Positivity Post https://positivitypost.com News about Positive Thinking, simplifying life, reducing stress, inspiration, personal growth, personal finance and happiness. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:01:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Personal Finance Roundup X https://positivitypost.com/personal-finance-roundup-x/ Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:01:41 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14148 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/Do you put your own online security at risk? Can money buy you happiness? Is it worth going back to school if you’re over 40? Our personal finance roundup includes articles that address these important questions, plus a whole lot more.

These 15 timely and topical articles from the world of personal finance provide great insight and we’re confident you’ll find them as valuable as we have. Enjoy!

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With So Many Friends, Why Are People Lonely? https://positivitypost.com/with-so-many-friends-why-are-people-lonely/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:01:45 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14153 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/How could a person with over 1,000 “friends” of Facebook ever be lonely?  I mean with all those “friends,” surely one’s life would be full and productive, right? Increasingly, the answer to that question is no and alarmingly, people are actually becoming more isolated than ever.

We used to spend time with friends — quality time in which we created and shared memories together. We laughed, cried, talked and balked but we did it together. Today, that living, in-person relationship is disappearing, replaced by comments, likes, group messages and texts. Where once we engaged socially and talked face-to-face, we now let our words be carried for us across cyberspace, falsely believing that we’re having a relationship with that person. We’re not. Relationships are meant to be dynamic, fulfilling and real. We’re not meant to experience the most important aspects of our life through cyberspace — we’re meant to share them, warts-an-all, with live people in real time and that means being in the moment and fully present.

“We’re becoming unsocial.”

The video “Look Up” by Gary Turk is a poignant reminder of how relationships are supposed to be — how they once were and, with focus, can be once again. Watch this video and ask yourself if your life is more fulfilled and joyful because of social media, or less. To quote Gary: “We’re at our most happy with an experience we share, but is it the same if no one is there?”

“Don’t let yourself by hypnotized by technology. Be in the moment and experience the wonder of direction connections. “ – Gary Turk

Direct, real connections are absolutely vital to our well-being. We should all be striving to once again truly “connect” with people and not let a lifeless group message or text pass itself off for a real relationship.  You may have several hundred Facebook “friends,” but would they drop everything to see you? So go ahead and click “like” when your friend posts pictures of her vacation, but then pick up the phone and call that friend and say “lets have lunch tomorrow…I want to hear all about your vacation!”

Gary Turk sums it up nicely when he says: “I don’t want you to stop using social media or smartphones. It’s about finding a balance. It’s about making sure you are awake, alive and living life in the moment; instead of living your life through a screen.”

 

Top image courtesy of: Photo by Manuel Del Moral on Unsplash

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When the Bad Weeds Grows Among Us https://positivitypost.com/when-the-bad-weeds-grows-among-us/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:01:54 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14127 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/Ever hear the saying “one bad apple can spoil the bunch?”  It’s an interesting notion, isn’t it? Basically, it’s saying that you can have a bushel of 10 gorgeous, succulent apples, but if one is “bad,” it can ruin the whole lot. But can that one bad apple real spoil everything?

I guess the answer to the question is tied to another old saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”  In other words, the bath water is now dirty and you’ll drain it away, but surely you’ll keep the baby. Or at least that’s how I interpret that old saying. The bigger point is, that if we let one bad apple spoil the bunch, then perhaps the problem is with us?

I’m a huge fan of the Parables because they are incredibly wise. Of course, not everyone is a Christian or of any religious faith for that matter, but that is irrelevant. The parables are wise and we can all learn from their words, regardless of our faith. The parable of the weeds is an excellent reminder of how we should lead our lives.

The Parable of the Weeds

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’

– Matthew 13:24-43

This parable seems to be especially appropriate for our times. With so much discord and vitriol being spread at a rapid pace across the internet and particularly, social media, isn’t this a great lesson?  Don’t let the actions of your “enemies” define or derail you — be strong, let the fruits of your efforts take root and grow and simply…discard any weeds the may have planted in your life.

“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.”  C. JoyBell C.

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” Steve Maraboli

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Can Negative Emotions Actually be Good? https://positivitypost.com/can-negative-emotions-actually-be-good/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:01:14 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14114 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/We’re told and it’s true, that negative emotions are bad for us. Negativity not only zaps our happiness, but in large doses, it can actually drain our life-force. But, are some negative emotions actually okay? Well, it all depends.

Can bad emotions be good for you?

