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365 Positive Words to Help Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

365 Positive Words to Help Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

Create a more positive year with these words. We have collected a list of 365 positive words – one word for every day of 2021. Find your word of the year for 2021.

Here are some ideas for using them to make 2021 your best year yet:

  • be mindful of the word of the day
  • search inspirational quotes containing each word
  • google each word to research and find more inspiration
  • write a blog post or record a video to encourage others to see all these positive emotions in their lives
  • meditate on one word every day

Each word represents a small step towards creating a more positive life for yourself in the new year 2021.

  1. Begin
  2. Cheerful
  3. Thrilled
  4. Spirited
  5. Honest
  6. Relinquish
  7. Thanks
  8. Hopeful
  9. Glad
  10. Create
  11. Nature
  12. Peace
  13. Tenacious
  14. Plenty
  15. Inspired
  16. Self-motivation
  17. Discover
  18. Concentrate
  19. Mindful
  20. Intention
  21. Energy
  22. Helpful
  23. Good
  24. Trust
  25. Liberty
  26. Simplicity
  27. Allowing
  28. Blessing
  29. Individuality
  30. Thankful
  31. Impressive
  32. Depth
  33. Limitless
  34. Sparkling
  35. Respond
  36. Flourish
  37. Vivacious
  38. Applaud
  39. Kindness
  40. Restorative
  41. Lively
  42. Amazing
  43. Exceptional
  44. Nourish
  45. Gleam
  46. Care
  47. Growing
  48. Donate
  49. Warmheartedness
  50. Space
  51. Acceptance
  52. Advantage
  53. Hakuna Matata
  54. Embolden
  55. Incredible
  56. Soul
  57. Inspiration
  58. Achievement
  59. Genuine
  60. Start
  61. Fascinating
  62. Happy
  63. Contentment
  64. Heal
  65. Strong
  66. Resilient
  67. Organized
  68. Stillness
  69. Shine
  70. Persistence
  71. Vitality
  72. Choose
  73. Secure
  74. Relaxation
  75. Benefit
  76. Divine
  77. Absorbing
  78. Friendliness
  79. Delightful
  80. Affirmation
  81. Sincere
  82. Celebrating
  83. Laughter
  84. Excitement
  85. Empathetic
  86. Forgive
  87. Savor
  88. Caring
  89. Silence
  90. Affirmative
  91. Productive
  92. Valuable
  93. Interest
  94. Solution
  95. Respect
  96. Conscious
  97. Reinforce
  98. Encouragement
  99. Give
  100. Interact
  101. Recover
  102. Strengthen
  103. Happiness
  104. Forward
  105. Vibrant
  106. Listen
  107. Worthwhile
  108. Ikigai
  109. Enough
  110. Loving-kindness
  111. Free
  112. Committed
  113. Expand
  114. Solve
  115. Dope chill out
  116. Spontaneous
  117. Responsibility
  118. Freedom
  119. Revitalize
  120. Reward
  121. Light
  122. Magnanimous
  123. Surrender
  124. Serendipity
  125. Unique
  126. Ease
  127. Transform
  128. Assistance
  129. Amusement
  130. Capable
  131. Blissfulness
  132. Fulfilment
  133. Thrive
  134. Change
  135. Awesome
  136. Facilitate
  137. Connect
  138. Forge
  139. Cuteness overload
  140. Excellent
  141. Enthusiastic
  142. Remarkable
  143. Eager
  144. Fabulous
  145. Clarity
  146. Brave
  147. Glow
  148. Empathy
  149. Supportive
  150. Dream
  151. Loving
  152. Profit
  153. Prosperity
  154. Express
  155. Active
  156. Vision
  157. Powerful
  158. Patience
  159. Adventurous
  160. Support
  161. Improve
  162. Focused
  163. Quality
  164. Meaningful
  165. Harmony
  166. Flexibility
  167. Enthusiasm
  168. Volunteer
  169. Alive
  170. Playful
  171. Illuminate
  172. Appreciation
  173. Community
  174. Humor
  175. Empower
  176. Conviviality
  177. Presence
  178. Inspire
  179. Boost
  180. Beauty
  181. Surpass
  182. Grateful
  183. Sunshine
  184. Serenity
  185. Empowerment
  186. Perceptive
  187. Tranquillity
  188. Centered
  189. Compassionate
  190. Breathe
  191. Giving
  192. New
  193. Progress
  194. Adaptability
  195. Magnificent
  196. Wise
  197. Sustain
  198. Reassure
  199. Transformation
  200. Self-confidence
  201. Interesting
  202. Refreshing
  203. Successful
  204. Great
  205. Effortless
  206. Action
  207. Share
  208. Goal
  209. Mediate
  210. Peaceful
  211. Engagement
  212. Confidence
  213. Brighten
  214. Splendid
  215. Cooperative
  216. Enhance
  217. Imagine
  218. Animated
  219. Invent
  220. Rest
  221. Self-mastery
  222. Intuition
  223. Elated
  224. Enjoyment
  225. Awake
  226. Declutter
  227. Determined
  228. Energized
  229. Open
  230. Energetic
  231. Comfort
  232. Integrity
  233. Self-esteem
  234. Grounded
  235. Insightful
  236. Imagination
  237. Commitment
  238. Fun
  239. Optimistic
  240. Pleased
  241. Stupendous
  242. Joyful
  243. Profitable
  244. Radiant
  245. Positive
  246. Miracle
  247. Versatile
  248. Fearless
  249. Authentic
  250. Satisfaction
  251. Compassion
  252. Agreement
  253. Learn
  254. Faithful
  255. Openhearted
  256. Efficient
  257. Climb
  258. Ingenious
  259. Connected
  260. Self-belief
  261. Value
  262. Ingenuity
  263. Worthy
  264. Best
  265. Wonderful
  266. Blossom
  267. Joyfulness
  268. Wisdom
  269. Healthy
  270. Delicious
  271. Delight
  272. Thoughtful
  273. Sharing
  274. Stunning
  275. Fantastic
  276. Opportunity
  277. Calm
  278. Welcome
  279. Better
  280. Motivation
  281. Upbeat
  282. Gratitude
  283. Friendship
  284. Sanctuary
  285. Competent
  286. Extraordinary
  287. Original
  288. Solid
  289. Nurture
  290. Spunky
  291. Move
  292. Richness
  293. Accomplishment
  294. Safe
  295. Inclusive
  296. Nourishment
  297. Thankfulness
  298. Faith
  299. Joy
  300. Profound
  301. Invigorated
  302. Innovative
  303. Exhilaration
  304. Pleasant
  305. Flow
  306. Stable
  307. Uplift
  308. Comfortable
  309. Challenge
  310. Yes
  311. Advance
  312. Exercise
  313. Awareness
  314. Understanding
  315. Spiritual
  316. Fun-loving
  317. Bliss
  318. Well
  319. Soulful
  320. Believe
  321. Spectacular
  322. Rainbow
  323. Treasure
  324. Smile
  325. Gracious
  326. Engaging
  327. Ever-joyous now
  328. Generous
  329. Honor
  330. Anticipation
  331. Love
  332. Togetherness
  333. Skilful
  334. Keen
  335. Present
  336. Choice
  337. Pleasure
  338. Abundance
  339. Optimal
  340. Extend
  341. Invincible
  342. Balance
  343. Passion
  344. Truthful
  345. Being
  346. Purpose
  347. Consistency
  348. Perspective
  349. Growth
  350. Openness
  351. Gain
  352. Wonder
  353. Resourceful
  354. Terrific
  355. Curiosity
  356. Healing
  357. Rejoice
  358. Creativity
  359. Well-being
  360. Self-care
  361. Satisfied
  362. Harmonious
  363. Brilliant
  364. Useful
  365. Courage

