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We all know people who appear very comfortable within their skin, with a sense of strength and positive energy around them. Their unseen aura of balance and peace is attractive, it feels good to be near to them.
Most likely these charismatic people have one thing in common. They somehow decided to take control and responsibility for the unfolding of their lives by creating circumstances that give them joy and fulfillment instead of expecting others to do it for them. They see opportunities where others might see obstacles. They manifest their everyday life by following their inner guidance and keeping a positive attitude, no matter what.


Integrating a daily routine can help stay focused and grounded. Any big or small routine can become an empowering part of your day. After all, we are what we do, and every day we are given the opportunity to make choices that enhance our lives.

Integrating a daily routine can help stay focused and grounded. Any big or small routine can become part of your day, allowing you to get the best out of yourself. After all, we are what we do, and every day we are given the opportunity to make choices that enhance our lives.

“A trained mind brings health and happiness.”
~ Dhammapada


    • Start each day by setting an intention for how you would like your day to unfold.
    • Continuing your day by practicing meditation or yoga to empower you for the rest of your day.
    • End your day by giving thanks for another day on this earth, your breath, a roof above your head, food, health, love, and the people in your life.
    • Conscious breathing exercises, one to three times daily, between two and 10 minutes. Longer means more impact.
    • Move, stretch, walk, bike, or take the stairs when possible.
    • Drink sufficient fresh filtered water.
    • Eat well and limit or stop the consumption of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
    • Read, learn, and educate yourself. Ordinary people seek entertainment; extraordinary people find inspiration. Knowledge is Empowerment to make better choices.
    • Schedule time to be off-line; an entire day once a week will benefit your life for the better. Soon, you will look forward to this moment!
    • Don’t look at your smartphone or computer before meditation, stretching, breakfast, or taking a shower.
    • Stop consuming the news, and media altogether. It takes away your focus, inspiration, and creativity. 
    • Challenge yourself, beyond your comfort zone.



Rather than being reactive to what is happening around you, be active by taking back control of your life and your emotions. Emotions tend to mislead us generated by fear. Taking back control doesn’t mean everything is perfect, but deciding to look beyond the imperfections of life. It starts by accepting yourself for who you are and taking responsibility for the unfolding of your life in ways that differ from what you had in mind. Taking control means to surrender to life as it happens and experiencing the fullness of each given moment.

Chronic unhappiness could be a sign that you need to take back control by starting by making decisions that improve the joy in your life. Sometimes, we might feel entitled to blame someone or something outside of ourselves, but that will not change anything. Life is not about what is happening to us, but rather, how we respond to it. Forgiving yourself and others is one of the most empowering ways to take back control and free yourself from any burden that holds you back from living your life to its fullest.

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them.” ~ Steve Maraboli


Feeling happy and fulfilled does not mean always getting what we want, but loving what we do. By fulfilling our life purpose, we bring out the best in ourselves and feel happy from the inside out. A level of satisfaction brings meaning to our lives and is key to feeling good. By sharing our love and creativity, we generate joy and satisfaction that exceeds the delights coming from outside sources.

After all, the main goal of our existence is to experience the fullness of life. Discovering opportunities and finding out what motivates us, uplifts us, and makes us jump out of bed in the morning. It is our destiny to find meaning through inspiration and curiosity. Our differences are what makes us unique. Always look for inspiration; listen to it, believe in it, act on it, and you will become the master of the unfolding of your life.


Being satisfied with the unfolding of life is not something we can impose or experience at all times. Life may lead us to unexpected journeys and surprise us with sudden circumstances knocking us off our feet.

The best way to move forward is to accept the situation for what it is, become more balanced with how you deal with it, and trust that you are capable of finding your way through it.

Not feeling happy does not necessarily mean something is wrong or you need to see a therapist. Periods of feeling off track and uncertain are part of life and a way to learn more about your deepest motives, patterns, and emotions. If you are willing to look more deeply into the root causes and deal with them maturely and responsibly, you may eventually liberate yourself from everything that holds you back to experience more joy and meaning.

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle



If we think too much of ourselves, our minds become narrow. Within this small area of being, every tiny problem magnifies. The moment we develop a sense of compassion for our fellow human beings, we understand that we are more connected to each other than we might realise. In the end, we all aspire for happiness and satisfaction in our lives.

When we have this notion of concern, our mind automatically widens to a broader life perspective. At this point, our problems will not seem as significant anymore. This awareness increases our sense of inner peace and happiness. In other words, if we only think of ourselves and our personal happiness, it will result in less happiness and increased anxiety.



“By sharing joy and happiness, you give two of the most powerful healing medicines.” 


Expressing our gratefulness for what we have generates abundance and optimism. It is the law of the universe that we attract in accordance with the energy we feel and emit. Psychological research has shown that people who practice gratefulness in a consistent manner experience increasing benefits on a physical, mental, and social level.


Despite the awareness of these benefits, thriving in constant pursuit of gaining more and better is not the idea. Substantiated satisfaction is the result of appreciation for what you already have. Our happiness depends on our gratefulness. If you appreciate some support, I can recommend the book  10 ways to become more grateful  from one of the world’s leading experts on gratitude, Robert Emmons

In short, you can improve joy in your life by owning your core values and being aware of what really matters to you. Stay focused on the important and essential parts of your life by being sincerely grateful for what you have.

Creator of Practical Life Guide. A practical guide for living a meaningful life with joy and purpose.


  • Frances

    Terrific! Great reminder with great practical tips. Thank you, dear Monique . . . _/ <3 \_

  • Karen

    Wonderful Monique and thank you! Your blogs always stimulate thought or have good reminders to what I may have let slip…… and I’m always grateful.

    Thank you,
    Bless you,
    Love you!
    Karen ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​♡​​​

    • Monique

      Thank you dear friend, Karen for your encouraging words! I’m grateful for your presence, always!
      Thank you, Blessings and Heaps of Love back at you ♡

  • Ian Kelly

    Very uplifting matey Xx

  • Gabriela

    Once again , Monique , your theme and wise words of advice come at the perfect time…. Thank you for always being so helpful to me and all your friends … 🙂 <3

    • Monique

      Thank you Gabriela dear. I’m so very grateful for your words and appreciation!!
      Sending you loads of Joyful Blessings ツ ♡

  • Vanessa Atalanta

    Thank you so much for the practical types enjoyed reading them and very useful especially the gratitude part I loved. xxx

    • Monique

      I’m honoured to hear that you like my blog, Vanessa. Thank you ‘Happy Spirit’, much Gratitude to you _/|\_

  • Maria

    Dear Monique , your knowledge ..your wisdom ..I can read in every word , thank you so much for sharing this helpfull blog ❤️ I love you dear Monique .

    • Monique

      Thank you Maria dear for your very kind words and your Love!
      Blessings of Love and Joy to you ♡ Always

  • Alain

    Very well done as always Dear Monique… very practical and supportive indeed. Much Love and Many Blessings

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