100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

Life’s not always easy.

Sometimes our families bicker, our days are long, our nights feel lonely, and our minds simply can’t rest. It’s in these moments we must realize that happiness truly is the smallest things in life. So small that we often miss them, in this fast and chaotic world that we live in.

And so, I created a list of things to do, thoughts to think, and actions to take, to hopefully help myself (and whoever scrolls through this post) to live life a little happier.

Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments, and remember to Bookmark this page so you can easily check  back whenever you’re feeling down!

  1. wordpress-differenceDo cardio for at least 15 minutes a day
  2. Wear a BIG, oversize sweater
  3. Start the successful blog you’ve always wanted to
  4. Remind yourself that things get better
  5. TAKE IT EASY ON THE BOOZE
  6. Avoid negative people
  7. Get a planner to use instead of your phone calendar
  8. Listen to your favorite songs in acoustic versions
  9. Clean your Email inbox
  10. Delete anyone from Facebook that gives you bad vibes
  11. Give yourself an honest compliment in the mirror
  12. Watch your favorite TV show from the 90’s
  13. Try a deep breathing exercise
  14. Rest your legs up against the wall for a few minutes
  15. Spend an entire Saturday lost in a game of ‘SIMS’
  16. Sign up for a ‘Survey’ website to start making side cash
  17. Take a ‘mental health’ day
  18. Make a BIG mug of your favorite tea
  19. Set new goals that you can aspire to
  20. Relax in a hot tub, steam room, or [dry] sauna
  21. Spend time absorbing natural sunlight
  22. Overcome your resistance to try online dating
  23. Learn how to celebrate other peoples’ successes
  24. DRINK MORE WATER
  25. Start picking out your outfit the night before
  26. Listen to an uplifting podcast
  27. Eat a slice of cake – guilt free
  28. QUESTION EVERYTHING
  29. Start using coupons & saving money
  30. Train, prepare, and run in a marathon
  31. DON’T OVERTHINK
  32. Have a meaningful conversation with someone
  33. Buy an ‘adult’ coloring book and brand new pencil crayons
  34. Find a way to forgive yourself
  35. Light a good smelling candle
  36. Find a loved one, stranger, or therapist, to vent to
  37. ^ if there is no one, FIND a way to vent
  38. Have an opinion about things going on in the world
  39. Drive to a country road and spend your night stargazing
  40. Write a new blog post
  41. Learn more about the political party you stand behind
  42. Drive to a new town and spend the day exploring
  43. Support an artist you love on Etsy by making a purchase
  44. Write a letter to someone and don’t send it
  45. Make a move (or initiate) to talk to the person you like
  46. Drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning
  47. Flip through an uplifting book, like The Book of Awesome
  48. Always ask questions; no matter how stupid they may seem
  49. Learn how to make a beautiful, unique cheese platter
  50. Buy a lottery ticket and test your luck! *fingers crossed*
  51. Go to a discount store or SALE rack and find a good bargain
  52. Focus on one day at a time
  53. PICK YOUR BATTLES
  54. Create your dream home on Pinterest
  55. Spend time with people who make you happy
  56. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it
  57. Read a book that challenges the way you think
  58. Start waking up a 1/2 hour earlier
  59. DON’T FILL UP ON BREAD
  60. Add a “feel good playlist” to your phone or iPod
  61. Commit to your personal growth
  62. Don’t lose your cool – especially at work
  63. Write a poem about your feelings
  64. Refresh your phone with a new case and background
  65. GO GREEN!
  66. Find a way to voice your opinion on a topic you feel strongly about
  67. Find a local bakery and get a freshly baked baguette
  68. If you’ve made your point – stop talking
  69. Listen to a sad song a cry freely, when needed
  70. Buy a Polaroid camera and capture life from a different perspective
  71. Throw out every tangible item that makes you unhappy
  72. Treat everyone how you want to be treated
  73. TAKE CHANCES
  74. Turn your artwork into products, and products into money, on Redbubble
  75. Start to give sincere compliments to others
  76. Splurge on a high-quality facial cream
  77. Clean your apartment and THROW THINGS OUT!
  78. Listen to an old song that you haven’t heard in years
  79. Find a fun and creative way to organize and budget your money
  80. Create a new cocktail with the ingredients you have at home
  81. Make a physical scrapbook of your favorite memories
  82. Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  83. Turn off your alarm and SLEEP IN!
  84. Learn about another culture
  85. Reconnect with someone who you’ve lost touch with
  86. Become a volunteer at an animal shelter
  87. Return all of the things you’ve borrowed over the years
  88. Start to address your emotions instead of ignoring them
  89. Handmake the next Birthday card you need
  90. Write a letter to your future self
  91. Lay in bed amongst freshly washed sheets
  92. Get a plant for your apartment
  93. See how long you can go without complaining
  94. Learn how to revamp your most unattractive piece of furniture
  95. Watch inspirational TED talks on YouTube
  96. Blow bubbles from your apartment balcony
  97. Learn how to be okay with being alone
  98. Create a ‘meditation’ or quiet spot in your house
  99. AGREE TO DISAGREE
  100. Make your own list of things that make you happy!

