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The author is successful business, real estate, and media entrepreneur Dick Kazan.
Published on December 8, 2009

Today: 15 Minutes to a Better, Happier You.

Would you like to live a happier, more meaningful life?

Are you tired of feeling stressed and tense? Do you feel like you’re missing out on life’s many joys as you struggle to make your life more fulfilling?

If so, what you are about to learn could profoundly affect you. While the only thing you need to do is set aside just 15 minutes each day to do some easy, yet life changing actions. You can allocate all 15 minutes to one action, or split those 15 minutes among multiple actions.

The choices are yours. These actions are based upon love, learning and self-discovery. Money, nor fame, nor power, nor possessions can ever offer you what you are about to receive.

Some days just lie down and relax and close your eyes. As you lay there, inhale slowly and deeply through your nose letting in the fresh cleansing air and then gently exhale, as you let your mind drift to pleasant thoughts. Soon a soothing sense of peace will relax you and your mind and your muscles will begin to heal themselves.

Or go out in the fresh air for a short walk. Once again, breathe deeply and release your tensions as you experience the world around you. If there are flowers in bloom, take a moment to absorb their colors and inhale their glorious scents as you bask in the warmth of the sun.

Or do a little yoga or other gentle exercise. You will experience a mind-body connection that can be restorative to the flesh and to the soul.

Do you wish you had the time to enjoy great literature? Aristotle, Shakespeare, Mark Twain and other outstanding authors await you and all they ask is a brief amount of your time. On any given day, read a page or read a chapter.

You may enjoy that brief reading so much, that tomorrow you might give it a little more time. And more the next day as soon you become absorbed in a new world of great literature and illustrious ideas.

These next four simple suggestions address powerful subconscious needs we all have to connect with others and if you act on them, they will uplift your life in immeasurable ways:

Call someone you care for but haven’t spoken with in ages. Doing this will lift your heart and do wonders for the person who longs to hear from you.

Write a ‘Thank You Note’ to someone because you feel gratitude and want to express it to them. People crave being appreciated for the good things they do, a craving rarely fulfilled.

Give someone a hug or a pat on the back and ask how they are. Then take a sincere interest and really listen to what they have to say. This is one of the highest forms of respect you can offer.

The next time you’re in a busy grocery store, smile and let someone go ahead of you at the check stand line. The person you do that for will be happily surprised and from that little act of kindness, you’ll discover a nicer side of you than you may have known existed.

Finally, here is something that is rarely done, that will touch your life deeply. Write your thoughts about your life and other subjects that interest you. Do this for just a few minutes on any day.

By doing this, you will begin to learn who you really are. You may have thought you knew yet this may be the first time you have ever seen yourself so clearly. In this clarity you can decide what is most meaningful to you and what changes if any, are essential to your spiritual growth.

Once you have done that, you will feel more confident and happier with yourself knowing you are taking the steps necessary not for illusions like money, fame, power and possessions but for real fulfillment, to meet the needs of what brought you into this life in the first place.

All of this from just 15 minutes a day as you become a better, happier you.

Success Tip of the Week: When you understand yourself better, you will make more sense of the world around you. You’ll come to peace with your and its imperfections and be more effective as you strive to help those in need, including yourself.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to my friend Mary Ellen, angelscribe.com who suggested taking an introspective look at this profound topic.

In the next KazanToday: A woman who overcame widespread bigotry to become one of the great scientists of our time.

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