7 Things That Will Make You Happy

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1. Savor Everyday Moments

Pause now and then to smell a rose or watch children at play. Study participants who took time to “savor” ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.

2. Avoid Comparisons

While keeping up with the Joneses is part of American culture, comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Lyubomirsky.

3. Put Money Low on the List

People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. “The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there,” Ryan says. “The satisfaction has a short half-life—it’s very fleeting.” Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.

4. Have Meaningful Goals

“People who strive for something significant, whether it’s learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations,” say Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. “As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive.” Harvard’s resident happiness professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, agrees, “Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.”

5. Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

It sounds simple, but it works. “Happy people…see possibilities, opportunities, and success. When they think of the future, they are optimistic, and when they review the past, they tend to savor the high points,” say Diener and Biswas-Diener. Even if youweren’t born looking at the glass as half-full, with practice, a positive outlook can become a habit.

6. Say Thank You Like You Mean It

People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, revealed that people who write “gratitude letters” to someone who made a difference in their lives score higher on happiness, and lower on depression—and the effect lasts for weeks.

7. Give It Away, Give It Away Now!

Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others’ successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.

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17 Acuan Nabi Muhammad SAW

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1. Makrifat adalah modal dasarku

2. Akal pikiran adalah sumber agamaku

3. Cinta adalah dasar hidupku

4. Rindu adalah kendaraanku

5. Berzikir kepada Allah adalah kawan dekatku

6. Keteguhan adalah perbendaharaanku

7. Duka adalah kawanku

8. Ilmu adalah senjataku

9. Ketabahan adalah pakaianku

10. Kerelaan (ikhlas) adalah sasaranku

11. Faqir adalah kebanggaanku

12. Menahan diri adalah pekerjaanku

13. Keyakinan adalah makananku

14. Kejujuran adalah perantaraanku

15. Ketaatan adalah ukuranku

16. Berjihad adalah perangaiku

17. Hiburanku adalah dalam sembahyang

7 Good Quotes from Famous Women

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1. “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” (Coco Chanel)

2. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” (Coco Chanel)

3. “Life is quite simple. So simple that most people miss the point entirely. They either think I’m lucky or I get all the breaks. The truth of the matter is that I am spirit-led. My life is actually better than it appears because of my inner peace. I used to be my own worst enemy. But that has changed. If you allow yourself to get out of the way, grace will come to you.” (Oprah Winfrey)

4. “I have been through a lot and I have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.” (Jacqueline Kennedi Onassis) 

5. “I have no interest in The Body Shop being the biggest, the most profitable or the largest retailer. I just want The Body Shop to be the best, most breathlessly exciting company – and one that changes the way business is carried out.” (Anita Roddick)

6. “My mother also taught me that life wasn’t any more complicated than love and work.” (Anita Roddick)

7. “My mantra was: “Make the past into prologue for the future.” (Anita Roddick)

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