BEING Young & Twenty • Nicole

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Age • 17

I’m 17 – but I’ve been young & twenty for the last 5 years.
You may be thinking, “wow, is she bad at math!”

Which I am.

But I’m being serious.

When I was 12 years old, my mom was in a seriously car accident which left her with debilitating medical conditions, and me with a whole bunch of responsibility. At the young age of 12, I was forced to grow up too fast.

“You’re old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, but still young enough to be forgiven for doing wrong on purpose.”

I like to define myself (and my life) from the last few years as BEING Young & Twenty, because despite being forced to become an adult-like figure early on, there’s still a side of me that craves the youth I have been deprived of. To me –

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, but still young enough to be forgiven for doing wrong on purpose.

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re now an advocate, both for yourself and others, and you have to understand that responsibility isn’t to be taken lightly.

BEING Young & Twenty means that you’re starting to create a name for yourself, and boy it’s scary to think that whatever name you make now, you carry for the rest of your life.

“At the young age of 12, I was forced to grow up too fast.”

BEING Young & Twenty means that making mistakes over and over, but knowing one day you’ll look back and seem them as stepping stones and lessons learned.

BEING Young & Twenty means stepping out of your comfort zone, and fearlessly creating the life you want to live, no matter what anyone else has to say about it. Not yet 20, I don’t know how it feels to be “young and twenty”, but I can say that I can’t wait to finally get there!

 


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Recommendation • Wreck This Journal

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Wreck This Journal is an interactive-craft-book intended for tidy destruction. It’s been a popular, trending book for many years now so you’ve likely heard of it – if not already done one yourself. As we live, we accumulate pressure, stress, responsibilities and the temptation to ruin the perfect image we’re forced to carry. Wreck This Journal is the perfect way to redirect your anger and boredom, as well as help you to find perfection in imperfection.

Have you ever used a ‘Wreck My Journal’! How did it go?

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Wreck This Journal is also the perfect way to push your creativity. You can find a way to release your stress and anxiety through your hidden creativity as you’re being asked and challenged to do things you (probably) wouldn’t otherwise do.

By the end of your Wreck This Journal, maybe you’ll have learned to found peace in a not-so-peaceful world. Keep in mind – this book is a part of a series so there are MANY books to destroy after this one!

“This book encourages journalers to engage in “destructive” acts – poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more – in order to experience the true creative process.”

There are many ways to turn your Wreck This Journal into a fun process. You can finish your book alone. Follow along with popular YouTuber’s [i.e. graveyardgirl]. Invite your friends to follow along. Make it a family project or give it as a gift.

It’s important to remember to be sensible and remove all breakable things before you tie a rope around the binding of your book and swing it around your room.

This is an actual direction!

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BEING Young & Twenty • Olivia

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Age • 24

The greatest thing about being in your 20’s is having your whole life in front of you! You’re old enough to start your independent journey, but still young enough to redirect if you get a little lost along the way.

“We are not ready for the picket fence and children – there is nothing wrong with this choice – we simply are not ready.”

