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Copyright © 2015 by Dodinsky Cover and internal design © 2015 by Sourcebooks, Inc. Cover and internal illustrations by Ignacio G. Art direction by Brittany Vibbert/Sourcebooks Sourcebooks and the colophon are registered trademarks of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems—­except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews—­without permission in writing from its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc. This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. —­From a Declaration of Principles Jointly Adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations All brand names and product names used in this book are trademarks, registered trademarks, or trade names of their respective holders. Sourcebooks, Inc., is not associated with any product or vendor in this book. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois 60567-­4410 (630) 961-­3900 Fax: (630) 961-­2168 www.sourcebooks.com Printed and bound in China. LEO 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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Dear Readers, When life is tough and seems overwhelming, it is my ardent hope that the simple reminders in this book will help center your thoughts and lift up your spirit. always remember:

“The magnitude of your life is proportional to the magnitude of your thoughts.” -—

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No matter how much negativity is thrown at YOU by others, there is no need for you to stay and partake in the decay they have chosen for their own lives.

s. decide ho w yo oul g row YOU ur s

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Happy people don’t go through life collecting and seeking recognition. They go through life giving it away.

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Sometimes life’s DISTRACTIONS will lead you away from the real journey. Broken DREAMS, broken relat ionships… and you mistakenly think that you are broken too. If you’ve strayed too far, it only takes a few steps to bring yourself back home.

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You will find that you are still as complete as the day you were born. Never broken, just distracted.Â

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The heart has room for many opinions, but you don’t need to entertain all of them. Some thoughts can be harmful to your happiness if you hold on to them for too long.

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To live fully, you must practice kindness. You have to breathe it in and then breathe it out .

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You get

angry.

You get

stressed.

You

worry.

But never let these feelings consume your life. You owe it to yourself not to burden your soul with sorrows. You have to leave the past behind and STRIVE TOWARD HAPPINESS.

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There are times when you must cross a bridge, and there are times when you must burn it. But keep building ONE and never lose faith in life.

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If you are unsure of your purpose, fill your days with moments that bring joy to your life, even the silliest or smallest of things.

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When you feed your heart with things that delight you, they will illuminate your path to HAPPINESS.

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Everyone you meet brings il l uminat ion to your life—even those who have caused you pain.

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That message is harder to find when you are hurting, but once you discover the lesson behind the pain, it might just be the most brilliant light you need to brighten the rest of your journey.

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If you are in despair, BELIEVE that there is always a better place, a better time, and a better person for you. Always have faith that something BETTER awaits you.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO CREATE A BOOK: A huge THANK YOU goes to my editor Dana, for perfecting the thoughts in this book, and to my illustrator Ignacio, whose artworks breathe life into them. My deep appreciation to the miraculous art department of Sourcebooks—Helen, Kelly, and especially Brittany—for helping me achieve my vision for this book. To the “village folks” in my life (Arthur Galindo, Carolyn, Wendy, and Shana), know that I am truly blessed and inspired by the amount of faith you have in me.

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Dodinsky takes his readers on a journey to the garden of happiness. Within this garden, Dodinsky gives his readers the wisdom and support to...