Attitude

10 Things You Will Regret Doing (Or Not Doing) in 10 Years

Every day of your life you will make conscious choices.  Sometimes they are beneficial choices that lead to extraordinary lives and pave the way for your greatest achievements to be made, and dreams to come true.  Other times we make choices that will negatively impact our lives down the road.  We may not see it at the time, the long term damage that these choices and situations may cause, but ultimately these types of choices will end up being the biggest regrets of our lives.  Here are 10 of the biggest choices you may make early in your life, that if not taken more seriously may be the biggest mistakes of your life: 1. A tattoo or piercing.   This one may seem self explanatory and generally taken with a grain of salt.  People get piercings and tattoos all the time depending on their per...

10 Ways to Make a Bad Day Better!

Sometimes bad days are unavoidable.  No matter what you do to prepare, bad things can happen at anytime and you can be given bad news at any time, and when it rains, it pours.  They can bring you down, crush your spirits, and cause you to separate yourself from others into a vortex of self pity, sadness and isolation.  But this isn’t always the best way to tackle a bad day.  The best way to tackle a bad day is to bring some positivity to it! Here’s a list of the top 10 ways you can make a bad day better: 1. Call an old friend:  This helps for many reasons.  With social media and texting being the social norm, we often forget to simply reach out and call our friends for that special, and heartfelt, one-on-one time.  Not only will it give you a chance to vent out about whatever h...

5 Reasons to Take the High Road in an Internet Feud

With the mass amount of people on social media, may take to one or numerous online methods to express their feelings, anger, frustration, disgust, betrayal or disapproval against friends or enemies.  While you always have the right to be heard, and sometimes letting out helps you to feel better, sometimes publicly displaying your negative feelings across various social media channels may actually do more harm than good in your life.  In order to live a positive life, it is best to always take the high road, regardless of how you may feel, or at least really think carefully before starting a public feud on the internet for all of your friends, family and coworkers to see.  Here are the top 5 reasons why you should take the high road:   1. You never know who is watching or listening.  E...

The 5 Most Important Things Successful People Do in the Morning

Morning people are successful people.  In order to get ahead in life, you need to get ahead on your day, every day.  CEOs, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, they all harness that much needed willpower to develop a morning routine that gets them ahead of the competition.  They don’t have a snooze button.  Instead they jump out of bed each morning with energy and enthusiasm, well rested and ready to tackle their day. Here’s the top 5 things that successful people do every morning: 1. Get up an Hour Early: If you haven’t guessed it, not only are they morning people, successful people get up extremely early.  Research has shown, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently.  Which is critical...

10 Ways to “Let it Go” and Move on With Your Life

Holding onto the past negativity can be very toxic and hard to let go of.  It becomes a heavy anchor that weighs you down and holds you back.  The hardest thing to do at times is not necessarily to hold on, but to let go of the things that negatively impact your life.  Some things in your past you can change, but only moving forward, while other things you can’t change at all.  We’d love to offer you a few tips to moving on and refocusing your positive instead of letting the past haunt you. 1. Stay Busy – Sometimes the best way to let go of something is to just stay busy and be too busy to think about it.  Fill your day with tasks, hobbies, new experiences, entertainment, work, and friends – all things that bring joy to your life and make you happy. 2. Closure ̵...

No Butts About It, You CAN Quit Smoking

Most people who smoke don’t want to be smokers. They are aware it is unhealthy and they admit that they are addicted. Almost every smoker has gone through some stage of cutting back, quitting cold turkey, using anti-addiction medication, or switching to the dangerous and completely unregulated e-cigarettes. Some are more successful than others. The ones who fail fall right back into their addictive habits.   The reasons for quitting smoking are multitudinous: save money, smell better, breathe better, have whiter teeth, stop burning holes in your clothes, not have to clean up cigarette butts from the yard, not have to freeze in the winter on a smoking break, With so many incentives to quit, it’s no wonder that the smoking cessation industry amounts to over $1 billion annually.   M...