I am recently married, which is awesome because I get to be with my favorite person every day. It also comes with all the traditional questions:

“When are you going to settle down and buy a house?”

“When are you going to start having children and how many?”

My answer – “Not anytime soon!”

“My advice to all other twenty-somethings – do not compare where you are in life to others.”

Instead, we’re saying farewell to the Nebraska heartland, selling our belongings and moving more than 3,500 miles away to Honolulu, Hawaii. We did line up jobs before making this exciting leap, so this isn’t a 100% fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants decision.

“You are old enough to start your independent journey, but still young enough to redirect if you get a little lost along the way.”

What it is – taking our life into our own hands. We are not ready for the picket fence and children – there is nothing wrong with this choice – we simply are not ready. What we are ready for: adventure, traveling, enjoying each other and the slightly unknown.

My advice to all other twenty-somethings – do not compare where you are in life to others.

Not married yet? Great!

Want to be a puppy parent? Sounds fun and adorable.

Want to move across the country? Start packing!

Want to build an empire by 30? Do it!

Want to raise a beautiful family? Enjoy it! I hear they grow up fast.

Enjoy life! You’re twenty, so it’s the best time to start your journey.


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Brush Off Dirt Like It’s Sand

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Sometimes we’re scared of hugging; in fear of them holding too tight. Sometimes we’re scared to pick someone up; in fear of them pulling us down. Sometimes we’re scared to save someone’s life; in fear we’ll forfeit our own – and sometimes we’re scared to share the lessons we learned; in fear of retracing our path.

“Too often – the people who have seen the dark – choose to leave their problems there.”

That’s why too often – the people who have seen the dark – choose to leave their problems there. But, here’s to the ones who brush off mud like it’s sand.  The ones who refuse to leave their story of survival in the dark.

The ones who refuse to let their tragedy – stop them from telling their tale.

You don’t have to write a novel, fill a gallery or direct a play to tell your story. Your story is the cuts beneath your skin, the bags below your eyes, and the dirt beneath your nails. Find a way that works. Find a way to tell your tragedy. To inspire the ones on the same path.


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BEING Young & Twenty • Stephanie

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Age • 23

BEING Young & Twenty means living a life that is completely different than it was a year ago. Graduating from college, moving to a new city, getting a “real” full-time job, and learning to balance ALL of that with your personal life – it can be stressful.

“You can start to realize that all of these things – although scary, are what makes life so amazing.”

But if you have the right mindset, you can start to realize that all of these things – although scary, are what makes life so amazing.

I’m in the prime of my life. One of the major stepping stones that will define where my path will go. It’s incredible, and I’m ready to take the plunge. I just can’t forget to believe in myself and not be afraid to ask for help, and support along the way.


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BEING Young & Twenty • Leah

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screenshot-2016-06-27-17-50-54Age • 18

At this stage in my life,
I’m still transitioning into adulthood.

I just graduated and I’m going to be starting college soon. I’m going to be entering a college that’s 100’s of miles away from my home.

“I no longer have to be the person that I’ve been for the last 18 years.”

This means I’m going to be on my own for the most part. Making my own decisions and paving my own path. This is both daunting and exciting.

Daunting – because I don’t know how to adult! I don’t know how to order my own contacts and schedule my own appointments. But, it’s exciting. I’ll have so much more independence and freedom in my choices.

BEING Young & Twenty, and going to college, allows me to enter a period of discovery. I no longer have to be the person that I’ve been for the last 18 years.

“This is a time of experimentation, where I can try new things and discover new passions.”

I’ll learn to make my own choices; of who I want to be, the experiences I want to have, and the people I want to learn from. This is a time of experimentation, where I can try new things and discover new passions.

It’s a time that will challenge me, but shape me into a better person. I can’t wait to see what these next few years have in store; but let me tell you, I will enjoy BEING Young & Twenty!


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How To Make Money On SwagBucks [INCLUDING MY PERSONAL TIPS]

SwagBucks is a very cool way to earn extra side cash (well technically, gift cards).

