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The year 2017 is almost over and 2018 is fast approaching. Many are getting ready to make New Year resolutions.Below are a few things I learned this year.

Just like every other year that passes, we have several experiences, some of us had Joy, Laugher, happiness, Love, breakthrough, victories, successes, achievement and likewise some of us also experienced tribulations, trials, frustrations, doubts, pain, anguish, sorrow, fear etc.

But at the end, experiences make us who we are. We’ve heard of the expression ‘life is the best teacher’ and so if we are open minded to the lessons life teaches then we have a lot to learn. And in learning, we have to call to mind that we learn from both the good experiences as well as the bad ones.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what 2017 taught me and what I’ve learnt this year. 2017 was an inspiration for me. 2017 made me grow as a person, and here are the 10 things I learned this year.

Things I’ve learned this year

Be Thankful: Be more thankful about everything. Begin your day with gratitude. Be thankful for the sun and the moon, the air we breathe, be thankful for the rivers, deep blue sea and the life in it. Thankful for the fishes that swim, the weather, the sky, the birds that sing, the trees, the flowers, and even the rain. Count your blessings at every point in time because it’s so easy to focus on the negative things in our lives and this prevents us from being thankful.

Appreciate those who were there for you because they’re the ones who matter most: Appreciate your family, your dearest friends who have in one way or another contributed positively to my growth.

See everyone for who they are: There is a purpose for every person you meet. Some will teach you and bring out the best in you .Everyone comes into our lives for a reason. Some for good or bad, they may shape you, break you. In the end you make yourselves who you are and who you want to be.

It is okay to fail at something: It is okay and normal to fail at something.  Learn from your failures and let it inspire you to do better. Learn to always be positive because it’s better than being negative and never to stay down for too long.

Every year that passes, we all want to improve or strive to be better than the previous year. Below are tips on how to be productive this year. Read more on how to be productive

Always love: There’s this Peace that comes with loving. Loving yourself, family, friends, and colleagues. And in times when you find it hard to love, choose neutrality because it’s better not to love than to hate.

You have to work for happiness: You have to be in the constant pursuit of happiness. No pain, no gains. Generally no one wants to feel pain. Rainbows are very beautiful to behold but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.

Don’t share every aspect of your life with everyone: Some things are best kept secret. Learn to let them see the end product because the truth be told nobody wants to see every move.

Life can end at any second: I lost a few friends this year and it reminded me that you never know when your time will come. So cherish every moment because death can come knocking anytime.

READ MORE: Noteworthy Life Lessons This Month

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