Power of Positivity: Positive Thinking & Attitude http://powerofpositivity.com Power of Positivity celebrates the lifestyle of positive thinking and attitude. Improve your life and others with the power of positivity! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:41:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 Ways to Find a Life of Fulfillment http://powerofpositivity.com/10-ways-find-life-fulfillment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-ways-find-life-fulfillment http://powerofpositivity.com/10-ways-find-life-fulfillment/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:21:43 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7347 Have you ever wondered why you’re alive? What’s your life’s purpose? Do you have a mission? Of course, the thought of a purpose gives us a great pleasure. We live our lives trying to make a living and fit in, but there’s more to it. The truth is that our sole mission is to be ...

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Have you ever wondered why you’re alive?

What’s your life’s purpose? Do you have a mission? Of course, the thought of a purpose gives us a great pleasure. We live our lives trying to make a living and fit in, but there’s more to it. The truth is that our sole mission is to be happy – to find success and peace from within. We all have a definition of success: some think that it requires money, others think that it requires a beautiful family or talent, or special skills, or recognition. There are as many definitions to success as there are humans on this planet. What’s important is that you find your own way to fulfillment and live life from a place of satisfaction.

Here are 10 ways to find a life of fulfillment

  1. Discover your true self

    Live your life accordingly to your inmost desires. Spend time to realize what makes your overflow with joy. Don’t give in to doubts and fears about your human abilities. Find strength to shine your light and allow others to see you for who you really are. In order to do that, you need to spend time unveiling yourself. We all learned during our lives to hide parts of us in order to be accepted; allow those parts to come to the surface and integrate them. Do you have a secret passion no one knows about? Are you interested in painting but never had the opportunity to start because you thought you were not good enough? Now it’s the time to walk the path you always dreamed about.

  2. Be authentic.

    The beauty of this world consists in what we perceive as parts of it: each and every human alive at the moment, nature, plants, animals, buildings and so on. Look outside yourself and learn from Mother Nature to be your true, authentic self. It teaches us how to effortlessly give birth to the most astonishing things we could have ever imagined without compromising integrity. You are a unique individual who is already equipped with all the tools to become the best version of yourself.

  3. Live in the moment.

    Be aware that everything eventually fades away, disappears, or transforms. This is a harsh truth that we should all acknowledge in order to use our time most effectively. This moment that you are spending reading this article will never come back; so sink in and open your heart to these words.

  4. Purify your mind

    Life’s true importance comes from within; all the events that you perceive as exterior to yourself are filtered through your mind. Your mental capacity of discerning one thing from another, of analyzing, synthetizing, remembering is outstanding. But in order for your mind to function correctly, it must be cleared of all impurities, such as obsessive thoughts that torment you (as self-criticism), excessive worrying, ideas that induce panic or any other negative imprint. There are so many things you can do in order to purify your mind: meditation, stress relieve therapies, walks in nature, reading a good book that uplifts your spirit, playing with kids, enjoying the beautiful company of an animal.

  5. Practice Compassion

    All of us sharing this space and time on planet Earth, function internally the same way. We all struggle, get disappointed, dream, trust, love. No one is greater or lesser than you are. See in everyone you meet an individual yearning to find him/herself. Everyone is on a different path to fulfillment.

  6. Take chances.

    A life lived in fear is no life at all. Find your internal guiding system that tells you when to shift. Be aware of your emotions; follow your instinct and walk your own path. Follow your calling and dissolve the boundaries of a life that doesn’t bring you joy.

  7. Be responsible

    You should understand that you’re in control of your own life. When something doesn’t turn out as planned, it produces pain; this pain is linked to how you see the event and not to the event. Acknowledge that only you are responsible for the way you look at things. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

  8. Create from the heart

    You are here to be happy and to create your own results in life. Master the skills you have been given and rise to your greatest potential. Dreams are ageless. Feel your dreams from the heart, decide what kind of life you want for yourself, and take the first step towards it.

