Happiness – the power of NOW

Focusing on the things that create more happiness 

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Living a happy life is not always easy. The driving force behind everything we do is for happiness in some way or another. Yet as humans we seem to perpetually push happiness off in another place, at some other time. As a result  it’s easy to focus on things that cause stress, anxiety, and fear instead of the things that make us feel good.

Whatever we choose to focus on shifts our energy. When we choose to focus on something we love, our energy becomes more loving and positive. When we choose to focus on bad things our energy shifts towards the negative. We are permanently modulating our energy through what choices we make to focus on.

Living Happy Now

When you think about it “NOW” is the only moment of power that we have to be happy. All hopes for the future, and memories of the past only exists now. We develop thought patterns early on to find happiness in another time at some other place. When we turn 10 we can’t wait to be a teenager. Then at 13 we can’t wait to drive a car. When were old enough to drive we can’t wait to move out and get a place of our own.

When we move out we can’t wait to buy our first home. Then when we turn 50 or 60 we wish we could go back in time and do things differently. This mentality is always putting happiness off for another time and place. They keep people living for a future time instead of embracing the life they now have….. the living power of “now” this very moment. Once we learn to embrace every moment …. We Awaken … Everything around us, and within us begins to come alive, and change for the better.


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There’s a deep craving in us all for satisfaction, and we are willing to go to extreme measures to find it. Below are some topics to help your journey toward happiness.


Simple Ways to Have Good Thoughts About Life

good thoughtsLearning to develop good thoughts that make us feel alive, and happy should be top priority in our lives. Without them life becomes meaningless. What if there was a way to detox your mind once and for all. The one’s that tell you you’re not good enough: not smart enough: not attracting enough, and so on. Science has shown that people who have good thoughts about themselves, and life in general, are healthier, happier, and more successful. 
Imagine your thoughts being on a frequency, or light switch that turns on, and off at will. The moment you think about how unhappy you are, or how unattractive you are … flip the switch to … I’m beautiful, with every reason to be happy. With consistency you’ll start to believe it. What we believe affects our health – our self worth – our happiness, and our income. With so much at stake maybe it’s time to stretch our imagination with some good thoughts about life that inspires us.

Creating good thoughts on demand

Everything around us, and within us is in a constant state of change. This includes our business, our family, our friends …. We are aging; we are growing, expanding, reaching, and moving toward something. The question is what? We become what we think about. What we think about becomes our daily situation, and eventually these same mindsets lead us to our destiny.
With this knowledge we can train our thoughts to work for us. We can turn off thoughts that drain us, and turn on good thoughts that inspire us. Our mind is a creative force of energy designed specifically to manifest thoughts on demand.
Your subconscious mind does not discriminate right from wrong or positive thoughts from negative ones. It just stores up your command in real-time, and then creates the results. This is the exact reason why so many struggle in life without realizing they are the cause. Our thoughts create our circumstances, and will ultimately determine whether we win, or lose in life.

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See yourself as magnificent

One effective way to turn off a negative view of yourself is with positive affirmations.  Before long you’ll see yourself as magnificent regardless of the situation you’re in. They are words that describe how you want things to be, instead of how you think things really are. They collide with your logical mind which generally tells you nothing will ever work, or change.
Positive affirmations are like software programs that literally rewire the brain with positive suggestions 
Under the right conditions they can create fresh pathways into the subconscious mind to alter the way we think about ourselves.
Words are powerful when we believe them. Because of this we can replace our internal vocabulary with a new language of inspiration. Here’s a few more examples below.

Bringing your thoughts closer to your dreams

  • Everyday my thoughts are bringing me closer to my dreams
  • I have the energy, vitality. and willpower to live a healthy whole life.
  • All my desires come to me easily and naturally
  • I choose to be happy each moment of my life 
  • My energy attracts people
  • All favorable things flow to me
  • Every choice is guided by divine order, and infinite wisdom.
  • My thoughts are shaping my dreams, and goals with certainty
  • Every thought illuminates my imagination with inspiration
  • All my thoughts are assuring me of my dreams.