“Role Playing” your Way to Success

Act as if you already are who you want to be. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Wear the clothes of the job you want to have?”   In the literal sense, it means that you should dress to impress, or another famous quote, “Dress for Success.”  Its an easy concept.  Wear a suit to work and you will be seen as professional. Wear casual clothes and you will be seen as a cubicle worker.  When you get less than 30 seconds to make a first impression, putting your best foot forward can make the difference, and even prevent negative opinions to be created before the interview has even begun.  People who dress to impress are often more in line for promotions, more likely to be hired on an interview, and more likely to be respected by their customers. The phrase has a deep metaphorical meani...

One Nation, Divisible by Social Media

Years ago when I went to college, I had an American Government class. The first day of class, back in 1999, my teacher came in. I was very excited about this class, being interested in learning more than they never really did teach us in high school about the way the government actually works. They spent so much time on the colonization of the United States, its formation, the wars, that when it came to current day events we always seemed just never get to that part. The internet wasn’t much more diverse than a set of good encyclopedias at this point, and your major headlines still came much faster in the newspaper. Anyway, back to American Government… My first day of class I was in for a shock when my teacher approached the front of the lecture hall filled with over 700 eager ...

Boosting Your Positive Attitude By Using Your Sense of Smell

Our senses are how we interact with the world. One of our most often ignored senses is the sense of smell. In our over-sanitized world smells are undesirable. Commercials tell us to Febreeze our curtains and buy lemon-scented garbage bags. We disinfect everything and cover our children using pocket-sized hand sanitizer. Western civilization has foregone scent in favor of extreme cleanliness, but to what end? Studies have shown that our world doesn’t smell the way it used to. In one study out of the University of Virginia, the radius of the smell of flowers was measured. They discovered that the smell of flowers is travelling far shorter distances than in previous history. Industrial pollutants in the air are cancelling out the smells. While their potential distance is up to half a mile, in...

Learn the “Magic Ratio” to having a Positive and Successful Relationship

Think about the last encounter you had with your partner/significant other. Was it a positive encounter or a negative one? Did you kiss him/her goodbye or did you complain that they didn’t put away their laundry? If you could quantify every interaction in your relationship, it would fall on either the positive or the negative side. The key to a happy relationship is to keep those interactions in balance. Psychologists have determined that the magic ratio of having a successful relationship is to outnumber your negative moments with positive ones on a 5:1 scale. Using the magic ratio, psychologists have been able to accurately predict the success or failure of marriages. After observing couples for 15 minutes and counting their positive or negative reactions, researchers were able to ...

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: The Psychology of Positive Action

“You do not run from a bear because you are afraid of it, but rather become afraid of the bear because you run from it.” –William James Certain human reactions are innate. We feel happy therefore we smile. We feel sad and frown. We become worried, we raise our brows. Our feelings cause reactions. Surprisingly, the reverse is also true. Our actions can cause feelings. Smiling causes happiness. Frowning causes sadness. Furrowed brows cause worry. 19th Century psychology pioneer William James was the first to hypothesize the correlation between action and emotion. His basic idea has far-reaching implications. Research has shown that more than just simple emotions are affected by actions. Our habits, our relationships, even our fundamental personality can be changed by adopting different actio...

Why a Cluttered Home Leads You to a Cluttered Mind

The average home contains over 300,000 items. Every item in your home is sucking away your time, energy, and money. You are the CEO of your home and you are in charge of 300,000 employees. All of those items need to be organized, sorted, stored, displayed, or used. That’s 300,000 decisions. Most of us have a difficult enough time deciding what to have for dinner. Keeping all of these items creates untold stress on our lives. De-cluttering is an anxiety-filled word. People get anxious just hearing it. They picture precious memories being thrown into dumpsters, valuables being lost, and time being spent that they don’t have. The anxiety paralyzes them and they find themselves unable to start the process of eliminating items from their home. It doesn’t have to be an overnight overhaul. Someti...

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