Don’t let the idea of doing tedious, time-consuming surveys turn you off.  You can earn SB’s (swag bucks) without doing a single survey. This is legitimate. In fact, it’s claimed to be the web’s premier rewards site with over 15 million users. I can vouch for SwagBucks with confidence due to doing A LOT of my own research and trial-and-error with other websites.

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I was also impressed to see that I was eligible for a $3 Amazon Gift Card [the lowest cash out] within my 1st day. (Hint: When you get an Amazon gift card, apply it to your account instantly and it should be in your cart until you’re ready to use it).

“SwagBucks has proven to be the most legitimate ‘survey-for-gift-cards’ website.”


SwagBucks is so popular because of the many ways to earn SB’s. You can do quick daily polls, deal finds, print and use coupons, shop online, search the web using the SwagBucks search bar, watch videos, etc. By the end of the month your SB’s will have gradually added up and you can cash out, or keep saving for the gift card you really want!

Want To Know More About SwagBucks?
Check out this quick video!

Some people have actually crafted a way to make SwagBucks a part of their monthly income, bringing in $600 – $1,000+ a month. (HINT: The trick to making actual money on SwagBucks is to understand that it’s about gradual growth)

Don’t overlook the chance to earn 1 SB. It all adds up in the end!

While SwagBucks won’t send you a cheque, or deposit money directly into your account, SB’s can be redeemed for 100’s of different gift cards. This includes Amazon, PayPal, iTunes, Starbucks, Sephora, Old Navy, etc. (HINT: I redeem my SB’s for PayPal gift cards as that’s money you can deposit into your bank account.)

How To Sign Up

  • Go to SwagBucks and enter your email address (or sign in with Facebook).
  • After creating your account you can start earning SB’s instantly!
  • Fill out your profile, install the ‘SwagButton’ browser extension, make SwagBucks your default search engine, and answer the daily poll.

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Ways You Can Earn Swagbucks

  • Shop Online
  • Search the Internet
  • Complete Surveys
  • Watch Videos
  • Print + Use Coupons
  • Install the ‘Swag Button’
  • Look Out for ‘Swag Codes’
  • Use The Referral Program
  • Complete the ‘Daily To-Do List’
  • Listen To The Radio
  • Use The ‘SwagBucks’ App
  • Convert your Bing Rewards into SB’s
  • Watch Television
  • Fill out Special Offers
  • Play Online Games

5 Ways I Love To Earn Swag Bucks

1. Online Shopping

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SwagBucks also acts as a rebate site.

You’ll receive SB’s for shopping online. I’ve specifically received SB’s for shopping on Amazon and Garage Clothing. If you’re making a purchase online anyways, you may as well earn a little back for your purchase. Unlike most affiliate websites, SwagBucks shares a portion of the commission with you.

(HINT: Download the SwagBucks ‘browser button’ and be notified when you’re online at a store with SB cash back options).

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2. Search Bar

Screenshot 2016-08-09 11.40.18I use the SwagBucks ‘search bar’ (powered by YAHOO!) instead of Google.

Some people don’t like the idea of their searches being tracked and monitored but, Google’s doing it anyways, so you may as well get paid! Typically you’ll get 4-10 points for a random search, but I’ve also been lucky and got 180 points once. (HINT: You can earn up to $15/month by searching the Internet with SwagBucks).

This is one of the most used features of SwagBucks as it’s a set-and-forget feature.

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3. Daily To-Do List

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You may brush off the idea of earning 1SB – but the trick is to appreciate every-single-swag buck. Take the ‘Daily Poll’ flip through the ‘Deal of the Day’, and complete everything on your Daily To-Do List. It only takes a few minutes. Just incorporate SwagBucks into your morning routine. You won’t even notice your points adding up!

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4. Watch Videos

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I love earning SwagBucks through watching videos.

While they’re not your typical YouTube video, you can probably find a Playlist of some interest to you. You can earn up to 150 Swag Bucks per day just by watching videos.

(HINT: Turn off the sound on your computer, open a new tab, and keep the videos playing in the background while you work). You can either watch videos online or by downloading a few SwagBucks apps to your phone and/or tablet.

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5. Print Coupons

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It’s so simple!

