Quotes To Cheer Your Day

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How To Improve Yourself Inside Out

You might feel good, you might feel great, but your goal should be to feel your best every day. In order to do so, here are ways to improve yourself both inside and out. These small changes will make a big difference — become your best self A.S.A.P.


Be Yourself

We’re not talking about the “you” that you present at work or in public; we’re talking about the you deep down inside. Whether that person is silly or serious, thoughtful or carefree, you have to embrace him or her. You will never truly feel happiness if you’re acting like someone you’re not. If you feel pressured to be someone different because of the people you’re around or the places you go, it might be best to reevaluate and, perhaps, remove yourself from the situation altogether.


Treat Your Body Right

You only get one body, so you should be treating it as such. Gone are the days of feeling guilty about what you eat, what you drink, or what other substances you put into your system. Instead, start taking control and taking care of yourself. This means eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and completely eradicating yourself of alcohol and other addictive substances. You won’t believe how great you feel until you actually take this step, but once you do, you won’t be able to go back.


Apply the Golden Rule to Yourself

When a friend messes up or feels self-conscious, you’re there to build him or her up. Why do you tear yourself down in the same situation? You should immediately change the tone of your inner voice to one that’s supportive, confident, and a lot more sympathetic. It’s okay to make a misstep — it’s not okay to bring yourself down for it.


Let People In

As we get a little older, it seems like it’s harder and harder to make new friends. And, while it’s great to keep your oldest and truest friends by your side, some relationships need pruning as you grow. This means that it’s okay to let go of those from whom you have drifted. It’s also okay to get out there and meet new people who just get you.


…But Not Just Anyone

You shouldn’t be in a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship. You’ll find yourself to be a much happier person if you cut out any of the toxic friendships or intimate relationships in your life. As you start treating yourself better, you’ll realize that you want to surround yourself with people who treat you that way, too. Give the pink slip to any friendships that don’t meet your new standards.


Say Goodbye to Stress

Between work, money, and relationships it can seem like life is becoming more and more stressful with each passing day. Be sure to give yourself time to relax and reflect whenever you’re feeling stressed out. Even the shortest of breaks from what’s stressing you out will leave you feeling rejuvenated and much less anxious. Imagine how much better your work will be when you look at it with a calm, clear mind.


Express Yourself

It might be hard to say how you feel — for some, verbalizing their feelings is near impossible. It turns out that bottling them up inside is not healthy, either, so you should get in the habit of telling others what you’re really feeling and thinking. Those who are truly friends will do their best to help you feel better.


Stop Dreaming

…And start going for it! You’ve probably had some of the same goals in the back of your mind for a while. Whether you want to buy a house, run a long-distance race, or try your hand at painting, you should go for it. Even the smallest step in the direction of your dream will leave you feeling more fulfilled at the end of the day.


Volunteer

One of the best ways to help yourself is to help others. You’ll feel an undeniable  — and incomparable — sense of self-worth and accomplishment when you volunteer your time to a worthy cause. Perhaps you’re a fan of dogs or cats. Spend a few hours a weekend volunteering at a shelter where they might not get as much love. Tutor children at low-income schools if you get along well with kids. Play bingo with the elderly. Do something that leaves you feeling better than you did before.


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Choices You Will Regret Later In Life

1.  Wearing a mask to impress others.

 If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it.  Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are.  So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you.  You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people.  Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.


2. Letting someone else create your dreams for you. 

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find.  A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams.  Do you have people who disagree with you?  Good.  It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path.  Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.

3. Keeping negative company.

Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you.  Don’t let them get to you.  They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun.  When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.


4. Being selfish and egotistical.

A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone.  Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired.  So carve your name on hearts, not stone.  What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.


5. Avoiding change and growth. 

If you want to know your past look into your present conditions.  If you want to know your future look into your present actions.  You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back.  If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success. 


6. Giving up when the going gets tough.

 There are no failures, just results.  Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up.  Learn what you can and move on.  The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end.  Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory.  It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.


7. Trying to micromanage every little thing.

Life should be touched, not strangled.  Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.  Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight.  Take a deep breath.  When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great.  Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

8. Settling for less than you deserve.

Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.  Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again.  Don’t settle.


9. Endlessly waiting until tomorrow.

– The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do.  But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do.  And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.


10. Being lazy and wishy-washy.

– The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something.  So stop daydreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone.  Take full responsibility for your life – take control.  You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Weekend Habits Of Successful People

Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Here are 12 weekend habits of highly successful people:
1. Get up early
Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.

2. Have a plan
“What good shall I do today?” Successful people know the importance of even daily goals — the weekends are no exception. Sure, they can be a time for (planned and purposeful) rejuvenation. General slacking off is not an option.

3. Don’t multi-task
Multi-tasking is so 2005. It may be tempting to maximize your weekend productivity by running on the treadmill while calling your mother and trolling your newsfeed, but successful people know that this just reduces efficiency and effectiveness. Instead, be present for each single activity. A maximum of two goals or tasks per day ensure productivity and accomplishments are align.

