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Happiness is a Choice
I recently bumped into this article from the Change Blog. And it reminded me of the fact that our happiness is determined by how we relate to life. Some people can stay happy when the ride gets bumpy, while others complain about every little thing in life.

To me it's an attitude. It's about what you've learned during your life, and what habits you've picked up. Maybe you learned when you were young that complaining got you what you want, but that doesn't work quite as well when you're an adult.

If you truly want to be happy, you have to let go of trying to control life, because if you have an image of how you want life to be, you'll always be unhappy, because life may never conform. And you never know if what you want isn't what you really need. Life has a tendency to deliver results to you that are better than you could've ever imagined, if you are ready to follow your heart.

That's all for today. Check out the article at change blog, I think you'll like it. And if you want more, check out this one as well.

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory
I'm feeling a bit annoyed today. Or rather, my heart is feeling sad. On days like these I like to take it easy and relax. I try to keep quiet inside and not think too much. But I did feel inspired to write a bit here in my journal on how you can improve your memory.

Here are three tips I've found helpful

1. Sleep

Most of us walk around being sleep deprived. I've found that I need at least 7-9 hours of sleep every single night to function. Sometimes I'll wake up after 5 hours and feel fine, but those are the exceptions.

You could try this yourself. See how you feel if you sleep just a bit more every night for a week. If you've been sleeping for 4 hours, try sleeping for 6. Yes, you may "lose" some time, but it's worth it.

You'll feel better, your memory will improve and your health as well.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

One of my favorite ways to not only improve my memory, but my health, are fish oils, or omega-3 fatty acids. I mentioned the Happy Healthy Relaxed site earlier. That's where I learned about fish oils. I think it was an article called: what does fish oil do?

There have also been studies that have shown that fish oil pills do help in improving memory. Amazing when you can just pop a pill and make things better, isn't it? I do recommend you eat a healthy diet and exercise and all that. But also supplement with omega-3 fatty acids, unless you eat a lot of clean, wild caught fish high in omega-3's.

It's really that simple. I love it.

3. Doing What I Love

This may sound weird when talking about memory, but I find that when I follow my heart and do what I love, I remember things better. It's almost as if I don't have to remember anything, because the right thought or action will arise naturally.

Not always, but often enough. Synchronicities and other "coincidences" will pop up. I'm going to leave it there because I could ramble forever on this topic. But suffice it to say that if you aren't doing what you love, you should.

It will not only make you happier, but improve your health as well, and, of course, your memory.

See you soon!

The Wise Words of Lao Tzu
Lately I've been inspired to read Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu. It's so inspiring and it reminds me of the fact that life cannot be controlled. It is what it is. When we try to control everything, we become frustrated, overwhelmed and lost.

Here's a passage I resonated with:

"The Tao never does anything,
yet through it all things are done.

If powerful men and women
could centre themselves in it,
the whole world would be transformed
by itself, in its natural rhythms.
People would be content
with their simple, everyday lives,
in harmony, and free of desire.

When there is no desire,
all things are at peace."

An interesting way of putting things, isn't it? Most people will probably not truly get what this is pointing to, and if it isn't for you, don't worry, just follow what resonates for you and forget about this.

I just wanted to share this because it's so liberating and so magnificent.

My First Post (And the Beginning)
Alright, so I might as well get something up here to get this journal off the ground. I have a tendency to procrastinate so starting is key.

My journey started while I was on vacation with my family. I ran into a nasty stomach bug and I ended up in the hospital. Once that was fixed, everything was okay for a while, but then something happened. I started getting sick. I couldn't go outside because I was so afraid of what my body would do.

It hasn't been an easy journey. But it has helped me realize some deeper concepts of life, such as what truly matters, following my heart and living life on purpose. It has also helped me realize how important health is. Without health you can't do anything. You can have all the money in the world, but if you're not healthy, well and happy, nothing matters.

This doesn't mean you neglect any of the other aspects of your life, but it just shows that life is meant to be lived holistically. Every piece needs to be in place. But at the same time, nothing has to be perfect. You have to discover how you can be healthy, and how you can live a healthy, balanced life.

No one can tell you how to do this. You can listen to tips from others, but you have to take responsibility of what works for you, and what doesn't.

You have to make sure you're eating and living healthy. Eat the right foods, meditate, and do whatever works for you. There are so many ways to live a healthy life that you don't have to listen to any one person.

Everyone shares their truth, or at least most people. Listen to the people who resonate with you and no one else. For example, I recently found http://www.happyhealthyrelaxed.com/, which I really resonate with.

I also enjoy browsing wikipedia and checking out what they say about healthy living. If you're interested, you can start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthy_diet

It may at first seem confusing. You don't know how to live a healthy life, or how to deal with your health problems and issues, but it all starts with one step. Just read one thing and let it consolidate in your brain.

Overwhelm happens because you try to learn too much too fast, so let it take time, and be okay with being who you are. You don't have to change yourself, and you don't have to become someone else. You are good as you are. Can you accept that?

I think I'll end things there. This journal entry is starting to become quite long. You can see I'm passionate about this stuff, especially natural health, and even vitamins and stuff. It's a passion of mine, because it does make a difference. At least it has made a difference in my life.

Talk soon!

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