How To Live A Life That’s Aligned With Your True Self, According To 86 Experts

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Are you being authentic to your true self?

Discovering how to be your true self — your authentic self — is a journey that everyone must take in order to find their happiness in life.

Authenticity can be more complicated than it should be, however — so how can you be true to yourself and find your purpose? After all, if we could all just live our truth without struggling, no one would ever be unhappy, would they?

Learning to love yourself and be true to your hopes and dreams is something many people struggle with, but truly authentic living is a process that, thankfully, everyone can undergo.

You can achieve happiness. You can get through the difficult parts in life without putting aside the things that are meaningful and important to you, like your hopes and dreams.

The path to authentic living starts with a choice. And if you’re ready to make that choice and embrace your truth, then luckily for you, we’ve gathered advice from 85 Experts in love and relationships to guide you on your way!

Never give up on the things you’re passionate about. Never surrender to something that doesn’t seem right in life just because it will make someone else happy. Being true to yourself and living an authentic life is a big decision; but one that you will never look back on as being a bad choice.

So, if you’re ready to start following your passion, here are 86 tips from Experts on how to embrace authentic living by being your true self:

1. Determine what being true to you means

“In order to live a life that is aligned with your true self one has the duty to put in the effort to recognize what being true to yourself means. We do not find the true self in others, for most people this is the fear that hinders the process of self-actualization.”

Hayley Rayner is an LPC-s who works with couples.

2. Do what you say you’re going to do

“Congruency and consistency are key. Do you best every day to be 100 percent certain your words align with your actions. When we don’t do what we say we’re going to do — for ourselves and others — we derail our credibility with both, resulting in lost confidence and missed connections.”

Erika Isler is a life, career, and family coach.

3. Your true self is

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15 Happiness Quotes That Will Make Them Fall For You All Over Again

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A smile is the most attractive thing you can wear.

Love — it makes us smile, it makes us giggle and it makes us rejoice in the little moments we share together. Doing something simple as sharing sweet love quotes with your special someone has the power to make them feel happy like nothing else can.

In other words, love creates happiness in us as human beings.

But how much does love help, or how much does a lack of love hinder, our happiness?

Researchers working on Harvard’s famous Grant Study have now spent more than 80 years trying to answer that exact question.

George E. Vaillant, the psychiatrist who led the study for more than 40 years, summed it up as follows: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: Happiness is love. Full stop.”

As Vaillant puts it, there are two pillars of happiness: “One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

All of which is to say that scientific research proves what we’ve suspected all along: Love is key to leading a happy and fulfilling life.

You can have a successful career, make an impressive income and be in top physical health, but without supportive relationships to help you overcome life’s obstacles and celebrate life’s every day moments, you won’t find the happiness you seek.

You can nurture the love in your life by sharing some uplifting sayings about the power of love and happiness with the person or people who mean the most to you.

Here are the 15 best quotes about love and happiness guaranteed to help you say “I love you” — and make you both smile.

1. Love is only one of the many reasons to be happy

“There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.” — Unknown

2. Love is power

“The real power of a man is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him.” — Unknown

3. We all deserve love that lasts a lifetime

“You, of all people deserve a happy ending.” — Sylvain Reynard

4. Love means acceptance

“The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.” — Unknown

5. True love is a story that has no ending

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25 Powerful Life Quotes About Being Happy That Will Cheer You Up When You’re Depressed

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Cheer up, buttercup!

Jayme Illien had the right idea when he founded the International Day of Happiness — a day meant to “inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.”

Set to promote and celebrate common humanity, International Happiness Day has a different theme every year. This year’s theme in March was “happier together”. The goal of the theme is to focus on what brings people together instead of what divides them.

Happiness is something that brings people across the world together. You don’t have to know a person to be happy for their successes.

There is something about seeing someone else happy that makes you happy, even if it’s only for a brief moment.  That happiness even sometimes inspires you to create happiness for yourself. It is contagious. But it can be hard to stay happy all the time or remember that we have something to be happy about at all times.

This is especially true when we fall on hard times. We tend to focus on everything that is going wrong instead of everything we have to be thankful for.

While it would be great to think about the world this way all the time, negative thoughts are powerful. They make it even harder to snap out of a funk. That is why sometimes we need a little kick start to help cheer us up.

Life quotes about being happy can be that kick start since they point our hearts and minds in the right direction when we need it most. Happy quotes help us realize that we can still find life in the darkness and that we can and will persevere through the hard times.

So, if your spirits have been a little down and you could use a little help lifting up, here are 25 happy quotes to cheer you up, encourage you to do what makes you happy, and teach you to learn to be happy with what you have.


1. In due time.

“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”Unknown

2. Do what makes you happy.

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”

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20 Happiness Quotes For When You’re Feeling Lost And Depressed

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The future is bright.

Sometimes, life sucks. We all get that way; that heavy feeling in your gut where you’re just not happy. Maybe there’s nothing that’s even making you unhappy, you’re just in a rut that you can’t seem to get out of.

You reminisce about the times when you felt happiest, wishing you could just go back to being that carefree girl when the world was SO much bigger.

Then life happens.

And you get sucked into daily routines and the same lunch every day and life just feels bland. You want to quit your job or leave your deadbeat relationship or follow your secret passion no one knows about, but you just feel lost.

What’s the point? Happiness is sometimes the hardest thing to obtain in our lives, even though it’s always all around us.

In our friends, our passions, our relationships; happiness is SO close, yet so far away. So why is it that it seems we get so lost in life, happiness is unattainable? Distractions, stress, anxiety, failing; these are the things that hold us back and keep us from reaching our full potential for happiness.

We run from the things we truly want to do, because we fear that failing will feel worse than having never tried, which is SO not true.


Fail. Fail a million times, because then at least you tried, and at least you were doing something you LOVE. Leave your crappy relationship, because you’re wasting time you could be spending with someone who makes you HAPPY.

Sure, responsibilities exist and you’ve got to think realistically, but does that mean you have to feel miserable in your life? No. Find the things that make you happy.

If you’re stuck in a job you hate, but you have to stay (even just for a little), start doing things after work that make you look forward to waking up.

Work out, make art, start a blog (or read some inspiring quotes)! Do what makes YOU happy, because you can’t run from yourself. Life can feel like a never-ending maze, and honestly, no one has it all figured out yet.


So don’t take your days for granted, enjoy not knowing, be happy with the unknown, and find something to smile about EVERY DAY.

This is just the beginning, and we’ve got the inspiration to kick you off into the start of your journey to …

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