As we grow older, we start to understand the complexity of things, the context, the undertones. Everything is layered and so not black-and-white! It gets more difficult to feel genuinely happy, to look inside ourselves and find happiness. But who said we are not over-complicating things where it isn’t due?

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Here are 15 things we suggest you stop doing, with alternative actions. See if these will make your outlook on life brighter!

#1. Stop: Overlooking your own needs; Start: Listening to yourself. It is simply, and objectively, not possible to satisfy everyone (and, frankly, should you?), and if you are not the one caring for yourself, then nobody will - at least not as profoundly as you could. Take a moment to have a candid talk with yourself, recognize your needs, and put yourself first for once.

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#2. Stop: Looking at everyone else; Start: Focusing on yourself. It’s not worth it feeling miserable and worthless because we don’t have something someone else has. Don’t waste your time to look at how others live. Have faith in yourself and focus on your own goals and achievements. And don’t forget to praise yourself for how far you’ve come once in a while.

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#3. Stop: Feeling helpless while facing your fears; Start: Looking at obstacles as means to get closer to your goals. Fear often isolates us, preventing us from realizing that we are creators of our own fate.

#4. Stop: Beating up yourself for making mistakes; Start: Looking at mistakes as part of your experience. How would we learn if not for erring? Use your mistakes as opportunities to gain new experience instead of wasting your time and energy to blame yourself.

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#5. Stop: Making others responsible for your own happiness; Start: Being more on your own. Sure, we’re all connected to somebody else, and certain people in our lives make us unbelievably happy. But try to learn being your own person, without anyone else in the picture.

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#6. Stop: Trying to control everything; Start: Leaving some space for improvisation. You can’t and you won’t predict all the things in your life, and that’s perfectly normal. Instead, learn to go with the flow when plans are ditched.

#7. Stop: Carving your life according to someone else’s expectations; Start: Making your own way. There are common standards society have to live by, of course. But not all standards and expectations are worth your while. Do what you feel is more right for you, create your own goals.

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#8. Stop: Striving for perfection; Start: Having more fun. Perfection is a state of things that’s fairly impossible to achieve. Instead of wearing yourself out for not adhering to impossible standards, do something fun and creative and good enough. And don’t forget to go out for coffee with friends.

#9. Stop: Making others happy; Start: Doing nice things for yourself. if you are constantly miserable for not doing what you really want, then you won’t be able to much neither for yourself, nor for others. Treat and spoil yourself from time to time!

#10. Stop: Neglecting your dreams; Start: Pursuing your goals. If you’re still waiting for “perfect” conditions to start pursuing your goals, you may never start at all. Even if you fail, you will gain valuable experience!

#11. Stop: Trying things that make others happy; Start: Exploring what you enjoy. There is no common recipe for happiness. What works for others will not necessarily work for you, and that won’t make you a lesser person. Forget about others, think about yourself.

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#12. Stop: Feeling bad about being alone; Start: Exploring and enjoying yourself. Our relationships don’t define us, and it’s not a good thing to stay in a relationship just out fear or shame of being single. Instead, use this time to become a better person. Besides, a more meaningful relationship with yourself will help you forge more meaningful relationships with others.

#13. Stop: Focusing on the future; Start: Focusing on the present moment. Trying to predict every single twist and turn that will happen in the future will only make you more anxious. Instead, focus on what’s around you at this precise moment. As you’re drinking water, focus on drinking water: on its texture, your sensations, your breathing.

#14. Stop: Ignoring small things in your life; Start: Cherishing them. Not only bigger things make us feel happier and more accomplished. You may discover that you feel as elated about eating an ice-cream at the end of a difficult day as you are about the brand new car in your garage.

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#15. Stop: Concentrating on things that are hurting you; Start: Working to eliminate the cause of pain. Instead of reflecting too much and over-analyzing, determine what causes the heart-ache - and take steps to change things.

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The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!

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