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A to Z Positive Words

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Positive Words Research proudly presents to you a resource with A to Z positive words. For every letter find below four positive words starting with each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. Except for letter X and Z for which there are only two.

Use the below list of positive words to learn nice words starting with every letter of the alphabet. You can use it for yourself, with your children or in classrooms with kids, if you are a teacher.

A to Z Positive Words

  • A from Appreciation, Abundance, Acceptance, Authentic      
  • B from Blessings, Blissfulness, Bravery, Beautiful          
  • C from Calm, Cheerfulness, Creativity, Confident         
  • D from Divine, Determination, Dope Chill Out, Dazzled               
  • E from Empathy, Equanimity, Ease, Enlightened            
  • F from Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, Fearless 
  • G from Gratitude, Generosity, Grace, Glorious               
  • H from Happiness, Hopefulness, Harmony, Healthy     
  • I from Ikigai, Integrity, Imagination, Inspired  
  • J from Joy, Jolly, Justice, Jubilant          
  • K from Kindness, Kalon, Kaajhuab, Kind             
  • L from Light, Loving-kindness, Love, Lovable   
  • M from Magic, Miracle, Mindfulness, Mindful  
  • N from Namaste, Nirvana, Non-resistance, Nice            
  • O from Optimism, Omniscience, Originality, Open-hearted      
  • P from Peace, Prosperity, Perseverance, Playful           
  • Q from Quiddity, Quality, Quiescent Mind, Quiet           
  • R from Relax, Respect, Relief, Resilient              
  • S from Serenity, Serendipity, Self-love, Soulful              
  • T from Trust, Thankfulness, Transformation, Tranquil 
  • U from Unity, Utter amazement, Unification, Unique  
  • V from Vitality, Victory, Vim, Valuable 
  • W from Wealth, Warmheartedness, Wisdom, Worthy 
  • X from XOXO, Xenial             
  • Y from Yippee, You are Loved, Yes, Young-at-heart     
  • Z from Zing, Zest for Life   

Additional positive words to use in your projects:

  • Playfulness
  • Heartwarming
  • One-pointedness
  • Empowered     
  • Enjoy
  • Sacred Space
  • Magnific to Love
  • Wonder              
  • Cuteness overload
  • Embody the Love
  • Unification of Mind
  • Courageous            
  • Joy to Live
  • Worthiness to Take Up Space
  • Ease of Mind
  • Grateful        

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How Can You Better Stick to Your Resolutions for the Year?

How Can You Better Stick to Your Resolutions for the Year

Now that we’re full-on into the New Year, yet still, at its beginning, it’s time to see how well we’re sticking to the resolutions list we’ve made for ourselves a little while back. While making a resolution list in full enthusiasm and with an open heart is inspiring, unfortunately, it’s also no guarantee to help us stick to our plans in the year ahead. 

