the cornerstones of a good life

The Cornerstones of a Good Life

At 818: Unlocking Your Life, we believe that happiness and fulfillment are the cornerstones of a good life.

Improving your mindset can help you achieve these states of being. Here are three steps to get started:

Step 1: Gratitude

Gratitude is the first step in improving your mindset. It involves acknowledging and appreciating the positive aspects of your life. By focusing on what you have instead of what you lack, you can cultivate a more positive and optimistic outlook. Here are some practical ways to practice gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal: Write down three things you’re grateful for each day.
  • Say “thank you” often: Express appreciation to others and the universe for what you have.
  • Use positive affirmations: Repeat phrases that affirm your gratitude and abundance, such as “I am grateful for all the blessings in my life.”

Research shows that gratitude can increase happiness and reduce stress. A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that writing letters of gratitude led to increased well-being and decreased symptoms of depression.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

Step 2: Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and improve your relationships with others. Here are some practical ways to practice mindfulness:

  • Meditate: Set aside time each day to sit quietly and focus on your breath.
  • Practice mindful eating: Pay attention to the taste, smell, and texture of your food.
  • Take a mindful walk: Notice your surroundings and how your body feels as you walk.

Research shows that mindfulness can improve well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that mindfulness-based stress reduction led to significant reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression.

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Step 3: Self-Compassion

Self-compassion involves treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. It involves recognizing that you are human and deserving of love and care, just like everyone else. By practicing self-compassion, you can reduce self-criticism and increase self-acceptance. Here are some practical ways to practice self-compassion:

  • Talk to yourself kindly: Use encouraging and supportive language when talking to yourself.
  • Treat yourself like a friend: Imagine what you would say to a friend who was struggling and offer yourself the same kindness.
  • Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and emotional needs, such as getting enough sleep and engaging in activities that bring you joy.

Research shows that self-compassion can improve well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that self-compassion led to greater life satisfaction and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield

In conclusion, improving your mindset is a powerful way to increase happiness and fulfillment in your life. By practicing gratitude, mindfulness, and self-compassion, you can cultivate a more positive and compassionate outlook. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself as you embark on this journey of self-discovery and growth.


At 818: Unlocking Your Life, we help proactive people thrive the SMART way. We give you the keys to a happy, healthy and wealthy mindset so you can free your time and live the life you always wanted. 818: Unlocking Your Life gives regular workshops, seminars, presentations, and courses to serve those who want to make a positive difference through positive action.

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