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Independence, joy and happiness are common goals among people. Relationship problems, financial troubles, health issues and even rising gas prices can create an out of balance life. Control is an illusion that so many of us think we have but as we grip the things we want to keep they still slip through our fingers.

Take a look at your past; were there things that made it difficult to be happy? We want a close relationship with our partner but without the understanding of how that looks we try too hard and smother them. You can save your pennies from one day to the next but something usually comes along to wipe it out. True love is something that comes when you are not looking but for those wanting to get married and start a family how do you not look? Instead they do everything they can to find it.

Everyone wants to acheive their goals and to be happy without losing the things they desire the most. If holding on to them with a closed fist leads to their loss then we need to change our methods. Money and prestige doesn't lead to happiness, that should be obvious simply by glancing at the tabloids in the checkout line at the supermarket. By chaning the way you act and think you can achieve the happiness you long for.

Money often gets a bad wrap because many people place so much importance on it thinking it will buy them happiness. Studies have shown that people with plenty of money aren't necessarily happier than those with less money.

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa

Generally happy people have a common thread - they enjoy giving. You don't have to just give money either; it could your your time and talents or simply lending an ear to someone's problems.You will never have a hard time finding ways to give to others. Happiness comes from giving when you do it without expecting something in return.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. - Acts 20:35

Giving can be habit forming and it will help you relate to those that are less fortunate. Praciticing kindness every day makes you a loving person. Everyone is in a position in life where there is giving and taking. We all need to hear a compliment or see a warm smile from time to time. Don't refuse someone the joy of giving by not beign a gracious taker.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston S. Churchill

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