  9. Focus on the good in your life

    Practice being positive even in the darkest moments. Remember that everything passes and always nurture in your heart that place of joy and awe.  You can do this through affirmations, gratitude lists, or even speaking positive things to yourself in the mirror each morning.

  10. LOVE

    Love as much as you can and be grateful for everything you have in your life right now. Love is the reason you are alive and experiencing your growth as an individual. What’s even more important than love for others is self-love.  Self-love is the first step to building healthy relationships to everyone around you.

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7 Signs You’re in an Authentic Relationship http://powerofpositivity.com/7-signs-youre-authentic-relationship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-signs-youre-authentic-relationship http://powerofpositivity.com/7-signs-youre-authentic-relationship/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:29:22 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7248 We all dream about a perfect partner who could increase our heart rate and make our heads spin daily. We all find ourselves in that space of intense desire and get easily disappointed when we attract partners with whom we simply don’t resonate. Everywhere we look, from TV commercials, to movies and random banners, we ...

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We all dream about a perfect partner who could increase our heart rate and make our heads spin daily. We all find ourselves in that space of intense desire and get easily disappointed when we attract partners with whom we simply don’t resonate. Everywhere we look, from TV commercials, to movies and random banners, we get the wrong idea about what having a significant other in your life really comes down to. It can be easy miss the fact that relationships need to be there not only to give and receive love, but to grow as a person..

Here are 7 signs you’re in an authentic relationship that helps you grow as an individual.

  1. You’re involved with someone who gives you wings

One of their main focuses is to see you happy, freed from restrictions, and using your highest potential in order to achieve your desires. This partner may gently push you ‘out there’ because he or she sees your potential and wants to see you shine. This partner encourages you on a daily basis and tenderly shifts your focus from ‘I am not good enough’ to ‘I can do it’.

  1. Your partner considers communication essential in your relationship

You and him/her both, progressively practice opening up to one another. This process requires time, patience, acceptance and love. As we get involved in romantic relationships (or any kind of relationships, for that matter), most of us dissociate from our authentic self and create a false image of ourselves- that always provided the safety of acceptance. Having a true connection with someone means unveiling our true spirit and functioning from that place of truthfulness.

  1. Your significant other  soothes you when you’re too hard on yourself

All individuals give in to self-criticism at a certain point; society doesn’t help as it continuously promotes the idea of more: bigger, better, newer are the leitmotifs of our daily living. No wonder in this context we often find ourselves caught in a space of negativity. When this happens, your partner doesn’t invalidate your feelings but tries to shift your perception. Looking at things from a different point of view, in difficult moments, can light up new realms for you.

  1. Your partner is aware of the importance of quality time together

He/she always practices being fully present around you. As your connection deepens, both of you learn how to be devoted to one another and how to become one, without losing your individuality.

  1. Your relationship facilitates the growth of both of you

In time, you and your partner become the best versions of yourselves you have ever imagined. Your significant other boosts your expansion as a human being and teaches you to remain centered through life’s ups and downs.

  1. Your relationship makes you feel safe

Nowadays, everywhere we turn, we are exposed to dramatic events. We can be easily caught in the increasing wave of negative emotions promoted mostly by the media. In these conditions, your relationship becomes that safe space of purity, tenderness, joy and fulfillment. We are so used to drama that we unconsciously bring it in our lives. Our romantic relationships are commonly exposed to this situation. An aware and loving partner will work on dissolving any negative vibe that could cloud your connection. He/she will defuse any tension arisen between you as a result of something that clearly has nothing to do with the two of you.

  1. An authentic relationship teaches you how to love unconditionally

It breaks the walls most of us created in order to protect ourselves, leaving us opened, vulnerable and extremely sensitive. You learn how to provide for yourself and for your partner from a place of relaxation, attention and flexibility. Most importantly, the right relationship gives you the strength to reach your greatest potential by diving into that unique space of genuine self-love, so inaccessible to the majority of us.

