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10+ Ways to Live Your Happiest Life

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A Plumeria tree and it’s beautiful yellow flower in the foreground; a watercress farm in the backdrop. A family farm nestled in between Kamehameha Highway and Pearlridge Mall. The farm has beaten the odds and survived the aggressive suburban development and is now the only farm remaining in the area. Aiea, Hawaii. Taken by Keitochan.

The simplest things in life can make you the happiest if you pay attention. It can come in the form of a little nudge, and sometimes it’s a slam in the face but, recognizing an opportunity for happiness is priceless.

Living your happiest life is…

  1. continually being on the lookout for ways to serve anonymously.
  2. owning up to your personal choices without blaming others.
  3. using your talents as a vehicle to serve others for no personal gain.
  4. having the courage to ask for help and be willing to receive it.
  5. showing love and compassion without judgment.
  6. knowing success will never compensate for failure in the home.
  7. the realization of what needs to change in your life and get in the business of changing it.
  8. embracing others imperfections and just love them for who they are.
  9. recognizing and encouraging others to reach their potential.
  10. stopping what you’re doing, switching gears, and focus on the people who really matter…your family.

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More thoughts of happiness: Living your happiest life is…

  • doing the things you don’t want to do but, you know its the right thing to do.
  • having leadership with the right intentions.
  • aligning your life purpose, your mission, and your visions to accomplish your goals.
  • being mindful of the words we use online that are consistent with the words use face-to-face.
  • making an effort to acknowledge others with a smile and a simple hello.
  • being simply grateful.
  • having a good sense of humor.
  • aging gracefully with a sense of self, and do it with wisdom‬ and clarity.

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Question: What Has Been Your Best Age Decade of Your Life?

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Question: Based on your life experience, what has been your best age decade of your life?

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The 40s has been so far the best decade of my life, and I’m sure it’ll get even better. I’ve learned that happiness is the key, and I don’t always need be right. As long as I know the truth, it doesn’t matter so much what other people think. I’m finally comfortable in my skin. I don’t fall apart when someone criticizes or disagrees with me. I’ve learned about forgiveness and about letting go of past hurts and mistakes. Having a positive attitude is the source of all the other good things that I’ve learned about myself and life. Thanks for being there on the journey!

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Listen to this powerful message “I can… I will… I must!” by Paul Alferez, LIFE GAME PLANS; a daily dose of Positive motivational thoughts.

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21 Inspiring Quotes By Performer, Poet, Activist, Memoirist & Teacher, Maya Angelou

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My all time favorite performer, poet, activist, memoirist and teacher, Maya Angelou has lived an extraordinary life. She’s inspired me to stand up for what I believe and will always be my greatest teacher. I’ve listed a few of my favorite quotes, enjoy and be inspired.

Maya Angelou’s last tweet…

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1. “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”

2. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

3. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

4. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

5. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

6. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

7. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

8. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

9. “I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.”

10. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

11. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

12. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

13. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

14. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

15. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

16. “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.”

17. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

18. “If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

19. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

20. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

… and my most favorite Maya Angelou quote.

21. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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