Tips for Willpower

1.Get enough sleep.

That’s seven to eight hours for adults, at least nine for teens, or 10 to 12 for elementary and middle school kids. Sleep deprivation makes us susceptible to temptations, like Facebook and that chocolate covered cookie over there, for physiological reasons. Self-control takes a ton of brain power, and when we are tired, our bodies don’t tend to deliver enough glucose to our brain for it to get the willpower engine going.

2. Meditate for five minutes a day.

Sit up straight and focus your attention on your breath. When your mind wanders, as it will, you’ll be building willpower when you simply notice that your mind has wandered and you bring your attention back to your breath. As Kelly McGonigal notes in her awesome book The Willpower Instinct, the worse you are at meditation, the better it is as an exercise for building self-control. Here’s why: In order to check your impulsive tendency to snag that donut off the counter, you need to build self-awareness. When you are aware of what you are doing (e.g., “I’m feeling tempted to scarf that down.”), you’re actually engaging the part of your brain you need for willpower, rather than letting your impulses take over. Meditation gives you practice at engaging your self-awareness; as a bonus, deep slow breathing also helps strengthen your self-control.

3. Lay off the cocktails.

Science of the blazingly obvious, I know, but face it: We often have a glass of wine right before we need willpower to make healthy choices at dinner. Alcohol lowers your blood glucose, which a series of studies shows can dramatically weaken your willpower. (You’d be better off drinking sugary soda before testing your will, although I’m not actually recommending that.) Alcohol also reduces self-awareness, and it is self-awareness that we need most to bring us back to our goals (see #2 and #5).

4. Make a plan for dealing with the temptations you will face.

What will you do when things go wrong? Don’t leave your answer to chance or your whims; instead, write out a plan, however simple. If you are trying to stop snapping at your children when they’re running late, make a plan for what you’ll do when the’re dawdling and you are in a big, big hurry. Write out what you’ll do instead of yelling—e.g., take deep breaths, walk away from the car, etc. If you do blow it? Forgive yourself and move on. You are only human, and judging yourself as a bad parent or lazy slob will make you less likely to meet your goals, and more likely to give into your impulses.

Anticipate and plan for your times of low self-control

Now that you know that self-control is a limited resource and that depleting it means less for later, you can do some anticipating and planning. For example, make sure that you’re not in the chips and cookies aisle of the grocery store after a long day at work. Don’t start on your tax return after a frustrating commute. (Ian Newby-Clark of My Bad Habits.)

Set small daily goals and get them done no matter what.

Practicing self discipline on a daily basis strengthens your willpower. (www.wikihow.com)

5. Remind yourself WHY you are doing what you are doing, and what you will lose if you give up.

Why are you trying to start your new habit or quit your old one? Be honest as you do this; remind yourself what you really want, rather than what you think you should want. For example, I could tell myself, or my neighbors, that I’m exercising more because I want to be a good role model for my children (what I should want). But what I really want even more than that is to fit into my jeans and feel healthy. Research suggests that these less moralistic motives tend to be more effective. So ask yourself, frequently: How do you want to feel? Then visualize what you will lose if you give in to temptation.

© 2012 Christine Carter, Ph.D.


6. Become aware of situations where you feel you lack a choice

(in other words, where you lack willpower).  If needed, write it down.

7.  Identify a way in which you can do whatever you feel you’re forced to do, but in a way that you will enjoy it.

Give yourself a reward every time you do something which you do not like (lacked will power to do earlier) literally you are bribing yourself.

8. Force yourself to take action on small decisions, like taking out the garbage.

Once you finish the task, look back and feel good for having conquered one small piece of a big task.

9. Move on to big decisions once you find yourself getting more and more successful with small tasks.

It is important that you reflect back on your task and feel good for having conquered a task.

10. Become aware of the fact that without will power we are nothing short of weaklings who don’t have any zest.

11. Refuse to be lazy.

Overcome habitual procrastination by deciding right this minute that you are hard-working and able to do anything that you set your mind to.

12. Focus on the long term benefit of using willpower.

And discipline to reach your goal. This alone should motivate you to keep going no matter what.

13. Push yourself to do the next right thing toward your goal.

Mental strength comes from overcoming challenges and hurdles. What’s uncomfortable today becomes a habit tomorrow if you push hard through the discomfort of something new and different.

14. Complete tasks as they present themselves.

Waiting for something to happen to relieve you from a task further weakens your mind into thinking you can’t do what you need to do.

15. Start an exercise program or a healthy eating plan.

And commit to it for a designated amount of time.

16. Motivate yourself to practice willpower by rewarding yourself for your accomplishments.

Set up your rewards ahead of time so that you know what you’re working toward.

(http://www.wikihow.com/Have-Willpower)

Woman Holding Broom and Dustpan

Will & Power

Control yourself!” We all say it, mostly to ourselves. We say it when we ‘indulge’ in behaviors that cause short-term gain for long-term pain. And guilt. I cite many of the usual suspects: eating the wrong things, being lazy, staying up too late, drinking too much. There are others, of course. Why do we do such things? After all, aren’t we entirely in control of ourselves all of the time?

Nope.

Research tells us that willpower is a limited resource.

Each of us only has so much of it.

Ian Newby-Clark of My Bad Habits.


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Who among us has not made a plan to get up in the morning and exercise, but then hit snooze one time too many, sleeping through our morning jog? We may have been super-inspired by the incredible brain-boosting properties of exercise. We may have had every intention to start an exercise plan and stick to it. But then… we didn’t. Our warm bed sucked us in. We’ll exercise tomorrow.

What we need is willpower.

Once we get in the habit of exercising—or of staying calm in the face of a toddler meltdown, of not checking our email after five o’clock, or of doing anything else we want to have the resolve to do—we don’t need to try so hard. But for now, because we are in the habit of pushing snooze — or yelling, or checking email compulsively all evening — we need self-discipline.

© 2012 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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Books on willpower:

  • Baumeister, Roy F., and John Tierney. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.Penguin Group US, 2011.
  • Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Random House Publishing Group, 2012.
  • Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
  • McGonigal, Kelly. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It. Penguin Group US, 2011.

7 benefits of regular physical activity

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

Exercise controls weight (1)

 Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

Exercise combats health conditions and diseases (2)

 Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

Exercise improves mood (3)

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Exercise boosts energy (4)

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

Exercise promotes better sleep (5)

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life (6)

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

Exercise can be fun (7)

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.

source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/ 

Running: Young Men Chasing Young Women at Beach

People with purpose in life

Rudolph Joseph RummelRudolph Joseph Rummel

Rudolph Joseph Rummel (October 21, 1932, Cleveland, Ohio – March 2, 2014, Kaneohe, Hawaii) was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He spent his career assembling data on collective violence and war with a view toward helping their resolution or elimination. Rummel coined the term democide for murder by government (compare genocide), and his research claims that six times as many people died of democide during the 20th century than in all that century’s wars combined. He concluded that democracy is the form of government least likely to kill its citizens and that democracies do not wage war against each other (see Democratic peace theory).

Rummel was the author of 24 scholarly books, and published his major results in Understanding Conflict and War (1975–81). He then spent the next fifteen years refining the underlying theory and testing it empirically on new data, against the empirical results of others, and on case studies. Power Kills (1997) sums up Rummel’s research. Other works include Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocides and Mass Murders 1917–1987 (1990); China’s Bloody Century: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900 (1991); Democide: Nazi Genocide and Mass Murder (1992); Death by Government (1994); and Statistics of Democide (1997). Extracts, figures, and tables from the books, including his sources and details regarding the calculations, are available online on his website. Rummel also authored Understanding Factor Analysis (1970) and Understanding Correlation (1976). He was the author of the Never again series of alternative-history novels, in which a secret society sends two lovers armed with fabulous wealth and modern weapons back to 1906 with orders to create an alternative, peaceful century. These works are available online.

There is an extensive FAQ on his webpage, answering many questions and objections regarding the democratic peace and democide. The book Never Again: Ending War, Democide, & Famine Through Democratic Freedom is available on his website. This book aims at popularizing his findings and is available as a free download.

. . .

Wayne Walter Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is an American self-help author and motivational speaker
Wayne Walter Dyer

Wayne Walter Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is an American self-help author and motivational speaker.

