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Are You Listening To Fear Instead Of Intuition? These Are The Risks

The difference between fear and intuition is that one holds you back while the other one pushes you forward. Fear plays tricks on your mind and makes you resort to a fight or flight responses that could lead you to desperate situations and missed opportunities.

But, intuition doesn't always make sense. It's difficult to follow something that's not tangible, to act on a feeling rather than take the time to make sure it would actually serve you. Still, sometimes it's worth the risk. Here's how to tell which of the two is leading your life.

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You Make Decisions Based On Past Mistakes

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While it takes great wisdom to let the lessons from the mistakes of the past guide the better choices of the future, there is a difference between acting from experience and letting the past hold you back. When you make decisions based on the risk of repeating the same consequences, you risk holding yourself back from finding out if the lessons you learned are enough to lead to a different result.

You can make the same choice and receive different results based on how you make it. Let's say you moved once and it ended up being the wrong decision at the time, it doesn't mean that moving again will also be a bad experience when the life you are meant for could be waiting for you if you just took the risk again. The same thing happens every time you fall in love again.

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You Always Weigh Out The Cons

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It may seem like a good idea to prepare for the worst by thinking ahead of all the ways something could go wrong before it happens. However, that is also the best way to talk yourself out of almost anything. Guess what, there is always going to be a reason why you shouldn't. Maybe you shouldn't walk out the door today because you could maybe git hit by a car, but is that going to stop you? Sometimes, the pros should be reason enough to go through with choices.

Some of the best decisions are made on a whim or after taking big risks. Yes, there is the possibility of everything falling apart but with high risk comes high reward and you're never going to know which way it will go unless you actually try.

You Prefer Logic To Heart

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The heart is full of feelings, uncertainty, spontaneity, and intuition while the mind is full of rational thinking, justifications, calculations, preparation, and comfort. It's a lot easier to choose logic over heart when making decisions but the logical thing to do isn't always the right thing to do. Is it logical to go for the job you're passionate about instead of the desk cubicle that makes more money? Rationally no. But which one is going to actually lead you to a happier, more fulfilling life?

Even better, is anything about love logical? Is it logical to choose one human out of the millions out there and decide that's the person you give your most vulnerable self to? Not really, but it's one of the most rewarding experiences the heart can lead to.

You Keep Finding Yourself In The Same Cycles

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If you keep finding yourself living the same day over and over, or worse, ending up in the same toxic cycles time after time even when you've sworn off of them, then chances are you're far from aligning with your path. You're not allowing enough big changes to grow and guide yoursellf to your potential. The more you make scary decisions, the more you build yourself, the higher you vibrate, and the closer you get to your true purpose.

The only way to break the cycle is to take drastic enough action. Fear is only going to hold you back and let your whole life pass you only for you to wonder "what if' when it's already too late.

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Your Stress Has Physical Symptoms

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What's really interesting about strong emotional responses like fear and the stress it releases is that your body will often be aware of it before your mind could catch up. If you're coming from a place of fear you might start to feel physically uneasy and not be able to identify the source right away.

This feeling could make you feel like you're overly tired, overwhelmed and losing your grip. The more you allow the fear to dictate your life over your intuition, the more stress you put on the body because you're basically forcing it to act against its better judgement. Listen to your gut, and let it guide you instead.

You Take Minimal Risks

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This is the factor that it always comes down to. Some people go their whole lives forgetting that the only person responsible for their happiness and progression is them. Not their mom, or their partner, or patience. The other important thing to remember is that while timing is everything there is also never going to be "good enough" time. Risks need to be taken in order to see change.

The more time you spend overthinking, the fewer risks you take. Rather, then ask yourself what the worst thing is that could happen, find out for yourself, Because either the reward will be completely worth it. Or, if it doesn't pay off you'll bounce back. But at least, you won't be in the same place that you are now, forever.

