A change in mindset can bring about a desire to simplify, but simplifying can in turn change your mindset. These changes will bring more serenity and satisfaction every day.
Part 6 – Mindset
76. Be present.
Don't pine for the past or fret about the future. Today is all you have. Be here now.
77. Be open.
We live in an era of polarization, because we so often believe there's only one way to look at an issue. Be willing to consider ideas and viewpoints that differ from your own.
78. Be true to yourself.
Keep an open mind, but don't be afraid to listen to your own intuition and moral compass. Don't feel obligated to live according to others' expectations.
79. Offer grace.
You don't know the details of others' circumstances, and you have no idea how well you'd react to their situations. Try to see the good in other people; don't be too quick to condemn.
80. Offer forgiveness.
A grudge is a heavy burden. You don't have to condone bad behavior, but you can move on from it, and free your thoughts and energy for something more worthwhile.
81. Forget perfection.
It doesn't exist! Do good work, but ease up on your unrealistic expectations. Reduce rigidity, stress, and disappointment, and increase flexibility, acceptance, and appreciation.
82. Choose your battles.
There are thousands of little things that aren't as earth-shattering as we think they are. Let them go.
83. Ignore the Joneses.
Advertisers want us to believe that if we only had this or that our lives would improve. Happiness is just one purchase away! But the goal keeps moving, and comparing and competing will only keep us anxious and dissatisfied.
84. Be grateful.
Compared to billions in the world, you are wealthy and privileged. Be thankful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you don't.
85. Be generous.
Being able to give is a sure sign that you have enough for your needs, and then some.
86. No one is looking at you – really!
People are too wrapped up in their own lives to pay much attention to what you wear, own, or look like. You're not a superstar, so stop worrying what "everyone" will think about you.
87. Enjoy without owning.
Admire the objects in a shop window, the art in a gallery, or the roses in a garden. Appreciate public libraries, public parks, and public celebrations. You can get a lot of pleasure from things without the responsibilities of ownership.
"It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."
Henry Ward Beecher
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