“People will always say all sorts of stuff. Let them. I’m enjoying my life.” -Angelina Jolie
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter where you go, you will always hear the saying: “Life is short.” What does it mean exactly? It means that life is meant to be enjoyed and that we shouldn’t waste our days living in a negative, self negligent environment. To create positive energy, you’ve got to do implement positive practices to keep your inner wellspring full.
Here are 11 things to start doing for yourself right now:
Every time you crack a smile and flash those pearly whites, endorphins are released. What are endorphins exactly? They are the ultimate feel-good chemicals. According to Psychology Today: “The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.”
In the matter of a moment, you can make a very important decision: to laugh or to cry. You can cry or you can lighten a situation with laughter. Laughter and silliness are not only therapeutic but they can turn around your day!
3. Attitude of gratitude
Remember how blessed you are. Many of us sometimes forget just how lucky or blessed we are in our lives. Bear in mind that there will always be someone who is less well off than you. When you start practicing gratitude in your life, you cannot help but feel amazing because of the previously unseen abundance all around you.
4. Get outside
One of the best experiences is to go outside and to soak in the allure of nature. In moments of stress, nature is the best medicine. All you need is five minutes relaxing in nature and you are set. Many scientists have extolled the qualities of nature.
5. Feel your feelings
Sometimes we feel agitated when we ignore our emotions. One of the best things that you can do is honor your emotions. Respect the fact that you are feeling these emotions for a reason.
6. Give yourself some self-love
Give yourself some TLC – you of all people deserve it most! Sometimes all that you’ve needed is a little self-love. Book an hour at the spa, sleeping in today, go to your favorite restaurant, or do anything like that. When you dedicate time to yourself, you ensure that your needs are being met.
7. Stay present in the moment
Live in the here and the now. No time is better than the present. Make the decision to focus on living your present life. The past and future are irrelevant. According to “Science”: “A human mind is a wandering mind and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.”
8. Know your boundaries
Sometimes you need to stand up for yourself. You need to let others know your boundaries: what you will tolerate and what you won’t tolerate. Then you are being true to yourself. This is one of the greatest forms of self-love.
9. Slow down
Take it easy. Instead of rushing to work today, take your time. Enjoy the ride, the beauty of the day, and don’t constantly think about what you need to do. Breathe and enjoy.
10. Avoid toxic situations
There are times when we have people in our lives who don’t have our best interests at heart. These people are often called “toxic”. The best thing to do in your life is to weed those people and situations out.
11. Share your blessings
Give to others. One of the greatest gifts is sharing your blessings with others and you have many blessings to offer. Volunteer or donate in some form. You not only feel better but you do make a difference in someone else’s life.
“Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit.”
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