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What is Personal Development

Personal Development is the process of improving oneself in one or more areas of your life, whether it’s skills, education, health or personal relationships.  Personal Development is a life adventure to to achieve more success and happiness. The famous personal development trainer Jim Rohn sums it up well when he said the important question is not “what am I getting”, …

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When Your Present Life Isn’t Working

What can you do when you believe, that your present life isn’t working properly for you-or that it isn’t working at all? This may be a tough question, but it’s an important one. Symptoms that suggest you’re not satisfied with your present life include agonizing over your past, feeling sorry for yourself, complaining that “you didn’t do this or that,” …

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Quiz-Can you guess the secret to happiness?

A  75 year old Harvard study tracked 456 poor people and 268 graduates for over 75 years, to determine what made them happy.  Take the quiz and see if you can guess which is the right answer!   Tip, after you know the answer, you can search on that topic in the upper right under “Site Search” and explore some …

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What are the rules for a happy life?

Most of us probably wish they had been offered a class in high school on the rules to have a happy life. Sadly, there is usually no such thing. You finish high school, perhaps college, and then are launched into the world to start your “real life” and pursue your happiness. What then? Get the great job, house, car, wife, …

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A Primer on Positive Thinking

Is there something negative about positive thinking? Judging by the titles of some books and the headlines of some newspaper and magazine articles, I can easily see how people could become confused. For example, an article in the May 2011 issue of Scientific American plants seeds of doubt with this title, Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? And the July 4, …

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Unhappiness Is Caused by Things within Your Control

  When I made that declaration at a party last week, everyone was surprised and responded with statements of disbelief: “What are you talking about? Are you saying that we’re responsible for the negative behaviour others direct at us? “ Many people believe that the events and circumstances they experience are what cause their emotions and what make them react …

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The Nature and Importance of Love

I was asked by a reader, “What is the most important thing in life to you?” Since many of us may occasionally ask ourselves the same question, I thought it would be a good idea to share my answer with all our readers. By the way, you are also invited to ask me a question or suggest a topic for …

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The Path to Happiness Is Straightforward

Happiness is not a happenstance, not a coincidence. It is a state of being, our natural state, which is released when we shed our negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behavior. But how do we shed these impediments? The answer is by becoming the person we want to be. We can guide ourselves to becoming that person by asking ourselves three …

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Every Day is Better Than the Previous

“To …become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.” (Robert Louis Stevenson) How are things going? The next time someone asks, you may want to reply, “Better than yesterday, but worse than tomorrow!” Did you get it? That simply means that every day is better than the previous one. That’s the way we should live. Rather …