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We have been blessed with an incredible opportunity, walking the Earth during such incredible times. Our scientific and medical advances have opened incredible doors, while at the same time people learn to get in touch with their inner selves. This self-realization and acceptance can empower us to lead a truly happy life.

This isn’t something that comes naturally, however. It’s far too easy to be caught up in this ego-driven, material world. If you are seeking something deeper and more fulfilling, it will take conscious effort. Look at your daily habits, the little things that you do without, in most cases, even considering their consequences. It is here that you have the power to turn things around in a positive way.

Pay attention to these 24 simple choices to create a beautiful, fulfilling life:

#1 – Relax A Little

We live in a crazy busy, high-energy and demanding society. We struggle to keep up with the demands day in and day out, and it can be overwhelming. The best thing you can do is learn to just step back and relax from time to time.

#2 – Remember, Nothing is Permanent

If you are currently going through a difficult time, remind yourself that nothing in this life is permanent. We are constantly changing, and this time of struggle will soon give way to something better. You just have to continue to ride the waves.

#3 – Avoid Energy Vampires

There are people that will come into your life with no other purpose than to sap the positive energy that you possess, feeding on your energy for their own personal gain. Learn to not only identify them but also to recognize that you deserve better and cut them out of your life.

#4 – Stop Comparing

It’s arguably one of the biggest mistakes that people make in today’s society. We spend far too much time comparing ourselves to everyone else, judging our worth based on whether we have ‘more’ or ‘better’ than the person next to us. It’s a negative game, one you should choose to walk away from.

#5 – Read Daily

When you spend time curled up with your favorite book, it is a short escape from the world around you. At the same time, however, it allows you to exercise the mind, keeping your brain sharp and aware.

#6 – Choose Healthy Foods

The food that you eat is the fuel that you are providing your body. Therefore, selecting healthy, nutritious meals can help to improve your overall health and well-being.

#7 – Take Time to Heal

If you have recently experienced a major set back or challenge in life, you are likely still living with the pain that it left behind. Don’t just disregard this, expecting yourself to jump back into life as you know it. Instead, give yourself time to heal and overcome these struggles.

#8 – Pick Your Battles

You are going to be presented with many situations where you may not see eye to eye with someone or may have to accept something that you don’t truly believe. Understand that you don’t have to show up for every argument that you’re faced with. Choose your battles wisely and learn the power of agreeing to disagree.

#9 – Prioritize Relationships

Don’t underestimate the importance of the people that you have welcomed into your life. While there are certain responsibilities that you must pay attention to, make sure that you always prioritize your relationships. When everything else falls apart, these are the people who will be by your side.

#10 – Never Forget the Golden Rule

You likely heard it time and time again as a child, but it’s time to give it some weight in your life. Never treat anyone in a way that you wouldn’t want to be treated. This is a great way to ensure that you are acting out of compassion.

#11 – Skip the Jealousy

Time spent stewing in jealousy is merely time wasted, as nothing good will ever come from it. Free yourself from this toxic energy. Your time could be spent on much better things.

#12 – Release the Past

The past is behind you, and there is no longer anything that you can do to change it. Rather than dwelling on the regret and disappointment behind you, learn to truly let it go, freeing yourself from its burden, and step forward into the present.

#13 – Go For A Walk

Get out of the house, or the office, or wherever it is that you’ve been trapped for the last few hours and take in some fresh air. It doesn’t have to be a long walk. Even heading out for a 10-minute stroll can have an incredible impact on your mood.

#14 – Practice Gratitude

There are SO many reasons for you to smile and embrace the life that you have been given. Take some time each and every day to look at your life and name 5 things that you are truly grateful for. This is a positive habit that will bring you great joy.

#15 – Take Control

While we touched on the fact that you will never be able to control every single aspect of your life, there are some things that you can take responsibility for. For example, you, and only you are in control of how you react to life’s challenges. Use this to your advantage.

#16 – Reject Hate

There is already so much pain and negativity in the world, no need to introduce more than necessary. Instead, choose to reject hate, focusing your attention instead on happiness and positivity.

#17 – Free Yourself from the Opinions of Others

Rather than building your self of self-worth and acceptance on how others see you and respond to you, learn to look within yourself for love. Others will come and go in your life, the only guarantee is you.

#18 – Enjoy the Silence

As a society, we spend far too much time and energy always trying to fill the silence rather than embracing it. In a busy, high-demand world, allow yourself to step back and enjoy the silence when the opportunity presents itself, allowing you to relax and center yourself once again.

#19 – Weather the Tough Times

It’s tempting to simply turn and run when times get tough, but the fact is that disaster needs to be finished before it can be released. It’s not going to be easy, but learn to remain in the difficult times, feel the pain, experience it and then free yourself from it.

#20 – Share Your Knowledge

As you go through life, you will have the opportunity to learn incredible things. This knowledge and wisdom will help direct your life and bring you happiness, but it can also help those around you. Be willing to share this knowledge with others.

#21 – Bring Happiness to Others

It may seem counterintuitive at first glance, but there is great happiness and joy to be found by bringing happiness to the lives of those around you. Make an effort to carry out at least one Random Act of Kindness every day.

#22 – Offer A Helping Hand

Building on the last point, there will be times in your life where you have the opportunity to reach out and help another. This may be someone you know personally or a complete stranger, but whoever it happens to be, don’t let it pass you buy. Helping with no expectation of anything in return is truly rewarding and fulfilling.

#23 – Exercise Every Day

When you get out and get active, the body releases ‘feel good’ hormones. These work effectively to boost your mood. To start your day on a good note, start your day with a quick workout, and you’ll be prepared to take on the day with a smile.

#24 – Accept Life

This can be incredibly hard, but life is messy and unpredictable. The sooner that you accept this truth, the better you will be overall. Why? You let go of the need to try to control every detail, instead, learning to roll with the punches.