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Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

You only have control over three things in your life—the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.

It’s oversimplified to say ‘Happiness is a choice.’ Some people are struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions that make it challenging to find peace and joy. But ‘challenging’ doesn’t mean impossible. It’s more accurate to say, ‘Happiness takes lots of choices that are sometimes hard to make.’ Like: the choice to accept ourselves and our struggles, the choice to take responsibility for getting help, and the choice to do the things that are good for us, even when—especially when—we feel like giving up.

No matter how old you both get, never stop holding hands, never stop dancing, and never stop saying, ‘I love you.’

If you can lie down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little bit better, you know you had a good day.

Much suffering, much unhappiness arises when you take each thought that comes into your head for the truth.

Always follow your gut instinct, even if you do it a little late. It’s better to renege and risk being judged than it is to do something you don’t want to do because you’re afraid of how it will look.

We are all capable of helping and hurting. We are all giving at times and selfish at others. Every last one of us has the potential for darkness and light. So forgive others, forgive yourself, look for light in the world, and shine your own. And never forget that people can grow and change. Never stop believing in the healing power of love and kindness. And most importantly, never stop believing in yourself.

What’s in your heart is far more important than what’s in your resume, your job description, and your bank account.

Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes, has setbacks and failures. You don’t come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you’re human. Failure is a part of creating a great life.

Breathe. Step back. Think. Then react.

Life is short. Say what you’ve wanted to say. Do what you’ve wanted to do. Don’t wait until the only thing you can say is, ‘I wish I’d had the courage to do it sooner.’

Never tell someone who’s freaking out ‘Life is too short to worry.’ Really, think about it. You’re just giving them one more thing to worry about—that they’re missing out on life because they’re worrying. Instead, try, ‘I understand. Life can be scary. I’m here for you if you need me.’

The coolest people I’ve ever met have the most colorful pasts, they’ve lived lives of risk, made bad choices, learned lessons, explored, and they’re not afraid of being real. Tattered tapestries woven of similar threads, they’re my kind of people. My favorite shades of crazy.

We often nitpick and criticize little things when we’re hurting. If you see someone else doing this, try not to take it personally. If that person is you, ask yourself, ‘What am I really upset about? And what can I do to address that pain instead of projecting it onto someone else?’

Ten years from now, make sure you can say you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.

There’s a difference between caring about what others think and worrying about it. When you care about what other people think, you respect and value their opinions. When you worry about, you depend on their validation for your worth. So keep caring. Keep treating people like they matter. Just know that you matter too, whether they confirm it or not.

Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

Most relationships fail because we spend too much time pointing out each other’s mistakes and not enough time enjoy each other’s company.

Never define yourself by your relationship status, your income, or your looks. It’s your generosity, kindness, and compassion that counts.

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