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Steps to Living the Life You Love

1. Be True to Yourself: Listen to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the "still, small voice within". You're being the very best person you can be when you have the courage and the fortitude to allow your definition of happiness to be the guiding light of every part of your life.

2. You Deserve It: You deserve all the happiness you can honestly attain through the application of your talents and abilities. The more you like and respect yourself the more deserving you will feel of the good things in life. And the more deserving you feel, the more likely you will attain and hold on to the happiness you are working toward.

3. Do Things that Make You Happy: Evaluate what makes you happy and do them. Have happiness be one of the main organizing principles of your life. Ask if your actions and choices will make you happier or unhappier. Almost all of the problems in your life come from choices that you have made or are making that do not contribute to your happiness.

4. Pay the Price Now: work hard now/some sacrifice to play hard later. Achieving happiness is a great measure of how well you are living your life and enjoying your relationships and activities. To learn how to be happy, be willing to work hard and pay the price for the satisfaction and rewards you desire. Always go the extra mile and your success will follow. Joy and happiness through your own efforts.

Courtesy: Dr. Matthew Clark, The Clark Institute

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