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A Few Bad Habits to Break to Make More Room for Happiness

posted by Alex Blackwell

Time For Change

“A change in bad habits leads to a change in life.” – Jenny Craig

Someone once said, “Breaking bad habits is like getting into a comfortable bed. It’s easy to get into but harder to get out.”

With that being said, your bad habits may be the thing that is limiting your happiness. Here are a few bad habits to break to make room for happiness.

Making excuses.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” The thing is if something is really important to you, you will move heaven and earth to make it happen. If it is not, then you will find an excuse. Instead of finding excuses:
– Find solutions
– Own up to your mistakes
– Try repeatedly before giving up. (The makers of WD 40 tried 39 times before coming up with a successful product.)

Practicing procrastination.
It is often said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is not enough to have a plan. You have to activate that plan to see the real results. You can break your procrastinating habits by:
– Having a friend hold you accountable
– Putting a time line on your plans
– Offer yourself small rewards for resisting the urge to procrastinate.

Avoiding exercise.
If you are avoiding exercise like the plague, it may be one of the reasons why you are so cranky. Exercise is known to release endorphins which are also called the “natural good mood drug. Implement physical activity into your lifestyle will not only make you look good on the outside, but also make you feel good on the inside. Kick this bad habit to the curb by:
– Start out by doing a brisk walks for five minutes. As you get into the habit, increase the time span to 10, then 20 minutes.
– If running is too hard for you, why not cycle?
– Jump on the trampoline with your kids. It increases your heart beats and helps burn calories

Being controlled by your smartphone.
Many people are being controlled by their smartphone and that’s not very smart. If you can’t resist the urge to check your smartphone every other minute that’s a definite tell-tale sign that your smartphone is the boss of you. Yes, there are thousands of apps available for download on this gadget, which seemingly occupies your time. Here’s how you can be the boss of your smartphone:
– Play games with your friends or family instead of on your smartphone.
– Resist the urge to check your messages every other minute.

Breaking bad habits is not as hard as you may think. Once you start, you are well on your way to developing a good habit – and to making more room for happiness.

About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring things at The BridgeMaker.
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5 Ways to Restore Trust When It Has Been Broken

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Why do relationships begin so amazingly well, full of hope, excitement and love, but often end up shattered like a glass pane dropped from atop a 10-story building?

When one half of a relationship suddenly destroys the other’s trust in them by betraying a confidence, cheating with someone else, stealing from the other or simply abandoning the relationship with no explanation or warning, the intense feelings of rejection and disbelief can be overwhelming and sometimes debilitating.

Although it seems hard to accept, especially to those who have had their trust in someone special damaged by acts of betrayal, trust can be restored with time, patience, keeping communication lines open and a lot of self-introspection.

Restoring trust also requires:

1. Remaining honest about your feelings. The old saying that “confession is good for the soul” may not have come from a therapist but it remains relevant when trying to restore trust. Also realize that while confessing true feelings might cause the end of a relationship, blunt honesty can effectively put an end to something unhealthy, unproductive and toxic to a person’s mental and emotional well-being.

2. Don’t wait to “talk” about broken trust out of fear and anxiety of what may happen. The sooner a meaningful discussion begins, the better chance trust can be restored. Start by talking about motivation, empathy, agendas and why trust is such an important issue in any relationship..

3. The person whose trust in another was damaged will need to learn to forgive. This is the hardest part about restoring trust in a relationship and requires long moments of introspection, embracing self-esteem and understanding that having an unforgiving attitude may sabotage the other’s chance at restoring trust.

4. Start with small steps rather than grand gestures. Small yet significant gestures will do more to restore trust than acting superficially in an attempt to shove the immediate past into a dark, unspoken corner.

5. Keeping promises, no matter how little or big, is paramount to restoring trust when it has been broken. Anyone involved in a relationship suffering from trust issues needs to understand that promises are not just verbal tools used to gloss over a difficult moment or enhance special times but are genuine commitments that help create an indelible and satisfying relationship that does not suffer from dishonesty, resentment or trust issues.

About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

Sunday Inspiration #33

posted by Alex Blackwell

Today’s Sunday Inspiration: There are some things worth holding onto (love, hope, peace and faith) and then there are some things to let go (regret, fear, anger and resentment). Learning to do this requires patience and balance.

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring things at The BridgeMaker.
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10 Personal Development Books Everyone Should Read

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“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

In high school I rarely read books outside of the classroom. Back then, I felt that everything I needed to know could be found by watching television. Later, I realized in order to accomplish my goals, I needed to work on my personal development.

That was when I began reading books of all kinds. In addition to reading John Grisham novels, I also read books on spirituality, health, and relationships. I’ve learned that no matter what issue I’m facing, someone had already written a book to help me solve that issue

Here are 10 books that have made an immediate impact on my personal development and help show me the way to the extraordinary life. Continue Reading This Post »

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