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Ten Things Happy, Positive People Do Everyday

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Ten Things Happy, Positive People Do Everyday

 

Chances are, we would all like to be a little happier from time to time, or at least have a more positive outlook on life itself. While it is almost impossible for someone to be happy all of the time, it is likely that you know a few people in your life who simply seem to be happy more often than not, or have a more positive attitude that leads them to that feeling of happiness. Unfortunately, there is no ‘magic pill’ or even one solid solution, which will make you happy all of the time. However, most happy, positive people have a few particular habits, and they work them into their everyday routine (likely without even realizing most of them!). Take a look at these ten great habits and try to work as many of them into your life as possible for a little added happiness!

1. Break A Sweat

You probably already know that exercise is good for you for a multitude of reasons, from improved overall health to weight management. However, not only does being active help to release endorphin’s, but it can also make you feel more energetic. Even if you don’t necessarily like to exercise, try getting at least a little bit of activity into your day. Even a walk around the block will have you feeling more upbeat!

2. Get enough sleep

Do you ever wake up feeling cranky, and still tired? By the time your fourth cup of coffee still hasn’t worked, you could be in a bad mood for the rest of the day. Happy people generally get enough sleep by listening to their bodies, and they know if they are well rested, and as a result they generally perform better throughout their day.

3. Seize The Day

Shouting out ‘Carpe Diem’ may seem like a cliché, but the truth is, taking full advantage of everyday is a habit most positive people practice. They look at everyday as a new beginning, and a new opportunity, no matter how bad the day before may have been. Every morning is a clean slate, and a new start full of wonderful opportunities.

4. Compliment Someone

We generally think that we will feel the best when someone is complimenting us, but actually giving someone else a genuine compliment (about something other than their looks, what they’re wearing, etc.) can really make you feel great. Plus, you’ll be making someone else’s day, too – what a bonus!

5. Forget ‘Fast’ Food

I am not saying that you need to ditch fast food altogether (though, you might want to for other reasons, but that’s not what this blog is about). Fast food takes on a different meaning here, and happy people have figured out a way to get around it: They savor their meals. We are all busy, and sometimes it can seem hard to grab a decent meal to begin with, leaving us to eat on the go, or eating something portable. By cooking and slowing down, and making meals a part of your day, you are able to relax and savor what you are eating, and really have some quality time to connect with yourself.

6. Slow Down

Just like you should be eating slower, you should also be living at a little slower pace. Again, I am not saying that you should slack off at work, or at home, but take a few minutes each day for yourself to slow down. Step away from your phone, computer or the television and enjoy the world around you. You can literally stop and smell the roses if you want to, or enjoy a cup of coffee in a quiet cafe. Whatever you do, do your best not to rush, or think about how much time you have/don’t have. Instead, give yourself enough time to drift away for a little while.

7. Don’t Live With All Work And No Play

Happy people are actually some of the most motivated people that I know, because they tend to have more energy and more focus. But what they don’t usually have is a constant string pulling them back to their jobs. We all know the importance of hard work, and while you’re actually at work, it’s important to stay focused and do your best. But, when you’re not working, let it go, and enjoy other aspects of your life without worrying about what’s happening at the office, and what you need to get done tomorrow, etc.

8. Don’t Hold A Grudge

This seems like a simple one, but if you are holding a grudge with someone, you know it can be easier said than done. Happier people don’t hold onto grudges – they let it go, and move on to bigger and better things!

9. Set Goals Everyday

If you take some time at the beginning or the end of each day to set exciting goals for the day ahead, you will feel much more positive and accomplished. Make sure to set yourself realistic daily goals – things that you know you can get done and feel good about doing. When you achieve your goals, every day feels more productive!

10. Have An Affirmative Morning

Wake up each day with positive affirmation about yourself. Whether you want to create a personal positive mantra, or simply tell yourself something different and positive each day. Make sure to start every single day with an uplifting affirmation about yourself to set the tone for the entire day.

 

Again, there may not be a magic pill or even a specific state of mind we can tap into all the time in order to be happy, or think positive. But, there are actions we can take everyday to push ourselves in that direction. Maybe some of these tips will feel awkward at first, if you’re not used to them, but give it a little time, and there’s a good chance you’ll love each and every one – especially when you start to feel more positive, and yes, happier.

 

 

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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