A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. Being happy is about expressing gratitude, practicing kindness, cultivating optimism, committing to meaningful goals, appreciating life's little pleasures and nurturing loving relationships.

But often times we develop habits that deter us from being our true selves and being happy.

First, stop worrying about what others have, where they are and what they are doing. You are walking your own path and you can only do as good as you! Don't try to compete with anybody else. If you aren't happy with your circumstances, put the time and energy into outdoing your past! Always do what's in your heart and follow your own goals and dreams.

What you believe determines who you become. If the thoughts running through your mind are pure, positive and empowering, you will create positive empowering beliefs about yourself and about life. In turn, your actions, habits and daily routines will be a reflection of these thoughts and beliefs.

Ignore all the distractions around you. Don't let anyone's ignorance, drama or negativity stop you from being the best you can be. You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life unless you are in an environment that makes those choices easy, natural and enjoyable. So protect your spirit and potential from contamination by limiting your time with negative people and the environments they inhabit.

The happiest people aren't the luckiest and they usually don't have the best of everything either. They simply make the most of everything they do have. The reason why most people are unhappy is because they tend to look at what's missing in their life, instead of what's present. To be happy doesn't mean you don't desire more, it simply means you're thankful for what you have and patient for what's yet to come.

The greater part of your happiness or misery depends solely upon your attitude towards any given moment, regardless of the events contained within. You need much less than you think you need to be happy and you usually have a lot more than you think you have. There's always something worth smiling about.

You don't need anyone else's permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent, not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such. Don't let your happiness be held hostage. It is always yours to choose, to live and experience.

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