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25 Tips To Live By For The Happiest New Year

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Happy-New-Year

This article goes out to all those who are looking for a bright and positive new year this 2012. We feature 25 Tips To Live By For The Happiest New Year.

Enjoy and share this one with all your friends for a brand new 2012.

 

25 Tips To Live By For The Happiest New Year Of 2012

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Try something challenging and new.
  3. Play all sorts of games, video games, board games, aslong as they aren’t games with others feelings.
  4. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  5. Eat more food that is close to its natural state, and less processed or manufactured.
  6. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  7. Remember that however good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  8. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  9. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
  10. Forgive. Don’t ruin your present happiness.
  11. Don’t judge. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  12. Stop negative thoughts on things you can’t control. Invest energy in the positive present moment.
  13. Agree to disagree.
  14. Have faith.
  15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  16. Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
  17. Give something good to others every day.
  18. Smile and laugh more.
  19. Dream more while you are awake.
  20. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  21. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  22. Call your friends and family often. Stay in touch.
  23. Do the right thing.
  24. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  25. Remember that no one is in charge of your happiness except you.

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Vijay Singh

    Dec 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The best way to live healthy & prosperous life. Thanks for showing such a good and inspiring quotes.

  2. Krishna Khandelwal

    Mar 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Each one of your advices opens a door for living rightly.

  3. Usiere

    Jan 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Fabulous advice and reminder. Pity my kids are above 6. Life is beautiful. We have to live it to the full and cherish every moment. There is no opportunity to do it all over again

  4. shaireen

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

    LOVE IT! So true! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jason Stone

    Jan 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Absolutely brilliant advice. Have shared it with family and friends who are also using it to ‘kick-start’ their New Year!

  6. kel

    Jan 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks! This is definitely going up on my fridge!!

  7. DancingLevonia2

    Jan 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Great motivation!

  8. Lucy

    Jan 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for the reminder – this is perfect advice!

  9. arahamanyana

    Jan 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

    You can start from No.25 – No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

  10. Helen

    Jan 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Excellent advice.Thank you

  11. C.M.

    Jan 2, 2012 at 5:46 am

    This is a dope article. I digg this. Salute.

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