“My beliefs are that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don’t think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.”[10] “Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual.”

. . .

Steve_PavlinaStephen Michael Pavlina

Steve Pavlina (born April 14, 1971, Santa Monica, California) is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina.com and the book Personal Development for Smart People.

. . .

James_Blanchard_CisnerosJames Blanchard Cisneros

James Blanchard Cisneros was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and obtained his B.S. and MBA degrees in the United States.

James Blanchard Cisneros is the author of the You Have Chosen to Remember series. Book 1: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy.

www.chosentoremember.com


youasamachine_1348432634_33 42 Year Old. Wife & Mother of two. Live in Vancouver, Canada

We are all pressed for time. Learn that you don’t have to wait for the perfect schedule to take care of your health and fitness. Learn how to incorporate it into your day, right now. Learn to take control of your well-being with the time that you do have. I believe that we will do ourselves a service if we focus less on the aesthetic and more on our body’s function.

www.youasamachine.com


peter clemens-315x390Peter Clemens

Hi there! My name is Peter Clemens.

I’m married and have four sons (16-month old twins, 5 and 6 years old). I was born and raised in Perth, Australia. I currently live in Vancouver Red Deer, Canada.

I created The Change Blog in 2007 not because I have all the answers, but to share my story in the hope that it would help others. The short version of this story is that I know what it is like to be unhappy and drifting through life without purpose.

My wake up call came in 2006 when I received the unexpected news I was to be a father. This news was the catalyst for me to start a process of inner-work to change myself into the person I wanted to be. These days I am happy to report that life is great. Don’t get me wrong, there are continually things I struggle with … but what have which I once didn’t are inner peace, happiness and purpose.

www.thechangeblog.com


james-clear-circle-250James Clear

I’m an entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer in 20 countries.

Like you, I’m battling to become better and trying to put a small dent in my corner of the universe. I write about the struggle that we all face to become better leaders, better workers, and better people — and how improving our health can help us do that.

Here’s a quick taste of what you’ll find at www.jamesclear.com

  • Proven ways to get strong, reverse injury, and cure disease
  • Ideas for improving your work and your health at the same time
  • Why art is healthy (and why creating more can save your life)

Richard Wiseman_Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman’s first career was as a professional magician and he was once one of the youngest members of the Magic Circle. He studied at UCL and the University of Edinburgh and is now Britain’s only professor for the public understanding of psychology, based at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a fellow of the US-based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and in 2001 he led an experiment to find the world’s funniest joke. His previous books have included a study of luck, The Luck Factor, and 59 Seconds, described by the science writer Simon Singh as “a self-help guide based on proper research”. Rip It Up delves further into the science of self-help. The book is so titled because Wiseman wants readers to tear up the book’s pages as they read them: “The book is all about people changing their behaviour,” he says. “To emphasise this key message I am inviting readers to do something that they probably have never done. Each time, readers will be changing their behaviour and so altering how they think and feel.”


Robert-SpadingerRobert Spadinger

Robert Spadinger is the founder of EverythingIsWithin.com where he teaches people how to create a life that’s filled with love, abundance, happiness and success. If you enjoyed this article, you will also love his latest book: “How to Create The Life of Your Dreams”, which you can download for free from his website. You can also connect with Robert on Facebook and Twitter where you can find additional advice and a daily dose of uplifting and inspirational quotes.


Joel-Brown-300x330Joel Brown

Joel Brown is the CEO and Founder of Addicted2Success.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Joel started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. Joel’s passion for what he does shows through the continual growth of Addicted2Success.com’s online community. Follow Joel Brown on Twitter or keep upto date with him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joelbrownA2S


Joel RunyonJoel Runyon

A blogger with a passion for doing the impossible or what may seem impossible to most people. He writes a bi-weekly blog at Impossible HQ.

Tell A Great Story With Your Life. “Are you telling a good story with your life? Would anybody want to read it?”

Joel Runyon


Phil DroletPhil Drolet

Current Location: Boulder, CO Life Path: 36 World class entrepreneur, Founder Of The Feel Good Life Style, CEO of Elite Entrepreneurs, and one of the most driven human beings that you will meet in this lifetime. Phil is a charismatic leader that was integral to the building of the The Higher Purpose Project vision. A fun loving creator, Phil’s french accent and all american smile give him the ability to light up any room.

My deepest belief is that there is greatness inside all of us. And to access it, we must align ourselves with a greater purpose, commit to excellence, and seek to improve every day. I’m a Peak Performance Coach, a triathlete and a lover of wisdom.

Phil Drolet


… More people coming soon … …   More cool people >>youasamachine_1348432634_33 42 Year Old. Wife & Mother of two. Live in Vancouver, Canada

We are all pressed for time. Learn that you don’t have to wait for the perfect schedule to take care of your health and fitness. Learn how to incorporate it into your day, right now. Learn to take control of your well-being with the time that you do have. I believe that we will do ourselves a service if we focus less on the aesthetic and more on our body’s function.

www.youasamachine.com

 


peter clemens-315x390Peter Clemens

Hi there! My name is Peter Clemens.

I’m married and have four sons (16-month old twins, 5 and 6 years old). I was born and raised in Perth, Australia. I currently live in Vancouver Red Deer, Canada.

I created The Change Blog in 2007 not because I have all the answers, but to share my story in the hope that it would help others. The short version of this story is that I know what it is like to be unhappy and drifting through life without purpose.

My wake up call came in 2006 when I received the unexpected news I was to be a father. This news was the catalyst for me to start a process of inner-work to change myself into the person I wanted to be. These days I am happy to report that life is great. Don’t get me wrong, there are continually things I struggle with … but what have which I once didn’t are inner peace, happiness and purpose.

www.thechangeblog.com


james-clear-circle-250James Clear

I’m an entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer in 20 countries.

Like you, I’m battling to become better and trying to put a small dent in my corner of the universe. I write about the struggle that we all face to become better leaders, better workers, and better people — and how improving our health can help us do that.

Here’s a quick taste of what you’ll find at www.jamesclear.com

  • Proven ways to get strong, reverse injury, and cure disease
  • Ideas for improving your work and your health at the same time
  • Why art is healthy (and why creating more can save your life)

Richard Wiseman_Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman’s first career was as a professional magician and he was once one of the youngest members of the Magic Circle. He studied at UCL and the University of Edinburgh and is now Britain’s only professor for the public understanding of psychology, based at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a fellow of the US-based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and in 2001 he led an experiment to find the world’s funniest joke. His previous books have included a study of luck, The Luck Factor, and 59 Seconds, described by the science writer Simon Singh as “a self-help guide based on proper research”. Rip It Up delves further into the science of self-help. The book is so titled because Wiseman wants readers to tear up the book’s pages as they read them: “The book is all about people changing their behaviour,” he says. “To emphasise this key message I am inviting readers to do something that they probably have never done. Each time, readers will be changing their behaviour and so altering how they think and feel.”


Robert-SpadingerRobert Spadinger

Robert Spadinger is the founder of EverythingIsWithin.com where he teaches people how to create a life that’s filled with love, abundance, happiness and success. If you enjoyed this article, you will also love his latest book: “How to Create The Life of Your Dreams”, which you can download for free from his website. You can also connect with Robert on Facebook and Twitter where you can find additional advice and a daily dose of uplifting and inspirational quotes.


Joel-Brown-300x330Joel Brown

Joel Brown is the CEO and Founder of Addicted2Success.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Joel started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. Joel’s passion for what he does shows through the continual growth of Addicted2Success.com’s online community. Follow Joel Brown on Twitter or keep upto date with him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joelbrownA2S


Joel RunyonJoel Runyon

A blogger with a passion for doing the impossible or what may seem impossible to most people. He writes a bi-weekly blog at Impossible HQ.

Tell A Great Story With Your Life. “Are you telling a good story with your life? Would anybody want to read it?”

Joel Runyon


Phil DroletPhil Drolet

Current Location: Boulder, CO Life Path: 36 World class entrepreneur, Founder Of The Feel Good Life Style, CEO of Elite Entrepreneurs, and one of the most driven human beings that you will meet in this lifetime. Phil is a charismatic leader that was integral to the building of the The Higher Purpose Project vision. A fun loving creator, Phil’s french accent and all american smile give him the ability to light up any room.

