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15 things to give up if you want to be happy


15 things to give up if you want to be happy


Nowadays everyone is chasing after happiness. Happiness is often mixed up with what you own, but it’s not the same. We often hear when someone says i.e.: when I will do…, as soon as I buy…, when I will earn…, when I will meet the man of my life…, if only I go to…I will be finally happy. Why don’t we stop saying “if” or “when” and start living our lives here and now, and let’s appreciate every small thing/an event/a book/a good movie, etc.


Everything depends on us and our attitude towards life. In the “About” my blog section I wrote: “Prosperity…chance, success, good luck – because I am a born optimist! Frankly speaking, I create prosperity by myself for myself. My motto is to start each day with a smile. (…) And everything starts in your head…We are the only ones who can create such reality, either actually or virtually”.


I think that everyone has his/her own definition of happiness. Lately, I found in the internet such an interesting list of 15 things to give up if you want to be happy (source: In my opinion it’s worth considering.


  1. Give up your need to always be right.

Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind? — Wayne Dyer


  1. Give up your need for control.

By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. When you try & try, the world is beyond winning. — Lao Tzu


  1. Give up on blaming others.

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. — John Burroughs


  1. Give up your self-defeating self-talk.

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. — Eckhart Tolle


  1. Give up your limiting beliefs.

A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind. — Elly Roselle


  1. Give up complaining.

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. — Ziggy


  1. Give up the luxury of criticism.

Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. — Christian D. Larsen


  1. Give up your need to impress others.

Don’t try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you. — James R. Fisher, Jr.


  1. Give up your resistance to change.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. — Joseph Campbell


  1. Give up labels.

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. — Wayne Dyer


  1. Give up on your fears.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt


  1. Give up your excuses.

99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. — George Washington Carver


  1. Give up the past.

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. — Christian D. Larsen


  1. Give up attachment.

The wise individual doesn’t get too attached to any of life’s pleasures, knowing that wonderful science is hard at work proving it’s bad for him. — Bill Vaughan


  1. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations.

The world is a mirror and reflects back your expectations. What you get is what you see. You create your own reality. — Denis Waitley



What do you think about the list? What is happiness for you? Would you add anything else? Tell me in the comments section here, or on my FB fanpage





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