9 Benefits Of Positive Thinking And How It Can Keep You Alive

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Here's an interesting science fact that immediately illustrates the benefits of positive thinking. You produce about 50,000 thoughts a day according to the National Science Foundation.

Of those 50,000, 70-80% of them are negative thoughts. That’s around 40,000 negative thoughts a day or 14,600,000 a year.

We are constantly simmering in a brew of negativity and need help with positive thinking.

Now maybe you are someone with a naturally sunny disposition. Let’s say you are 50% more positive than the average person. That’s still 20,000 negative thoughts a day — far more than you want or need.

There’s a reason we have so many negative thoughts. Research has proven that negative thoughts and emotions program your brain to take a specific action. These thoughts and emotions focus your mind and block out other thoughts so you can take the action.

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10 Ways To Calm Your Mind

How to Relax Your Mind

Sometimes I just get worn out and stressed from thinking.

If I'm not paying attention, I tend to be an over-thinker — I ruminate and play out various scenarios in my head past the point of it being productive.

By not relaxing my mind I can get agitated and anxious, especially when an answer or solution doesn't emerge from all of my thinking. In the past, I'd just plunge back in, believing I hadn't given enough thought to the situation.

Of course, contemplating beyond what's necessary for analysis and good judgment doesn't usually offer enlightenment or peace of mind.

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5 Ways To Boost Emotional Intelligence In The Workplace

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

If you want to get ahead in your career, develop your leadership skills, and foster better teamwork, your first step should be improving your emotional intelligence.

In fact, many studies have confirmed that people with high emotional intelligence enjoy more career success and have a competitive advantage over those with lower EQ.

Back in 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a groundbreaking book call Emotional Intelligence.

The book was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide.

The Harvard Business Review called Goleman's work on emotional intelligence “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.”

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Overcoming Self-Doubt: How To Believe In Yourself To Accomplish More

Overcoming Self-Doubt

A guest post by Sarah Peterson

Have you ever had a dream, desire, or idea that you wrote off because you didn't believe that you could accomplish it?

I have.

This was my mantra of early 2014:

“Nobody knows who I am. I don’t have an Ivy League education. I’ve never done anything exceptional. Who would care what I have to say?”

I had been blogging and building businesses online for three years, and I had just noticed a trend in the types of questions I was being asked.

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How To Stay Healthy: 10 Micro Habits To Practice Daily

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When I was growing up, there was a dearth of reliable information on making healthy lifestyle choices.

If this information was available, it certainly didn't hit the mainstream media, which at the time included the three major TV networks and the local newspaper. Everything we learned about healthy habits came from the family doctor or from health class in school.

School was where they served us “chicken fried” steak and bright pink hot dogs.

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Create Your Morning Routine With Habit Stacking

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Most of my adult life, I haven't been a “morning person.” If I could sleep late and begin my day slowly, I would. But most of the time I couldn't.

Although I wasn't a morning person, I was (and am) a responsible person, so if school, work, children, or any other pressing situation required I get up early, I would drag myself out of bed and get going. And that was most days.

Now my children are grown, and I work from home, so I can get up and start my day any time I wish. But ironically, I now enjoy getting up early.

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12 Proven Habits Of Happy People

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When I was in my twenties, I wrote a happiness list. I remember clearly writing the list and believing once I attained those things, I would feel content and free to enjoy life.

I'm embarrassed to tell you everything I put on the list.

It seems so materialistic to me now.

But let's just say it included a particular type of car, a certain sized house, the decor to fill the rooms of the house, and other stuff I believed reflected success and happiness.

As time went on, I was able to check off many of the items on my list.

For a short while, the attainment of one of these items brought me happiness.

But over time, the shine and sparkle wore off, and I grew bored and restless again. I kept repeating this pattern, moving the bar of happiness farther and farther out in hopes that some “thing” or success would fulfill my longing.

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How to Practice Gratitude When You Don’t Feel Like It

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I have recently been obsessed — well maybe obsessed is too strong a word — preoccupied with frustration and sadness about the physical effects of getting older.

It has really hit me that this aging thing is happening. The face and body I had in my youth are gone forever, and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. I find myself looking in the mirror and thinking mean things about myself like it's my fault that I'm getting older. Maybe you can relate.

The other night, I listened to an interview with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle on appearance and the impermanence of physical beauty.

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