In the pursuit of happiness sometimes finds ourself navigating through a maze of advice, disappointment and life experiences

And sometimes we stumble upon the most beautiful pearls of wisdom that resonate deeply, offering us guidance and inspiration to lead a fulfilling and joy filled life.

Among these treasures are the “20 Principles for a Happy Life” below. Enjoy.

The 20 Principles for a Happy Life

1) No One is perfect.
The quicker you realize this, the faster you can get on with being excellent. Start every morning ready to be better than you did the day before and go further than you ever imagine.

2) Avoid over-explaining yourself.
Be confident with who you are.

3) Keep balance in your life.
Write down what’s most important to you and show up. Sometimes we tend to do the things that are most important to us when it’s written down.

4) Play the hand you were dealt.
Have the courage to face challenges head on it builds character. Start looking for a way through instead of a way out.

5) Be a student of life.
Learn something new every day. The day you stop learning is the day you become obsolete, so keep learning.

6) No excuses.
Stop making excuses. Replace them with ways to do better. Excuses are a waste of time and energy.

7) Let others know where you stand.
Be uncompromising and be upfront when someone steps on your core values. Be courageous in creating boundaries.

8) Embrace challenges.
You put on your shoes like everyone else. Trust yourself and lean into challenges. That’s where most of the breakthroughs lie.

9) Service to others.
Small, simple or important. Volume doesn’t matter. Be a volunteer and give the very best of you.

10) Work like you mean it.
Everyone has a “job” to do, so do it. Cross every “T” and dot every “I”.

11) Discover you.
Find your passion, life purpose, and take action.

12) Don’t take it personally.
Letting others be who they are takes skill without taking anything personally. Laugh at yourself more. Self-confidence shows that you’re comfortable in your own skin.

13) Manage your time.
Our situation and environment is ever changing so be careful not to confuse the things that are urgent with the things that are important. Look for time wasters and eliminate them.

14) Ask for help.
Life can be tough sometimes. Remember that you never have to do it alone.

15) Do your homework.
Know what you getting into before you start. Doing your homework reduces uncertainty and fear.

16) Daydream often.
On the weekend, in the evening or even during a daily walk, dream away. When you are relaxing embrace a daydream. During the week take action to preserve your dreams.

17) Be a HERO.
Cultivate a healthy dose of forgiveness and set someone free as well as yourself. Learn to forgive others and stop carrying those bags of hate, guilt or regret.

18) Stay one step ahead.
Be proactive, take the initiative, brainstorm with the big picture in mind.

19) Self love.
Become your own priority. Strive to be the you, you want to be. Focus on self-care as if your life depended on it, because it does.

20) Finish what you started.
Be in integrity. You owe that to yourself. It also helps you stay joyful.

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