How Can You Better Stick to Your Resolutions for the Year?

We may get sidetracked by other unforeseen plans or even discouraged by the proportions of what we’ve set out to accomplish for ourselves. However, the good news is that, as with everything else in life, there are ways to slow down and pursue what we want in a calmer, more efficient matter. Let’s look at some tips on how we can make sure we’ll cross off the list even our wildest objectives and dreams:

1. Break Down Objectives into Bite-Size Portions

When you wrote down your list, you probably took note of everything you want to accomplish, but rather in the bigger-picture kind of way. Now it’s time to take the first still unmet objective on your list and break it down into smaller steps. Write down the first thing you can do to get closer to this goal and assign it a timeframe. When can you have it ready? What needs to happen for you to be able to meet that deadline? What can stop you from achieving it? What external help and resources do you need to make it happen? 

Say, for example, one goal was for you to reach financial prosperity this year, but that’s too vague. Think that by March you’ll apply to ten different jobs, by May you take on that extra freelancing job you’ve always wanted to and by July you’ll collaborate with someone on a new project. It’s all about envisioning the small steps that together can bring you the financial prosperity you’ve dreamed of. Additionally, you can look at poor habits that prevent you from reaching and maintaining financial prosperity.

2. Reach Out for External Support

Even though they may be our own dreams and goals, it doesn’t mean we need to work alone on them. The beauty of moving through life organically towards what brings you fulfillment is that the right people will always come your way to help you get where you want to. So try to relieve some of the pressure you’ve put on yourself and look outside, in trying to identify which people from your social circles can contribute to your dreams. 

Remember, happiness is only real when shared, so do your best to collaborate with people that share your vision and aspirations. In the end, the reward will be so much bigger when you’ll cross the finish line together, rather than just by yourself. And who knows, you may also be helping someone fulfill their own dreams in the process. And you will for sure stick to your resolutions for the year.

3. Don’t Give Up the Resolutions for the Year

Sometimes reaching out to something we really want can become overwhelming, scary and exhausting. This is why it’s important that within those moments we step back and treat ourselves gently. Instead of putting even more pressure on ourselves, we need to allow ourselves to take a break whenever we need it, so we can come back to our projects and dreams with a fresher mind. It’s often so easy to lose sight of the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing or to disconnect from gratitude and positive thinking. In this way you will stick to your resolutions for the year.

But that’s just when we need to bring gentleness and calm in our already turbulent mindsets. By practicing this shift every day, you’ll soon notice how inner peace is following its natural course again and your energy levels are slowly back to normal. Life is filled with setbacks and energy rushes, so it’s important to remember how natural they are and how it only requires patience and calm from our side to manage all these fleeting emotions.

Ultimately, it’s important to realize that our dreams will always be there for us, calmly waiting for us to come and bring them to reality. So we need to pace ourselves in this crazy rush to get things done, look for outside support whenever necessary and constantly have faith in who we are and what our personal mission is. Everything does fall into place eventually. And this is how you better stick to your resolutions for the year.

About the Author

‘Claudia Spataru is a free spirit located in Bucharest, Romania and always in search of answers to life’s greatest questions. She loves to understand how people work, what makes them tick and find ways to help them reach higher grounds. She adores the sea, traveling and laughing.’

Positive Words Research – How Can You Better Stick to Your Resolutions for the Year?

7 Tips: How to Stop Worrying

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The biggest obstacle to a happy life is worrying. It can destroy your life personally and professionally.

Excessive worriers can face a host of physical problems like headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, and irritability. The cause of various illnesses and diseases can also be attributed to worry.

If you are a constant worrier, here are some ways to abandon worry so that one can lead a happy life.

1. Identify the problem that is worrying you

On a sheet of paper, write down what is bothering you. For example, if you are worried about losing your job, write it down on a sheet of paper.

2. Is it real, or imaginary?

Mark Twain said, “My biggest problems never happened.” Sometimes, our worries are imaginary. We imagine almost everything that can go wrong and worry about it constantly.

Ask yourself, is it imaginary or real? If it is imaginary, let it go.

If it’s real, then make a list of all the possible solutions to the problem. Then, choose the most likely solution to solve your problem.

3. Don’t dwell on your mistakes

Every person makes mistakes. There is probably no person in the world who hasn’t made a mistake. Warren Buffett says he “learns from its mistakes, but doesn’t dwell on them”.

There is absolutely nothing you can do about the past.

When I was younger, I often dwelled on the past and wondered what I could’ve done differently. I now realize that it is a waste of time and energy dwelling on the past.

The life to be lived is in the future, not in the past.

The only thing you can change is your present and your future. The past cannot be changed. So there is no point dwelling on it. Instead, it’s better to spend that time and energy living in the present.

4. Don’t make things more difficult than they need to be

Many of us are conditioned to think that there are higher rewards for doing tasks that are more difficult. In school and college, it might be true. But in real life, the level of difficulty doesn’t always count.

We don’t necessarily get paid more because the job is difficult. It’s easy to get into a habit of making simple things more difficult.