Do you have a sign to add to the list?  Discuss below, and let your relationship SHINE!

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Attain Peace & Serenity in One Minute with Positive Affirmations! [VIDEO] http://powerofpositivity.com/peace-serenity-one-minute-positive-affirmations-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=peace-serenity-one-minute-positive-affirmations-video http://powerofpositivity.com/peace-serenity-one-minute-positive-affirmations-video/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:11:54 +0000 http://www.powerofpositivity.com/?p=4513 “An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” – Louise L. Hay Affirmations are life changing. They have significantly transformed our entire life over the last few years. In celebration of this, we decided to put some of our favorite, original affirmations for abundance in this short 1 minute ...

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“An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.” – Louise L. Hay

Affirmations are life changing. They have significantly transformed our entire life over the last few years.

In celebration of this, we decided to put some of our favorite, original affirmations for abundance in this short 1 minute video for you.

Without further ado, enjoy this little dose of instant awesome! :)

Positive affirmations for abundance

BONUS: Here are a few more positive affirmations for abundance!

My good comes to me from every direction. I am open to receive!

I am in tune with the smooth, beautiful rhythm of the Universe. Abundance is lining up for me in EVERY area of my life!positive-affirmations

I feel truly grateful for the abundance that surrounds me!

I remain grateful for the victories already on the way.

Focusing on my individual self will bring the outward results I am looking for.

I thrive and flourish in an environment that expands my current boundaries. My potential is truly limitless!

My thoughts and spirit are wealthy as can be. I am using my Power of Positivity!

Wealth is a mindset. I allow it to flow freely into my life and abundantly enrich multiple avenues.

Feeling and expressing gratitude in any situation allows me to change my focus to the good things in life.

I love my career and earn a good income!

Love is abundant in my life.

I open the doors to receive more right now!

I am self-sufficient! I am equipped with everything I need to THRIVE!!!

Life is sooo good to me!

How I feel matters, therefore I concentrate on aspects of life that make me feel good!

Positive affirmations will always be a main ingredient to attracting more health and abundance into your life.

Follow along with the affirmations and re-watch it daily for life changing results.

To learn more about the Power of Affirmations, read this articleAnd as always, SHINE ON!!!

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11 Ways to Become a Better, More Positive You http://powerofpositivity.com/11-ways-become-a-better-more-positive-you/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=11-ways-become-a-better-more-positive-you http://powerofpositivity.com/11-ways-become-a-better-more-positive-you/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:04:32 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7200 “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha Life can be very challenging. With constant demands being placed on our time, it can feel like life is happening to us, not for us. We can get caught ...

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

Life can be very challenging. With constant demands being placed on our time, it can feel like life is happening to us, not for us. We can get caught up and allow other people and events to run our day, sometimes missing out on opportunities for ourselves.

But, there is a solution to this ever increasing problem – the power of positivity. Consciously making a decision to become a better, more positive version of yourself can and WILL transform your every day life.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is where growth happens.  With your continual willingness and practice you’ll begin to see more evidence of change. Making gradual small changes in your habits will create big positive ripples down the road. Soon enough, you’ll look back and be astonished at the transformation you’ve made.

And the good news is . . . with the power of positivity it just keeps getting better and better. ;)

Here are 11 Ways to Become a Better, More Positive You:

#1. Use visualization to reinforce what you want to become.

If you really want something, visualize it. Take your focus off of what you don’t want, and spend more time thinking about what you do want.  It might take some conscious effort, especially in the beginning. But, eventually you will spend more time visualizing and focusing on what you do want, that you’ll start to see it happening!

Visualization is simpler than you think.  You probably did it way more when you were a child and teenager than you do now. If you do still “daydream” maybe you think it’s something that’s not realistic for you? Otherwise you would already be there or have it.

Visualization is ALL about positive energy and replaying the story that we wish to see in our mind.

The Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle put it this way:
“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective.
Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials, and methods.
Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

Athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have sworn by visualization. So get at it and start visualizing what you want more often. ;)

#2. Express gratitude for everything good in your life.

It’s very important to realize the power of being grateful for what you have. Typically, it’s very easy to focus on what is going wrong instead of what is going right. Research shows, again and again, that people who practice gratitude on a daily basis are healthier, happier, and more effective.

Throughout the day, intentionally look for things to be thankful for. If you really want to get into the art (and success) of gratitude, create a list of five or ten things that you are grateful for and commit to that practice daily.

Gratitude is important to practice every day. If you’ve never done it, at first it may seem like a chore; that’s okay. Eventually it will become second nature and you’ll be expressing gratitude naturally all throughout the day. Especially when you find yourself going the wrong direction, switch your attention to what is going right.

#3. Place inspiring quotes all around you.

We’ve had the great fortune of living after and amongst some of the greatest human minds: William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Norman Vincent Peale, Confucius (if you want to get old, old school with it!)…  The list is quite literally endless. Find a person or persons who inspire you the most and surround yourself with their words. This is so, so powerful.

You can also feel free to print out our posters from our Facebook page and hang them on your refrigerator, desk or vision board.

#4. Listen to uplifting music.

I’m sure this is just a reminder… but, music can uplift and inspire in ways that few other things can. Music emanates from our alarm clocks, car radios, cell phones, MP3 players, and laptops. It can make us smile, laugh, sway, dance and groove. It’s energizing, powerful, and encouraging. Listen to whatever music inspires you and watch magic happen. ;)

#5. Read motivating books.

Not the corporate drivel that your workplace or school has assigned you, but real, powerful, uplifting books. Books that will open your mind and keep you dreaming. Books that will make you appreciate and value yourself. Books that will empower and inspire you to become and do more – there are many, many literary masterpieces out there that will do this. >>Our Top 10 Positive Thinking Books That Can Change Your Life.

#6. Create personal affirmations and restate your affirmations every day until they are part of you.

We’ve written some great articles about affirmations – what they are, what they do, and a complete guide on how to use them.  If you are new to affirmations then please >>Read more here. Otherwise, we are reminding you to take full advantage of the words that are coming out of your mouth. Every word we speak is an affirmation and when we can consciously keep our focus in the positive direction we can effectively change the brain and reality.

#7. Become a student of meditation.

Meditation is not just for spiritual gurus or yogis. Meditation is a practical way to bring peace, tranquility and consciousness in the midst of our busy lives. You can practice traditional yoga or even try an exercise that puts you in a meditative state like walking, running or yoga. A good 15 minute meditation can do wonders, but even 1 minute of your time can help.  Seriously, Google “How to Meditate in One Minute”! Meditation helps ease anxiety, anger, depression, stress, and insomnia.

#8. Be around positive people.

“You are the company you keep.” This quote says it all. If you hang around and interact with negative, downtrodden people, how do you think you’re going to feel and act?

On the other hand, if you surround yourself with positive people (like other PoP members) you become exposed to positive values and ideals while reinforcing and strengthening your positive mental attitude. This is why it is so important to remain attentive of the people you surround yourself with and even more so the frequency and the length.

#9. Get some sort of exercise.

Exercise is magical. . . seriously. The benefits of a brisk walk, a jog, lifting weights, or any other kind of physical activity are astounding. The Mayo Clinic reports six major benefits to any kind of exercise. Exercising: controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep and enables a better sex life. Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. You can even break the 30 minutes into 10 minute intervals if time is a stretch for you.

#10. Carry a personal, powerful memento with you.

This can be a quote, a picture of a hero, scripture…anything as long as it powerfully resonates with you. Visual reminders are important for our brains, as they reinforce the kind of person that we want to be. These mementos can change your brain and change your life. Put it in your purse, wallet, and pocket; or on your desk, dashboard and end table. Look at it numerous times throughout the day for inspiration.

#11. Take on a hobby or passion.

Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself – that’s the secret to a happy life and better you. Put work and obligations aside once in a while and do something that you love. Of course, if you love your work  and it doesn’t feel like work, then BINGO  you are definitely on the right path.

Add to the List:
What habit has helped you become a better, more positive YOU?

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11 Small Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve your Life and Change the World http://powerofpositivity.com/try-10-small-things-right-now-to-change-the-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=try-10-small-things-right-now-to-change-the-world http://powerofpositivity.com/try-10-small-things-right-now-to-change-the-world/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:19:55 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=6857 “Be the  change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will ...

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“Be the  change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – President Barack Obama

 

These two powerful quotes set the perfect stage for perhaps two of the greatest aspirations of humankind: to change the world and to change ourselves.

As fallible human beings, it’s too easy getting into a mindset in which we think making a difference is impossible – but it’s not. It’s too easy to get discouraged about things going on in the world and to complain that things are going downhill.

This problem is that we have a tendency to try and take on either too much or too little.

However, there are little things that you can do on a daily basis to make yourself feel better while also making the world a better place!

11 small things that you can do right now to improve your life and change the world:

 

Small thing #1: Say Hello to a stranger.

Being so busy and stretched for time, we are all wrapped up in our own little worlds. Once in a while, you are on the receiving end of a friendly person’s warm greeting, and it feels magnificent. Reciprocate that feeling and give someone a warm “Hello!” or “Good morning!” You could just be making someone’s day!

 

Small thing #2: Donate something.

Most of us have stuff laying around the house we no longer use. Look in your closets, on your desk, or in your drawers. Do you have any old clothing or stuff that doesn’t fit? Take it to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. Most places are happy to take your discarded items, and there is probably someone in need that can find good use for it.

 

Small thing #3: Visit someone who’d like some company.

Someone at a nursing home, retirement center, or a relative close by would love to see and hear from you. Visit an orphanage or a facility for the disabled, if you’d like. Unfortunately, there are people who feel alone or abandoned by others who could use the company of a friendly person such as you!

 

Small thing #4: Volunteer.

Find a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and spend some time there. There are wonderful sites like www.voluntermatch.org and www.serve.gov that will match you with great causes such as feeding the homeless, caring for pets, reading to children, helping disabled veterans, rebuilding our neighborhoods, and much more.

 

Small thing #5: Pick up trash lying around.

This is our earth, our environment, and our responsibility. When you are strolling somewhere, and you see a piece of trash lying on the ground, what do you do? Do you take a few seconds to pick it up and dispose of it properly or just walk by? If you walk by, please pick it up. We’ve been given this beautiful planet, and we alone are responsible for keeping it beautiful.

 

Small thing #6: Grow a garden.

Not only will this give you something fun to do, you will be doing your part for our environment. Think of walking outside and seeing a beautiful array of flowers or plants, knowing that you are responsible for their creation and upkeep. Pretty cool.

 

Small thing #7: Buy a stranger’s coffee or tea.

Small gestures like paying for an unknown person’s beverage at a restaurant or café can make a big difference. Not only are you saving them the expense and quenching their thirst (or caffeine craving), but you are also instilling or strengthening a “pay it forward” attitude. Random acts of kindness are special, and benefit you and the other person greatly. What do you think the chances are that they will buy the next person’s coffee or tea when they get a chance? Congratulations, you’ve created a positive domino effect!

 

Small thing #8: Smile at someone.

Speaking of powerful, smiling at someone is one of the most powerful things you can do. We all come across someone at times that look as if they’re having a bad day, or days… smile at them. Better yet, smile and say “Hello!”… Whoa, you just did two little things in one awesome gesture. And you probably made someone feel better about themselves in the process!

 

Small thing #9: Set the example.

There’s something to be said about a person who sets the example for others. Whether it’s at work, home, school or out and about, there are people who are consistently well mannered and set a positive example in their attitude, speech, work ethic, and in other areas as well. This is not to say that you need to be perfect… but conducting yourself with dignity and class is something that can have a very powerful impact on others.