My deepest belief is that there is greatness inside all of us. And to access it, we must align ourselves with a greater purpose, commit to excellence, and seek to improve every day. I’m a Peak Performance Coach, a triathlete and a lover of wisdom.

Phil Drolet


… More people coming soon … …   More cool people >>

Purpose Of Life: Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”

― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe Sorrows of Young Werther

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

Albert Einstein

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” [Moral Decay (first published 1937)]”

― Albert EinsteinOut of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

Amit Ray

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”

― Amit Ray

Robert F. Kennedy

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

Michael Crichton

“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.”

― Michael CrichtonThe Lost World

Pearl S. Buck

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

― Pearl S. Buck

Criss Jami

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”

― Criss Jami

Seneca

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

― SenecaOn the Shortness of Life

William Lane Craig

“‎If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.”

― William Lane CraigReasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

Criss Jami

“The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well.”

― Criss Jami

Penelope Fitzgerald

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.”

― Penelope FitzgeraldThe Bookshop

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

― Robert Bryne

Douglas Coupland

“You keep waiting for the moral of your life to become obvious, but it never does. Work, work, work: No moral. No plot. No eureka! Just production schedules and days. You might as well be living inside a photocopier. Your lives are all they’re ever going to be.”

― Douglas CouplandPlayer One: What Is to Become of Us

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“I’m not out to compete with any one, I’m here to complete, by encouraging and inspiring souls through a text at a time”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveYour Dreams Will Not Die

Christine Rice

“The purpose of life is to live, learn, and love.”

― Christine Rice

Yasmin Mogahed

“To empty the heart does not mean to not love. On the contrary, true love, as God intented it, is purest when it is not based on a false attachment. The process of first emptying the heart can be found in the beginning half of the shahada (declaration of faith).”

― Yasmin MogahedReclaim Your Heart

“Remember that our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and knows what’s best for us . . . . Surely, His knowledge is greater than ours. We just have to have faith in Him. If we don’t, well, that doesn’t change what happened, it just makes us more miserable because we refuse to trust His will. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. And happiness. But we need to look for those opportunities that give us joy. If we don’t, what would be the purpose for existing?”

― Jeri GilchristOut of Nowhere

Khaled Hosseini

“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet – they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.”

― Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed

Jeannette Walls

“Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody’s time.”

― Jeannette WallsHalf Broke Horses

Deborah Day

“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”

― Deborah Day

Cecil Castellucci

“I want to make my mark,’ he says. But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?”

― Cecil CastellucciBoy Proof

Emil Cioran

“Il ne fait aucun doute pour moi que la sagesse est le but principal de la vie et c’est pourquoi je reviens toujours aux stoïciens. Ils ont atteint la sagesse, on ne peut donc plus les appeler des philosophes au sens propre du terme. De mon point de vue, la sagesse est le terme naturel de la philosophie, sa fin dans les deux sens du mot. Une philosophie finit en sagesse et par là même disparaît.”

― Emil CioranOeuvres

Deborah Day

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”

― Deborah DayBE HAPPY NOW!

Robert M. Pirsig

“It was the ghost of rationality itself … This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says.”

― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Chris Hedges

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

― Chris HedgesWar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Nikki Gemmell

“You’re living your days at the moment how a sheep grazes, meandering, not engaged with anything much.”

― Nikki GemmellThe Bride Stripped Bare

Rhonda Byrne

“Life is not about negative circumstances that happen to you, it’s about what you do with the golden opportunities hidden within!”

― Rhonda ByrneHero

Théophile Gautier

“You know, the immortality of the soul, free will and all that — it’s all very amusing to talk about up to the age of twenty-two, but not after that. Then one ought to be giving one’s mind to having fun without catching the pox, arranging one’s life as comfortably as possible, having a few decent drawings on the wall, and above all writing well. That’s the important thing: well-made sentences…and then a few metaphors. Yes, a few metaphors. They embellish a man’s existence.”

― Théophile Gautier

“Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called.”

― Nancy MellonThe Art of Storytelling

“There is a purpose in life – to raise men nearer to the likeness of God. Whoever seeks that ideal, daily, finds joy; and in no other way can true joy be found.”

― John Andreas WidtsoeAn Understandable Religion

Henry James

“He was an awkward mixture of strong moral impulse and restless aesthetic curiosity, and yet he would have made a most ineffective reformer and a very indifferent artist.It seemed to him that the glow of happiness must ne found either in action, of some immensely solid kind,on behalf of an idea, or in producing a masterpiece in one of the arts.”

― Henry JamesRoderick Hudson

Toba Beta

“Life does exist. It’s the purpose that count.”

― Toba BetaMy Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Sooner or later on this journey, every traveller faces the same question: Are you a human intending to be a god, or a god pretending to be human?”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Roman Payne

“Why do we mortals wonder if it is through ‘human chaos’ or through ‘divine perfection’ when the world guides us to some magical event? In either case, is not the result the same? Is the result not ‘divine perfection?”

― Roman PayneThe Wanderess

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal but the ultimate condition of life.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“You are here on earth to unearth who on earth you are.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

363px-Dalai_Lama_Tenzin Gyatso

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

― Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

“Life without a purpose is like an unsharpened pencil; it has no point.”

― Eraica Chan

Ilchi Lee

“Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” These questions arise spontaneously throughout our lives, either unbidden or through conscious intent. Anyone who wishes to live an authentic life must answer these questions, regardless of whether they believe in the existence of the soul or practice a religion. If these queries remain unanswered, life will more than likely remain superficial and empty, in spite of any material abundance. If you wish to make the soul’s journey, then I suggest you ask yourself these questions relentlessly and ruthlessly, and listen carefully.”

― Ilchi LeeHuman Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living

Nikos Kazantzakis

“I did not know what I was going to do with my life; before anything else I wanted to find an answer, my answer, to the timeless questions, and then after that I would decide what I would become. If I did not begin by discovering what was the grand purpose of life on earth, I said to myself, how would I be able to discover the purpose of my tiny ephemeral life? And if I did not give my life a purpose, how would I be able to engage in action? I was not interested in finding what life’s purpose was objectively – this, I divined, was impossible and futile – but simply what purpose I, of my own free will, could give it in accord with my spiritual and intellectual needs. Whether or not this purpose was the true one did not, at that time, have any great significance for me. The important thing was that I should find (should create) a purpose congruent with my own self, and thus, by following it, reel out my particular desires and abilities to the furthest possible limit. For then at last I would be collaborating harmoniously with the totality of the universe.”

― Nikos KazantzakisReport to Greco

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Our instrumental part in the symphony of life is to allow love to create a space within our own awareness, through which the undreamed mystery may emerge as a knowable reality.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“The purpose of life is to reach a point where you can say ‘yes’ to all of it.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“If you want to see, then begin to see how you see.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Pope John Paul II

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

― Pope John Paul II

“I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.”

― Robert S. MullikenLife of a Scientist: An Autobiographical Account of the Development of Molecular Orbital Theory

“The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: … Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of life.”

― Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

― Friedrich NietzscheDaybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

“You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were create to perform good deeds.”

― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Brian L. Weiss

“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives”

― Brian L. WeissMany Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Orson Scott Card

“….part of the purpose of it is now, is the moment. And part of it is the web of connections. Links from soul to soul. If the purpose of life was just to continue into the future, then none of it would have meaning, because it would be all anticipation and preparation. There’s fruition….There’s the happiness we’ve already had. The happiness of each moment. The end of our lives, even if there’s no forward continuation, no progeny at all, the end of our lives doesn’t erase the beginning. ….someday you will die. Why should anyone ever have children? Someday they will die, their children will die, all children will die. Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we were there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That’s the truth — what is, what was, what will be — not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. If we die, then our death has meaning to the rest of the universe. Even if our lives are unknown, the fact that someone lived here, and died, that will have repercussions, that will shape the universe.”

― Orson Scott CardChildren of the Mind

“The purpose of life is to perfect love, and love is selfless action. Therefore, the purpose of life is to live in a state of fearless union.”

