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”Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.”
Confucius

One of my biggest problems used to be that I thought too much.

I overthought any little problem until it became a bigger and scarier thing in my mind. I overthought positive things until they didn’t seem to be that positive anymore. I overanalyzed and deconstructed things until the happiness that comes from just being in a moment and enjoying it fell apart.

This locked me into analysis paralysis. Little action was taken. Opportunities were rarely used. Life stood still and felt confining. And my self-esteem plummeted.

Based on the emails I get I’m not alone in this. One of the most common questions I get is about how to not overthink things.

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”Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best — ” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

Winnie the Pooh is a kind bear. He cares greatly about his friends.

And he has always seemed like a pretty happy bear to me.

He’s also a favorite of mine so today I’d like to simply share 5 of my favorite happiness tips from that honey loving bear.

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Comparison Trap“Comparison is the death of joy.”
Mark Twain

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
Lao Tzu

One of the most common and destructive daily habit is to constantly compare your life and yourself to other people and their lives.

You compare cars, houses, jobs, shoes, money, relationships, social popularity and so on.

And at the end of the day you pummel your self-esteem to the ground and you create a lot of negative feelings within. And perhaps also outside of yourself.

So what can you do? How can you get a handle on this habit?

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Relationship Quotes

At the heart of life lie the relationships we have with other people.

With family, co-workers and friends close by and far away at the other side of the world.

And how you let these relationships flow and grow has huge impact on the happiness both in your life and in the lives of the people you care about.

So this week I’d like to look back into the past and share some of the best advice from the wise people who have walked this earth.

This is 68 of the most thought-provoking, touching, inspiring and helpful quotes on relationships.

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