 

Small thing #10: Commit to self-improvement.

This is easier said than done, but it’s possible. Nobody changes overnight, and you shouldn’t expect to either, but great thing is that by doing any of the above nine steps, you are already committing yourself to the noble goal of self-improvement. The real challenge lies in doing the little things on a consistent basis and by taking advantage of all opportunities to change the world – one little step at a time.

 

Small thing #11: Say “I Love You”

These three small words create one VERY big statement.  When you say I love you to someone, or in the mirror to yourself each morning (highly recommended practice), you are sharing the greatest power in the world.  Love stops wars and starts lives, and according to some, love is all you need!

 

What small things can you add to the list?  We’d love to discuss in the comments!

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The comfort zone is like a secure island of stagnant high ground. Life gently pushes us into the infinite waters of our own potential.

Outside our comfort zone is where growth happens. We are so used to living in a bubble of security that we don’t realize how much we are limiting ourselves. Facing the unknown is never easy; fear appears- as an indicator of change- and change always boosts our expansion as human beings. Outgrowing our fears and insecurities brings liberation, joy and trust.

Here are 4 steps to break out of your comfort zone and conquer the fear that leaves you feeling stranded:

 

  1. Realize that everything is in your head

    The mental scenarios people create when put in a difficult situations, don’t always reflect exactly how things unfold in those situations. Things in our lives will turn out better or worse; the events may not develop exactly as imagined and played in our heads. Running the same negative mental film means worrying, and this is never an alternative.  Worrying is one of the most useless things one could use his imagination for. Life flows and its paths are for sure mysterious.

  1. Be brave

    Accept the hardness of the moment; accept you are vulnerable. Sometimes, when faced with a life-changing event (the death of a loved one, the departure of your partner, your kids leaving the nest, losing your business) or when you simply find yourself at a crossroad, you need to find the courage to make the next step. And this next step will burst the bubble of security that you created to nurture your sense of immutability. Well, as much as we want things to be different, we live in a world where everything ages, changes, alters and at a certain level, disappears.

    Being brave in this context means being aware of our wavy-like existence and integrating this truth. Being brave means being more loving towards our needs; this has nothing to do with adrenaline, but it has everything to do with being aware of what really serves us. We are alive to feel, explore, expand, and travel in places and spaces beyond our imagination. Our comfort zone doesn’t suit this noble purpose of existence.

  1. Be kind to yourself

    When scared of change, you are out of balance and basically you are in pain. The easy way out most of the time, is denial: dishonesty regarding your emotions. Avoiding suffering is a built-in bulletproof vest, but the result of using this system attracts, however, the outcome we wanted to escape. Psychological, spiritual and emotional wounds exist in layers. Healing takes place by going deep into the source of the pain. Denying and avoiding the pain is no remedy, as the real cause of your problem continues to run on the background and affect your life.

    When you find yourself in such a place of doubt, pain, fear and lack of trust (we’ve all been there), be gentle with yourself. No amount of self-criticism will ever set you free. When in a place of change, find compassion for yourself; be patient, allowing and kind. This is the start of a beautiful friendship between you and yourself.

  2. Have faith

    Remember that all things pass; find that eternal essence deep in yourself and hang on to that. Trusting life with your experiences is the easiest way. Accept that some things will happen regardless you holding on to some result you think it’s most favorable. Follow your intuition, even if the false mental scenarios attempt to lead you astray.

    In the comfort zone nothing happens and life is about everything; discovering your greatest potential starts outside the comfort zone, by dissolving the boundaries of your identity. One of the most self-loving acts is the act of letting yourself drift away in the infinity of your potential. You are then alive, able to experience, discover and remember yourself! Let yourself be what you are.