Focus your attention on abundance

We have the ability to focus on things that make us feel good. To shift your thinking from disparity to prosperity. From sickness to health, from poverty to abundance. Doing a few simple mental exercises with good thoughts can literally transform our life. Here are more examples below of positive affirmations 

Making thoughts a reality 

Good thoughts bring good things into life. Sounds simple enough, but it’s easy to over complicate. The key to making positive thoughts a reality is consistency. Make up your mind to stay focused daily on what you want instead of what you don’t. Sometimes it takes a little more effort for those that are stubbornly negative. That same stubbornness can be a great asset to freedom. Fill your mind with good thoughts, and you’ll see good things happen. See – 7 positive mindsets to unlock unlimited success.

How to Enjoy Your Life With Imagination

Life is a busy place with constant challenges that keep us so preoccupied many of us have little time for imagination. But without it our logical mind completely dominates our thoughts with little room to think big. We forget to imagine the possibilities. When all the dust settles do you enjoy your life? Think of a time in your life when you were truly happy. I remember as a little boy spending an entire summer staring at the stars pondering all the possibilities in my life. This invincible feeling began to fade as I grew older replacing imagination with logic, and practicalities.

I had to learn like everyone else to survive in a world filled with challenges. But as I grew older, and a little wiser I realized that you can’t accomplish much without imagination. Sometimes it’s easy to get so preoccupied we forget what makes us happy. The purpose here is to provide simple ways to enjoy your life with practical solutions using your imagination.

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination; Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”  Napoleon Hill.

How imagination brings more happiness

When it comes to enjoying life there are few things more important than understanding what makes you happy. Everything flows naturally with more rhythm, and enthusiasm when you feel happier.

Enjoying our life should be one of our highest callings. We all know that everyday we face challenges, and there’s no magic pill to make them all go away. However there are ways to minimize some of them, and eliminate others altogether.

Our imagination can do wonders when we use it in our favor.  It can help us to visualize how it may feel once we experience a certain dream, or goal we want to achieve. Imagination can bring out new ideas, new innovations, and resources, that could never happen relying solely on logic. It can skyrocket your self image beyond your wildest dreams. And most importantly it can make life more fun, and enjoyable. The more you enjoy your life, the more happiness in every aspect of your life.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.Albert Einstein.

Never stop dreaming

We are all born with an imagination from early on, but many of us lose it along the way. We stop dreaming. We follow our head knowledge without any heart knowledge. We learn to be logical, skeptical, and practical. Which are needed to a certain point, but they can also be unhealthy, unbalanced, and work against us.

The logical mind hates change, and will fight you around every corner to keep things as they are even though positive changes are desperately needed.

Without change we become stagnate. Without imagination we lose sight of hope, and push happiness off for another day. When we stop dreaming we lose focus on things that matter most.

Develop a desire for success

Developing a desire for success helps create the energy. and intensity needed to accomplish whatever you set out to do. This will increase your focus so you don’t lose sight of what you want to achieve. Your imagination is the gateway to success. Think about the things you want in your life, then imagine the benefits that will come once you’ve accomplish them. For example: How they will improve your lifestyle. How accomplishing them will free your schedule, so you have more family time, less stress, and more money to enjoy your life.

The reason many don’t enjoy their life is because they have no desire. Without desire life is meaningless. So instead take steps to develop a dream. Something with vision, purpose, and conviction. Something that causes you rise early with enthusiasm toward a definite goal.

For example it could be a business, more personal growth, or a certain relationship. Whatever hits your sweet spot just do it, and develop that inner desire to win so you enjoy your life with more reason behind your ambitions instead of going through the motions.

