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How Divorced Parents Can Be Happier

When you divorced, was happiness your goal? If your life could use more joy, consider the 12 steps below. Many of them are based on research and they could help you rebuild your life, treasure who you are, and help you focus on what's truly important.

12 Ways Divorced Parents Can Feel Happier

  1. Set one positive goal at a time and stick with it for 21 days. This builds your “True Grit.”
  2. Create new memories by joining a social group that’s uplifting and fun.
  3. Develop a positive lifestyle that becomes your legacy.
  4. Find enjoyable ways to help others.
  5. Develop a smile from the heart and readily give it to others with a wish for their well-being. Do this at least 3 times a day.
  6. Make a gratitude list. Each evening or morning write down 3 things you’re thankful for from the events of the past day.
  7. Compose a hopeful list. Each morning write down 3 events you are looking forward to that day.
  8. Avoid negative thinkers and make friends with positive people.
  9. Clear out mind polluting thoughts. Replace them with the strong positive images, feelings, and ideas you want.
  10. Take simple risks that help you grow.
  11. Talk with someone you trust. Counselors with cognitive behavioral skills can be helpful.
  12. Strive to live a life of love and compassion for yourself and others.

Divorcing can be a painful process. How to move forward is unclear. Grief, guilt, and anger may grip your heart. If so, consider choosing number 11 to help you gain control of your life. Then pick out the easy steps and once you feel confident in them, move forward to the more challenging goals. You can feel happier.


As a divorced parent with children, naturally you're concerned about them. My kindle book, Character Building: Divorce Stories and Strategies to Help Your Child Heal will help you help them discuss their concerns. Each story has positive healing strategies they can practice. The healing strategies can help you too.

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