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How To Live A Happy, Positive and Simple Life

Updated on October 24, 2013

Living A Happy Life

All of us in today's world are so stressed out over many different things in our lives, one being just the everyday life we live. Stress of our jobs, things happening in our families lives, financial problems, being overwhelmed with large bills to pay and so many other thing that makes us unhappy.

With all this going on in our lives I tend to wonder how anyone could be really happy in the life.

I want to try and explain my feelings on how to live a Happy, Positive and Simple life all by changing our outlook on the way we live and think in our everyday life.

I have found over the past year and a half that I had a pretty negative outlook in my life and I contribute it mostly the being addicted to alcohol. Alcohol really brought me down and I am sure it has somewhat the same effect on other people as well.

When I stopped drinking alcohol I then realize that life can be good without the alcohol running and ruining my life for me. Yes, life is all that you make it and I had wasted so many years being and thinking negative, it was time to turn the hands and start being happy and positive once again.

How I manage to get to a happy state of mind was by my mind. Using the powerful brain that we were all given at birth I found that just changing my outlook on life started to make me feel happy again. Letting all the little things that used to upset me while drinking alcohol didn't seem so tragic after all. the alcohol made it seem worse than it really was, and then you know while drinking alcohol some of us might get those crying drunks right, and then we say oh poor little me.

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Positive Thinking And Attitudes

I also have found that having a positive attitude helped with bring happiness into my life and it can do the same for just about anyone if you get out of the negative frame of mind you are in and start thinking positive thoughts.

You really wouldn't think that these two things would go hand in hand, but I have found out that you need one to have another. Be positive and be happy is my main goal in life now being clean and sober.  Positive thoughts bring positive results and with having positivity in your life you then start to be a happy person again.  How couldn't you be happy thinking positive thoughts.

Just try being happy thinking nothing but negative thoughts throughout  your day.  I really don't think anyone could be happy living with negativity in your life.

Living A Simple Life

Living a simple life is really quite simple if you put your mind into gear and think what makes you happy and what makes you sad or upset. Does being overwhelmed with many credit cards and huge monthly bills make you happy? No, I think you would be quite upset and truly down in the dumps with that hanging over your head, so the only thing to do is to do something about it.

You must think what you can do in order to live a simple life. You must stop spending on things you really don't need, but you just would like to have them for fun or to show off to others. Always remember showing off to others you feel a sense of pride and think those people possibly would envy you, but in the long run they really don't care and you and I are the ones that have to pay for all those things we show off to the others right?

We have to learn to cut down on those type of things and start to pay off what we have and downsize anyway you feel would be possible without jeopardizing your family or yourself. That is exactly what I did a few months ago and I couldn't be happier.

I'm downsizing and paying things off and starting to not buy on a whim just because something looks good to me. Those days are gone and I am starting to live the simple life, thinking positive that I can live the simple life and in turn by doing those things I am a much happier person by doing so.

© 2011 Mark Bruno


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      5 years ago

      Great tips & wonderful advice. It's good to hear that you're happy and living life to the fullest. voted up!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Bill- Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. You are so right. We make our own lives and it could be simple or hard, It is our choice. I am sorry we never got together on LBI. This year for sure. Klara and Denise want to get together down in sunny Miami this summer. want to join?

      Cheer to you. I am raising my coffee cup LOL

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      6 years ago

      Great and simple message...deflect and filter the things you cannot control and take in the little things that make you is fun, positive and simple (we only complicate it ourselves)...cheers

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      kelly Best 

      6 years ago

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      gajanis786, Thanks for commenting. sorry so long to reply. I am living a simple life and a positive one now after being so negative for so many years. Once I changed my outlook and my life everything is going perfect.

