5 Mantras To Live By If You Want To Be Happier

I don't know about you but there's something about quotes that really inspire me. I find that if I put them up in places where I know I'll see them I tend to register them every day - almost without thinking!

So here are my five favourite quotes that will inspire you. Find pictures of them on Pinterest, print them out and pop them at your desk at work, next to your bed or as the wallpaper on your phone.

Life is a journey, not a destination

An oldie but a goodie. I love this quote and I have a cute little canvas print of it right next to my desk at work. Sometimes we get so caught up in hitting deadlines and going places that we forget life happens in the in-between. Next time you’re stressing about that huge project, focus more on the work you’re doing, see what you can learn from it. Or when you’re next traveling someplace, focus a little less on the destination and experience the journey more – literally!

Don’t call it a dream – call it a plan

It’s always fantastic to have those big dreams for your life. Okay, sometimes they’re a little bit unrealistic. But for those attainable dreams (buying a house/apartment, finding love, getting your dream job) it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning! Dreams can become reality as long as you take the first step to figuring out how to make them your reality.

The world is filled with nice people – if you can’t find one, be one!

Yes, it’s true. There are lots of lovely people in the world but sometimes it’s like you can’t find a single one! Finding yourself in an environment filled with dropkicks can be a little disheartening. But if you’re not able or willing to move out of that environment, being the kindest version of yourself you can be is the next best thing. Basically, you’ll be putting up a mirror to everyone else – and it might just encourage them to be a little kinder too.

You are what you’ll do, not what you say

Truer words never were spoken. It’s akin to “actions speak louder than words” and it’s a pretty big one. Talk is so cheap and it’s easy to say everything under the sun you know the person you’re talking to wants to hear. But to really mend a relationship or prove to your boss that you deserve that promotion or raise, you have to actually show it through your behavior and actions not just your verbal promises.

Dress like you’ve made something of yourself in this world, even if you haven’t

First impressions count. And try as hard as you want, people will never notice your supreme intellect before they notice your scuffed shoes, it’s just a fact of life. It would be great if we were all judged on our intangible qualities but we aren’t – we’re judged constantly on how we look. So, instead of looking down your nose at the shallower people in this world, work it to your advantage. Lay out your clothes the night before, wake up 10 minutes earlier to fix your hair and makeup. Even if your clothes are just high street pieces, ironing them and making sure they’re free of any lint goes a long way towards making you look better. And hey, if you really want designer without the price tag, get online at places like Vestiaire Collective (where I recently picked up a mint condition Burberry trench for $200 – not bad right?) or eBay where I found a pair of Stuart Weitzman velvet OTK boots at a fraction of the full price!