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changeI bet you that you create things on a daily basis. And guess what? That makes you creative! Now chances are that if you’re in a regular job, you will not find your daily routines very inspiring or artistic. It’s difficult to change certain things, it may take time or it may even be impossible. But can you change yourself?

What if you could look at things differently, change your point of view, appreciate your gifts and others? You could change your world simply by changing yourself. You are creative, so you can do it.

Here are three people who are changing their life on a daily basis and they may have just the right advice for you.

The Happiness Project

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This was one of the first blogs I started following when I was looking for purpose and inspiration in life. Gretchen Rubin is a former lawyer, wife and mother of two. In her blog she writes about her daily struggles to keep life positive and increase happiness, and she shares her wisdom and experiences. My favorites are her Wednesday Tip Day posts.

Here are three posts I picked to get you started:

Twelve tips to avoid seeming like an arrogant, know-it-all jerk.
Two easy steps for improving your life.
Thirteen tips for dealing with a really lousy day.

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There are many lessons to be learned in life, but some of the not so pleasant ones can be avoided if you listen to other people. Try listening to her!

Think Simple Now

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This blog is maintained by a Tina, but it’s not me. This Tina is a former employee of Amazon and she made her dream of financial independence and living her life the way she wants it come true. Much like Gretchen, she shares her personal experiences and tries to translate them into posts that may help and inspire other people. It’s her mission to bring more fulfillment and happiness to the lives of others.

Here are three posts I picked to get you started:

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
How to Find Passion in Your Job
15 Tips for Writing Effective Email

The blog is generally updated on a weekly basis, so it’s just the right thing if you have too much to read already.

Zen Habits

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I’ve been following this blog for about half a year. Zen Habits is written by Leo Babauta, a father of six and an excellent writer. It’s not mere chance that Zen Habits is among the 100 most popular blogs on the internet. It’s well written, it’s inspiring and contains advice, tips and wisdom anyone can benefit from…unless you’re already perfect.

Here are three posts I picked to get you started:

20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life
10 Tasty, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Re-Centering: Finding Your Way Back To The Life You Meant To Live

So in case you’ve decided it’s time to change, would you like to monitor your progress? Try these:

1. Keep a one sentence daily journal.

(Idea kudos to Gretchen Rubin)

Every day, all you write down is a single sentence to summarize the day. It will take less than a minute, but it will last for a lifetime. You could set up a private blog for that purpose or simply write it down in a small notebook. At I Rate My Day you can rate your day every day and also add a comment to your rating. You will see that the more you change, the less miserable days you will have.

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2. Picture yourself.

Every day, express your mood in a single picture of yourself. In a few years from now you will have an amazing collection. Who knows what you are going to see in it. You can store the pictures locally or you could share them with the world at flickaday.com to Chronicle Your Life.

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Have you ever changed your life? How did you go about it?  If you found help online or online tools that helped you, please share!

Picture credits: alitaylor, Mike

  1. Happiness Noel
    December 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Jesus came to earth not just to save our eternal souls but for those who know Him to have "abundant joy" in life on earth, before we get to heaven. The Bible is full of happiness tips straight from the one who created everything that is and ever will be, including our minds and hearts and souls. When we worship God in words or song He "inhabits our praises" and gives us happiness. Grasp every bit of happiness, every good idea and thought for happiness, but don't forget the fountain of life and happiness itself- JESUS!!! Not trying to preach, I want this happiness, health and safety for everyone. It's free! Just ask Jesus into Your life and let the bliss, truth, way and life begin here and now and continue for eternity. God BLESS!!! 12/2014

  2. Ben H
    July 31, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I think getting computer skills and getting online can be a real help in so many ways. So much information, so many people and it doesn't cost the Earth like petrol and cars and most 'real' things do... so I think we should encourage senior citizens to get online in particular, so that unneeded stresses are removed and a new world of possibilities can begin.

  3. Mark
    June 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    This article was very inspiring... until I got to the screenshot from I Rate My Day. Couldn't you have taken a shot that didn't include the profanity?

    • Tina
      June 12, 2009 at 2:19 am

      I might have. It probably would not have been representative, though.

      The world is cruel. To become happier you have to relax and accept the things you can't change. :)

      • Paw @ CanHazFitness
        July 16, 2009 at 5:24 am

        Ah, but you can also try to change those things that you CAN change. The things that you do, the choices you make. You have control of them and you can make a difference!

  4. Cero93
    April 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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  5. Nick
    March 11, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I love all of these sites except for The Happiness Project. I don't know what it is about Gretchen - maybe it's the faux new age spin. Maybe it's the "read-between-the-lines-and-you'll-see-I'm-barely-keeping-it-together" tone. There's just something about her that makes me want to haul off and have Bea Arthur slap her.

  6. Toni
    February 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I really enjoyed this article. I love to hear about the "good stuff" in life. I'll be sharing with friends and family.
    Thanks!

  7. Tor
    February 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    There is another great happiness site to check out called the AIR Equation. Lots of quotes and advice.

    AIRequation.org

  8. James
    February 7, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Nice post.

  9. Regine
    February 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. nerdgazm
    February 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Great finds. I already have an obsession with Zen Habits, time to try the others.

  11. Ryan Dube
    February 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    This is a great article - inspiring even! I'll be sharing these resources with a number of my friends who can really use them, thanks Tina!

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