Motivate yourself into action

Whenever you feel drained, or depressed try using your imagination to spark some motivation. For example think about your bills being paid off, your home is clean, and your on your way to the beach. Sounds like wishful thinking…. Ok I agree, but you’ll be amazed how a few of these simple exercises can motivate that inner drive to start getting things done. Sometimes all it takes is one small action to create momentum, and avoid unproductive habits.

Stay Motivated: Most of us can muster up something that motivates us for a day, or maybe a week, but how many can stay motivated all year ? Motivation is that inward driving force that pushes you to reach higher in your life. You can find an endless supply of websites, books, seminars, and coaches all teaching basically three principles to get motivated.

  • Be Positive
  • Just do it
  • Never give up

This is great advice, but it’s not quite that easy. There’s a little more to it then catchy phrases. Without imagination you will not get very far. When you have all of these working together systematically inside of you…… You’ll become unstoppable. You will naturally be at your best creating results that make you very successful. Let’s face it ….When we experience positive results we think better, work better, and feel better which creates the environment to enjoy your life more.

“Tips & techniques to help enjoy your life”.

  • Don’t be to hard on yourself
  • See failure as practice
  • Celebrate small victories
  • Remove fear & anxiety
  • Plan your morning
  • Read books
  • Give yourself a break
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Avoid boredom
  • Reward yourself
  • Think about your strengths
  • Find friends who motivate you
  • Find ways to learn
  • Take a day off
  • Learn to enjoy the small things in life
  • Prepare yourself for each day
  • Learn to live in the moment
  • Pray & Meditate
  • Give as much as possible to help people
  • Be thankful for everything you have

Final thoughts

Remember that your imagination opens the door to new ideas, strategies, and what you want in life. Once you have an idea you can build a game plan to accomplish it. This creates the clarity, direction,  and intensity needed to put your dreams into action. The end result is more confidence, less stress, and an incredible way to enjoy your life like never before

 

Simple Daily Habits For A Better Life

Sometimes it’s the simple daily habits that can either improve our life, or make it much harder. Below are some ideas to make life a little easier, and enjoyable, while you move toward that big dream, and create a better life for yourself.

Daily Habits to Make Life Simple

  • Get present. Studies find the best way to stay cheerful is to stay centered in the present—even when it’s not all that pleasant. In contrast, a wandering mind and daydreaming can bring people down. The best way to re-center? Sit quietly for a few minutes and try some deep, calming breaths. Focus on the breath moving in and out of the body and gently guide attention back to the breath if the mind starts to wander.
  • Count your blessings. Think about or write down what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s not time to write down everything,expressing gratitude creates an instant mood boost.
  • Snuggle up. Climbing under a soft blanket for a few minutes might make us more relaxed and flexible. Researchers found there’s something about contact with soft things that just makes us feel better.
  • Do something nice for somebody else. Yep, being nice can help us feel nicer. Small actions—holding the door for the person behind you, sending a quick love text to a partner or friend, or donating ten bucks to a favorite charity—count, so there’s no excuse not to get your nice on.
  • Listen to a happy song. It’s quick; it’s easy; it’s an instant mood-lifter. Sing along (perfect pitch not required) for extra benefit.
  • Go somewhere quiet. Even if it’s just the office bathroom, taking a few minutes to sit in a quiet space with no external stimulation can do wonders for a bad mood.
  • Cuddle. Physical touch can decrease stress, make us feel happier, and even improve our health. For the single folks among us, don’t fret: Even a quick hug with a friend or acquaintance can yield benefits.
  • Hang out with a pet. Cuddling, playing, or just chillin’ with Fido can help us feel happier and less stressed .
  • Achieve a goal. Even small successes can have big mood payoffs. Toss a crumpled ball of paper into the trash can Michael Jordan style, win a game of Solitaire, pick up a pencil off the floor using only your toes—in moments you’ll be basking in the glory of accomplishment.
  • Give yourself a massage. A quick rubdown (focus on the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet) can improve mood and release stress.
  • Meditate. Meditation is a quick, effective way to chill out and improve our outlook, and it might even make us smarter . Just a few minutes of sitting quietly, focusing on the breath, and maybe chanting a few Oms (silently or out loud) can snap us out of a funk.
  • Laugh. Laughter can cheer us up and decrease anxiety—and the best news is it doesn’t have to be “genuine” to have a positive effect. So even when it seems like there’s absolutely nothing funny in all of this world, busting out a big guffaw might just change your mind . Need help getting started? Check out the latest viral youtube videos, the Greatest tumblr, or anything said by Zack Galifianakis.
  • Do something new. We know, you’ve only got a few minutes; it’s not like you can change careers or fly to Iceland. The good news is even adding something small to a normal routine can brighten up a day. Order a chai if you normally drink coffee, take a different route to the bathroom at work, wear something you would normally never wear.
  • Dress up. Speaking of clothing: Buying new garb can amp up mood, but a person doesn’t have to drop cash to reap clothes’ benefits. Wearing the color red can boost confidence and self-esteem—which might just be the pick-me-up you were looking for.
  • Notice small miracles. Cultivating positivity and a sense of wonder can build positive outlook . Feeling stuck? Look around for small wonders (a butterfly, an act of kindness, something beautiful) or check out sites like Happy News, Good News Network, and Daily Good for a happier outlook on the world.

