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30 Little Challenges for Finishing the Year Strong

Think a little less about managing your problems and a little more about managing your focus. Ready to finish the year strong? Inner peace and progress are both built through small daily victories. It’s the individual choices we make day to day that make us whole in the long run. Yes, the happiness of your life ultimately depends on the quality...

How to Find Gratitude When Everything Goes Wrong

Angel and I recently interviewed a minimum wage motel housekeeper in Miami for a side project we’re working on inspired by our New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs. “Do you like your job?” we asked her. To our surprise, she smiled from ear to ear and was...

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

Even in uncertain times, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. True wealth is the ability to fully experience life. – Henry David Thoreau You are alive. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth...

12 Little Things You Should Know Before Letting Go

(NOTE: This is an excerpt from “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently”.) She rarely makes eye contact. Instead, she looks down at the ground. Because the ground is safer. Because unlike people, it expects nothing in return. The ground just accepts her for who she is. As she sits at the bar next to me, she stares down at her...

16 Simple Ways to Love Yourself Again

Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you. “Today I lost the respect of a few people I love, and the desire to kill myself, when I finally took your advice and told everyone the truth about who I really am and what I’ve decided to do with my life.  In a nutshell, I’ve chosen to love and honor myself, instead...

Don’t Be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” —Mae West This morning a close neighborhood friend, Alison, passed away far too early. While Angel and I have spent most of the day grieving, I’ve also spent this past hour thinking about the fact that our lives are often much shorter than we expect, and that we need to do some pretty...

An Open Letter to Those Who Don’t Feel “Good Enough”

Oftentimes the hardest part of the journey is simply believing you’re worthy of the trip. This short article was inspired by an email we received last night from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, Life hasn’t been the easiest on me over this past decade.  I won’t get into all the details now, but these hard times have left me with many...

10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years

“If only…”  These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language. Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to that phrase of regret, and how to elude them on the average day: (more…)

7 Brutal Lessons that Ultimately Make Life Beautiful

The reason for our suffering, in all walks of life, is our resistance to the truth. Sometimes it’s brutally hard to accept life’s greatest lessons. And yet we must! Because it’s lessons like these that ultimately make our lives beautiful, by showing us how to thrive even through the toughest of times… 1. Happiness doesn’t start with a relationship,...

10 Harsh Realities that Help You Grow

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. — Helen Keller Character and wisdom are sculpted over time. They come with loss, lessons, and triumphs. They come after doubts, second guesses, and exploring unknowns. If there were a definitive path to happiness and success, everyone would be on it. The seeds of your progress are...

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