Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Positive Outlook for a Happier Life

Don't let things in your every day life drag you down! Positive people are happier and more successful.
This post is meant to be an open forum for ideas to keep you going... Let's get the ideas flowing!
  • Start each morning with something(s) that you enjoy. Examples: Your favorite song, your favorite coffee, your favorite scent, you favorite scripture...
  • Keep and optimistic quote on your bathroom mirror, in your pocket/wallet and other places you frequent.
  • Smile at yourself in the mirror every day.
  • Be conscious of your thoughts. If you find yourself thinking something negative, try to find the up side/positive side/lighter side of the situation.
  • Join a charity or volunteer organization. Choose something that you are passionate about or reflects your values. Be sure to actively participate at least once a month on a regular schedule to give yourself something to look forward to without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Take 10 minutes a day to sit alone and just focus on your breathing, read inspirational passages/stories/quotes or listen to soft, positive, calming music.
  • Make a list of 10 things you appreciate/love in your life. Make a second list of 10 positive things about yourself. Read them before you go to bed to end your day on a positive note. (Count your blessings!)
  • Avoid negative people and negative conversations - especially when you are having a bad day.
  • Positive people attract positive things/people.
  • Think about your past successes and focus on the success you would like to obtain in the future. Make a list of your past accomplishments as well as your goals (limit this to 10 or your may feel overwhelmed) and review it monthly making necessary adjustments/additions.
  • It takes 30 days to form a habit...
  • Be prepared. Think about the next day (or week) and what you need to do today to avoid conflict/complications. Make a list if there are things you need to remember and then let it go and get a good night's rest!

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

It is not what they take away from you that counts, but what you do with what you have left.
Hubert Humphrey


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