― RaSoul

Lysa TerKeurst

“Too many people think that finding the reason God placed us here on earth will come in one assignment with a big title and complete job description. I believe that discovering our purpose will unfold slowly, like a seed planted deep in the ground.”

― Lysa TerKeurstBecoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

David Almond

“What is the purpose of living if there are no perils to be encountered and overcome?”

― David AlmondThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Shūsaku Endō

“The earth is not just for the clever and the strong.”

― Shūsaku Endō

“If you do not love what you are doing, then do what you love. It is only by doing what you love that you will find true success in life.”

― Fred Gatty

“Life is short as breathing! Forget Yesterday, Focus today to enjoy tomorrow! “The purpose of life is to live it, not destroy it.”

― Ebelsain Villegas

Mandy Hale

“We are not on this earth to just stand still & look pretty. The museums already have enough statues.”

― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“You can change any status quo, stand out, walk by faith and not by sight and things will definitely go well with you.”

― Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Shannon L. Alder

“I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. There were things I wanted in my life that no amount of positive thinking was going to make it a reality for me. However, I have learned to believe in the Law of Tough Love. Life has thrown a dozen tragedies at me. I did what any Christian would do–prayed for the outcome I wanted. But God was tough and only gave me what I needed. I now realize that life is not about fulfilling a wish list; rather a need list. Good and bad experiences are on the horizon. How else does a person change, grow and evolve? And just like any warrior woman, I won’t simply survive– but thrive!”

― Shannon L. Alder

Seth Grahame-Smith

“Most men have no purpose but to exist, Abraham; to pass quietly through history as minor characters upon a stage they cannot even see. To be the playthings of tyrants. But you…you were born to fight tyranny.”

― Seth Grahame-SmithAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Michel de Montaigne

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.”

― Michel de Montaigne

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you’ve been blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

“But beware of this about callings: they may not lead us where we intended to go or even where we want to go. If we choose to follow, we may have to be willing to let go of the life we already planned and accept whatever is waiting for us. And if the calling is true, though we may not have gone where we intended, we will surely end up where we need to be.”

― Steve Goodier

Elie Wiesel

“If life is not a celebration, why remember it ? If life — mine or that of my fellow man — is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth?”

― Elie WieselOpen Heart

“Granddad once told me that to truly love this life, you need to know its darkest corners. But if you can bring a bit of sunshine to the sunless, it can only be for the good. I mean, what else are we really here for on this earth? Think about it some day, when the spring mornings look so golden and green.”

― Gareth ThompsonSunshine to the Sunless

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Sometimes it feels as if God set you on Earth with a bottle full of nasty-tasting pills called days and these instructions: Swallow one at a time. When entire prescription is finished, you may return home.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Kurt Vonnegut

“And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close as mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely. “Everything must have a purpose?” asked God. “Certainly,” said man. “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God. And He went away.”

― Kurt VonnegutCat’s Cradle

“When you don’t know where you are going in life (No Clear Destination), you don’t need direction… you need Divine Revelation”

― Fela Durotoye

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“You may or may not make a million dollars in life, a song may not be sung in praise of you, monuments may not be erected in your name but promise me this: to live life fully, to give wholeheartedly, to do your best with what you have, to impact souls, to use your gifts and talents to serve humanity, to live, love and leave a legacy in your own way.”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveEnjoyLife 360 – Simple Secrets to a Happier Fulfilling Life!

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Life is a character – building opportunity that we all volunteered for.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself. We are uniquely pottered and purposed by our maker!”

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Gary Patton

“Your identity & life passion/purpose in the context of your beliefs determine your vision, your vision determines your mission, your mission determines your KRAs, your KRAs determine your goals, your goals determine your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your life!” ~ gfp ’42©”

― Gary Patton

“If the path you are walking today won’t lead you to your desired destination, then you are STROLLING”

― Fela Durotoye

Karen Kingston

“So many people have the TV or radio constantly turned on “for company,” or spend their time reading trashy novels, aimlessly surfing the Net, and so on. Then suddenly one day you are old or sick and you realize you have done nothing with your life. All your thoughts are other people’s thoughts and you have no idea who you really are or what the purpose of your life might be.”

― Karen KingstonClear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Bryant McGill

“Let us subdue the ravages of the baser-self, and aspire to the higher calling of exalting joy through compassion, for that is the one true purpose of humanity.”

― Bryant McGillVoice of Reason

Israelmore Ayivor

“Do what you want to do in life and you will see what life will do to you on earth. What you always do, pays what it always pays!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If we really exist merely to fulfill God’s plan: then life is a television drama; with God being the scriptwriter, the director, and, the audience.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

R. Alan Woods

“Coming into a realization that there is purpose in why God has given all of us the gift of life- To promote the cause of Christ and God’s Kingdom in a creative manner that expresses our uniqueness.”

― R. Alan WoodsThe Journey Is the Destination: A Book of Quotes With Commentaries

Habeeb Akande

“Money as the sole ambition has no value.”

― Habeeb Akande

“Look, the job of life is to turn your negatives into positives”

― Michka AssayasBono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

Simone de Beauvoir

“Du jour où il nait, l’homme commence à mourir; c’est la vérité qu’incarne la Mère.”

― Simone de BeauvoirLe deuxième sexe I

Umberto Eco

“And in that moment I experience a revelation. I realize now that it was a painful sense that the world is purposeless, the lazy fruit of a misunderstanding, but in that moment I was able to translate what I felt only as: “God does not exist.”

― Umberto EcoThe Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Herman Melville

“At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestinated purpose of my life. I am content. Others may have loftier parts to enact; but my mission in this world, Bartleby, is to furnish you with office-room for such period as you may see fit to remain. I believe that this wise and blessed frame of mind would have continued with me, had it not been for the unsolicited and uncharitable remarks obtruded upon me by my professional friends who visited the rooms. But thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.”

― Herman MelvilleBartleby, the Scrivener

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”

― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThe Sorrows of Young Werther

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov

Albert Einstein

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” [Moral Decay (first published 1937)]”

― Albert EinsteinOut of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

Amit Ray

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”

― Amit Ray

Robert F. Kennedy

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

― Robert F. Kennedy

Michael Crichton

“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.”

― Michael CrichtonThe Lost World

Pearl S. Buck

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

― Pearl S. Buck

Criss Jami

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”

― Criss Jami

Seneca

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

― SenecaOn the Shortness of Life

William Lane Craig

“‎If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.”

― William Lane CraigReasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

Criss Jami

“The artist lives to have stories to tell and to learn to tell them well.”

― Criss Jami

Penelope Fitzgerald

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.”

― Penelope FitzgeraldThe Bookshop

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

― Robert Bryne

Douglas Coupland

“You keep waiting for the moral of your life to become obvious, but it never does. Work, work, work: No moral. No plot. No eureka! Just production schedules and days. You might as well be living inside a photocopier. Your lives are all they’re ever going to be.”

― Douglas CouplandPlayer One: What Is to Become of Us

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“I’m not out to compete with any one, I’m here to complete, by encouraging and inspiring souls through a text at a time”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveYour Dreams Will Not Die

Christine Rice

“The purpose of life is to live, learn, and love.”

― Christine Rice

Yasmin Mogahed

“To empty the heart does not mean to not love. On the contrary, true love, as God intented it, is purest when it is not based on a false attachment. The process of first emptying the heart can be found in the beginning half of the shahada (declaration of faith).”

― Yasmin MogahedReclaim Your Heart

“Remember that our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and knows what’s best for us . . . . Surely, His knowledge is greater than ours. We just have to have faith in Him. If we don’t, well, that doesn’t change what happened, it just makes us more miserable because we refuse to trust His will. Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy. And happiness. But we need to look for those opportunities that give us joy. If we don’t, what would be the purpose for existing?”

― Jeri GilchristOut of Nowhere

Khaled Hosseini

“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet – they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.”

― Khaled HosseiniAnd the Mountains Echoed

Jeannette Walls

“Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody’s time.”

― Jeannette WallsHalf Broke Horses

Deborah Day

“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”

― Deborah Day

Cecil Castellucci

“I want to make my mark,’ he says. But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?”

