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How youth can find satisfaction in life

If you want to be satisfied, happy, content, and experience inner peace, it’s critical that you learn how to find your passion and life purpose.

How much satisfied are you with your life right now? How can you improve your life satisfaction? These questions often come to your mind, isn’t it? We generally think of happiness as either a matter of luck or circumstance. Some people are born with happy brains and others are blessed with relatively problem-free lives and loving families. Life satisfaction by nature is a subjective measure. By identifying, acknowledging, and honoring this purpose are perhaps most important action successful people take. Such people take the time to understand what they’re here to do – and then pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

You can also gain more satisfaction in life by:

Healthy living: Living a healthy lifestyle includes exercise, a proper diet, and avoidance of harmful exposures (as smoking) do more than improve your physical well-being. Living healthy will also affect greatly on your mental well-being.

Get educated: Meaning in life is derived through learning and understanding. Your education doesn’t have to stop once you get a job. Enroll in some distance education courses, take a certificate course from online learning portals, or learn on your own by reading.

Social support: While the source of social support for youth can differ—from friends to family, partners, coworkers, community groups, or health-care professionals—it’s typically the more close relationship, formed between partners or close friends, that have the greatest influence on improving life satisfaction.

Develop a hobby: It is what you make of it. The result will probably provide you feeling pretty satisfied. If you’re struggling to find a hobby, explore your net wide. In other words, experiment in as many different hobbies as you can until you find one that sticks.

Stay positive: Think positive, and the results will follow if you want to feel satisfied in life. Live in the now or present, be appreciative of what you have and stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on what you like about yourself or what you’re good at, and build on that.

Life satisfaction is the mental, total evaluation of life as a whole and one of the most well-established indicators of happiness, well-being, and positive working. We can all take charge of our own minds. But at least you should know that if you're not as happy as you'd like to be, no matter your circumstances, there are steps you can take to remodel your brain for increased well-being.

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The Five-Step Approach to Managing Anger

Do you get angry easily and wonder why? Have you felt like you just wake up angry?

Our responses to such situations decide who are and also how others see us. Our anger might be an outcome of different reasons. Some of it may be the because of the changes that your body is going through. We all know that hormones can cause mood swings and confused emotions. Or it may be due to stress. People who are under a lot of pressure tend to get angry easily. It might even be your personality, as you may be someone who feels your emotions intensely or tends to act impulsively or lose control. And part of it may be your role models. Maybe you've seen other people in your family getting really furious when they're mad.

No matter what pushes your triggers are, one thing is certain — you're sure to get angry sometimes. Everyone does. There is nothing bad about getting angry as it is a normal emotion. What matters is how we handle our anger and ourselves when we're mad.

The Five-Step Approach to Managing Anger

Here’s a problem-solving approach to manage your anger. Each step involves answering a few questions to yourself after weighing your choices.

Let's take this example: You are going out with your friends and your mom has just told you to clean your room or stay home. And now you’re really angry!

1) Identify the problem: Start by observing what you're angry about and why. Put into words what is it that is making you upset.

Ask yourself: Why am I angry? You can either do this quietly in your mind or out loud in words, but remember to keep it clear and specific.

2) Think of potential solutions before responding: This is where you stop for a minute to give yourself time to manage your anger. This is also where you think on how you might react — but without reacting yet.

Ask yourself: What can I do? Think of at least three things. For example, in this situation you might think:

(a) I could yell at Mom and throw a tantrum.

(b) I could clean my room and then ask if I could go then.

(c) I could sneak out anyway.

3) Consider the outcomes of each solution: Here you think about what is likely to happen after you react to each of the situations separately. 

Ask yourself: What will be the result for each one of the options? For example:

(a) Yelling at your mother will get you in more trouble, you might be even grounded.

(b) Cleaning your room takes work and you may get late (but maybe that adds to your mystique). With this option, you get to go with your friends and your room's clean so you don't have to worry about it for a while.

(c) Sneaking out may also be impractical as pretty unlikely that you would be away for hours and no one would notice. And don't even mention what will happen if you get caught.

4) Make a decision: This is where you take action by choosing one of the three things you could do. Take a deep look at the list and choose the one option that is most likely to be effective.

Ask yourself: What's my best choice? By the time you've thought it through, you're probably past yelling at your mom, and that sneaking out is too risky. So (a) and (c) are not the good options top consider. Option (b) though would be the best choice.

Once you choose, it's time to act on it.

5) Check your progress: After you've acted and the situation is over, spend some time thinking about how it went.

Ask yourself: How did I do? Did things work out as I expected? If not, why not? Am I satisfied with the choice I made? It's important to take a look on how things worked out after it's all over. As this will help you in learning about yourself and understand as to which problem-solving approaches works best for you in different situations.

if the solution you chose worked well, give yourself a pat on the back. Otherwise, go back through the above mentioned five steps and try to see why it didn't worked.

It is pretty simple to say about it when you're calm but much difficult to work through when you're angry. So keep practicing it.

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