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Tips for Finding Happiness in Your Daily Life

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

(StatePoint) Are you living a happy life? Most of us face daily routines filled with the stresses of jobs and busy family schedules. And bad news seemingly is all around us, in an increasingly violent world filled with strife and scandal.

Yet there are many small changes that can help you and your family live happier, productive lives and improve your community, say experts.

“All over the world, people are finding that there really is a way to live happily. They trust life and believe things will turn out well and, if not, they cope. Life tends to prove us right, which is why a positive attitude is so important,” says J. R. Lankford, author of “The Covert Messiah,” which poses interesting questions regarding society, religion and science, as part of a fast-paced mystery thriller series.

“Even at the worst of times, people are usually wonderful. We saw teachers in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting give their lives without thought to protect their young pupils.  We saw people at the Boston Marathon run toward the danger when the bombs went off,” she adds.

It is this observation about the profound and positive aspect of humanity that drives Lankford’s latest novel in her series, which is full of selfless characters willing to risk injury or death for a greater cause. Her novel addresses what would happen if Jesus were cloned and interacted with the modern world today.

In a deeply flawed world, Lankford offers some timeless advice for people looking to find serenity and happiness in their daily routines:

• Let the things of tomorrow worry about themselves. Yes, keep up with important events, but a steady diet of bad news isn’t good for you.

• Teach your children that they have the power to make the world a better one and it starts with belief in oneself.

• Take time each day to focus on the good in the present moment rather than being lost in worrisome and often pointless thought. Meditating even 15 minutes a day can change your life.

• If your children are involved in their own strife with fellow classmates and friends, help them identify common ground. Teach them to forgive and not retaliate.

• Set a good example by choosing to notice the good and being happy yourself. Volunteer. Demonstrate that an average person can touch the lives of others.

More information about “The Covert Messiah,” which can be read alone or along with Lankford’s other novels, can be found at www.jrlankford.com.

The world may not be a perfect place yet, but there are many ways to celebrate the positive things in your life and find happiness.

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