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15 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Love Life

Here's a reminder why you should enjoy life.
  1. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.

Your day-to-day is filled with hidden gems, "little" blessings that when you're mindful about, will give you joy in a BIG way. 

  1. Never underestimate the investment you make in yourself.

Don't feel guilty about taking trips to new places, joining workshops, or pampering and relaxing yourself. They are impactful to your mental and physical wellbeing and contribute positively to your growth.

  1. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.

This is a call only you can hear, don't overthink it and trust your gut feeling.

  1. Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.

We can easily fall into a worrisome, stressful state which is hard to get out of. Practice positivity in the way you think and reap the benefits of peace of mind.  

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  1. Give yourself pep talks.

You might not realize it, but you have a lot of relationships, ones you have with friends, family, in school, at church or work. It's easy to overlook the most important one to maintain, the relationship you have with yourself. Talk to yourself, give yourself encouragement. Most importantly, believe in what you’re capable of.

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  1. Be patient with yourself as you evolve. Small, healthy choices make a big difference in the long run.

Try this exercise, list down what you do in a day and make small adjustments aimed at better, healthier alternatives you can easily do, say, choosing water over iced tea at lunch or spending more time with your family.

  1. Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.

Simply let your actions speak louder than words and gossip should naturally die without reason.

  1. A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.

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Tell yourself, challenge accepted and focus on what you can control to make the best out of a situation. Worrying only worsens the situation.

  1. Failure is a bruise not a tattoo.

Mistakes and slip ups are temporary moments in your life you need to break away from. If you keep them in the back of your mind, you’ll always be held back from achieving what you wanted.

  1. There's no time to be bored in a beautiful world as this.

Go outside, take snaps of what inspires you, revisit a place you haven’t been to in a while, rediscover your city. Grab a friend and go on an adventure.

  1. Just because someone may have it worse doesn't mean your struggles aren't valid.

Remember, each person’s situation is different which is why you should be comparing your current self with the past self to see how far you’ve come. You’ve done a great job; so don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back.

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  1. Don't apologize for feeling something or a lot.

Your feelings are valid. No matter what, even if you consider it small, insignificant and something that would pass, open it up to someone you trust and love to affirm your worth. You matter and your feelings do too.

  1. You are only human. You don't have to have it together every minute of the day.

You're putting a fight with expectations, standing tall against stereotypes and pushing yourself to your limits, daily, give yourself breaks and be gentle to your soul.

  1. Saying "no" means you know your limits.

Respecting your worth is also saying no to bad influences, saying no to people, to bad habits and to negative thinking.

  1. The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.

It's a life changing experience to change the way your mind sees a situation, a bit of positivity goes a long way and confidence is a powerful feeling that opens a world of possibility. Give it a try.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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