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How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

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How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

Would you like to be a more positive person? Do you sometimes struggle to see the bright side of life? Being a positive person comes almost naturally to some people while the rest of us have to make a conscious effort to improve this wonderful trait.

By choosing to be a more positive person, you will change how you see the world and it will also help you to become the person that you wish to be. Try the following 8 easy steps below to help you be more positive and start to see how wonderful life really is.

1. Use a Journal

If you are not using a journal every morning, I highly recommend that you start this powerful positive habit. Writing your thoughts, ideas, goals, troubles and achievements down on paper is a great way to start each day. Rather than a million things flying around inside of your head at once, using a journal allows you to put it down on black and white and celebrate your achievements and also take action on what might be troubling you.

2. Set Exciting Goals

Have a list of exciting short, medium and long-term goals written in your journal that you can read every day. Make the positive habit to read your goals first thing every morning instead of reading the never-ending negative news from news channels that bombard us each day. Your goals should both excite you and inspire you to take action every day to achieve them. Once you start achieving your goals you will feel more positive about yourself and more inspired to reach your next goal.

3. Meditate

A few minutes of meditation every morning is a great way to clear your head from all the noise of the world around you. In the past I have found meditating quite difficult. It was not until recently when I started using a Tibetan singing bowl that I was able to totally relax, focus on my breathing and clear my head of a million thoughts. If you find it difficult to meditate, you can perhaps use a guided meditation to help you relax. You can find many guided meditations on YouTube or on the wonderful free smartphone App ‘Insight Timer’. Meditation is not only a positive daily habit, it is also great for your mental state; studies have proven that meditation can help to reduce depression symptoms and anxiety.

4. Show More Gratitude

We have so much to be thankful and grateful for. The roof over our heads, the food on our table, our heath, our family, our friends and so much more. I use the Five Minute Journal every morning to remind me to write down three things that I am grateful for each day. Showing gratitude and appreciating life and the world around us is a wonderful way to start feeling more positive and indeed blessed. It is also helpful to be grateful for the little things in life so that you will learn not to take the great things in your life for granted.

5. Say Positive Affirmations

I like to say two or three positive affirmations as a part of my morning ritual. Saying a few affirmations every morning is a powerful way to positively reprogram your brain. I totally believe that some of the most important conversations that we can have are the ones we have with our self. Pick two or three affirmations that totally resonate with you and say them out loud in front of the mirror in the morning. It might seem a bit unusual at first, but trust me, it is a wonderful way to start your day.

6. Be More Optimistic

Are you generally a positive person? Are you the glass is half full or half empty type? Having a more positive outlook on life is a wonderful trait to possess. Sure, there are times when life will throw some curve balls at you and really test you to feel positive about life. Make a conscious effort to banish your inner cynic and instead trade it for a more positive upbeat attitude, it will change the way that you see the world around you. Being more optimistic will also change how you will look to other people around you.

How To Be More Positive In 8 Easy Steps

7. Get More Active

When you start exercising you release serotonin in the brain, which is a wonderful way of boosting your mood. Also, when you start to exercise you will start to feel better about yourself. Coupled with a balanced diet you, will have more energy than ever before. When you start feeling and looking better you will start feeling more positive about yourself. Try exercising a few times a week. If you struggle to exercise, perhaps try something different, Yoga and Pilates are wonderful ways to improve how you look and feel and are easy on the joints.

8. Surround Yourself With Positive People

“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with” – Jim Rohn

Once you surround yourself with positive people, their attitude and outlook on life will be infectious. Try to avoid or limit the amount of time that you spend with negative/toxic people, as these people will drain you of energy and they can leave you feeling tired and exhausted. By becoming a more positive person yourself, you will find yourself being attracted by other positive people. Avoid the gossips in the office and instead seek out others who want to help and see other people do well. Maybe it is time to take a look at the people that are around you and spend more time with people who will have a positive influence on your life.

I hope that you make the positive decision to incorporate as many of the above tips as possible into your life. Once you make the choice and take action to become a more positive person, it wont be long before you will start feeling better about yourself and the world around you.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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