 

These are only a few daily habits that can help enhance your mood, and provide a better life. The point is not to try doing all of them in one day, but do some of them in your daily routine. I think they will make a big difference in your overall well-being. They can also help bring more structure, mental clarity, and balance with new things, new ideas, and new daily habits. This is the entire 34-ways to bust a bad mood in ten-minutes, or less. 

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7 More Daily Habits to Improve Your Mood

Below is 7 simple daily habits to help increase happiness, improve your mood, and ultimately bring a better life.

1. Munch on nuts.
For a mood-lifting snack, stash walnuts in your desk drawer. Or sneak salmon into your salad for lunch. They’re both packed with omega-3 fats, which may make people less prone to depression, and easier to get along with, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. They measured the blood levels of omega-3 fats (a reliable indicator of consumption) of 106 healthy adults and gave them psychological tests. Those with the highest omega-3 blood levels scored 49 to 58% better on the tests than those with the lowest blood levels.

2. Flip through old photos.

When you’re feeling down, break out your kids’ baby albums or pics from your favorite vacation. It may actually make you feel happier than a square of Godiva chocolate would. That’s what researchers at the United Kingdom’s Open University found after they examined how much people’s moods rose after eating a chocolate snack, sipping an alcoholic drink, watching TV, listening to music, or looking at personal photos. The music and chocolate left most people’s moods unchanged; alcohol and TV gave a slight lift (1%), but viewing pictures made people feel 11% better. To keep your spirits high at work, upload your favorite pics to your computer and set them as a rotating screensaver. Or splurge on a frame that flips through digital photos.

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3. Inhale a calming scent.
Fill your office with a fragrant candle or diffuser to calm down during a deadline-packed day. In an Austrian study, researchers wafted the smell of oranges before some participants and lavender before others. The two groups felt less anxious, more positive, and calmer when compared with participants who were exposed no fragrance at all. Add a few drops of either oil to a room diffuser (we like the Scentball, available at amazon.com) and use in your office on stressful days.

4. Open your shades.
To feel happier in seconds, let the sunlight stream in when you first wake up. One study of more than 450 women found that those who got the most light, particularly in the morning, reported better moods and sleep. Got more time? Eat breakfast near a window that gets plenty of daylight, and put exercise equipment near a bright view. Some researchers speculate that combining exercise with morning light exposure may amplify light’s beneficial effects on mood, sleep, and alertness, says Anthony Levitt, MD, a University of Toronto light researcher.

