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10 Powerful Life Lessons

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“You can never regret anything you do in life. You kind of have to learn the lesson from whatever the experience is and take it with you on your journey forward.” – Aubrey O’Day

Living through good and bad life experiences is the way you learn life lessons. By helping you understand you and the infinite generosity of a world that takes no sides, life lessons also serve to provide valuable insights into the choices you make.

Life lessons also encourage you to learn from mistakes so you do not repeat them while enriching you with an intuitive wisdom that only comes from discovering and learning these powerful truths. Continue Reading This Post »

Sunday Inspiration #34

posted by Alex Blackwell

Today’s Sunday Inspiration: One of the most important life lessons learned is letting go isn’t a sign of weakness – letting go is a sign of strength.

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

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“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.

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