Articles by Ten Broeck


Everyone wants to be happy and those who deny this very basic truth are liars. If you want to be happy here’s what you should do.

  1. Appreciate your life.

One of the best gifts you can ever receive is the gift of contentment. Once you are content with your life happiness follows suit. If along the way someone pricks your happy bubble don’t wallow in misery because the more you dig your nose in your problems the more miserable you become. And happiness will inevitably evade you. An unhappy person can still find contentment even at the midst of problems just by straightening up his perspective. Think of all the good things that are happening in your life. If you are married be thankful that you have a husband and a child who love you and who are looking after you. If you have a job but you’re tired be grateful that you have a stable source of income. If you have a house and a car be content that you are living a comfortable life. Happiness isn’t just about reaching dreams; happiness is all around you if you learn to pay attention.

  1. Understand that everyone has his/her fair share of bad days.

A bad day doesn’t equate to a bad life. Don’t let a bad day ruin what you’ve worked hard for. If you got a cold, give yourself a break from work. Don’t push it because if you force yourself you’re risking getting a poor […]

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A couple of years ago I made one of the most difficult and not to mention life-changing decisions in my life, I resolved to quit my job in order to pursue my passion in writing. I have to say it was exhilarating to be free from all the responsibilities of the corporate world and it was liberating to finally have the time to travel and not be slave to my cubicle. But with an income that did not as much come close to my usual salary, it was a rather painful adjustment.

You see, I was used to a stable source of income and every month I knew exactly how much I was getting every time I checked my bank account. The past years have been different. I have then started to wonder the secret to a better life. Ever since I tendered that resignation my heart thumps whenever I check my bank account because I know I wasn’t making enough. The writing business placed me in a precarious position in society and I was unsure of myself yet despite everything I had the slightest flicker of hope that soon enough everything will fall into place.

When I left my job I had high hopes that I could make it but just this year my bank account closed down and I had nothing. It was a strange and unfamiliar feeling to have no money and by that I meant no savings. I earned a little from my freelance writing job but […]

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We all make mistakes but it doesn’t mean we give ourselves permission to wallow in every reckless decision we’ve ever made in our lives. We can’t undo the past and we can’t go back and make things work but we can choose to start anew any day we want to rectify our wrongs. The problem with most of us is we can’t move forward because we’re unknowingly doing bad things and bad choices to ourselves. These things are the reasons that are holding us back from achieving ultimate happiness and self-fulfillment.

Here are some of the things you should stop doing to yourself so you can be happy and move on from your depressing past.

  1. Stop wasting your time on the wrong people

    Life is short to spend it on people who love to spread unhappiness to those around them. If you have friends who make fun of you, friends who don’t appreciate your worth and friends who don’t value you then those are not your real friends and you can do so much better. With millions of people in this world you are bound to find friends who are sincerely there for you, who cheer you on during your successes and who encourage you when you’re down. These are the people who make life worth living. If you find them, treasure them. Friendship isn’t about the number of years you’ve known each other; it’s about seeing that person for who he or she really is regardless […]

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We’ve all made mistakes in the past and most of it can be owed to the reckless choices we made. These are the choices we didn’t expect to backfire on us. Before you add more regrets in your life we’ve created a post that will underscore some of the most common decisions we’ve made together with those people that have negatively impact our lives at some point. In a way, this post will help give insight on how you should live your life with as little regrets as possible.

  1. Trying hard to impress others at your own expense.

As people-pleasers, we have the tendency to wear a façade just to please other people. However, when we focus all your attention on pleasing other people we forget about our needs. We become what other people wants us to be instead of what we truly want for ourselves. If we continue to practice this we lose sight of our value and we live our lives according to the expectations of other people. If you don’t want to live a life of regrets focus on yourself on how you can improve instead of fixing your eyes on people who don’t matter.

  1. Allowing other people to dream for you.

One of the biggest challenges in life is figuring out what you want and then deciding to be happy with it. But you can only do that if you formulate your own plans and goals. If you allow other people to dictate […]

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