Most of us are taught from an early age that we should nurture and show positive emotions — happiness, kindness, forgiveness, gratitude and compassion. However, some people are taught that while they should always embrace these good and positive emotions, negative ones are always meant to be suppressed. That however, may not be healthy or even possible.

Some leading mental health professionals believe that while negative emotions are not necessarily healthy, they do serve a purpose.

How can negative emotions be useful?

Emotions such as anger, jealousy fear and resentment are pretty much toxic. If left unchecked, these bad emotions always lead to problems — problems for the self and, for others. These emotions though, like it or not, are pretty much a part of our human makeup — in order to experience the good emotions, we obviously need to have also experienced the bad ones too.  The key is, in what quantities or volume?  Too much of any negative emotion is a very bad thing indeed.

Wait, what?

I’m not saying that being a positive person is impossible or implausible. In fact, I’m saying just the opposite. There is a big misconception that positive thinkers are delusional, hiding their true emotions and blithely going through life with rose-color glasses on. Nothing could be further from the truth. Positive people know there is a great deal of negativity in the world and suffer from negative emotions like everyone else. The difference is, positive people have made the resolute decision to embrace positivity over negativity. In other words, positive thinkers try to see the good in any way possible and believe that things can and will get better.

Don’t deny the negative

Being positive means acknowledging the negative emotions so we can be in control of those toxic feelings. To fully stifle them leads to an internal back-up and without an outlet, they have no where to go, so they fester inside — this is the danger of having mismanaged emotions.

Some traditionally accepted negative emotions can actually be a catalyst for good. They can, if handled and directed appropriately, lead to positive change, heal relationships, foster creativity, etc.

Here are a few ways in which negative emotions can serve a higher purpose when managed properly:

Anger :  You read about a great injustice happening somewhere in the world. The news of this injustice causes you to feel sad and then, angry. You’re mad that it’s happening and you believe it to be grossly unfair. That anger, if channeled properly, can lead to action — you decide to get involved to help and you rally friends to pitch in too. You write letters, post articles, share on social media, etc. You’re angry, but not enraged and you’ve taken that anger and appropriately channeled it to induce change for the positive. If one were to simply read about the injustice and say “well, tomorrow is another day and I’m sure things will get better,” our world would be a mess. We need action and involvement and this in case, the anger was used to bring about something good. Anger that is just rage for the sake of it, is rarely a good thing and its poorly managed anger that leads to toxicity.

“What angers us in another person is more often than not an unhealed aspect of ourselves. If we had already resolved that particular issue, we would not be irritated by its reflection back to us.” – Simon Fuller

Pessimism: Pessimism is the antitheses of positivity — they’re polar opposite. So how can pessimism ever be good?  Pessimism isn’t good. It is however, a normal human emotion that creeps in now and then. The key is to recognize it and to counter it with a plan of action. You’re up for a promotion at work. You feel you deserve the promotion, but there’s another co-worker they’re considering as well. When you get home you start to think about it and naturally, some doubt creeps in and you start to give up, believing that for sure, your co-worker will get the promotion. Maybe they will. Is that the end of the world? No. But in this case, being a positive person, you recognize the pessimism and that prompts you to do some logical thinking: if you get it, great. You’ll do the best you can, as you always have. If however you don’t get the promotion, you’ll still give 100% effort in your current position. You accept that it wasn’t meant to be and that one day, you will advance in our career through sheer hard and quality work. To simply hum or whistle to mute out the pessimistic feelings is not helpful. One must see it, tackle it and use it to lead to a positive outcome, even if that positive outcome is further down the road.

“Fight to keep going, to get through all the crap that seems so thick there is nowhere to go and no way to get through it… there is always a way. And that way is forward, just keep striving to move forward whether it’s one step at a time or five. Just don’t stay idle in all the thickness, it will devour you.” – Cathy Gipson

Fear:  this is an emotion that is tied to survival. You sense a threat of some kind and your instincts put you on alert. To ignore this or pretend it’s not there isn’t realistic. Obviously, it depends on the circumstances, but if for example you fear for your job or a relationship, that fear can be a catalyst to get you to sit up and take notice: What’s happening? Why is my fear instinct kicking in? Is it rational? What can I do? In this case, maybe it’s telling you that you need to be more diligent in your job or that you need to value your relationships more.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C.

Negative emotions are a part of who we are and to ignore them probably isn’t healthy. But as they say, all things in moderation. Anger, jealousy fear and resentment, among others, are dangerous when they aren’t managed appropriately. A big difference between a negative and positive person is that the positive thinker is more mindful and recognizes when these bad emotions are surfacing. Furthermore, the positive thinker gets them under control and goes about finding a way to turn the negative into a positive.