You Haven't Felt Truly Happy In A While

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Happiness is actually really simple. It's just about creating it. Happiness isn't about how much money you have, how good of a job title you hold, how many kids you brought into the world, or who you married. Happiness is about the decisions you make every day, that you will take responsibility for choosing only what speaks to you. Every decision is a choice between happiness and resentment, no matter how scary the choice may seem.

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Uplifting

The World's Oldest Person Just Turned 119, But What's Fascinating Is How She Spends Her Days

The oldest person in the world just recently celebrated her 119th birthday in a nursing home in southwestern Japan. Now if you're picturing an immobile old lady who does nothing bt spend her days in bed, think again. This woman may be at the end of her days, but she is still full of life.

The way that she spends her every day should be an inspiration to all of us that we're never too old to put in the effort everyday to live it to the fullest. After all, what's the point in living if we don't actually feel alive? Here's how she does it.

She Has Watched The Whole World Change

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When you've lived almost a century and a quarter long, you're bound to probably feel like you're in your own science fiction movie by the end. The world has drastically changed over the years. When Kane Tanaka was born, in 1903 in Japan, life was much simpler. This was the same year that the Wright brothers powered their first flight. Kane grew up around her nine siblings before she married a rice shop owner when she turned 19 years old.

Since then she has lived through wonders including two world wars, two pandemics, the rise of technologies, and more life changes than we could possibly imagine.

Today, Her Routine Is Quite Unique

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​Just because she has lived a long and meaningful life, doesn't mean that she's done living each day to the fullest. What's really fascinating about Kane's long life is the way that she chooses to live every day.

It turns out that even at her nursing home, Kane wakes up every morning bright and early at 6 a.m. and spends part of her day studying mathematics. She keeps her mind sharp and alert by spending the day solving number puzzles and playing board games. She has gotten so good at this that in 2019, she became an expert in the game of Othello, a strategy board game, even beating the nursing home's younger staff.

She Has Broken New Records

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Kane is now part of the Guinness World Records and has been since turned 117 and became Japan's oldest living person. On her birthday, Guinness even tweeted her a happy birthday and shared a video of her from 2019, when she was officially given the title.

Unfortunately, while Kane has adapted to much of the modern world, she hasn't made it as far as setting her own Twitter account to reply. Nonetheless, everyone who saw the tweet was inspired by her will to live as well as the way she chooses to live.

She's Got The Right Attitude

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Tanaka sounds like a delightful woman who emits all kinds of positive vibes. Her personality exceeds her intelligence and love for math because just like the average person, Tanaka also shares a strong love for fizzy drinks and chocolate. In fact, when she was gifted a box of chocolates during her Guinness ceremony, someone asked her how many chocolates she wanted to eat, she replied, "100." And why shouldn't she? When you've lived that long there is no reason not to indulge and maximize life's little pleasures.

Tanaka carried the same attitude when she was crowned Japan's oldest person at 117 and celebrated with a coke. Tanaka's positivity is radiant and comes across in all her gestures. When she was sent flowers on Respect for the Aged Day, she expressed her gratitude by making a peace sign.

Maybe Chocolate Is The Key

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Tanaka has another three years to go until she breaks the all-time record for the oldest person that has lived, which right now is held by Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who lived to 122 years. Currently, she holds the record for the world's oldest currently living person since Jeanne has since passed.

What's interesting about these two women is their love for their chocolate. They say that Jeanne ate two pounds of chocolate a week! Could chocolate be the new fountain of youth? The answer is probably in how these two women carried themselves in their youth and the way they're able to see the good in the everyday. However, Japan is known to hold one of the longevity rates in the world which have increased significantly in the last 60 years.

How Much Longer Do You Have left?

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​No matter how old or young you are in this moment, you are still alive for a reason. Make every moment count, have no regrets. Live every day to the fullest and find within it a reason to be happy. If you're still looking for a purpose, take a quick zodiac reading here to find out what your universe has to say about you right now.

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