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What is needed to have a Great Life

The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The ordinary objects of human endeavour -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.

- Albert Einstein 

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Extraordinary Results

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

A determined young soccer player doggedly pursues her target.

Three young athletes embrace in celebration.

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What is Needed to Enjoy Life

 Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

 Hans Christian Anderson

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True Friendship

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  

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How to Keep Everything You Love

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, and the things you never want to lose.

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How to Find What You are Looking For

We all are looking for things we want, but often do not find them very easily. I love being out in nature and often carry a camera with me to photograph beautiful images I discover. More than almost anything else I had hoped to get close enough to an American Bald Eagle to see one up-close in the wild. Until a few weeks ago, the closest I ever got was about 30 yards away, as I would see one perched in a tree or flying overhead. I almost always kept my eyes looking upwards when I was in an area that I knew was inhabited by eagles, but recently for some inexplicable reason I looked down instead and saw, less than 20 feet away, two magnificent Bald eagles relaxing under a shaded tree.

I learned from this experience that I had been blinded by my own expectations of how to find and get close to an eagle, and like most wonderful things I have received in life they were right under my nose. Now as I walk through the woods and fields I realize there is so much more going on around me that I am unaware of which I can see and experience if I change the way I’m looking.

Charly Mann

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Charly Mann in a Hawaiian shirt
Charly Mann

About Me

Ever since I was very young I have been intrigued with how one could live happily ever after like the characters I read about in fairy tales. As a child I noticed most of the adults I was exposed to were often anxious and angry, and only a very few seemed to be calm and happy. By the time I was a teenager I was scouring philosophy and psychology books looking for instructions on how to have a marvelous life. I also began questioning scores of adults I would encounter about their philosophy on life and what they thought one needed to do to be perfectly contented. In 1967, at the age of 17, I started a daily journal that compiled all the information I acquired that day on the subject. Today that journal includes three dozen large notebooks and more than 3,400 pages on my hard drive.

I have had a marvelous life thus far - most of it incredibly happy, healthy, and successful. Since 1968 I have also tracked how happy and successful I was in the previous year. Through the end of 2013, each year has been significantly better than the year before. I believe much of this can be attributed on what I learned and implemented in my own life about achieving good health, success, and happiness. As I mature and learn more my methodology for making my life great has changed a lot. I achieved enormous financial success before I was 25, which contributed greatly to my enjoyment of life for almost a decade, but even before I was 30 I found that there were things far more important than wealth that made my life great and I keep discovering more. I have had financial independence since I was very young, but almost all the joys and pleasure I now derive from life are free or cost very little.

On Uplifting Visions I share insights that I have gained from my own experience, observation, and a life of research on attaining happiness, health, and success.

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