Be mindful to regularly check on your emotions — ask how you’re feeling and as important, why. Figure out ways to channel the negative into a positive. And as always, when we have emotions we can’t handle, getting the help of a qualified professional is essential.

 

“Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

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Happiness and Inspiration Are Within You https://positivitypost.com/happiness-and-inspiration-are-within-you/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 10:01:49 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14095 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/There are many marvels in our world — perhaps too many to count. Sometimes though, people lose sight of the true marvels in life. For many, the things that elicit their wonderment aren’t always the right things

In our day and age, too many among us covet “things” that bring only temporary happiness and this has led to a loss of sustainable happiness. I happened upon a wonderful story that imparts a valuable lesson in a simple message.

The Seven Wonders

Anna was a 9-year-old girl from the small village.  She finished attending elementary school till 4th grade at her village.  For the 5th grade onward’s, she will have to get an admission in a school at a city nearby.  She got very happy knowing that she was accepted in a very reputed school in a city.  Today was the first day of her school and she was waiting for her school bus.  Once the bus came, she got in it quickly.  She was very excited.

Once the bus reached to her school, all students started going to their classes.  Anna also made it to her classroom after asking fellow students for direction.  Upon seeing her simple clothing and knowing she is from a small village, other students started making fun of her.  The teacher soon arrived and she asked everyone to keep quiet.  She introduced Anna to the class and told that she will be studying with them only from today.

Then the teacher told the students to be ready for the surprise test now!  She told everyone to write down the 7 wonders of the world.  Everyone started writing the answer quickly.   Anna started to write the answer slowly.

When everyone except Anna had submitted their answer paper, the teacher came and asked Anna, “What happened Dear?  Don’t worry, Just write what you know as other students have learned about it just a couple of days back”.

Anna replied, “I was thinking that there are so many things, which 7 I can pick to write!”   And, then she handed her answer paper to the teacher.  The teacher started reading everyone’s answers and the majority had answered them correctly such as The Great Wall of China, Colosseum, Stonehedge,  Great Pyramid of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tajmahal, Hanging Gardens of Babylon etc.

The teacher was happy as students had remembered what she had taught them.  At last the teacher picked up Anna’s answer paper and started reading.

“The 7 Wonders are – To be able to See, To be able to Hear, To be able to Feel, To Laugh, To Think, To be Kind, To Love!”

The teacher stood stunned and the whole class was speechless.  Today, a girl from the small village reminded them about the precious gifts that god has given us, which are truly a wonder.

Moral:  Value what you have, use what you have, trust what you have.  You don’t always have to look away to find an inspiration.  God has given you all the strength to reach your goals.

– Author Unknown

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Don’t Let Life Pass You By https://positivitypost.com/dont-let-life-pass-you-by/ Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:01:47 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14076 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/Life isn’t just meant to be lived — it’s meant to be lived boldly and with a sense of wonder and excitement. We shouldn’t merely exist, but rather, should thrive and grow and fill our lives with beautiful experiences and memories.

Life has a way of passing us by. We’re busy with our daily “routines” and before we know it, days turn into weeks and weeks suddenly become months and without noticing, the years have passed us by. As time flashes by, we occasionally ask ourselves “Is this all there is to life? Is this my life?” Too often, we block out that vital self-reflection because the answer is too hard to bear.

Today, more and more people are letting life pass them by. People are looking at life through the lens of a smartphone camera. We’re surfing Facebook so we can peek in on the lives of others — these “friends” have gone from being dynamic in-person relationships, to unfulfilling cyber acquaintances…at best. Is that really living life? Can we honestly say we’re having a good life if we spend our time glued to the TV or addicted to mindless video games?  Of course not, because that is merely existing in life and not truly living it.

“When you are just existing, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly living, you happen to life… and you lead.” Steve Maraboli

“Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be lived. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically lived.” Mandy Hale

This video, The Social Revolution – Remember Me, is a good snippet of why we need to make sure that we live life to the fullest. Getting lost in the mindless banality of the cyber world is a sure way to wake up one day and ask “What have I done with my life? Where has the time gone?”

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Turn off your smartphone. Leave the tablet on the shelf. Turn off the TV and the video games. Get outside and live life — meet new people, learn new things, soak up all the natural beauty the world has to offer — experience life and the happy memories you collect will sustain your joy in old age.