4. Stay active
Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind — weekends included. If nothing else, it will also counteract that glass of wine and cheese platter from Saturday night.

5. Prioritize what’s important
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

6. Make time for hobbies
Successful people are often interesting people — and their hobbies have a lot to do with that. Sure, golfing on Saturdays can be a great way to network and source business opportunities. But, even solo hobbies can aid success through fostering creativity and relieving stress.

7. Practice stillness
This once-best-kept secret of the yogis is now common knowledge. Even the corporate world is acknowledging the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for reducing stress, improving productivity, facilitating creativity and maintaining general well-being. The weekends can often be busier than week days with attempting to cram in chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements and more into a 48-hour period. The most successful people take daily time out for stillness, weekends included. They don’t call it a meditation “practice” for nothing.

8. Forget FOMO, Embrace JOMO
We’ve all done it — posted a tastefully filtered snap of our weekend antics or checked in on social media to elicit “likes” and envy from our friends/followers (#bragging). Enter, the era of FOMO (fear of missing out). On weekends, we’re even more prone to FOMO. People should be focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out) — the mantra that “there is nowhere I’d rather be than exactly where I am.” Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature — practicing an attitude of gratitude and resisting social-media-induced FOMO is key for a happy weekend. And isn’t happiness the real marker of success?

9. Take time to reflect
 “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Reflection should be a daily practice but the weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Try starting a “one sentence journal” to encourage daily reflection. Make Saturday or Sunday your day to flick back through the week’s entries!

10. Give back
It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas. Successful people agree with Anne Frank: “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Nothing helps put things in perspective and reduce stress more than helping those less fortunate. Weekends are a great time to get involved in local and community volunteer events.

It’s settled then. Success is a 24/7 lifestyle choice — weekends included! 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Here's How To Make Someone Happy

One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier.

Why?
You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy.
You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too.
You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about others also tends to be the way you treat and think about yourself.

So how can you make someone happier?

Here are 21 quite quick things you can start doing today. Pick one and see how it can affect someone in your life.
1. Give a sincere compliment. Many positive things tend to go unsaid. So give someone a sincere compliment today. It can mean especially much if it’s for something that is close to the other person’s heart. Or something he or she been putting in a good effort with like getting into better shape for the last few months.

2. Let someone into your lane while driving you’re driving. It can unstress his or her day quite a bit.

3. Hold a the door open for a few extra seconds. It doesn’t take much of an effort but it can put a smile on someone’s face.

4. Express your gratitude for what is too often taken for granted. We may sometimes take what others do a bit too much for granted. Like the food they cook, how they keep doing their job consistently each and every day or how to they are there to listen when we need it.

5. Share some of your tasty homemade cookies. Or bread, ice cream or jerky.

6. Give away a piece of your hobby. Like a bracelet or a drawing you have made for instance.

7. Share some of your fall harvest. For example some jam, canned vegetables or dried delicious mushrooms or fruit.

8. Encourage.The world can be a tough and discouraging place at times. So encourage someone who is in a negative situation at the moment. Add your own perhaps more grounded and optimistic perspective on the situation to lessen his or her worries and perhaps exaggerated fears.

9. Tell a good – or terrible – joke. Or a funny story about something that happened to you last week.

10. Share something funny you found online. Play one of your favorite clips from a stand-up show you love if you are out of jokes and good stories at the moment.

11. Help out practically with advice. If a friend needs some help then ask someone you know who has been in that situation for advice. Or do a bit of online research to find what he she might be looking for.

12. Pick some flowers. It only takes few minutes but the joy lasts for days.

13. Give a hug. It unstresses and it can disrupt negative thoughts and change someone’s mood surprisingly quickly. Use when appropriate though.

14. Cook their favorite food if they have had a bad day. It can really cheer them up on such days.

15. Get their favorite takeout food. If you want a quicker option than cooking a meal when they are having a crummy day. A variation on this idea is to get just a small piece of their favorite chocolate or other treat.

16. Smile. Even if you’re only spending 30 seconds on talking to the cashier in the supermarket checkout line.

17. Run an errand or do one chore for that person. It can be big stress reducer if he or she is having a hectic day.

18. Just listen. It’s sometimes all that’s needed to help someone out of a negative headspace.

19. Bring a cup of tea or coffee the way that person likes it. It only takes a minute while you are already up and getting a hot beverage for yourself.

20. Hide a secret note for him or her to find. A note of thankfulness. Or a note with a compliment. Or simply a note of love. Hide it in their tea container, lunch box or hat for example.

21. Bring the postivity. If you bring positivity and an open, happy and good energy into a conversation for example then that tends to spread and the two of you or more will have happier lunch break, evening down at the pub or coffee date in the crisp autumn sunshine.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The 7 Cardinal Rules Of Life

1. Make Peace with Your Past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future – you actions and beliefs do.

2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

3. Time heals almost everything give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are, they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong.

4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.

5. Don’t compare your life with others’ you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.

6. Stop thinking too much it’s all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, never has been an answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next!

7. Smile you don’t own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.