If you are stuck in a career that isn’t paying you well, the answer may not be in working harder. Instead, you may want to consider a change in career. A career that is better paying and is in high demand.

Some professions pay more than others.

5. Plan your life but take one day at a time

Many of us may have 10, 20, or even 100 goals. But choose just five of those goals and ignore the rest. Once you achieve these five goals, only then you should think of achieving the others. Too many goals can distract you.

Once you set goals, make a plan to achieve them. It gives you focus and clarity.

But if thinking too far ahead makes you worry, then focus on getting through the day by setting smaller goals for each day and breaking up bigger tasks into smaller manageable parts.

6. One bad moment doesn’t have to ruin your entire day

Imagine you are having a great day, and suddenly, someone on the street verbally abuses you for no reason. You can choose to hit back and ruin your entire day, or you can let it go, and move on.

Ask yourself, “Is this issue too big of a deal for me to ruin my entire day?” The answer to most of those questions is ‘NO.’

7. Seek the services of a professional to stop worrying

Sometimes, we may not be able to solve problems ourselves. In those situations, it might be prudent to hire the services of a wellness professional.

Conclusion

Sometimes, reducing worry to manageable levels may require only a few minor tweaks in the way one thinks. It is not as hard as many people think. It is possible to stop worrying and lead a happy life, irrespective of one’s situation.

Author’s Bio

Vinil Ramdev is a self-development enthusiast. He has written several motivational pieces and likes to explore various aspects of leading a happy life. To stay updated about his upcoming articles, follow him on Twitter or Facebook. Vinil lives in the United States.

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6 Easy Ways To Boost Your Personal Efficiency

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We all want to become better, that’s for sure. I bet you’re reading this line because your pursuit of excellence has led you to me. Now that we’ve met, I’d like to propose the following:

My work is different – I’m not a guru, I’m not here to improve you, and I’m not here to make you believe something. I am here because I’m the bird who sings its song without any expectations. If you care to stop and listen to me, you do so because you appreciate the beauty of the song.

Becoming a superhuman or improving your personal efficiency up to skyrocketing levels requires you to do stuff.

As far as I see it, there are several primordial aspects that one must assume and acknowledge before working on complicated aspects.

Here are 6 things you truly need to consider and apply if you really want to create long-lasting change in your personal efficiency. Start small but aim high.

1.    Meditation

First of all, you must understand what meditation really is. There’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo everywhere around the internet, so many of us don’t really understand what true meditation is.

Meditation is a state, not an activity that you must schedule. We are meditating every time we silence our thoughts and engage in the present moment. It is THAT simple.

As Mark Farley, the founder of a popular assignment help enterprise suggests, “All you have to do is start observing what’s going on around you and your body. Use your eyes as tools for vision, your nose as a tool for smelling, your ears as a tool for sound, and activate all your other senses like touch, emotions, and vibration.”

I would add an important remark…

Don’t focus on removing the thoughts. Many people make a true effort to stop their thoughts on command. That’s a trap that leads you nowhere. Instead, focus on your senses and on “now”.

2.    Knowledge of personal efficiency

“Knowledge is power” – you’ve heard it, I heard it, and our neighbors must have heard it too. It has a different meaning for each of us, yet for the wise ones, knowledge is everything.

At one point or another, you’ll understand this statement better, and it will mark the beginning of a new stage in your life.

Life’s all about lessons and growth. The moment you stop, you stop fueling what keeps you alive. For example, do you fail to do something in life? Do you fail to be disciplined or to stick to your goals? It means you do not have sufficient knowledge on how to remove the bad beliefs & habits. It means that you don’t have the “weapons” to fight back. When you embrace the knowledge that’s sitting up for grabs, your life will immediately change and your personal efficiency will boost.

3.    Harmony

Let me ask you a question. Do you live in harmony with yourself?

Simply put…Do you feel what you think?

Or…do you do what you feel?

Or…do you do what you think and feel?

Here’s the simple definition of love/balance/freedom/harmony:

Thoughts + Emotions + Actions. If they are aligned, there will be harmony. If they’re not aligned, there will be suffering.

Right now, most of us experience an internal anarchy because our thoughts, emotions, and actions are in disharmony.

You can get out of this state by simply becoming the ruler of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Become sovereign and an internal monarch of your world and you’ll be happy and free.

4.    Self-Discovery

There are many points in life when our needs completely change. We first desire to achieve material abundance. Money, fame, power, status…that’s the standard. But then, we will hardly be delighted by the things that we’ve accomplished.

We’ll start seeking other types of experiences. We’ll start studying literature, art, history, and so on. But once we’re done with that, the process repeats.

Eventually and hopefully, we’ll start seeking true knowledge, which is the knowledge of the self. We will realize that we had it all, right here, in our own minds.

5.    Intention

They call it the law of attraction. Simply put, what you intend to happen, it will eventually happen. However, it will hardly happen if your thoughts, emotions, and actions are not sitting in balance, because you actually need to take action to develop new things here, on the physical plane.

How can you change any procrastination state, laziness, belief?

You start with the intention first. You start caring about the thing that you want to happen. Once you know and visualize what will happen, start taking action!

6.    Attachment

Don’t become attached to anything – people, feelings, thoughts, objects, states…they’re all going to trap you.