5. Walk around the block.
If you work in a windowless office, make sure you step out to see the sun a few times throughout the day. “Studies show that people who get more light exposure during the day have fewer sleep problems and less depression, and evidence suggests that light can keep you alert and productive,” says Daniel Kripke, MD, a University of California, San Diego, light and sleep expert.

If you have more time, a longer bout of exercise may also spark a smile. “Lots of people skip working out when their moods aren’t ideal because they don’t have the mental energy to switch gears,” says mental health and exercise expert Jack Raglin, PhD, of Indiana University. “But the trick lies in finding the right workout to match the mood you’re in.” When you’re battling blues, try something low-key and mindless. “Studies have shown that even mild exercise, about 40% of your max heart rate, can lift your mood,” says Raglin. “So if you’re not up for the usual high-energy stuff, do some leisure activity you enjoy, such as digging in your garden or walking in a park. View it as mental recreation, not exercise.” If you’re angry, pick something that makes you focus. “As tempting as it may be, skip the kickboxing,” Raglin advises. “You can’t punch away anger. Instead, do something that involves your mind and keeps you from focusing and ruminating on what has you angry. Play racquetball, or take an aerobics class you’ve never tried. Learning new moves will free your mind from what’s upsetting you.”

MORE: 7 Ways To Work Out At The Office

6. Clear away clutter.

Disorganized heaps of paper in your cube or on the kitchen counter can make you anxious. For some, “clutter is a reminder of things that should be getting done but aren’t,” says Elaine Aron, PhD, author of The Highly Sensitive Person. “It can make you feel like a failure.” For a quick fix, straighten up a few surfaces in your office or in the areas of the house where you spend the most time. “It’s when every bit of space is messy that it’s most disturbing,” says Aron. Don’t bother to organize unless you have a chunk of time. Instead, arrange papers, books, and other detritus of daily living in neat piles or store them in baskets. “Just the illusion of order is enough to ease the mind,” she says.

7. Think fast.
Turn your thoughts into a race—it can lift the blues in minutes, says Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, PhD. For example, when your mother-in-law is driving you crazy, give yourself 30 seconds to make a list of all the ways she’s been helpful to you in the past—you’ll feel better fast. (If nothing nice comes to mind, quickly jot down other ways she bugs you; speed thinking negative thoughts can still improve your mood, Pronin found.) Researchers believe that rapid thinking may release feel-good brain chemicals—or it could just be a helpful distraction.  Here’s 2 minutes to a happier you.

Final Thoughts

All of these tips & tricks are an excellent way to bring more happiness, and improve your life. Hopefully some of these daily habits will help organize, and put some structure into your projects, and daily tasks. The best ways to avoid to0 much stress, and overload is to start out small. After all it’s the small things we do everyday that mold a better life.

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Why get a dog before 30? Because studies have shown that a dog can actually improve your happiness, well-being, and overall life not to mention your health. At 30 you are at the age where these benefits really start to matter. If you haven’t owned a dog by forty it probably won’t happen anytime soon. You learn a lot by owning a dog. You learn firsthand what true loyalty looks like. They don’t hold grudges. They love you no matter what mood your in, and they’re always happy to see you. How many people can you say that about? Probably not to many! Here’s 10 reasons you should get a dog before 30. Here’s the first 10 reasons from barkpost.com.

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4 Ways to Live Happier With No Strings Attached

How would it feel if you could live happier without more headaches, and complications in life? To manage time more efficiently enabling success in everything you set your mind on doing. For most of us it’s not as complicated as we make it. It is more of a mind-set than some magic formula that will somehow make all our problems go away.

The way we think determines our life, and everything else in-between. If you don’t like your life you can change it at any moment you decide enough is enough. I’m going to shake off my misery, my past, my shame. my regrets, my disappointments, and start a new day with more hope, more gratitude, and more happiness.

