Advice Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy  

Lauren Slocum
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Live life to the fullest–Learn how to find fulfillment in your days and in the end, die happy. Been feeling bogged down by your career? Or have you been trying to get away from that toxic friendship with no success? We've all come to that point in life when we feel the need to seek some living tips on how to enrich the quality of daily life.

From the monumental to the seemingly small decisions, the way we approach our individual paths affects both our long and short-term quality of life. Life is a gift, and the way we live it is a choice. If you’re looking for the best mantras for eternal contentment, or even just some tips on being happy, give these ideas a read and start taking control of your own destiny!
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Learn How to Say No is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Learn How to Say No
Sometimes you just need to say no. Too often, we overlook the importance of listening to our bodies and tuning out the influences of our social, professional, and familial lifestyles. Learn what’s right for YOU and act accordingly.

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Surround Yourself With People ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Surround Yourself With People Who Bring Out the Best in You
We’ve all had to make hard decisions about our lovers and our friends. Choosing what is best relationship-wise can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be  like a "Real World" confrontation. Understand that while we grow with some, we grow away from others. You can still be a good person while keeping your best interests in mind.

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Take the Time to Get to Know Y... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself
Never lose sight of what’s important to you and don’t be afraid to try new things. Take trapeze swinging lessons, start painting, read your first science fiction novel, or bust out that dusty clarinet you’ve had in your closet since 8th grade. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, or dating, you’re an individual and you’re ever-evolving; Roll with it.

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Listen to Your Gut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Listen to Your Gut
It’s an age-old phrase we’ve all been told at least once or twice, and it’s a phrase that ranges across a wide panel of possibilities. If your gut tells you your sister already has that Katy Perry album on vinyl, get her something else! If your gut tells you you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, scram! Err on the side of caution when your gut is involved (it's usually right!).

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Get Some Sleep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Get Some Sleep
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is one of the most amazing phenomenons of human life . . . so why deprive it?! Visit The National Sleep Foundation and find out just how much sleep is recommended for you and your lifestyle.

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Eat Good Foods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Eat Good Foods
It’s a choice that affects you in the long-term and in the short-term. Eating Arby’s sandwiches, California Burritos, and McDonalds on the regular can make you feel like you swallowed a watermelon and washed it down with a couple Ambien. Learn how to cook some simple dishes at home and shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. You’ll reap immediate benefits, such as brighter skin, more energy, and deeper sleep. You’ll also reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer by increasing your vegetable intake and decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fats.

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If You Hate Your Job, Quit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
If You Hate Your Job, Quit
Work can be the biggest stressor in your life, if you let it. Sure, we may not all land our dream jobs, our dream salaries, or our dream schedules, but life is full of too many other important factors to let our careers dictate our livelihood. Feeling bogged down by your current gig? Always keep your options open and your eyes peeled for something more suitable.

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Treat Yo’self! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Treat Yo’self!
You don’t have to be Tom Haverford and Donna to enjoy a nice day of treatin' yo’self. Get a massage, buy some new records or a new outfit for the weekend. Fill the house with fresh cut flowers. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to break away from your norm. 

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Seek Adventure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Seek Adventure
We all have different perspectives on what “adventure” really means. Whether you view adventure as Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro or getting your palms read by the local Fortune Teller, plan intelligently, save accordingly, and make it happen!

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Set Realistic Goals for Yourse... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
This applies to both work and play. The key to setting goals isn't chasing them around;  It's approaching them with confidence and strategy. This idea can apply to your long-term goals and your weekly goals. Don't over-commit. Allow yourself to stay focused. Work with a purpose and don't lose sight of what is important to you. The rest will fall into place.

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Learn How to Say Yes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Learn How to Say Yes
Sometimes you just need to say yes. There’s always something else you could be doing, and you’re not the only one out there with a busy schedule or a long day ahead of you. But allowing yourself to indulge in a glass of wine with a neighbor on a Tuesday night or going on a spur-of-the-moment date with someone you always see in the elevator might be the perfect stress reliever you never knew you needed.

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Get Physical! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy
Get Physical!
This doesn’t mean you have to train for a marathon! Take a walk after work, stretch in your apartment, find a gym nearby or ride your bike to the supermarket. Physical activity can prevent us from soreness, injury, and perpetual laziness. It’s also great for the mind and helps us sleep better. Explore different kinds of physical activity and find what suits you best.