According to Buddha, the attachment is the root of all evil and the biggest block to self-realization, and that’s become when you conclude something, you make it real, and it will eventually impact you in the future.

If there are no conclusions, every experience will feel like “new”. The past represents our illusions of what happened while the future represents the illusion of what will happen. The present moment is the only thing that matters. Stay there and your attachments will soon go away.

Takeaways

So, as you may notice, there are many powerful actions you can take to arrive where you want. If you care, save this post somewhere on your desktop and keep revisiting it every now and then. Reflect on the topics discussed here and try to see the bigger picture.

Lastly, remember to keep it simple. After all, we’re all playing our individual game. Once you realize that what you’re doing is simply playing, your fear will suddenly vanish and there will be no more irrelevant suffering. You will be free and ready to conquer your world.

Author ~ Mark Thomson

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Finding Your Talents With Morning Pages

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Do you ever feel as if you are constantly getting in your own way? Are intrusive thoughts or easy distractibility taking away from your ability to create or reach your goals? If so, you are not alone. Most of us create a lot of internal noise that can block our creativity, and stop us from maximizing our talents. Some examples of this noise are:

  • Thoughts of self-doubt
  • Painful memories
  • Grudges and arguments
  • Worries great and small
  • Unfinished ideas
  • Mental to do lists
  • Regrets
  • Administrivia
  • Cerebral Flotsam and Jetsam

Unless you can push past all of these, it’s difficult to accomplish very much beyond simply muddling through your day. One way to clear all of this out of the way is to use a technique called morning pages. By using this simple yet proven method, you will be able to accomplish more, learn about yourself, and make better use of your talents.

Morning Pages Defined

In 1992, author Julia Cameron released the book, ‘The Artist’s Way’. The book contained several exercises designed to help average people harness and use their natural creativity. The exercise that gained the most popularity was ‘morning pages’.

Morning pages is a daily writing exercise. The instructions are simple. Just write in an 8.5 x 11 notebook in longhand until three pages have been filled. This exercise is to be completed first thing in the morning, before doing anything else. Since the book was published, writers, artists, and others have been practicing morning pages.

The Purpose of Morning Pages

The concept here is quite simple. It is difficult to think creatively or complete creative tasks if you are inundated with the kind of intrusive thoughts mentioned above. Anyone who has ever, for example, sat down to write something only to have their mind wander continually has experienced this.

The function of morning pages is to use writing to clear all of those thoughts away. The idea is that if you engage in longhand, the stream of consciousness writing you can get those thoughts out of your mind and onto paper. As a result, when it comes time to focus on what you want to accomplish, all of that ‘stuff’ is less likely to get in the way.

Morning Page Guidelines

 There aren’t a lot of rules here. Essentially you should write in longhand. Typing doesn’t have the same impact. This may be because the brain actually reacts differently when you write or draw by hand. You should do as little as possible before starting morning pages. Ideally, it is the first thing you do. Getting a cup of tea beforehand is fine. Checking your emails and making a phone call before getting started is definitely not in the spirit of this. Finally, you shouldn’t stop writing until you have filled three pages.

What if You Have Nothing to Write?

 There is absolutely no pressure to produce any written work, through morning pages, that is at all interesting or compelling. The products of your morning pages don’t even need to make sense. If you don’t feel like you have something to write, then write anything. Write a series of made-up words. Write the same sentence over and over again. Write words that rhyme with one another. Write as many words as you can without using the letter ‘E’.

There may be days when you just don’t have much to work past before you can access your creative abilities. On those days, think of morning pages as simply a warm-up exercise. Still, if you stick to morning pages, you will almost certainly find that there are days when you do have something to write. They may be trivial things such as concerns about what to make for dinner, or rehashing old conversations. You might even write about work concerns such as vetting out a new hire or picking the best human translation option for a business merger or expansion. They may also be deeper things such as major goals, fears, or regrets.

Does Morning Pages Have a Purpose for People Who Aren’t Creative Types?

First, everyone is a creative type. There are so many tasks that require you to use creative talents even if they don’t fall under the category of artistic expression. It takes creativity to come up with new solutions to a problem. It takes creativity to teach a concept to someone who is having difficulty understanding it. It takes creativity to write a sales pitch. Any time that you do something without following some predetermined set of steps, you have done something creative.

Unfortunately, if you don’t consider yourself to be creative, doing creative things can be even more challenging. One of the things that can get in your way is your own doubts about your creative abilities. That’s something morning pages can help you get over.

Is Morning Pages Therapy?

Not exactly, but there are days when it may feel that way. If you’ve been trying to accomplish something and your thoughts and doubts keep getting in the way, writing can be cathartic. So can the feeling you get when you are finally able to complete the task you want to complete.

On the other hand, morning pages can reveal deeper emotions such as sadness, frustration, or anger. Simply writing these out may not be sufficient. You may choose to find another means to explore these further.

Getting Motivated to do Morning Pages

Like any other exercise, morning pages won’t help unless you do them consistently. Many find themselves working hard to find the motivation to stick to it. The best approach is to simply drop the idea of motivation altogether.

Instead, work to create a morning pages habit. Think of all of the things that you simply do. You check your email, you walk your dog, and you wash your dishes. There’s no immediate reward for doing these things. You don’t skip out on these things, because you aren’t feeling inspired or motivated. You just do them. Once morning pages are a habit, whether you feel motivated won’t be an issue.