― Cecil CastellucciBoy Proof

Emil Cioran

“Il ne fait aucun doute pour moi que la sagesse est le but principal de la vie et c’est pourquoi je reviens toujours aux stoïciens. Ils ont atteint la sagesse, on ne peut donc plus les appeler des philosophes au sens propre du terme. De mon point de vue, la sagesse est le terme naturel de la philosophie, sa fin dans les deux sens du mot. Une philosophie finit en sagesse et par là même disparaît.”

― Emil CioranOeuvres

Deborah Day

“The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”

― Deborah DayBE HAPPY NOW!

Robert M. Pirsig

“It was the ghost of rationality itself … This is the ghost of normal everyday assumptions which declares that the ultimate purpose of life, which is to keep alive, is impossible, but that this is the ultimate purpose of life anyway, so that great minds struggle to cure diseases so that people may live longer, but only madmen ask why. One lives longer in order that he may live longer. There is no other purpose. That is what the ghost says.”

― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Chris Hedges

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

― Chris HedgesWar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

Nikki Gemmell

“You’re living your days at the moment how a sheep grazes, meandering, not engaged with anything much.”

― Nikki GemmellThe Bride Stripped Bare

Rhonda Byrne

“Life is not about negative circumstances that happen to you, it’s about what you do with the golden opportunities hidden within!”

― Rhonda ByrneHero

Théophile Gautier

“You know, the immortality of the soul, free will and all that — it’s all very amusing to talk about up to the age of twenty-two, but not after that. Then one ought to be giving one’s mind to having fun without catching the pox, arranging one’s life as comfortably as possible, having a few decent drawings on the wall, and above all writing well. That’s the important thing: well-made sentences…and then a few metaphors. Yes, a few metaphors. They embellish a man’s existence.”

― Théophile Gautier

“Storytellers have as profound a purpose as any who are charged to guide and transform human lives. I knew it as an ancient discipline and vocation to which everyone is called.”

― Nancy MellonThe Art of Storytelling

“There is a purpose in life – to raise men nearer to the likeness of God. Whoever seeks that ideal, daily, finds joy; and in no other way can true joy be found.”

― John Andreas WidtsoeAn Understandable Religion

Henry James

“He was an awkward mixture of strong moral impulse and restless aesthetic curiosity, and yet he would have made a most ineffective reformer and a very indifferent artist.It seemed to him that the glow of happiness must ne found either in action, of some immensely solid kind,on behalf of an idea, or in producing a masterpiece in one of the arts.”

― Henry JamesRoderick Hudson

Toba Beta

“Life does exist. It’s the purpose that count.”

― Toba BetaMy Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Sooner or later on this journey, every traveller faces the same question: Are you a human intending to be a god, or a god pretending to be human?”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Roman Payne

“Why do we mortals wonder if it is through ‘human chaos’ or through ‘divine perfection’ when the world guides us to some magical event? In either case, is not the result the same? Is the result not ‘divine perfection?”

― Roman PayneThe Wanderess

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal but the ultimate condition of life.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“You are here on earth to unearth who on earth you are.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

363px-Dalai_Lama_Tenzin Gyatso

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

― Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

“Life without a purpose is like an unsharpened pencil; it has no point.”

― Eraica Chan

Ilchi Lee

“Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” These questions arise spontaneously throughout our lives, either unbidden or through conscious intent. Anyone who wishes to live an authentic life must answer these questions, regardless of whether they believe in the existence of the soul or practice a religion. If these queries remain unanswered, life will more than likely remain superficial and empty, in spite of any material abundance. If you wish to make the soul’s journey, then I suggest you ask yourself these questions relentlessly and ruthlessly, and listen carefully.”

― Ilchi LeeHuman Technology: A Toolkit for Authentic Living

Nikos Kazantzakis

“I did not know what I was going to do with my life; before anything else I wanted to find an answer, my answer, to the timeless questions, and then after that I would decide what I would become. If I did not begin by discovering what was the grand purpose of life on earth, I said to myself, how would I be able to discover the purpose of my tiny ephemeral life? And if I did not give my life a purpose, how would I be able to engage in action? I was not interested in finding what life’s purpose was objectively – this, I divined, was impossible and futile – but simply what purpose I, of my own free will, could give it in accord with my spiritual and intellectual needs. Whether or not this purpose was the true one did not, at that time, have any great significance for me. The important thing was that I should find (should create) a purpose congruent with my own self, and thus, by following it, reel out my particular desires and abilities to the furthest possible limit. For then at last I would be collaborating harmoniously with the totality of the universe.”

― Nikos KazantzakisReport to Greco

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“Our instrumental part in the symphony of life is to allow love to create a space within our own awareness, through which the undreamed mystery may emerge as a knowable reality.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“The purpose of life is to reach a point where you can say ‘yes’ to all of it.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

“If you want to see, then begin to see how you see.”

― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Pope John Paul II

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

― Pope John Paul II

“I decided that life rationally considered seemed pointless and futile, but it is still interesting in a variety of ways, including the study of science. So why not carry on, following the path of scientific hedonism? Besides, I did not have the courage for the more rational procedure of suicide.”

― Robert S. MullikenLife of a Scientist: An Autobiographical Account of the Development of Molecular Orbital Theory

“The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: … Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of life.”

― Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.”

― Friedrich NietzscheDaybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

“You were ordered to obey to Allah, and you were create to perform good deeds.”

― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Brian L. Weiss

“We are frightfully concerned with our own deaths, sometimes so much so that we forget the real purpose of our lives”

― Brian L. WeissMany Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Orson Scott Card

“….part of the purpose of it is now, is the moment. And part of it is the web of connections. Links from soul to soul. If the purpose of life was just to continue into the future, then none of it would have meaning, because it would be all anticipation and preparation. There’s fruition….There’s the happiness we’ve already had. The happiness of each moment. The end of our lives, even if there’s no forward continuation, no progeny at all, the end of our lives doesn’t erase the beginning. ….someday you will die. Why should anyone ever have children? Someday they will die, their children will die, all children will die. Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we were there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That’s the truth — what is, what was, what will be — not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. If we die, then our death has meaning to the rest of the universe. Even if our lives are unknown, the fact that someone lived here, and died, that will have repercussions, that will shape the universe.”

― Orson Scott CardChildren of the Mind

“The purpose of life is to perfect love, and love is selfless action. Therefore, the purpose of life is to live in a state of fearless union.”

― RaSoul

Lysa TerKeurst

“Too many people think that finding the reason God placed us here on earth will come in one assignment with a big title and complete job description. I believe that discovering our purpose will unfold slowly, like a seed planted deep in the ground.”

― Lysa TerKeurstBecoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

David Almond

“What is the purpose of living if there are no perils to be encountered and overcome?”

― David AlmondThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Shūsaku Endō

“The earth is not just for the clever and the strong.”

― Shūsaku Endō

“If you do not love what you are doing, then do what you love. It is only by doing what you love that you will find true success in life.”

― Fred Gatty

“Life is short as breathing! Forget Yesterday, Focus today to enjoy tomorrow! “The purpose of life is to live it, not destroy it.”

― Ebelsain Villegas

Mandy Hale

“We are not on this earth to just stand still & look pretty. The museums already have enough statues.”

― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“You can change any status quo, stand out, walk by faith and not by sight and things will definitely go well with you.”

― Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Shannon L. Alder

“I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. There were things I wanted in my life that no amount of positive thinking was going to make it a reality for me. However, I have learned to believe in the Law of Tough Love. Life has thrown a dozen tragedies at me. I did what any Christian would do–prayed for the outcome I wanted. But God was tough and only gave me what I needed. I now realize that life is not about fulfilling a wish list; rather a need list. Good and bad experiences are on the horizon. How else does a person change, grow and evolve? And just like any warrior woman, I won’t simply survive– but thrive!”

― Shannon L. Alder

Seth Grahame-Smith

“Most men have no purpose but to exist, Abraham; to pass quietly through history as minor characters upon a stage they cannot even see. To be the playthings of tyrants. But you…you were born to fight tyranny.”

― Seth Grahame-SmithAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Michel de Montaigne

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.”

― Michel de Montaigne

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I believe the main purpose of life is to accept with gratitude what you’ve been blessed with so that you may use those gifts to mold yourself into the best person you can possibly be. Learning to discern things of true value from those of little or no worth is part of the process.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

“But beware of this about callings: they may not lead us where we intended to go or even where we want to go. If we choose to follow, we may have to be willing to let go of the life we already planned and accept whatever is waiting for us. And if the calling is true, though we may not have gone where we intended, we will surely end up where we need to be.”

