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What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die

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A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own bucket list as well and write an article at the same time. If you haven’t heard about the bucket list, a bucket list is a…

Ask Celes – Should I Marry a Guy I Don’t Love?

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Dear Celes, Thank you very much for your wonderful blog. I feel that you are very sensible woman. As you have found your true love, I’ve decided to ask you for advice — should I marry a very decent guy if I don’t feel anything more than respect and friendly feelings to him? The reason I ask is that I’m 28 but I haven’t…

The Science of Happiness [Infographic]

Science of Happiness [Infographic]

Is there a science to happiness? Well according to this infographic, there is! Check out the patterns, backed up by science, that are linked to happy people. Apparently, married people are 10% happier than unmarried people (I’m surprised!), healthy people are 20% happier than average (this, I’m NOT surprised ), Mexico kids are the happiest in the world, and sleep-deprived people tend…

Are You Focusing on the Black Dot?

Back in school, I had a history teacher whom I really hated. (But that’s not what today’s post is about.) I remember an analogy he shared during a lesson (it wasn’t even his idea too; it was one of his student’s) which stuck with me. Consider the image below this line. What do you notice right away? If your answer is “the…

9 Simple Habits to Stay Positive in Life

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This is a guest post by Henrik Edberg of The Positivity Blog. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” Winston Churchill When I was younger — in my…

Why I’m Retiring at 28 and Inviting You To Do the Same

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Me with a giraffe in Johannesburg, South Africa As of today, I’m retired from work and life. What do I mean? I mean that I’ll no longer work or live life as conventional society deems me to. I’ll no longer concern myself with monetary needs, societal statuses, creating a lifetime of achievements, matching people’s expectations, and so on. I’ll just…

Ask Celes – How Can I Stop Worrying about Things I Cannot Control?

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“How can one not worry so much about things that he/she cannot control?” ~ Katy Hey Katy, the reason why people worry is because (a) they have no control over the situation and (b) worrying is their way of coping and gaining control over the situation, even though they aren’t. If they have complete control over a situation, they would…

The Night I Cried

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Today, I would like to share with you a past moment in my life when I cried. I don’t know why I’m sharing this except that I just want to let you in on this private moment in my past and connect with you guys on a deeper level. Six years ago, I had yet to start Personal Excellence. I…