Everyone has things that make them feel ashamed. In fact, there are things we feel ashamed of that we do each and every day. If you really want to take your life to the next level of consciousness and learn how to intentionally be involved with happy living, there are 12 things that you need to take note of. Being aware of these things can truly change your life and it can help you realize that you should not be ashamed of the things you do or the way that you feel. Continue reading to find out what you should express with pride as opposed to hiding in shame.

1. Taking personal time

There is nothing wrong with taking time for yourself. If you want to be healthy, both physically and mentally, it is absolutely essential. Do not ever allow yourself to feel shame for doing this.

2. Showing your emotions

When you show your emotions, it makes you more human. It also makes you more accessible to other people. No one wants to deal with the person that acts like a robot. You should not ever be ashamed of showing your emotions. You’re simply being true to yourself and letting others know exactly where they stand.

3. Friends and family

Sometimes people try to tell you who it is okay to spend time with and who you should avoid. Do not ever allow anyone to do this to you. You decide who you want to be with. Whether the relationship in question is romantic or not, you should always spend time with the people that you want to be with, regardless of other people’s views.

4. Your job

People take a lot of pride in their jobs. That’s great if you have a prestigious job, but if you don’t, people can often make you feel ashamed because of what you do for a living. The point is, you’re working and earning a living for yourself and your family. There should never be any shame involved with that.

5. Forgiving others

Even if someone has done something horrible to you, it is easier to forgive them and move on than it is to be angry all the time. The goal is to live a happy life and you simply can’t do that when you are always angry. Learning to forgive is much better for you and for those around you, so don’t let anyone shame you into refraining from doing it.

6. Having hope

Sometimes, people will tell you that you are silly for having hope that something will work out. You should never be ashamed of being hopeful. Sometimes, hope is virtually the only thing you have left to hold onto.

7. Being an optimist

When you are an optimist, people will undoubtedly tell you that you are naive or they will attach some other negative connotation to it. Don’t listen to all of those comments. When you expect a favorable outcome, that is usually what you get. By the same token, if you give in to negative comments and start to expect the worst, you can virtually count on that happening as well.

8. Being yourself

There is nothing wrong with marching to the beat of a different drummer. Sure, some people will make fun but even if someone else is laughing at you, the worst tragedy is giving in to the pressures of society and pretending to be someone you’re not.

9. Past choices

Everyone makes mistakes. If you are too ashamed of those mistakes to own up to them, you just might make them again. Worse yet, you might be able to help someone else by admitting that you have made mistakes in the past and showing them that it is possible to succeed and live a happy life even in the face of those errors.

10. Your body

People have the misconception that they have to have the perfect body or they should not be seen in public. This is absolutely absurd. Be proud of who you are and of the way your body looks. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you should be ashamed of anything.

11. The food you eat

Sometimes people will make rude comments about the food you eat. They may comment that you should refrain from eating dessert unless you are already a size two or that you should skip meals. If you are hungry, eat. Furthermore, eat the food that you want to eat. If someone is making you feel bad about it, tell them to mind their own business.

12. Trying your hardest

Anyone that makes you feel ashamed of trying your hardest, even in the face of insurmountable odds, should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. There should never be any shame in trying your best, even when you fully realize that the chances of success are very slim.

In closing, you should never be ashamed of anything about yourself. Even if it is a mistake, you should own it, learn from it and be proud of the person you have become as a result of it. By following these steps, you can learn to do exactly that and you can live a happier life in the process.

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