― Steve Goodier

Elie Wiesel

“If life is not a celebration, why remember it ? If life — mine or that of my fellow man — is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth?”

― Elie WieselOpen Heart

“Granddad once told me that to truly love this life, you need to know its darkest corners. But if you can bring a bit of sunshine to the sunless, it can only be for the good. I mean, what else are we really here for on this earth? Think about it some day, when the spring mornings look so golden and green.”

― Gareth ThompsonSunshine to the Sunless

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Sometimes it feels as if God set you on Earth with a bottle full of nasty-tasting pills called days and these instructions: Swallow one at a time. When entire prescription is finished, you may return home.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Kurt Vonnegut

“And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close as mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely. “Everything must have a purpose?” asked God. “Certainly,” said man. “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God. And He went away.”

― Kurt VonnegutCat’s Cradle

“When you don’t know where you are going in life (No Clear Destination), you don’t need direction… you need Divine Revelation”

― Fela Durotoye

Bernard Kelvin Clive

“You may or may not make a million dollars in life, a song may not be sung in praise of you, monuments may not be erected in your name but promise me this: to live life fully, to give wholeheartedly, to do your best with what you have, to impact souls, to use your gifts and talents to serve humanity, to live, love and leave a legacy in your own way.”

― Bernard Kelvin CliveEnjoyLife 360 – Simple Secrets to a Happier Fulfilling Life!

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Life is a character – building opportunity that we all volunteered for.”

― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself. We are uniquely pottered and purposed by our maker!”

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Gary Patton

“Your identity & life passion/purpose in the context of your beliefs determine your vision, your vision determines your mission, your mission determines your KRAs, your KRAs determine your goals, your goals determine your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your life!” ~ gfp ’42©”

― Gary Patton

“If the path you are walking today won’t lead you to your desired destination, then you are STROLLING”

― Fela Durotoye

Karen Kingston

“So many people have the TV or radio constantly turned on “for company,” or spend their time reading trashy novels, aimlessly surfing the Net, and so on. Then suddenly one day you are old or sick and you realize you have done nothing with your life. All your thoughts are other people’s thoughts and you have no idea who you really are or what the purpose of your life might be.”

― Karen KingstonClear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

Bryant McGill

“Let us subdue the ravages of the baser-self, and aspire to the higher calling of exalting joy through compassion, for that is the one true purpose of humanity.”

― Bryant McGillVoice of Reason

Israelmore Ayivor

“Do what you want to do in life and you will see what life will do to you on earth. What you always do, pays what it always pays!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If we really exist merely to fulfill God’s plan: then life is a television drama; with God being the scriptwriter, the director, and, the audience.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

R. Alan Woods

“Coming into a realization that there is purpose in why God has given all of us the gift of life- To promote the cause of Christ and God’s Kingdom in a creative manner that expresses our uniqueness.”

― R. Alan WoodsThe Journey Is the Destination: A Book of Quotes With Commentaries

Habeeb Akande

“Money as the sole ambition has no value.”

― Habeeb Akande

“Look, the job of life is to turn your negatives into positives”

― Michka AssayasBono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

Simone de Beauvoir

“Du jour où il nait, l’homme commence à mourir; c’est la vérité qu’incarne la Mère.”

― Simone de BeauvoirLe deuxième sexe I

Umberto Eco

“And in that moment I experience a revelation. I realize now that it was a painful sense that the world is purposeless, the lazy fruit of a misunderstanding, but in that moment I was able to translate what I felt only as: “God does not exist.”

― Umberto EcoThe Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Herman Melville

“At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestinated purpose of my life. I am content. Others may have loftier parts to enact; but my mission in this world, Bartleby, is to furnish you with office-room for such period as you may see fit to remain. I believe that this wise and blessed frame of mind would have continued with me, had it not been for the unsolicited and uncharitable remarks obtruded upon me by my professional friends who visited the rooms. But thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.”

― Herman MelvilleBartleby, the Scrivener

The Impossible to do list

I love the idea of impossible to do list in the way like Joel Runyon wrote in http://impossiblehq.com

The Impossible List

Life

  • Change 1 Person’s Life For The Better
  • Help 100 Entrepreneurs Better Their Lives Through Micro-Loans at Kiva.org [213/100] [October 2012]
  • Raise $25,000 to Help Build A Freaking School In Guatemala with Pencils of Promise [December 25, 2012] (DONE. BOOM).

Fitness

Travel

  • Visit Every Continent (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica (and do something ridiculous here).
  • Go Swimming in Every Ocean (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, Southern/Antarctic)
  • Travel For 1 Year Straight
  • Get a 2nd U.S. Passport
  • Obtain dual citizenship with another country.
  • Own a small flat in 4 different countries.
  • Live on the beach in some tropical country for 3 months.
  • Do A Cross Country Road Trip And Make a Film About It
  • Do A Round-The-World Trip And Make A Film About It
  • Visit Iguazu Falls
  • Visit All 50 States [48/50]
  • Visit 20 Countries | 50 Countries | 100 Countries | 150 Countries | All The Countries
  • Start Impossible Island

Minimalism

  • Go without internet for a month [July 2009]
  • Go without a car for a month [February 2012 +]
  • Count & document all my crap
  • Own less than 300 things
  • Create a “Getaway” Backpack [I’m really excited about this]

Adrenaline Rushes

Miscellaneous

  • Be an Extra in a Movie [November 12, 2010]
  • Go to the airport and buy a ticket without knowing where I’m going.
  • Get something named after me.

Events To Attend

  • Visit Burning Man And Document It
  • Participate in Tomatina
  • Running of the Bulls
  • See The Northern Lights & Make A Time Lapse Film Of It
  • Coachella
  • Bonarroo [June 2013]
  • SxSw [March 2012, 2013]
  • Lollapalooza
  • Mardi Gras
  • Carnival (Brazil)

Renaissance Man

  • Learn To DJ
  • Learn to Fly A Plane
  • Learn To Breakdance
  • Create a video that gets international coverage
  • Get To Space

Become Fluent In 4 Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Italian
  • Esperanto

BizNass

  • Start my own marketing agency [December 12th, 2011]
  • Make a full-time living online. [2012]
  • Start an international company.
  • Put $100,000 in the bank.
  • Give $100,000 away.
  • Create a million dollar company.
  • Make Impossible HQ into a Business.
  • Speak at a Fortune 50 Company [Target HQ – February 17th, 2012]
  • Create an Apparel Line [October 3, 2011]
  • Get Something Named Impossible
  • Start A Business Incubator.
  • Write an e-book [RMG: December 25th, 2010] [Impossible Manifesto: December 6th, 2011] [Impossible TRI: February 28th, 2012]
  • Publish a real physical book.
  • Start a successful blog
    • 1,000 Subscribers
    • 10,000 Subscribers
    • 25,000 Subscribers
    • 50,000 Subscribers

What’s On Your Impossible List?

A inspiration for impossible by http://amazing-creature.blogspot.com snail-crossing-the-gap-001snail-crossing-the-gap-003snail-crossing-the-gap-006snail-crossing-the-gap-008

Develop new positive habits

Work with love

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”

Book “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran published at http://www.purposefairy.com

Leap outside your comfort zone

Billy the eagle owl takes a cold shower_Picture M&Y
Billy the eagle owl looks bedraggled but he loves his regular shower during the warm weather. Photo: Mike Walker, M. & Y. Portsmouth (http://www.vercund.com)

“Don’t think. Get like Nike and just do it! Leap, jump, dive into something that takes you outside your comfort zone, something that scares you a little or a lot. “

Richelle Morgan, http://richellemorganyoga.com

Cold Showers.

“They sound terrifying if you’ve never done one. They sound amazing if you’re a veteran.”

http://impossiblehq.com

Express what you are thinking about

Thinking without a action is useless. Act immediately without hesitation and … thinking. It sounds a little bit strange. But if you are focused on a positive action, actually you don’t need a preparation – pointless thinking and time wasting.