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20 Powerful Quotes on Strength and Resilience https://positivitypost.com/20-powerful-quotes-on-strength-and-resilience/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:01:08 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14055 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/When we’re feeling down we need something to help motivate us out of our rut. Family and friends are an excellent source of encouragement in helping us to rebuild our self-confidence. Often though, words of wisdom do the trick and their keen insight gives us the lift we need.

These 20 quotes on strength and resiliency are excellent motivators. Hopefully, you’ll find at least one that resonates with you. Enjoy!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”  — Harriet Tubman

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’  — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.“ — Rainer Maria Rilke

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” — Tecumseh

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.“ — Masaru Emoto

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”  — Booker T. Washington

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.“ — August Wilson

“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.”  — Unknown

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” — Vincent van Gogh

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.”  — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Whenever You Find Yourself Doubting How Far You Can Go, Just Remember How Far You Have Come. Remember Everything You Have Faced, All The Battles You Have Won, And All The Fears You Have Overcome.”  — Anonymous

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.“ — Helen Keller

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.“ — Chris Bradford

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. — J.K. Rowling

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.“ — Joel Osteen

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” — Louisa May Alcott

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”  — Unknown

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”        — Steve Maraboli

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7 Positive Affirmation Apps You Should Check Out https://positivitypost.com/7-positive-affirmation-apps-you-should-check-out/ Fri, 25 Jan 2019 10:01:52 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14044 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/People across the globe are feeling increasingly stressed. Negativity is rampant and it creeps into daily life like a black cloud. From the news, to career stress and family tension, stress is on the rise. But did you know it’s possible to neutralize that negativity?

I know not everyone is a fan of positive affirmations. Some find them to be gimmicky or a waste of time. But, that thinking is misguided. While of course they’re not a cure-all, they are quite effective in helping to re-shape our thinking. Repeat something often enough and it becomes second nature and our reality.

How Do Positive Affirmations Work?

Positive affirmations are statements/phrases  that can help us confront and eventually overcome self-defeating and negative thoughts. When we repeat these positive statements often enough and believe in them, they can help us stay focused on the positive and even alleviate some of the effects of stress.

For example, if you feel like you’re not doing well in your job, you can neutralize the negative self-talk by repeating “I am more than my job. I am intelligent and capable and my ability to overcome my challenges is limitless.”

Positive affirmations are effective because they suppress the negative self-talk and instead, give us something inspiring and motivating to focus on.

One reason why some people don’t use positive affirmations is because they believe they need to keep googling to get new ones. The fact is, we can write our own positive affirmations and that’s probably best. But, people are busy these days so luckily, not only can you use google, but there are also apps and affirmation websites that can help.

Check out these apps and websites to infuse more positivity into your daily life. I’ve included a brief blurb from each to give you an idea what each has to offer:

1.  ThinkUp
“ThinkUp offers you a simple way to build a positive mindset. All you should do is to select your affirmations, records them in your voice, add your favorite music and listen to it on daily basis.”

2.  Smiling Mind
“We are a 100% not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness accessible to all. Vision: To help every mind thrive. Mission: To provide accessible, life-long tools to support healthy minds.”

3.  Instar Affirmation Writer
“Finally! An app that will change your life according to your unique goals, dreams and desires: the Positive Affirmation Writer from Instar Performance®. Writing powerful, impactful affirmations that positively influence your life is an art. We designed this writer app for people who want to author their own customized affirmations.”

4.  Shine
“Shine is a free self-care app that feels like a daily pep talk in your pocket. Whether you’re stressed, overwhelmed, anxious—Shine will remind you “I got this.”

5.  bmindful
“bmindful is a positive affirmation community. There are thousands of tagged (categorized) positive affirmations that you can browse or search through.

When you join bmindful you are able to build a list of affirmations from the thousands of available positive affirmations. If the existing affirmations do not suit your needs, you are also able to add your own. When you add your own affirmation it is made available to everyone else so they can benefit from it too.

Joining bmindful also makes you part of this positive affirmation and self development community. You can join in on discussions, encourage others and help yourself and everyone else succeed in their endeavors!”

6.  Grateful
According to researchers at the Harvard Medical School, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Grateful was created to make expressing gratitude in your life both easy and fun, as well as to remind you, during those down moments, of the many blessings in your life (that you’ve documented in Grateful).

7.  Louise Hay Affirmations
There is a website component“Beautiful and meaningful affirmations to uplift your day. Click on each category to reveal positive affirmations for creating your best life!” Or, you can download the apps from Google Play or the app store for Apple iOS devices.

 

Apps are great, but you may prefer to write your own positive affirmations, since they tend to be uniquely personal.  But if you struggle with what to write/say, the above resources are a good starting point. The most important thing is to believe they work and to practice them daily. Good luck and stay positive!

