16 Things To Leave Behind This January If You Want To Have A Happier February

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Aaron Birch


Searching for problems and things to worry about simply because it’s what you’ve always done.


Staying up late for a reason that is not worth it.


Rushing yourself when you don’t even have anywhere you have to be yet.


Mindless newsfeed scrolling.


Stupid things you’ve done or said in the past that are totally irrelevant now but that you keep thinking about.


People who only talk about themselves.


Finding validation through other people’s approval.


Excuses for things you should have done but didn’t.


Negative self-talk.


Food that tastes good for two minutes but then makes you feel sick or lethargic for the rest of the day.


Not getting enough sleep.


Procrastinating on something that only stresses you out with each passing day that it doesn’t get done.


Assuming you deserve something just because you want it.


Putting yourself down every time someone says something nice about you.


Blaming other people in order to avoid thinking about your own necessary self-improvement.


Convincing yourself that someday you’ll be able to please everyone. TC mark

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This is me letting you go

If there’s one thing we all need to stop doing, it’s waiting around for someone else to show up and change our lives. Just be the person you’ve been waiting for.

At the end of the day, you have two choices in love – one is to accept someone just as they are and the other is to walk away.

We owe it to ourselves to live the greatest life that we’re capable of living, even if that means that we have to be alone for a very long time.

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