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      7 years ago

      Very true that positive thinking and a simple living makes your lives more the same time it is also very important that one should feel happy to see others happy too and their achievements and not be jealous of their accomplishments.....the other good aspect of being happy is to learn how to sacrifice for others and try to help the needy as much possible.....these are the long lasting recipes for a truly satisfying happy life. Thanks.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Sam, I am sorry it has taken so long to reply, but thank you for your comment and having that positive attitude in life makes a world of difference. I used to be somewhat a negative person but I think the alcohol helped out with my negativity and once I quit drinking my attitude is Positive always now!!

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      sam freestone 

      7 years ago from UK

      i totally agree that positive thinking can transform anyone's life. it doesn't matter that we all have different problems and what they are, but changing the way you think definately changes your life, and it hard at first but i would encourage anyone to keep at it and they will see results.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      James Bowden. I hope everthing worked out with your family and their problems as I had, I will continue to write my articles about alcohol addiction in hope that I might touch someone else life that is stuggleing with an addiction.

      You are so right about the Ocean and Bay. I just told my wife that I don't know what it is,but everytime I go to the shoure house to work on it I hate to leave. I feel so much at peace and so calm it is unbelievable. I am happy for you to be so close to the Ocean. After 3o years of marriage, my dream and goals have come true and that is being near the Sea (8 minutes and I am standing in the sand overlooking the Ocean. What a life right !!!

      Enjoy it JI as I will also. Thanks for keeping in touch.


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      James Bowden 

      7 years ago

      Not a problem...I have close relatives who went through the same issues that you once went through. Keep up the good work! Also I think living near the ocean or bay keeps you in touch with not only nature but reality as well. I live about 15 minutes from the ocean and wouldn't have it any other way. Take care!


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jlbowden, Just want to say thank you so much for your very kind words. It really means a lot to me. This is my goal to only have the basic necessities and I know for a fact that that my life will be much better. I just know it. Move to a smaller and cozy home and to be by the Ocean and Bay was my life dream and now it has all come true !

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      James Bowden 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Clean Life:

      First off I just want say bravo! for you, for realizing what so many people out there forget about living a simple life. We are all caught up in a world of electronic toys. The bible states that we should be happy with the basic necessities...Food, Clothing and Shelter. It also takes a real special person to step forward and admit that they had a problem like you have had in the past. Let me tell you you could not have put in in better words, but also just wanted to remind you that you are not the only one with these problems. Thanks for sharing with all of us!


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      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      cardelean, Thank y ou as always for your comment. I wissh you all the luck with your quest to start cleaning out clutter, and as for me I too am doing the same thing. I just bought a much smaller home at the shore and I really am downsizing my life and my belongings. It feels great to get rid of all the stuff that I really never needed. I just dragged it from one house to another.

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      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      CARIBQUEEN Thank you so much for your kind comment and for catching that mess up I did. i will change it right now. Thanks again!!!!! :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore Thanks for stopping by my friend. Always nice to hear from you and yes you are right, put that happy song into your heart and just be happy, something that many people don't know how to do.

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      7 years ago

      Hi clean life: It seems that you have found the secret to your happiness - a contented mind and wholesome thoughts. Keep on the right path. However, you need to check the 5th paragraph which says "I then realize that life can be good with the alcohol..." I believe it should read, " without the alcohol..." Keep up the good work.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great thoughts and tips. It is very hard in this media dreiven world to keep life focused on simplicity but it is something that I am working on as well. In between my 30 day hub madness I am cleaning out closets and the basement to reduce our "clutter." That is step one for me. I also totally agree with your thought on having a postive attitude. It's not always easy, but it is important.

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      7 years ago

      Great stuff again Mark - as a muso I learned long ago that you can be responsible for how you feel - just put a happy song in your heart and you'll feel happier! Put a sad one there and you will feel sad. So stay with the loving feeling - don't lose it!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thank you Denise, Hey come visit anytime if you are in the NJ shore area. would love to have you over!!! Thanks too for the comment!!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Mark-excellent (long tailed, LOL) title and hub. Nice seeing you on the forum tonight. Well, two down and only 28 to go. WE CAN DO IT !!! LOL Take care and happy hubbing, beach bum!

      (I'm jealous)


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