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is a choice. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. It brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and satisfaction. It also radiates to people around you, and one way or the other, they are influenced by it. Why is it so much easier to have a negative attitude than a positive one? The situations and challenges we face in the world each day expose us to negative thinking which, in turn, pull us down. When these situations and challenges enter our minds, they generate negative thoughts and feelings. These negative thoughts begin to rule our minds the moment we choose to believe them. The BIG question is ‘How do we develop a satisfactory positive mind?’ The following tips will help you develop one.

BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR THOUGHTS.

Examine critically what you think about. Our negative actions and words often come from our negative thoughts – what goes into our minds. Like I said at the opening of this article, positive thinking is a choice. We have the ability to choose our thoughts, regardless of our beliefs. As soon as a negative thought comes into our minds, we should purposefully make it a point of duty to replace it with a positive one. This may seem difficult the first time, but with persistence and determination, it will become easy and doable.

WRITE YOUR THOUGHTS IN A THOUGHT DAIRY.

Keep a list of your thoughts, attitudes and actions. Write them down as soon as you notice them. Later, critically analyse them.

CHALLENGE THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.

The purpose of challenging our negative thoughts is to be able to see quickly whether the thoughts are wrong or whether they have some reasonable contents in them. This will enable us to determine the degree of positivity in every negativity. This will also enable us to take appropriate actions. However, we should always make sure that our negative thoughts are genuinely important to achieving your goals.

USE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO COUNTER NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.

This requires constant practice. With constant practice, positive thinking, powered by positive affirmations, will begin to flow from inside us to outside, to give us a positive self image. It will give us sweet satisfaction to face the numerous challenges of life with ease and determination. Take some time to write strong, life-giving, positive affirmation statements, and repeat them to yourself without ceasing. Tell yourself that you’re making progress, even if you are not, and believe in your heart that you are making progress.

SEE THINGS IN A POSITIVE WAY.

Having positive eyes helps us to develop positive thoughts. No matter how bitter or difficult we see things, we should try and see them in positive ways. It becomes easier to do this when we take caution to look for the positive aspect in the situation. If you are able to identify this aspect, you can develop it to your advantage. The fact is every cloud has a silver lining.

KEEP YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON IMPORTANT THINGS.

Set goals and priorities for what you think and do. Have a scale of preference and do important things first. This will help you stay organized and achieve the most important goals first. One advantage of this is that if there is not enough time to do everything, you will have spent the available time on important things. Then you will have no regrets, no blames, no discouragement, no negativity; but satisfactory positivity.

DREAM OF SUCCESS.

Before you start any plan or action, clearly focus your mind on a successful outcome. This will bring you amazing results. Avoid negative reactions and statements. Quickly find adequate solutions to problems or challenges as soon as they occur, rather than reacting negatively to them.

LOOK FOR POSITIVE PEOPLE TO ASSOCIATE WITH.

Be careful the company you keep. It is good to be around positive thinking people who radiate positive attitudes. However, encountering a positive person may seem a difficult task. Not to worry, persistent searching (on the Net and visiting blogs such as The Change Blog) will make you meet people with positive minds. To be candid, there are numerous positive people, only if you will ‘look’ for them.

STOP ASSOCIATING WITH NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

Stop hanging around with people who do nothing but utter negative statements. Let negative minded people keep their own company. After all, birds of a feather flock together. You don’t belong there!

DEVELOP NEW HABITS.

Our present attitudes are habits, built from the feedback of parents, friends, society and self, that forms our self-image and our world-image. We can develop new habits and start a new life of positive thinking. Negative attitudes and thinking should be replaced with positive ones. Mind you, old habits die hard. However, be determined. Determination is a requirement for positive thinking.

Gratitude

According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall wellbeing, has begun to make an effort to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement. Although in the past gratitude has been neglected by psychology, in recent years much progress has been made in studying gratitude and its positive effects.

>> Teaching Gratitude To Kids

Express gratitude for what you have

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

Let go of grudges

Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.

Treat everyone with kindness

Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.

Regard your problems as challenges

Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.

Dream big

Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

Speak well of others

It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.

Avoid making excuses

It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.

Live in the present

Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.

Wake up at the same time every morning

Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.

Surround yourself with positive, loving and supportive people

Surround yourself with positive, cheerful, supportive and loving people. People who can lift you up when you are feeling down; people who will turn on the light for you when you are in the dark; people who can see you for what you truly are and who you can truly become. Take the advice of Mark Twain and “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Luminita Saviuc, www.purposefairy.com

Realize that you don’t need others’ approval

It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.

Take time to listen

Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.

Nurture social relationships

Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.

Meditate

Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.

Eat well

What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional wellness.

Exercise

Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.

Live minimally

Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.

Be honest

Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.

Establish personal control

Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.

Accept what cannot be changed

Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.

>> http://articles.mercola.com

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Practise gratitude

Gratitude links:

http://daringtolivefully.com/gratitude-exercises https://www.facebook.com/dailygratitudeexercise http://www.wikihow.com/Express-Gratitude http://www.gratitudexp.com

How To Show Gratitude in Five Different Ways

Discover the Three Keys of Gratitude

Gratitude Exercises

by MARELISA http://daringtolivefully.com

Did you know that studies show that practicing gratitude can increase your happiness levels by about 25 percent? This fact was reported by Robert Emmons, PhD–one of the world’s foremost experts on gratitude– in his book, “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier”.

So, how can you bring more gratitude into your life? One way is by practicing gratitude exercises. I created a list of 22 gratitude exercises that will help you to bring more thankfulness, appreciation, and gratefulness to your life. Read through the list, choose a few that appeal to you, and get started increasing your gratitude and boosting your levels of happiness. 1. Morning Coffee Gratitude. As I’ve written before, one of the best ways to start your day off right is to spend a few minutes thinking of all the things that you’re grateful for. If you’re worried about finding the time to do this, or finding a way to remember to give thanks each morning, tie your morning gratitude session to your morning cup of coffee. While you’re having your first cup of coffee, sit back and think of the things that you’re thankful for. You can even start out by feeling gratitude for the following:

  • The warmth of the coffee mug you’re holding;
  • The aroma of the coffee;
  • That first sip of coffee;
  • The beautiful morning;
  • The beginning of a new day full of promise;
  • The quiet just before the day officially starts.

2. Grace Before Meals. Giving thanks before each meal recognizes all of the people whose hard work was necessary for you to have food on your table–everyone from the farmer who grew the food, the grocery store clerks who stocked the shelves at your local grocery store, and the person who cooked the meal. It’s a moment to pause and be mindful, as well as feel blessed that you have all of the food and nourishment that you need. But what if you’re not religious? Then say a Secular Grace. Here’s one example:

“For the meal we are about to eat, for those that made it possible, and for those with whom we are about to share it, we are thankful.”

You can even write your own. 3. Things You Take For Granted. Imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one. 4. Put Things in Perspective. Obviously, things won’t always go your way. However, gratitude isn’t an emotion that is reserved for those moments when you get what you want. When things go wrong you can use the power of gratitude to release some of the negative emotions that you may be feeling due to the failure or setback that you just experienced. After a negative event put things in perspective by remembering that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. When faced with adversity, ask yourself the following questions:

  • “What’s good about this?”
  • “What can I learn from this?”
  • “How can I benefit from this?”
  • “Is there something about this situation that I can be grateful for?”

5. Gratitude Journal. The practice of keeping a gratitude journal was made famous by Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book, “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy”. Before going to bed each night, write a list of five things about that day for which you’re grateful. Some days you’ll have exciting things to write down, and some days you’ll be writing down simple joys. Here’s a quote from “Simple Abundance”:

“As the months pass and you fill your journal with blessings, an inner shift in your reality will occur. Soon you will be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feelings.”

