42 Bad Habits That Suck Your Energy

Ever have those days when you feel you're dragging a ball and chain behind you?hea

Everything is a struggle. Your productivity has tanked, your energy is at rock-bottom, and you just want to crawl in a hole and suck your thumb.

Sometimes it's easy to identify why we're so lethargic. We might feel physically ill, the weather is bleak, or the stars are out of alignment. Conditions out of our control can vaporize our energy and smack down our motivation.

Most of the time, however, our fatigue and burn-out is the result of our daily habits. We sabotage ourselves with thoughts and behaviors that create a toxic environment for vitality, well-being, and achievement. You may not even be aware how your own habits are affecting you.

If not, here are 42 bad habits that suck your energy:

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10 Unexpected Ways To Become A Happy Person

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Most people spend a lot of time being unhappy.

If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you'll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general.

Those statistics are daunting and sad. We have one opportunity to live our lives on this beautiful planet, and yet so many of us aren't enjoying the adventure. In fact, many people find life difficult, unpleasant, or downright painful. But if you ask anyone what they long for most, it's happiness. We all just want to be happy.

Life presents everyone with challenges and pain, so happiness can't hinge on avoiding these things. We know wealth doesn't create sustained happiness. In fact, some of the happiest people live in poorer countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, and Panama. Achievement, fame, power, and material things don't foster ongoing happiness.

So how do you become a happy person?

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How To Apologize Sincerely

How to apologize

Sincerely apologizing is an advanced emotional skill.

It requires doing something most of us find extremely difficult — getting past the ego self.

The thought process leading to an apology is complex and involves pushing past many internal barriers. We must honestly examine ourselves, our behavior or words, the motivation behind the behavior or words, and the feelings of those we've injured or offended.

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How To Rekindle Your Relationship And Fall In Love Again

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Stop reading for a moment, and think back to the first few weeks after you met your spouse or love partner.

Actually, try to visualize an early date where you were cuckoo for CoCo Puffs about this amazing person. And they felt the same about you.

Remember how it felt falling in love, how happily distracted you were, how you couldn't wait to see her — how everything he said was interesting and funny.

Remember how you felt the two of you were special? Meant for each other. Destined to be together.

And now . . . not so much.

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4 Personal Decisions For Lasting Change

Change Your Life

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who thought I could ruminate or think my way out of a problem or toward a change in life.

I spent a lot of time in my head considering what I did and didn't want for my life and how I wanted to make positive change. I journaled my thoughts and dreams. I read dozens of self-help, healthy living, and spiritual growth books.

And I sincerely hoped everything I absorbed by thinking and reading would somehow change my life for the better.

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Feeling Stressed Out? 10 Ways To Relieve Stress

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You check the balance in your bank account and see you don't have enough to cover this month's bills.

Your boss hands you yet another project to complete by the end of the week, on top of the stack already piled on your desk.

Your spouse has just announced he's going out-of-town and all three kids are sick.

You are late for a doctor's appointment for those concerning symptoms, and traffic is bumper to bumper.

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Why Introverts Might Rule The World

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Just over a year ago, I heard author Susan Cain speak at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon.

She had recently published her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, and was discussing how introverts operate in a world that favors extroversion and why the internally-driven should be more highly-valued in society and the workplace.

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