaxing warm bath before bed. Read a good book: avoid watching television or using the computer too close to your bedtime as this will stimulate your mind too much. Listen to relaxing music as you climb into bed too: this will also help your mind wind down. Hearing words of motivation at this time will also help.

If you need to get up earlier in the morning, go to bed sooner.

2. Set your mind straight.

As your mind is receptive first thing, take advantage, get out of bed and spend a few minutes in quiet thought. Perhaps read a few words of motivation from a book and meditate for a while. This would be a great time to practise visualizing a successful day and the life you want to achieve; repeating words of motivation and affirmation early in the morning also have the most impact.

Some authors suggest spending time listing the things in life for which you feel gratitude, such as health and family, so this would be a great time to do this too.
 

Beautiful Misty River at Dawn

 
3. Exercise.

In some cities, the sight of individuals practising Tai Chi early morning in the park is quite common; gentle exercise is a great way to loosen up the body (especially if you are older) and it make you feel good and ready to face the day. There is also a certain smug feeling that feeling healthy first thing gives you!

The type of exercise you do is entirely up to you but Tai Chi and Yoga are popular. Teachers of these two disciplines tell us that a set of morning exercises will wake you up and prepare you like nothing else. Another favourite is a short run.

But my personal choice is to go for a cycle ride and, about halfway round, stop in a peaceful green place and practice a series of Tai Chi exercises. Perfect.

4. Breakfast.

So many of us are in such a rush to get out of the door in the morning that we skip breakfast altogether. And yet that first meal is as important as any words of motivation.

First thing in the morning your body is like a hedgehog coming out of hibernation: all the growing and repairs have taken place and now you need nutrition to face the day ahead. Eating a good meal now provides the energy you need.

Studies show those who eat a good breakfast are less prone to conditions related to obesity and have improved mental functions throughout the day.

Take a look at HealthyEating.sfgate.com for more information on the benefits of eating breakfast.

5. Fresh Air.

Getting outside in all weathers in the morning helps your feeling of well being.

Taking your exercise outside gives you the opportunity to reflect on the words of motivation you may have already read. In any case, particularly if you can get out into a natural environment, a few minutes in the fresh air outside will help your well being: sufferers of depression are often encouraged to get out and experience the world around them. This can be especially beneficial if you spend most of your time indoors during the day.

The ideal situation is cycling or walking to work when you can get fresh air, exercise and tranquil time before you start your day.

At one stage I was working shifts that meant I had to start in an office around dawn. I was very fortunate to cycle to work across fields and a nature reserve and witness the beauty of the sun rising. It made my day so much better.

James Allen would walk up to the headland above his home every morning before he started writing his philosophical works.

Conclusion

Each person will find a different morning routine will suit them: nonetheless the above pointers will help find the right way.

Experiment with what works best for you and, once you find the ideal morning start, use it every morning. You will find it will set you up for the day as much as any words of motivation.

And you will feel happier, be healthier and perform better. The life you dream about is more likely to be yours as a result.
 

“The character of the whole day depends on the way it is begun.”

James Allen
 
 

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Words For Motivation From Jim Rohn

 
 

Young Audience Listening To A Motivational Speaker

 
There are a great many authors and speakers in the world who can provide the words of motivation we need to improve our lives. One of the greatest providers of inspiration messages however was Jim Rohn.

Born in Washington State, USA, on 17 September 1930, Emanuel James Rohn spent most of his younger years living on his parents’ farm in Idaho. After school, he went to college for 18 months but, full of youthful over-confidence, he left to claim (as he put it in his classic book, ‘Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness’) “a good-sized chunk of the American dream.”

He admitted he made a great many mistakes in those early years. He found himself a job as a stock clerk for Sears but found himself struggling for money. He also got married and found himself promising his wife that the good times were just around the corner. The reality seemed to be quite different however: Rohn had now become a father and was finding his small salary stretching even further.

One day a friend suggested Jim attend a sales conference for the AbundaVita Company. One of the speakers was James Earl Shoaff, a leading distributor and entrepreneur for the company. After the seminar, the young Jim Rohn nervously introduced himself to Shoaff. “I cannot tell you what he said that evening that captivated me so, but I can still remember thinking to myself that I would give anything to be like him,” wrote Rohn.

Shoaff left AbundaVita in 1957 and started the Nutri-Bio Corporation. Jim Rohn followed him and did so well that he was a millionaire by the age of 31. Soon after Nutri-Bio went out of business and Rohn went from a $2.3 million fortune to nothing almost overnight. Soon after, Earl Shoaff died from pneumonia.

Nonetheless, Rohn had learned enough from Shoaff to be able to start over all again. “I had learned from the wisdom of his philosophy of life and his fundamentals for successful living: how to be wealthy, how to be happy.”

Having moved to Beverley Hills in California, Jim was asked by a friend to make a speech to the local Rotary club on his ‘rags to riches’ story. The talk was a massive success. From this first success, he began receiving invitations from all over the country to share his words of motivation.

Rohn was hired by the Bestline Products Company and Standard Oil to conduct motivational seminars for them and share his inspiration messages with their employees.

Around this time, a young Tony Robbins worked for and was mentored by Rohn. Robbins of course went on to be one of the most powerful motivation speakers of all. Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield and Brian Tracy all credit Rohn with the words of motivation they needed to become great authors and speakers.

Jim Rohn went on to speak to more than 5 million people at seminars and to author 25 books and audio programmes. He had the skill to examine human behaviour and find the words to influence so many to improve their lives.

Sadly, in December 2009, Jim Rohn lost a battle with pulmonary fibrosis and died.

