Liberating Truths That Will Make You A Better Person

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Matt Lillywhite
4 min readAug 22, 2019


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“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” -Marcus Aurelius

Written by Marcus Aurelius thousands of years ago, this quote has defined what it means to live a happier life. Instead of pondering our behaviors, living with a positive mindset allows many people around the globe to strive for greatness.

Each day you are alive, thousands of thoughts rush through your subconscious.

  • Every time you are anxious, your brain embodies the thoughts of an apprehensive person.
  • Every time you are happy, your brain embodies the thoughts of a happy person.
  • Every time you are depressed, the worries and distress compound into a concoction of negativity.

When you spend time thinking pessimistically, you are taking away time from living a happier life. In the words of Napoleon Hill, “all you ever are or shall become is the result of the use to which you put your mind.”

One of the most liberating ways to live a happier life is to focus your thoughts on positivity, optimism, and ways to feel fulfilled.

The following quote embodies the philosophy of living life, without complaint, and only focusing your mind on events which can be controlled:

“No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” — Seneca

In other words, focusing on being grateful for the present will allow you to find happiness.

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Matt Lillywhite

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