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We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our fitness, and other aspects of our daily lives. Time to do something about that. These 101 inspiring personal stories of change will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life and attitude changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!

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Five Ways to Reboot Your Life
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life by Amy Newmark and Claire Cook

It’s easy to fall into a rut—with our jobs, our relationships, our lives. When that happens, it's possible to take the initiative and change things for the better. The role models in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life share their personal stories of how to do just that. Their personal, transformational stories include tips that will empower and encourage you to reboot your own life. Here are five ways these inspiring people found new paths to happiness.

  1. Don’t be afraid to change your career. Unhappy with his corporate job and life of partying, Dean Karnazes changed his life on his 30th birthday. He finally took the advice of his kid sister—who had tragically died on her 18th birthday—and followed his heart. So he ran. Dean left his birthday celebration at the bar and ran the 30 miles home. When he ran, "I felt most complete, " he writes. "So that night I took back my life. " He quit his job and found a way make a living running. "'ve used my sister’s wisdom to find my true calling in life, " the famous ultra-marathoner writes.
  2. You have the power to change yourself. Painfully shy, Giulietta Nardone would stand by the veggie dip rather than mingle. In order to build her graphic design business, she had to change that. So when a friend invited her to a political fundraiser, she mustered the courage to go. And she gave herself a task: speak to everyone in the room. As she did, she gradually felt more and more comfortable making conversation. "I continued to relationship-build around the room with positive results, no longer imprisoned by my fear, " she writes. "At the end of the evening, I felt powerful, connected and free. " Now, a few years later, Giulietta is known as "the woman who everyone knows in town. "
  3. Do something you’re afraid to do. When a friend asked Pat Wahler to join a Tuesday Night Ladies Bowling League, Pat hesitated, afraid." The thought of doing something so far out of my skill set seemed ridiculous, " she writes. But then she surprised herself by saying yes. Her first few games—well, first several games—did not go well. With the encouragement of the other bowlers, though, Pat returned and kept bowling. Eventually finding her groove, Pat was very happy that she had tried something new and stuck with it!" The Tuesday Night Ladies League helped me step outside my circle of comfort and exchange a stale old routine for a vibrant new one, " she writes. "The next time an unlikely opportunity comes along, I won’t hesitate a minute."
  4. Pursue your passion. One morning, Lisa Morris awoke knowing she had to start a Labrador Retriever rescue. And she immediately got to work. She researched, made more phone calls than she could count, and visited her local animal shelter. During her visit she sat with one loving, adorable chocolate Lab, and he was the first dog she rescued from the shelter. When a young girl with leukemia fell in love with him on sight and adopted him, Lisa was hooked. Unlike other excited volunteers, her passion and drive for saving these dogs didn’t wane after a few weeks. She ran her own rescue for two-and-a-half years—saving 999 Labs!—until finances forced her to close the doors." When you wake from a dead sleep to embark on a dream you never even knew you had, you don’t ignore it," Lisa writes. "You simply take that bull by the horns and go full force."
  5. Choose positive feelings. Stuck in rush hour traffic one afternoon, Deborah K. Wood had an epiphany—she could stop focusing on what frustrated her and focus on the good things ahead of her. "I choose to see this situation differently, right NOW!" she writes. "I relaxed, and traffic inched ahead. At that moment, my life began to change for the better." This mindset helped later, after her divorce, when she realized she had spent too much time dwelling on her feelings of anger, hurt, betrayal. "I couldn’t change my circumstances, but if I could tell myself a different story, I could have a different outcome," Deborah writes. "As I told a different story, in which I chose to be uncoupled from someone who made me feel small and unloved, I grew larger and more empowered in my own story." Now she feels happier, optimistic, and empowered. "And life reflects this back to me at every turn," she writes.
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