6. Gratitude Letter. Sit down and write a letter to someone who has exerted a positive influence in your life but whom you have not properly thanked. This can be a teacher or a mentor from your past, a grandparent, or anyone else who helped you in some way. The letter doesn’t have to be long, but make sure that you’re specific about what the person did and how it affected you. 7. Gratitude Visit. Some experts recommend that you take the gratitude letter a step further: instead of mailing the letter, visit the person to whom the letter is addressed and read them the letter in person. 8. Gratitude Charm Bracelet. Get yourself a charm bracelet and choose charms or trinkets that are meaningful to you. For example, you could have a charm shaped like a heart to symbolize your significant other, figurines to represent different family members, an apple to represent health, a dollar sign to symbolize financial serenity, a charm that represents your current profession, and perhaps a charm that makes you laugh to represent humor and joy. Each time that you see your charm bracelet you’ll be reminded of how much you have to be grateful for. 9. Gratitude Stroll. Go for a walk and see how many positive things you can find: the smell of freshly baked bread coming from the bakery, flowers growing on a window sill, a cloudless sky . . . 10. Gratitude Trigger. Place an object somewhere in your house or workspace which will remind you to feel grateful each time that you look at it. It can be a little sign that says “Thank You” hanging in front of your desk, or a door mat with the word “Welcome” written on it to remind you to be grateful each time that you arrive at home. 11. Gratitude Partner. Find someone, it can be a friend or a family member, and share what you’re grateful for with each other. You can feed off of each others’ ideas. In addition, if the other person knows you well they can remind you of things you may be leaving out or things you’ve forgotten 12. Rampage of Appreciation. This is an exercise recommended by Abraham-Hicks. Here’s an explanation of the exercise: “Begin by looking around your immediate environment and gently noticing something that pleases you. Try to hold your attention on this pleasing object as you consider how wonderful, beautiful, or useful it is. And as you focus upon it longer, your positive feelings about it will increase. Now, notice your improved feeling, and be appreciative of the way you feel. Then, once your good feeling is noticeably stronger than when you began, look around your environment and choose another pleasing object for your positive attention.” 13. Through the Eyes of Another. Sometimes we get so used to the good things in our life that we stop feeling appreciation for them. In that case, find a way to see the things, people, and places that you love through the eyes of another. For example, do the following with a friend:

  • Take them to your favorite coffee shop;
  • Lend them your favorite book or take them  to see your favorite movie;
  • Show off a collection that you’re proud of;
  • Introduce them to your significant other; and so on.

This will allow you to see the ordinary details of your life through the eyes of another, giving you a fresh perspective and rekindling your appreciation for these things. 14. Gratitude for Gadgets and Tools. Take a moment to think of all the gadgets and tools which make your life easier and more enjoyable. Include your laptop computer, your coffee maker, your TV, your juicer, your refrigerator, and so on. Allow yourself to appreciate and feel gratitude toward all those people who made it possible for these gadgets and tools to be in your home, making your life so much more convenient. 15. Thankful Tree. This is a great exercise for Thanksgiving. Here are the instructions:

  • Arrange tree branches in a colorful planter.
  • Cut out paper leaves in different colors, shapes, and sizes.
  • Place the leaves in a bowl, along with magic markers, and put the bowl next to the tree branches.
  • Have each guest pick a leaf, write down something that they’re grateful for on it, and hang the leaf from the tree branches.

I found this idea here. 16. Four Questions. A great way to bring things that you’re grateful for to the forefront of your mind is by asking yourself questions.  At the end of each day, ask yourself the following four questions:

  • What touched me today?
  • Who or what inspired me today?
  • What made me smile today?
  • What’s the best thing that happened today?

17. Gratitude Lookout. Decide on a day during which you’re going to be on the lookout for people you can thank. Actively watch for things that others do that are helpful, kind, and considerate. Be generous with your “thank yous”. 18. Gratitude Inventory. Create a list of 100 things that you’re grateful for. If it helps, divide your list into different categories, such as assets (things you own), people (your relationships), qualities (personal qualities and character traits), experiences (place you’ve visited and things you’ve done), and so on. Better yet, create a Squidoo lens of 100 things you’re grateful for. You can include photos, videos, and so on. Here’s someone who did it: 100 Things I’m Grateful For. 19. 365 Thank You Notes. In my post, How Gratitude Can Change Your Life –  The Power of “Thank You“, I wrote about a man named John Kralik who felt that everything was going wrong in his life. That’s when he decided to set a New Year’s resolution of writing 365 thank you notes, one for each day of the year. He spent the entire year looking for people he could thank, including the barista at Starbucks, his daughter’s teacher, the people at his office, and so on. By the end of the year he discovered that this gratitude exercise had transformed his life. 20. Going Around the Table. This is another great exercise for Thanksgiving. I wrote about it in my post Family Rituals and Traditions – Add Joy, Beauty, and Connection to Your Life. When setting the Thanksgiving table, place an index card and pen at each place setting. Here are the instructions for this exercise:

  • Each person writes the name of the person to their left at the top of the card, and then writes something about that person for which they are thankful.
  •  The card is passed to the right so the next person can add to the list.
  • Eventually, each card will make its way around the table. Take turns reading the thank-you cards aloud after the meal.

21. Appreciation Chair. This is another exercise which you can use on Thanksgiving. Pick a chair and designate it as “the Appreciation Chair”. Each family member takes a turn sitting on it. Then, everyone else tells that person why they appreciate them and expresses their gratitude for any kindness that was shown during the year, any help that was given, and so on. 22. Ungrateful Thought. Acknowledge one ungrateful thought per day, and transform it into a grateful one. Here’s an example from my own life:

  • Ungrateful Thought: My sister spoke harshly to me today for absolutely no reason. I know that she’s under a lot of stress, but I was over at house helping to take care of her kids. I don’t deserve for her to treat me like that.
  • Grateful Thought: My sister is there for me when I need her. I know that I can count on her. I’m lucky to have her as a sister.

Conclusion

Which of these gratitude exercises do you plan on using? Do you know of any other gratitude exercises? Allow the power of gratitude to enter your life and change your life for the better.

Difference Between Swamp and Bog

Swamp vs Bog

There are four different types of wetlands. Each has very distinct characteristics, and the terms cannot be used interchangeably. First of all, let’s understand what wetlands are. They are places which are neither land nor water. Wetlands have unique characteristics which differentiate them from either land or water. The four different types of wetlands are; marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. In this article we will concentrate on the differences only between swamps and bogs.

Swamps

Swamps are low wetlands formed by the collection of river water in a shallow and flat area. The collected river water flows out slowly into another river or stream. It is muddy and is characterized by trees. The trees can survive in swamps. They have the presence of two types of trees; trees which are tolerant to water, like cypress and mangrove, or land trees. The land trees grow on small islands like dry spots in the swamp.

Swamps are found in the floodplains of rivers and in basins which are not very well drained. The soil in swamps is muddy, mucky soil. This is because swamps are either continually flooded or are seasonally inundated. Swamps have some drainage, and water flows in from rivers or streams so that the water and trees may provide oxygen and other nutrients. It supports a variety of wildlife. Many species of fish, turtles, frogs, minks, herons, muskrats, and a tremendous number of insects can be found in swamps. Along with trees, many low-lying plants are also found in swamps.

SOURCE:http://accad.osu.edu/womenandtech/2007/research_web_pages/Ecosystem/2007ecosystemplants.html

Bogs

A bog is usually higher than its surrounding area. It contains water which is stagnant. It has no drainage or inflow. The water is collected mainly by precipitation and is held due to absorption by layers of peat.
There are two different ways in which bogs are formed. They are either formed when the sphagnum moss fills a whole lake or pond by growing over the water body, this process is called terrestrialization, or when the moss grows over land and does not allow the water to leave; this process is called paludification.
Peat deposits start building as the plants die and decay, and the water turns acidic. Bogs support animals and plants which are characterized by adaptation towards water-logged conditions, low nutrients, and acidic waters, like Sundew which is a carnivorous plant. Most insectivorous plants are able to gain nitrogen from the insects by eating them.
SOURCE: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/bog.cfm

Summary:

  1. Swamps are low wetlands; bogs are generally higher than the surrounding land.
  2. Swamps receive water from rivers or streams and have some drainage; bogs receive water from precipitation and have no outflow; water is held by seepage.
  3. Swamps are formed by the collection of river or stream water; bogs are formed either by terrestrialization or paludification.
  4. Swamps have muddy soil; bogs have peat formed by dead and decaying vegetation.
  5. Swamps generally support trees and many other wildlife; bogs support plants and animals who can adapt to low nutrients, water-logging, and acidic waters like many insectivorous plants.

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