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It’s Easy to Have a Good Day https://positivitypost.com/its-easy-to-have-a-good-day/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:01:04 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=14021 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/Ever notice that some people seem to have a good day, every day? They’re energetic, focused, positive and they don’t sweat the small stuff. One might be tempted to be jealous of these people, but there’s no reason to envy them.

The reason you don’t need to envy these fortunate people, is because most of us can have a good day, every day — we just have to emulate them. They aren’t special, per se, but rather, are disciplined in their mission to be perpetually positive and focused — they make the conscious effort to have a good day and that effort generally starts with a routine.

Having a “great day” actually starts the night before.

If you stay up late burning the candle at both ends, you greatly decrease the odds of having a good day, so you’re starting off on the wrong foot before the day has even dawned. To assure you have a good day, every day, you should make the commitment to do the following:

Each night…

Know When to Unplug
Watching TV in the evening is certainly a personal choice, but, what you watch and when you stop watching, is key.  As your bedtime approaches, turn your tablet, smart phones and TV off.  Studies show people who use smart devices right before bed, often have a restless sleep. A vital part of having a good day isn’t just the amount of sleep you get, but the quality of that sleep.

Stretch
If you’ re able to, consider doing some gentle stretching to relax your body before climbing into bed. This can release stress and tension and help you drift off to sleep sooner.

Clear your mind
Dwelling on things is a sure way to have a restless sleep. When you get into bed, try to clear your mind of all negativity and stress — let it go and consciously shift your mind to clam, pleasant thoughts. This isn’t always easy, but it does come more naturally with practice. Some people do read before they go to sleep and if that works for you, go for it. But, it should be pleasant reading material and you probably shouldn’t read until the wee hours of the morning.

Another helpful hint on clearing your mind is to make a to-do list. Sometimes we let too much swirl around in our heads and this impacts sleep. Try making a list at the end of the day of the things you need to accomplish, so that you’re in control of them and not the other way around.

Prep your mind
Don’t go to sleep without first committing to positivity upon waking. Tell yourself you’ll have a great day and truly believe it.

People who appear confident, relaxed and positive during the day, usually invest the time and effort to prepare for the morning the night before. Obviously, the effort pays off for them.

Each morning…

Choose Your Attitude
A positive mind-set is something to be chosen. Upon waking up, immediately think about something good and tell yourself “today is going to be a great day!”  Make it a habit to have gratitude about all that’s good in your life before even  getting out of bed — being grateful is a fantastic way to create a mood of enthusiasm and motivation.

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” – Dale Carnegie

Create Your Own Mood
Through the course of the day, we don’t always have control over events. But, we do have control over how we respond to them. Condition your mind to self-motivate and feel inspired by making the conscious decision to be positive. In other words, choose to see the brighter side and choose not to let the little things bring you down.

“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” –  Joel Osteen

Plan your day
If you’ve made your to-do list the day prior, review it and see what expectations have been put on you. Get ahead of your day by planning it as best as you can. Having some kind of agenda to help focus your day is important, but so is being mindful that over-planning is a sure way to stress yourself out. So, put the most important things first and accept that you may have to be adaptable with your schedule.

Avoid negativity 
Avoiding negative influences (media, friends, co-workers) is vital. Avoid petty arguments, refuse to gossip, don’t listen to innuendo — its important to expose ourselves to positive and inspiring messages/stimuli as much as possible, so rather than running toward negativity, avoid it as best you can.

Eat right
Find out from your doctor the best diet for you, because good nutrition is key and as they say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Find out which healthy foods and beverages will best energize your mind and body throughout the day.

Each day is a new start and rather than waking up and immediately focusing on the things that annoyed us yesterday, we should look at the fresh slate and revel in all the wonderful things that can await us.

Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution and the key to having a good day is to accept that we can create our own reality – good or bad. People who appear happy all the time don’t just snap their fingers and make it so. It takes planning and effort and once the benefits of that effort become crystal clear, that “effort” becomes second nature and soon, is just an integral part of who they are.

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” –  Wade Boggs

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Personal Finance Roundup IX https://positivitypost.com/personal-finance-roundup-ix/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:01:01 +0000 https://positivitypost.com/?p=13990 https://www.facebook.com/Positivity-Post-850385048367345/What are some cools you can make money in 2019? How can one find fulfillment outside of work? What are the best places to retire abroad? Our latest personal finance roundup of articles will give you the answers to these questions, plus a whole lot more.

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