Choosing to live happier

From this day forward I choose to live happier regardless of my circumstances. That’s what I mean when I say to change your mind-set. This new way of thinking will begin to heal past pains, and bring in fresh emotions that you have not felt in a long time. It may take some time, but if you have any desire to live happier never give up on yourself, or others. In the darkest moments in life remember ….. Joy comes in the morning ,,,,, gladness will have a new meaning in your heart once you’ve came thus far. Here are 4 uncomplicated ways to live a happier, and a more meaningful life.

ACCEPT WHAT YOU HAVE

Research shows that happy people have modest levels of expectation and aspirations — they want what they can get — while unhappy people never seem to get what they want. They also know how to avoid disappointments and how to generate pleasant surprises. This is because they strive for realistic goals and are happy with their lot. As Dr Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, of the University of Monterrey, Mexico, confirms, we must accept things as they come.

‘We spend a lot of time complaining about the things that happen to us, but this is a waste of time and effort,’ he says. ‘To be happy, we need to enjoy what we have.’

ENJOY WHAT YOU DO

Happy people do what they enjoy and enjoy what they do — and don’t do it for the money  or glory. There’s no point being stuck in a job you hate, surrounded by unfriendly colleagues just because the money is good — people forget that they are allowed to be happy at work, too. Many spend the best years of their lives trying to make money, sacrificing their health and family in the process, says Dr Garcia Vega. Later, they spend the same money they made working trying to recover their lost health and estranged family.

LIVE FOR TODAY

Don’t dwell on the past, on things that went wrong or previous failures. Similarly, don’t dream about an idealised future that doesn’t exist or worry about what hasn’t happened yet. Happy people live for the now; they have positive mind sets. If you can’t be happy today, what makes you think tomorrow will be different?

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

Don’t be afraid to step back and re-evaluate your goals. Imagine your life as a story that you can edit and revise as you  go along. This kind of flexible approach requires positive thinking and an open mind — you need to actively choose to be happy.

NICELAND

Iceland has the happiest population, while Britain came ninth in a world survey

‘You always have the freedom to choose the manner in which you wish to approach any given situation,’ says Dr Garcia Vega.This theory is backed up by Ingrida Geciene of Vilnius University, Lithuania, who researched the happiness of people in 31 European countries.

She found that ‘voluntarists’ (people who feel they have free choice and complete control over their life) were happier than fatalists (people who think little can be changed by personal intervention).
Luckily for us, Northern European countries contain more voluntarists while Latin European countries such as Spain and Italy have a higher percentage of fatalists.

Final thoughts

To live happier is more about choice than circumstances. We have the power within us to determine how our story will end. Most of us knows deep down that God holds our destiny. But our daily choices have a detrimental effect on our happiness.

We get to decide …. We determine whether we will live happier, or not. And regardless of our age, or challenges we can make positive changes that set us on a new coarse. Open news doors, with new friends ,new resources, and a new attitude fueled with new energy.

When you feel good about your-self you can find your blitz. You can also find out what makes you happy inside. And with all that you’ll finally realize that it’s up to you to live a happier life. Read more: 12 secrets of being happy using research from 100 experts 

 

8 Simple Tasks to Improve Your Results In Life

improve your resultsWhen you start feeling overwhelmed in life wouldn’t it be nice to improve your results every time. Well you can. In fact by the time you finish reading these 8 simple tasks below you’ll have enough tools at your disposal to completely change your circumstances. But first we must identify some of the root causes. For example what is causing these emotions? Usually when we feel unhappy in our life there’s always a reason. Sometimes we know immediately what’s causing it, and other times we might really have to search deep within ourselves to find answers. It could be a relationship, or finances ….. Maybe it’s a situation at work, or a family problem.

The more specific we are at narrowing down our feelings of worry, anxiety, and fear, the more effective, and useful these tasks will work. They will improve your results in life from despair to hope. happiness, and success. Here’s Barrie Davenport with  Feeling Overwhelmed? 8 ways to beat work, And take control of your life.