Conclusion

Who knows? You may be a better writer, creator, or problem solver than you ever imagined. Give morning pages a try. This simple exercise may be the key to accessing and using your creative talents.

Author ~ Margaret Reid Margaret Reid

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How To Be Happy In An Unhappy World

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Can we be happy in this crazy world? Speaking of the world today as a place of happiness appears to just be “Pollyanna” positive thinking, not dealing with reality.

When we consider the present world, there’s much poverty and persecution on one side. In America, the poverty is minimal and the ‘persecution’ is verbal. We would think, then, that America would be happier. But, generally, no.

Gratitude for the blessings

What we find is those in poverty are grateful for every gift, every blessing, every morsel of food, every day of life. They are happy! They have joy! However, in America few are satisfied. There’s envy, grudges, the struggle for more money, power, and status. People are most stressed and worried.

How can someone who has, basically, nothing be happier than one with everything (or the potential for it)? They find happiness within themselves, yet they’re not concerned with only themselves. They are selfless and generous. These people find happiness in life every day, appreciating each meal, each moment.

They know the truth, they know the reality of eternity. Moreover, they’re patient and trustful. Can a wealthy country learn from a “third-world” country? Not in technology, true. Not in politics, no. Probably not in infrastructure, maintenance, or most other areas. But can we learn from the people, the strong souls? YES!

The old adage, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’ is accurate. Those in ‘third-world’ countries are in ‘fox holes’ and continue to hope. They believe in eternity and what it offers. Also, they know their current situation is temporary. Hope makes them strong.

People of hope

We in America are spoiled. Many have no idea of the struggle we once endured that made us the amazing country we are. We once were also a people of hope… and belief… and love. But, today, most Americans have lost all sense of Faith. It hardly exists. Many of those who do ‘believe,’ don’t live their faith. Thus, the lack of hope—and, as a result, the lack of love. Charity is rarely observed.

Comments on social media are appalling. Hate and name-calling are prominent. People are quick to criticize and judge. Worse, they’re quick to attack. There is little attempt to understand. What good can come of it? Does the hate satisfy? Does criticism bring internal joy? Absolutely not! It hurts us—in many ways.

Step over criticism

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” So, even if we are criticized or called names, we don’t have to respond similarly. We don’t need to feel offended by those who insult us, showing their ignorance. We can rise above, pause, breath, smile—knowing the insult is untrue, that the name doesn’t apply.  “Let it go” and ignore the ignorant.

We can be a faith-filled, hopeful, caring people again. We can build up our faith in an eternal Deity. People can learn to trust. It’ll take a change in attitude, a realization that hate and unrest are upsetting in themselves and within us, hindering, hurting. A change requires yearning for peace, especially internal peace. Isn’t that what we all truly desire?

Calm down in order to be happy

In the recent movie, “Rampage,” the gorilla, “George,” would get upset and his trainer motioned for him to calm down. In the former condition, George was dangerous. When the trainer insisted George calm down, George would respond, calm down, and was able to listen and be reasoned with. Then, he was also the means for doing good!

We’re the same. If we’re upset, we cannot think clearly. So, doing good is the last thing we consider or even want at the time. But we must act as humans and make ourselves calm down to be able to consider all sides of an issue or situation—and then act and react reasonably, fairly. We can all seek and find that peace of mind and heart if we truly desire it. How can we not desire it?

We all have faults

No matter what we think, we’re no better than the other person. They may be faulty in an obvious way—but we are faulty in another way.
Continual fretting, constant upset– about political issues and every item on social media which the media and some famous people encourage– affects attitudes, relationships and also health! It damages bodies internally, causes pain, worsens conditions, and eventually can even kill. Worse, it can erupt in battles with others and someone getting seriously hurt. No good can come of it.

But, also, something few consider today is how it damages the soul. The soul lasts past death into eternity. If we all considered that what we do today in this life determines how we spend ‘forever,’ there would be less pain and less hate in this world.

Striving for happiness

So, let’s work on getting along, not jump to conclusions, consider pros and cons of each issue and motivations of each side. We should ask ourselves:  Why am I so upset about this? What is the source of the underlying grief I feel? Even if we don’t believe in eternity, we will be happier in this world if we realize we are not “all that!” We’re just another person striving for happiness—maybe in the wrong way.

What can happen when we ignore the ignorant, let go of pride, strive for peace, seek hope and practice love? We will be more productive, more successful—at our job, in our family, with friends, in life. We will be happier in this world. Then, if there’s an eternity, we’ll certainly find ourselves in an even happier place!

Is there an eternity?

Blaise Pascal said, “I would rather live as if there was a God and die to find out there isn’t than to live as if there isn’t and find out there is.” It’s called Blaise’s Wager. Blaise was a mathematician, a philosopher, a theologian, a physicist! So, he wasn’t ignorant! He was a wise man providing advice we would do good to follow.

