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Do you pursue happiness instead of giving it the chance to find you? Many people imagine they need to seek joy, pounce on it, and hold it tightly. Realistically, though, you can’t hunt for happiness; it’s the result of positive thoughts and accepting the flow of life. Don’t chase a blissful existence, and you just might have one. Let’s look at why striving for happiness won’t make you happy.

Trying too hard thwarts your efforts

When you attempt to capture happiness, you’re forced to look at unhappiness. You have to conclude joy’s inadequate before you seek more. Once you recognize you lack bliss, the journey begins. You strap on your rifle and head into the wilds to bag your trophy.

You judge your thoughts and behavior, trying to get rid of negativity, but your prize is elusive. As you focus on obliterating challenges, the natural flow of life stops. You no longer observe incidents that support happiness, and you miss wonder and spontaneity.

Acceptance of life’s ups and downs makes you happier

No matter how hard you try to make every moment joyful, you won’t succeed. Life is full of contrasts, which means you will meet highs and lows. Embracing impermanence and unpredictability puts your mind at rest; you recognize you don’t need to waste energy trying to control events.

Once you accept you’ll sometimes be happy and at others sad, you won’t think the downs of life suggest failure. Instead, you can see adversity as normal, and even helpful if you delve deep. After all, challenges assist growth, and the wiser you are, the easier it is to be happy.

How positive thinking brings happiness

Happiness-seekers often reason positive thoughts must be uplifting. It’s helpful to focus on ideas that inspire, but positive thoughts aren’t always Pollyanna-like, they are constructive. When you face hard times, it won’t help to believe everything’s superb. Useful ideas, though, bring solutions, and improvements increase confidence.

Chasing happiness is like running after prey instead of waiting for it to appear. The more you hound your quarry, the faster it runs away. Sit tight, accept the natural rhythm of life, and aim to think constructively. Don’t try to find happiness, it will come to you.

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How To Make The Perfect DIY Foot Salve For Cracked Heels

Among all the downsides of cold weather, dry feet have got to be one of the worst. Not only are dry feet uncomfortable, but they can also actually be harmful over time, leading to cracked heels, redness, irritation, and – if you’re really unlucky – actual wounds.

Once your feet are already in that state, it’ll take a while to get them back to feeling like a baby’s bottom… or close enough. But it’s completely doable! And a foot salve is indispensable to getting there. With daily use, foot salves and balms will not only bring the moisture back to your feet, but they’ll also soothe redness and inflammation as well as protect them from further damage.

And if your feet aren’t ridiculously dry yet? Don’t wait until they are to take action. It’s better to keep your feet moisturized and, yes, a bit pampered on a regular basis rather than try to rescue them after they’ve already turned into sandpaper.

A yummy-smelling, super-soft foot salve can give you that extra boost of motivation to actually take good care of your feet this winter. Even better? You can make a great foot salve yourself at home, without any fussy ingredients.

This DIY foot salve will keep your feet smooth and soft all winter long.

Ingredients*:

Makes 1/2 cup.

1/4 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1/2 oz beeswax, grated (optional)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil

*The ingredients for this recipe are very easy to customize – you can use what you have at home. You can swap the shea butter for cocoa butter, swap the sweet almond oil for olive oil or jojoba oil, or swap the vanilla essential oil with your favorite scent. All of these butters and oils are ultra-moisturizing, so use what works for you!

1. Combine the shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Stir until melted, then remove from heat.
3. Add essential oils, then stir to combine.
4. Pour mixture into a clean jar or container.
5. Let cool until solid.

To use, massage a small amount into your feet each night. Apply to cracked heels as needed. And as always, stay hydrated, gently exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone, and make your tootsies happier with a good massage.


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