Few people can really claim to have given so many people the words of motivation to change their lives for the better. And the wonderful news is Jim Rohn’s words still do so much good in the world.

Find out more about Jim Rohn and learn more of his teachings at JimRohn.com.
 


 
 

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Finding Inspiration Messages in Nature

 
 

Lone Runner On A Road Through Beech Trees

 
We all want to find the words of motivation to make our lives better, to achieve all we want. Sometimes however we can simply increase our stress and even damage our health by trying too hard.

In the past I have certainly beat myself up for not achieving my goals by the time limit I had set. This becomes a self-perpetuating problem and the stress it produces undoes all the good my inspiration messages have done.

When this happens we need to give ourselves time to relax and remove the stress. Success for me is improving the quality of life and not increasing unnecessary pressure.

One of the best ways I have found to take time out is to get out into a natural environment.

The modern world seems to be all about destroying the green spaces around us when they are more important than we realise. On the Prevention.com website, Emily Main reported on studies that showed people who spend more time in country areas suffered less stress. She suggests getting out more to improve the quality of our lives.

Perhaps man is still happiest in the environment from which he came. The urban lifestyle is wholly artificial and maybe there is still a part of us that yearns to be out in nature. Watching the natural world does seem to bring peace.

In another article, this time on the LATimes.com website, Kathleen Doheny writes that other studies show that even looking at pictures, listening to natural sounds and even looking at plants can relieve stress.

So the next time you feel wound-up and no words of motivation can help you relax, spend some time in or around nature and you will find the calmness you need.
 

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”

Helen Keller
 
 

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Can Simple Words of Motivation Work?

 
 

Make It Happen Poster and Lavatory Sign

 

We have all seen them, the motivational posters that produce snappy tag lines with inspiration messages and wonderful photographs designed to change our attitude that day. Can we honestly say these words of motivation really make a difference?

In my opinion, these messages are virtually useless on their own. After a while they just become part of the wallpaper. To work effectively they need to be part of a concerted programme of motivation.

Advertisers do not rely on their potential customers seeing one advertisement; they look for ways for people to see the message several times. Perhaps they might have several advertisements for you to see on different occasions or maybe they might use advertisements on several media. For example, a company might sponsor an event and at they will advertise in the event brochure and at various spots around the venue so that you cannot forget the company name and their product.

It is the same with words of motivation: you need to see or hear the same message several times before it starts to sink in.

The only difference between advertising and motivation is that we usually have to make the effort to look for the positive messages several times ourselves. We may read the words on a poster, in a book, online and even in affirmations but we do have to set them up ourselves.

Getting it right can pay massive dividends however.

Read about why motivational posters are not effective in the workplace on the Forbes.com website.
 
 

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How Can We Be Happy?

 
 

Beautiful Blond Older Lady In Dark Dress Laughing

 
Ask a selection of people what they consider success to be and you will get a wide range of answers: they might talk about earning more money, living somewhere exotic, reaching a higher level in their company, finding the purpose of your life or perhaps spending more time with their families.

At the back of most people’s perception of success however is the idea of happiness. I think most people really want to be happy.

Happiness is a misunderstood term. How many people really understand what happiness is and how they could be happy?

Sadly this leads to many believing happiness is an impossible dream. This is such a widespread misconception that the idea of becoming happy is derided by many. Even politicians forget that the people who vote them in are looking to them to improve their lives and make them happy; in many cases they have very little idea how their policies will affect general happiness.

This is true of so many countries: including the United States of America. The American constitution even contains these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Ah, so what the American constitution is telling us is that we cannot wait for somebody else to make us happy? Yes, that is perhaps the key to being happy. William Arthur Ward wrote: “Happiness is an inside job.”

In reality we each have to decide to be happy where we are. We can seek inspiration messages from other people to help us but in the end we are responsible for our own happiness.

Ironically, when you change the way you see your life, the world around you will seem to change for the better too.

To be happy we simply have to accept what we cannot change and change for the better anything we can influence in our lives. In reality money has very little to do with your happiness: if you are rich, you can be happy or miserable.

Happy people are grateful for the life they have and the blessings they have. Of course, you may feel that the blessings are hard to find but, believe me, they are there.

I used to beat myself up about not having enough money until I realised I did have a great relationship with my partner, my family and my friends and that was more important. I also forced myself to get out into the surrounding countryside where I understood how lucky I was to be able to do so. There is always something there that will give you the inspiration messages to make you happy. You just need to get out and look.

Avoid criticising others or gossiping against other people. Every time you talk ill it pulls you away from your own happiness and such actions somehow erode your own well being too.

James Allen wrote this in his book, ‘Above Life’s Turmoil’: “If you would have your home and your surroundings happy, be happy. You can transform everything around you if you will transform yourself.”

So why be happy at all?

Recent studies have shown that being happy can extend your life. Being happy reduces the stress in the body and the body’s functions work more effectively: this includes the immune system, which has been shown to operate better in happy people.

There are benefits in the wider world too. People are naturally drawn to a happy, positive person and will be positively affected. Your own self-image will be improved still further when you realise the good you are doing the people. Business or work will improve too as people will be happier to work with you, as will your personal relationships because you will be fun to be around and will be seen as more trustworthy.

Ironically, it is possible that your financial situation will improve with your attitude. James Allen believed the world waits for happy people and will reward them: “It is our cheerfulness and happiness that is needed for there is too little of that. We can give nothing better to the world than beauty of life and character.”

Resolve to be happy and you will be amazed at the results it brings.
 

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln
 
 

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