Is it ok not to be happy all the time?

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In the midst of a global pandemic, massive unemployment, and racial injustice, the pressure on you to be happy and to maintain a positive outlook on life has become huge.

The media (and your friends) are constantly reminding you to:

“Be happy.”

“Have a positive attitude.”

“Look on the bright side.”

Unfortunately, looking on the bright side when faced with these serious issues will not make things better. As well-intentioned as these messages are, they are not going to make everything ok.

These messages promoting positivity can be harmful. …

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A couple of years ago, I held a management position for a large healthcare company. I had been with the company for several years and I had lived through several periods of growing pains, and upper management changes.

During my time with the company, I had taken on more and more responsibility and was currently managing departments located in three different hospitals.

During our winter “season,” the days stretch from early morning into the evening. It seems like as soon as you solve one crisis another one appears.

When I finally got to go home, I was bombarded by phone…

How to Be Content With What Is.

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“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg

Not being where you want to be in life and being unhappy about it can be a pretty miserable place to be.

If this is you and you are unhappy with your career, relationships, etc., you probably feel like your life sucks. I have been there too. I have experienced times when I thought that my life sucked and that I would never get out of the situation that I was in. We all have. It’s a normal part of life.

The only way…

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Sometimes we spend our time focused on what we don’t have instead of what we do have. Unfortunately, because of this, we don’t take the time to think about the little things that bring us happiness and make our lives better.

Thankfully, at this time of the year, we get the opportunity to focus on the things that we normally take for granted.

So, today I am going to focus on the little things (and some huge things) in my life that I don’t always remember to be thankful for.

Here are 60 things that I am thankful for today:

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“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ― Dale Carnegie

Let’s face it, we all want to be happy.

If you didn’t want to be happy you wouldn’t be reading this.

You talk about how you want to be happy, but you don’t ever seem to do anything about it.

If you want to be happy you don’t need to add more things to your life — you need to stop doing some of the things…

The simple but not so easy way to achieve true happiness

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“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not.” — Epictetus

Do you want to experience true happiness and contentment? What would it mean to you if you were able to experience all the happiness and contentment that you desire? How will you know when you achieve it?

Research shows that true happiness is the feeling of contentment that comes from being in control of your life. …

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“When you stop existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with the wonder and synchronicity.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I am sure that you have met many people who are living their life without a purpose?

They are drifting through life trying to just get from one paycheck to the next.

Their purpose in life might be summed up with one word, “Survival!”

Are You Living Or Just Surviving?

“There’s a difference between living and just surviving. Do something you love, and find someone to love who loves that you love what you do. It…

Or Are You Part Of The Solution?

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The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Coronavirus. With new cases reported every day, we are constantly reminded of how much this virus has taken control of our lives.

I live in Miami Dade County which has become the epicenter of the virus, and the impact has been unimaginable. The bars and movie theaters are closed. Many of the beaches, museums, and other tourist destinations are closed. Restaurants only offer takeout. This entire city was pretty much shut down overnight.

With thousands of new cases reported every day we all need to focus on doing our…

Pursuing meaning is the true path to success

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life,” — Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl was a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist who spent three years in a Nazi concentration camp. During his time in the camp, he lost everything he had including his wife and both parents.

But, somehow he survived the worst conditions imaginable and went on to write a bestselling book…

“Ultimately, the team has to come first even though we all have individual goals and preferences,” he explains. “If you pay attention, and you’re coachable and you work hard, you’ve gotta improve. That’s really what it’s about for us.”

Bill Belichick

I have a confession to make.

I grew up in New England and I have always been a Patriots fan.

If you didn’t grow up in New England you are probably one of the haters.

And that’s ok.

But, love them or hate them you have to agree that the Patriots work together as a very effective team.


Steve Spring

Husband, Father, Christian, coffee lover. Writer for Live Your Life On Purpose, The Startup, Better Humans, BeYourself and The Ascent.

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