Positive Mind and Wellness

“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...

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...

How to Forgive Yourself For Mistakes

Self-forgiveness is about allowing yourself to move forward once you’ve acknowledged your folly and done your best to make amends. If you’ve done something hurtful—lied to your partner, offended a friend, belittled a co-worker—the “let it go” advice when it comes to your guilty ruminating is naive, if not unethical. Shame, sorrow and self-blame may be warranted after you’ve wronged someone. But it’s not healthy—or productive—to hold on to those feelings forever. Self-forgiveness has been related to lower levels of anxiety, mood disturbances, hostility and rumination. Whether or not the other person forgives you, can you forgive yourself? To be clear, self-forgiveness is not about assuaging your guilt or sidestepping responsibility. (Although if you’re the brooding, overthinking type, it’s ...

The Importance of Teaching Your Child How To Be Positive In Competitive Sports

Almost every parent remembers when they were first introduced into the world of competitive sports. The moment when, “you are the best” becomes “you really need to pay more attention while in the field”. Sports suddenly became more of a job rather than mindless play.  For some people this was a positive experience while others would rather forget it because it was endless negativity. Not everyone has the natural born talent, but many can be taught. From a coach’s standpoint, players with great attitudes are the true winners. Children should be taught to be team players. No one person  is more important than the team, so they should consider the team more important than themselves.  This is why the best teams and the best players don’t always come out on ...

3 Friends You Need to Break Up With Right Now

The Three Friends You Need to Break Up with Right Now   You are who you hang out with. It’s hard to deny that your personality shifts with each group of friends you spend your time with. You section yourself off into pieces in order to fit in more with the group. You might act wild and crazy with your college friends, or prim and proper with the PTA moms. These slight changes in your outward behavior are not necessarily a bad thing.   Some people drive you to be better. Their success and positivity is almost contagious. When you change your behavior to match theirs, you are creating positive change within yourself.   The cause for concern is when you spend your time with people who only bring you down. These are the three types of friends from whom it’s time to move on. The ...

Copycat or Flatterer? It’s All in Your Point of View.

It’s every girl’s worst nightmare.  You spent hours shopping and you finally found the perfect dress, only to discover that your best friend also found the perfect dress, and the dress is the same as yours.  It’s a total tragedy.  Or is it?  It all depends on the way you look at it: On the one hand, that is YOUR dress.  Your friend has TAKEN your dress away from you.  It is no longer special.  You are no longer the only one wearing it.  Your dress is common.  Your night is ruined.  No one will remember how beautiful you looked.  They will only remember how you looked compared to your friend.  It’s the worst case of “Who Wore It Better” EVER! On the other hand, you both look gorgeous.  It proves that you have great taste because you aren’t the only one wearing that dress.  Your dress is now...

Is Your Negative Attitude Electing Donald Trump for President?

From the moment Donald Trump descended the escalator in Trump Tower and declared his candidacy for the presidency he has caused polarizing reactions. Some are convinced he’s the anti-establishment candidate primed to shake up Washington; others that he’s unqualified, a misogynist, and a racist. Much has been written of his positive appeal and his inexplicable polling wins, but the truth is that he is drawing as much power and attention from the negative energy (and negative publicity) surrounding him as from the positive energy. The energy you put into your thoughts is equally as powerful if it is positive or negative, and you know that old saying “No Publicity is BAD Publicity?”   Trump, for some people is an a sign of radical change and hope.  That he is the candidate most li...

A Daily Guide to a Positive Life!

Your outlook on life helps to reduce your stress levels, boosts your self-esteem and even improves your health. Additional health benefits include lesser rates of depression, improved resistance to the common cold and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Positive thinking helps a person to enjoy life by having a healthy outlook and attitude when life’s adversities come your way. Identify Negative Thoughts Negative thoughts prevent you from looking on the positive side of life. Four types of negative thoughts exist. Filtering, where you focus only on the negative; personalizing, where you blame yourself for accidents that occur; creating catastrophes, where you make an event out to be worse than it is; or polarizing, where events are only negative or positive. By identifying negati...

Learn the Science Behind How Positive and Negative Thoughts Physically Change Your Brain: And Why Your Happiness and Health Depends on a Positive Attitude

A man named Steve Parton from CuriousApes.com wrote a brilliant article about how your thoughts shape your brain, and we thought it extremely essential to share this information with our readers to drive home how necessary it is to not only THINK POSITIVE, but to avoid thinking negative. They not only shape it, they reshape it, continuously. Every time you have a thought, an experience, learn something, your brain has changed. And you may say, “Sure… I know this,” but what you may not know is this isn’t just a figurative concept, its physical. Your thoughts literally, change your brain. Lets discover how. In your brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever you have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft, or empty s...

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