Author’s Bio

Monica Walker

Monica Walker is a wife of 50 yrs, mother of 5, grandmother of 23. Region Manager at Augustine Institute. Manager & Mortgage Underwriter at Bank of America. Published freelance author — various local publications including weekly and monthly entries in church publications. Author — three books almost ready to publish. Poet and Songwriter–ninety songs ready to submit.
“Outstanding Young Woman of America”
Guest on televised Business Awakenings show.
Multiple, various awards at Bank of America and Augustine Institute.
Volunteer for church and small-town activities. Monica lives in the United States.

Make Yourself a Cup of Tea: Simple Self-Care Guide to Keep You Through the Day

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We all know that we have to take care of ourselves, but we don’t know how to fit it into our already busy schedules. It is actually even more important to take care of yourself when you have a hectic lifestyle that leaves you without much energy at the end of the day. As a writer, I am always in front of the computer and after a day of paraphrasing plagarism, I sometimes do not have the time for self-care. What I have realized is that self-care does not have to be extreme. It is the little things we do that can have huge impacts. Here is my simple self-care guide.

Redefine success

The pressure we put on ourselves to be successful can be a lot and if we only step away from what we are told, it might be easier. Success is different for everyone and you need to redefine it for your own life. By eliminating some of the pressure, you can find some time to breathe. This is not to say that you have to give up on your goals and dreams, but rather only focus on the ones that brings you pure joy.

Treats count

If you do not have the time to go to a spa and have a day of relaxation, give yourself a treat just for getting through the day. This can be a cup of your favorite tea or just a block of chocolate. Life should not be lived worrying about things that don’t matter. It does not have to be food. You can also do your nails at home or have a long bubble bath. There are reasons why these treats are spoken about often. It really is just about rejuvenating yourself and give you that moment to appreciate what you have.

Write

You do not have to be an ez rewriter to be writing every day. A journal is always a good idea, or simply writing something inspiring. This is a great release after you have been knocking down giants the whole day. Write about something that happened to you in the day or some place you would like to visit. No matter what it is, there is a therapeutic aspect to it that we cannot deny.

Positive self-talk

By far the most important aspect of self-care is to change all the negative thoughts in your head. It is not always as easy as flipping a switch, but with practice, you can become your own motivator. After rephrasing a sentence online for a thousand times, I might start believing that I don’t have what it take to be a writer. Instead, I would tell myself that I am such a champ for not giving up.

Music

Nothing heals the battered soul like listening to your favorite tunes. Music can be a release for so many people and what you listen to says a lot about you and the space you are in mentally. Put your feet up and press that play button. Being able to relate to some of the words in a song can make you feel like the world understands you.

Conclusion

Do not neglect yourself on your road to success. Happiness has always been more important than making another buck. Enjoy your life and remember that you are your biggest asset, so take care of you.

Author’s Bio

Charles Hampton is a content manager and an amateur guest post writer. His hobby is reading and, extreme sport. He also writes short stories and dreams of publishing his book. Charles`s life credo is “Just do it!”

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Take Your Life Back: 5 Signs Your Work Is Stealing You From Your Family

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You come home from work. And you feel tired.
Because you really are. It feels like you have a soul-sucking job that eats you alive. You die a little every day at your office.
The workload is crazy, the pressure is insane and if you just take one moment to rest, you will fall behind.

To cope with all the challenges and demanding bosses, you bring your work home, trying to complete everything and impress the whole company.
You put your mask on every time you get out of the house. Nod and smile at work to build connection and relationship. You even go out with your coworkers sometimes, just to get your connection going.

However, you are too tired by the time you get home

And you really don’t have any energy left.
Your home is the only place you can be yourself. So if tired, you let your family know that. If you are busy, you let your family know that you are busy. So that they will leave you alone.

However, once they get used to it, you will no longer play an important part in their lives anymore. Before you know it, a solid wall between you and your family has been built. And before you know it, you retire and you are all alone, just like you wished tens of years ago.

You don’t want that to happen, do you?

We all want our families and friends to be with us, stay with us forever. But are you really acting that way? Or you let your job become a wall between you and them?

Here are 5 signs your job is stealing you from your family.

1. You roll your eyes when someone talks about work-life balance

Work-life balance is a term that people talk about a lot. But that term is not applicable to you. If you have work-life balance, who is going to finish that project, who is going to complete that job, and who is going to get the promotion? Not you for sure.

So, screw work-life balance. Your life can wait, can’t it?
This is an example of a workaholic. You might be a workaholic if you think that way about work-life balance.

It is easy for you to deter your life to the future when you first start your career, but it is not okay for the family. Your family is not going to be the same forever. Your children will grow up and leave the house. Before you realize, you don’t have that much time with family. It is vital maintaining balance unless you want your work to be your life.

2. You start working before dawn and come back home after your family falls asleep

It’s not that you are madly in love with your job, but it’s because you are too busy. If you don’t slowly kill yourself to work every day, you will fall behind.

To make sure you are catching up with your work, which is increasing every day, you have to start working before dawn and only come home after your whole family is asleep.

In fact, you don’t talk to your family more than 5 sentences a day. You see your co-workers’ faces so much more than seeing your children.

3. You say no to family occasions to focus on your work

It is harder and harder to arrange a trip with your family, to stay away from your work for a while. You don’t know when it started. But every time you want to go on a trip with your family, something urgent comes up at work and only you know how to solve the problem.

