Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

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How often do you catch yourself in a positive thinking loop?

Are there days when your thoughts are so constantly positive, self-affirming, and confident that you feel upbeat and happy all day?

I’d bet the opposite scenario occurs far more often than the one I just described. I bet on any given day, you could catch yourself in a negative thinking loop, where your mind spirals down a rabbit hole of anger, jealously, fear, self-pity, or despair. The more you ponder the problem or painful situation, the further down the hole you descend — until your mood is completely tainted and your day is ruined.

You aren’t alone in these negative thinking benders. Everyone gets trapped in them, and they are stealthy and insidious. One small comment from someone, one bad memory, some minor unexpected problem can send us off on a mental nose dive from which it’s so difficult to recover.

Isn’t it ironic how we rarely get caught in positive thought loops? Imagine if one kind comment from someone, one good memory, some unexpected solution or victory resulted in the same mental engagement and emotional longevity as perceived negative events.

Why is it we become so much more ensnared in negative thoughts than we do in positive thoughts?

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Fear Of Failure: 4 Steps To Tame It And Use It For Success

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A guest post by James Johnson

Failure.

After spiders and heights, it’s the most common fear in the world. It’s big, it’s scary, and it’s the elephant in the room with all of your new ventures and life challenges.

Truth be told? You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys failure. It’s a painful experience we… Continue Reading…

10 Unexpected Ways To Become A Happy Person

happy personMost people spend a lot of time being unhappy.

If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you’ll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general.

Those statistics are daunting and sad. We… Continue Reading…

Words Of Encouragement: 50 Quotes To Give You A Boost

Words of encouragementI used to read a book to my kids called, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend has deserted him, there’s no dessert in his lunch bag, and he’s served lima beans for dinner.

Are there days when you can relate… Continue Reading…

Self-Awareness: 30 Essential Actions For Living Authentically

self-awarenessHow can you have a truly happy and fulfilled life?

I believe it begins by living authentically.

You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not, live by rules that aren’t your own, or make choices reactively — without compromising your self-esteem and emotional health.

So how do you begin to live authentically? It’s hard to be… Continue Reading…

How To Get Motivated When You’re Feeling Slack

How to get motivatedDo you ever have those days when you just have no motivation? If feels like someone has pulled the plug, and all of the air has gone out of your balloon.

This is the way I feel today. I was out late at a friend’s birthday party last night, and now I’m suffering the… Continue Reading…