Earn SB’s and money back on your standard grocery store products. Printing and using 45 coupons a month will give you a $5.00 gift card back – per month. That’s not bad! Simply enter your postal code and you’ll be shown the coupons relevant to your location.

(HINT: Follow SwagBucks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They’re constantly releasing ‘Swag Codes’ which you can claim for 5-10SB’s).

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Conclusion

SwagBucks is perfect for people who blog or who spend time or the Internet.

Whether it’s playing a playlist of videos in the background, or filling out a few surveys while watching TV, the reward is there and promised. If you don’t like the ways I’ve mentioned in this post, there are MANY more ways to earn Swag Bucks.

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(HINT: Get your friends and family to join SwagBucks and you will earn 10% of the SB’s they make – for life! Simply click “Refer Friends” on the top toolbar. For example: If your friend earns 500SB, you will receive 50SB).

Cashing out is a simple process but I recommend cashing out sooner than later.

You never know what could happen or what glitch could take your hard-earned SB’s away. That doesn’t mean you can’t still accumulate your gift cards. In fact – if you sign up for SwagBucks today, you could probably pay off all of your Christmas gifts this year.

Try Swagbucks For Yourself!

Any further questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments!

BEING Young & Twenty • Megan

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Age • 25

BEING Young & Twenty, like every other age group, is to be misunderstood.

To feel the weight of expectation under the weight of helplessness. It’s to feel alone when you’re truly not. Young & Twenty is the fear of the unknown but, it’s also the freedom to do anything, everything, and whatever you damn well, please.

“It’s the age to envy. To see others succeed, to see others happy, and to pine for that life too.”

Don’t feel apologetic or ashamed. We live in the era of technology. Instant connection and instant gratification. We shape this world to our liking; share by share, like by like. To share a moment and to see that moment go viral.

“It is the age of discovery, the time of distraction, the fear of motivation, and the possibility to succeed.”

It’s the age to envy. To see others succeed, to see others happy, and to pine for that life too. It’s frustrating. It’s to feel so damn old while being so damn young. To forget we are young. To forget we are free. And to rediscover those truths again, and again, and again.

BEING Young & Twenty is the age of discovery, the time of distraction, the fear of motivation, and the possibility to succeed. It’s the time to remember.

You are not alone; You are alive.

You are not mediocre; You are motivated.

You are loved.

You are free.

You are Young.

You are Twenty.


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Recommendation • Bluehost

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By no means is starting a self-hosted blog as difficult as it seems. As long as you keep your vision humble and take blogging as a learning experience, you can build a successful [even profitable] blog with no more than a computer and an Internet connection.

  • Download the WordPress Apps to your phone so you can blog on the go!

Want To Know More About Web Hosting?
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I’ve always hosted Young & Twenty on Bluehost – hence why it’s where I recommend you start your journey. In addition to this post, I created [this page] to teach you how to start a blog in LESS than 10 minutes through Bluehost’s one-click WordPress install.

There are TWO ways to host and operate a blog:

  1. Host it on a web-based platform such as Blogger or WordPress.com
  2. Run it on a self-hosted platform (buying a domain and web hosting service)

To start a self-hosted blog, you need TWO things:

  1. A web hosting account (Bluehost) to store your blog content
  2. A domain name – the “www.” address of your blog

Blogging Tools I Use8 Reasons Why I Blog With Bluehost

There are many hosting services but, based on my experiences and Bluehost’s earned credibility, they’re by far, my favourite option. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • It’s a large and well-known company.
  • Bluehost offers amazing 24/7 support to their through email, live chat or phone. I’ve had many, many conversations with their support team via chat.
  • It’s an extremely easy to use web-hosting site.
  • Fast page load times.
  • You can host multiple domains on your account (up to 100 WordPress sites)
  • In the multiple years, I’ve hosted with Bluehost – their site has yet to be down.
  • You can get a refund any unused months if you happen to change your mind; meaning there’s no risk to choosing a longer plan.

Have any further questions about Bluehost, WordPress or self-hosting? Hire me for my [blog mentor services] or send an email for more help: jennifer@youngantwenty.com.

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