You don’t remember the last time you went to see your children’s play at school, last time you have a romantic night out with your spouse because you are working all the time.

4. You feel like your family doesn’t support you

Nonetheless, you will feel resentful toward your family because you start to hear their complaints about you not spending time with them. You feel like they don’t understand.

You are doing this for them, because of them. They are on top of your priority. But why don’t they see it that way?

The thing is, you might mean well and they are truly the reasons why you work so hard to provide for them. But what you are doing doesn’t make them feel that way.

5. If you sit with your family, you don’t know what else rather than your job to walk about

Because you don’t have time to get out there and live your life because you are trapped in your job. You are very talkative when it comes to job-related matters. However, you fall out of the loop when you try to have a normal conversation with your family.

You don’t know the movie they are talking about because you don’t watch movies. Also, you don’t know the name of your kids’ best friends because you never talk to them.

It seems that you don’t understand what they say and they are not interested in what you have to say. You weren’t born to work. You were born to live a worthy life.

Don’t let your work get in the way of your life. Don’t use your work as an excuse for not having enough time to love and be loved.

When you are sick and tired, your job is not there for you. When you are vulnerable and lonely, your job doesn’t cheer you up. When you are on your deathbed, your job is not there, holding your hand and be with you until your last breath.

So don’t make your job the top priority in your life. Family comes first.

If you are guilty of letting your job steal you from your family, don’t stay late at work, don’t bring work back home. Get off and go home on time. And make sure you smile, laugh and appreciate your family for always being there for you.

Author’s Bio

Mai Pham believes we can create our own happiness. She helps overwhelmed and frustrated people to ditch their stress and enjoy their lives again. Grab her free actionable cheatsheet: 5 Simple Tips to Release Stress and Bring You Calm in Under 5 Minutes and join her free 7 Joyful Days Challenge email course. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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How Avoiding Negativity Improves the Work Day

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“A happy employee is a productive employee”. We’ve all heard this quote numerous times, but is there any truth to it? It turns out, there is. A recent study done by the University of Warwick showed the productivity of a happy employee increased 12 percent when placed in a positive and happy environment. So, how do we create this happy environment for ourselves?

In with the Good, Out with the Bad

Negativity has a scientific term when associated with the biological systems of the body. The emotion of negativity is directly related to the hormone cortisol. Cortisol’s primary function is to trigger a stress reaction in the human body. It is our body’s natural built-in system to create the feeling of stress. In today’s world, the concept sounds foolish. However, if you were a caveman crossing paths with a saber-toothed tiger, you may want a built-in system that lets you know you are in a dangerous situation.

Have you ever heard stories of police officers or military talking about the hair on the back of their neck standing up? That’s cortisol letting the brain know it is in a hazardous environment. In these hazardous environments, cortisol being dumped into the system in large quantities over a short period of time is a very effective system. However, in a workplace setting, cortisol being pumped into your system in much smaller and much more consistent doses is something we want to work positively to avoid. This steady stream of the stress hormone has been linked to depression, weight gain, weakened immune system, and a shortened lifespan. The power of positivity on your health can be measured in loads.

Get Moving Towards a Brighter Day

Endorphins, also known as the activity hormone, are a cortisol suppressing hormone. These are released in almost any physical activity, from running a marathon to spending some quality time with your partner in the bedroom. To release this hormone at work, start scheduling some activity into your workday. See if there is a lunchtime workout class close to your office or a nice running trail. If not, set an alarm on your phone or utilize an app for a predetermined set of time. When the alarm goes off, get active! Calisthenics, yoga, or walking lap around your building will do the trick.

Have Your Cake and Eat it too

You know that feeling of euphoria when you bite into a decadent piece of chocolate cake? How about that wave of comfort or relaxation after finishing spring cleaning or organizing your desk. That’s dopamine, the “mission accomplished” hormone. How do you release this hormone? You guessed it, accomplish missions! Start every day by writing down a “to do” list. As you accomplish the tasks, deliberately scratch the items off the list. Consider doing it while listening to feel good music that has been found to have positive effects on the emotional areas of your brain. With each cross off, you’ll get a healthy dose of dopamine. By the end of the day, you’ll wonder how you were ever feeling down, to begin with.

Get Talking

Serotonin is quite similar to dopamine; it too is a “mission accomplished” hormone. However, this hormone is socially engaged. It is very hard to trigger a serotonin release on your own. The emotion most often associated with serotonin is pride — not pride in yourself, but when you feel how proud the people in your life are of your accomplishments. Feeling proud of someone else’s accomplishments can create a rush of serotonin as well. Try fostering a mentor/mentee relationship where you commit to using only positive language with one another. Regardless of what side of the relationship you are on; as soon as one of you has a great accomplishment, the serotonin will soon follow.

Servitude and High Fives

Oxytocin, the most powerful cortisol suppressant, has been proven to help aid with depression, substance abuse, and can even increase your lifespan. Like serotonin, this hormone is difficult to release all by yourself. There are two effective ways to release oxytocin in a social setting: physical contact and acts of service. A hug or even a high five time can help to lighten another person’s day, as well as your own. Committing acts of service, such as organizing an office blood drive, park clean up, or soup kitchen staffing will help create a positive working space for yourself and your colleagues.

Author’s Bio

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

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