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If you work from home (as I do as a copywriter, editor and proofreader in Sydney), it’s hard sometimes to connect with the outside world. Isolation can lead to a fit of the blues. You feel your life is so small and you’re an insignificant player. However, I’ve discovered that if I follow my ‘rules’, I’m much happier and more optimistic.

  1. Do a good deed every day.
    This doesn’t have to be a big thing. It’s about looking for the difference you can make in someone’s life that day – something that only you could have done. It’s about being aware of the opportunity to help – so you need to look out, not in. When you notice that opportunity, don’t miss it; it may be the only chance you have all day.
  1. Love everyone.
    You don’t have to like everyone all the time but love them for who they are, even if they annoy you. Never wish anyone ill.
  1. Be creative.
    Arrange flowers, paint, build the best swimming pool in your neighbourhood, help your child with a project, take up pottery or knitting or sewing or singing.
  1. Look for one ‘magic moment’ every day.
    Notice the sunrise or the sunset, notice the clouds, notice the musician busking at the station. See how beautiful the world is and appreciate that you’re in it.
  1. Have a goal.
    We all need something to aim for – a degree, a home, to complete an artwork, to improve our relationships. Work towards something, then you always know where you’re headed and feel a sense of purpose.
  1. Love your job.
    Someone wiser than I said: “If you do something you love doing, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Do your work with joy.

Try them out and let me know how you go!

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