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10 easy ways to build walls against negative thoughts

I hope your week’s going well. It’s so sunny here where I live, and I’ve decorated my front patio with all kinds of plants and flowers, including a beautiful lemon plant. Right now, it has about twelve lemons that should be ready to harvest in the next 3-4 months, so…

Why it’s not healthy to be positive all the time

Have you ever felt like you had to wear a smile 24/7? For any number of reasons, we often feel compelled to keep up the illusion that ‘everything’s fine’. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to worry our friends and family. Maybe we don’t want to be seen as a…

Beware! Complaining can damage your brain…

Have you ever heard of a show called Fashion Police? It entails a panel of fashion ‘experts’ dissecting what celebrities are wearing at red carpet events. More often than not, it tends to lean toward these so-called ‘authorities on fashion’ slamming, criticizing, and tearing down others. For a lot of…

How to surround yourself with more positive people

Today I want to talk about how to surround yourself with positivity – even when there aren’t enough positive people in your life. First: why surround yourself with positivity? You may have heard this expression before: you are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time…

7 tips to getting more done in a day

If you’re like most people, I’m sure you probably look forward to the weekend. The weekend probably represents nothing short of total and absolute freedom to you. It’s when you finally get to unwind and pursue those things (passions, hobbies, other activities) that most likely fell to the back-burner during…

What would you do if fear wasn’t a factor?

Today I want to talk about fear. Mostly, I want to ask you a simple question: what’s that one big thing you would do if fear wasn’t a factor?  You know that thing I’m talking about. That thing you dream about. That thing you want so much. That thing that…

This book has changed my life

How’s your January going? Can you believe the month’s almost over? I certainly can’t. Where did the time go?! It’s been a pretty productive month for me, though. For one, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’ve always been a bookworm, but in recent years, I tended to put…

How do you plan on spending your heartbeats in 2016?

Happy New Year! There’s something invigorating about the start of a New Year, wouldn’t you agree? It’s brimming with possibility. Anything seems attainable. If you’re like most people, perhaps you’ve spent some time yesterday or today thinking about resolutions or goals or experiences you want to have or ways you…

How to wake up excited every morning

It was just a few years ago that I was working in a job that I severely hated. Every day, it was the same seven hours of mind-numbing tasks. I didn’t feel challenged. I didn’t feel stimulated. If anything, I felt empty on the inside. Was this all there was…

7 easy ways to eliminate stress

People often make the mistake of believing that stress is something we have to settle for and learn to live with, but that’s not true at all. Stress doesn’t have to rule over you. No matter how stressed you get at times, you always have the power to take back…