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Making others happy is the highest expression of success, but it’s hard to make others happy if you’re not happy.  Here are 9 things you can do daily that could increase happiness in your life.

1- Start the day with expectation.  Life usually lives up to or down to your expectations; when you get up in the morning say to yourself “something wonderful is going to happen today”.

2- Plan and Prioritize.  A common source of stress is feeling you have too much to do; pick 1 thing that, if you got it done today it would get you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life….and do that first.

3- Give a gift to everyone you meet.  The gift can be a smile, a simple thank you, encouragement, politeness or a friendly nod of the head; don’t pass a beggar without giving them something.  Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

4- Deflect partisan conversations.  Arguments over politics or religion never have a right answer, but these topics usually get folks riled up; avoid these conversations by saying “Talking about this stuff makes my head hurt”.

5- Assume people have good intentions.  Remember we don’t know what’s on someone’s mind or why people do what they do; placing bad intentions to someone’s behavior adds misery to your life; assuming good intentions leaves room for reconciliation.

6- Eat high quality food and eat slowly.  At least one meal a day should be really delicious, something you can savor, enjoy and focus on.

7- Let go of results.  Worry is the enemy of happiness; don’t worry about things out of your control; once you’ve taken action you usually can’t do anymore; focus on the job at hand instead of worrying about what might happen.

8- Turn off the background television.  Turn off the television while you’re doing something else; don’t subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer.

9- End the day with gratitude.  Before going to bed write down at least 1 wonderful thing that happened; eg/you made someone laugh or you closed a million dollar deal; anything big or small, just be grateful for the day because it won’t come again.

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