"Life does not require you to sacrifice or compromise your joy to get what you want. Joy is what you want, so when you choose in harmony with it, you are fulfilling your purpose in living." - Alan Cohen
2. Know that you can possibly change the lives of every single person that you encounter. You are more significant than you think!
"If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." - Fred Rogers
3. Quit looking over your shoulder. Smile at your own reflection. Just remember that people who only feel good because others aren't doing as well as they are - are some of the most unhappiest people on earth.
"Comparison and competition are meaningless to an awakened soul. The only goal of importance is your connection to your inner spirit and your willingness to live from it." - Alan Cohen
4. Give yourself permission to relax - and enjoy your life. It's okay to have fun. It's okay not to be too busy.
"If you were to take one week and calculate your percentage for time spent relaxing; what would your ratio be? Would you say you had a balanced life?" - Catherine Pulsifer
5. Surround yourself with people who make you bloom and glow. And yes, you're welcome to keep your distance with everyone else if you wish. After all, real life isn't a social networking website. It's not about how many people who 'Friend' or 'Follow' you. It's about how many people who really CARE.
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.