 

 

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11 Powerful Affirmations to Help Treat Depression and Anxiety http://powerofpositivity.com/11-powerful-affirmations-help-treat-depression-anxiety/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=11-powerful-affirmations-help-treat-depression-anxiety http://powerofpositivity.com/11-powerful-affirmations-help-treat-depression-anxiety/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:27:11 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7148 Affirmations are positive declarations and self-scripts meant to mold the subconscious into a more positive form. Lately, this new-age practice is being hailed by practitioners and their patients as a potentially revolutionary practice. These individuals state that positive affirmations have the capability to heal the hurt done by negative talk that takes place both from ...

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Affirmations are positive declarations and self-scripts meant to mold the subconscious into a more positive form. Lately, this new-age practice is being hailed by practitioners and their patients as a potentially revolutionary practice.

These individuals state that positive affirmations have the capability to heal the hurt done by negative talk that takes place both from within our own minds and from the mouths of others.

What about affirmations to help treat the two most common mental illnesses in the world – anxiety and depression?

Can the causes or symptoms of anxiety and depression be reduced, or even healed, through positive affirmations?

Promising Research on Affirmations

In a 2010 study done at Arizona State University, three expert ‘populations’ were studied: popular self-help literature, respected psychologists and psychotherapists, and individuals who were experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

In the research that was conducted it was determined that, at the very least, affirmations can be useful as a supplemental form of treatment for many depressed and/or anxious patients. For some patients, affirmations proved to be the most influential part of their recovery process.

Within the study, 17 therapists on a scale of 1-7, rated seven different affirmations on how effective they were in the treatment of those struggling with an anxiety disorder and/or clinical depression. The same affirmations were used for both disorders, as they often complement each other.

Interestingly, the three highest-rated affirmations were for anxiety. The top three affirmations had average scores of 5.43, 5.37, and 5.03, respectively. The top three affirmations for depression had scores of 4.83, 4.58, and 4.58.

Nearly all of the participants (including the therapists) agreed that affirmations can be a helpful practice when recovering from anxiety and depression! Individuality and the patients’ preferred method of treatment is thought to be the most important element in determining how effective a method of treatment is.

In other words, the willingness and belief of the individual to embrace positive affirmations increases the likelihood that these affirmations will make a positive impact!

The authors conclude with restating that treatments for anxiety and depression are highly individualized and customizable, and must be constructed as such. In the construction of an individualized treatment plan, all therapists and the authors of the study agree that affirmations should be deliberated – as they have been embraced by therapists and patients alike.

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11 Powerful Affirmations to Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

If you are new to affirmations, you’ll find our “How to Practice Affirmations” guide below very helpful.  Repeat these positive affirmations, begin to believe them and you’ll see results!

1. I love myself unconditionally.

 2. I am STRONG!

3. I allow only healthy and loving relationships into my life.

4. Life wants the best for me. I am OK with where I am right now.

5. I am connected and comfortable in all environments, with all people.

6. I find and enjoy the simple pleasures life is offering right now.

7. How I feel matters, therefore I concentrate on aspects of life that make me feel good!

8. My challenges bring me better opportunities.

9. My mood creates a physiological response in my body. I am peaceful and positive!

10. I am in control of my thoughts and my life.

11. I love myself and who I am.

 

How to Practice Your Affirmations

First, it’s important to understand that effectiveness of affirmations depends on your commitment and dedication to practicing consistently. The belief of the affirmation will get easier over time. If you talk every day, then you are already practicing affirmations.

Every word you speak is an affirmation.  It’s just that sometimes our affirmations to ourselves, about others, or our situation is not positive. Affirmations help us to consciously flip the switch and begin speaking in the direction that we actually want to travel.

You will want to make affirmations a daily routine (or at least a few times a week) in order to achieve the maximum benefits and help relieve your anxiety/depression faster. Be gentle with yourself though and do them as often as you can. Like anything, it seems harder in the beginning and then gets easier and easier until it’s like second nature.

Here are some helpful steps in getting you started on the path to positive affirmations:

  1. Contemplate your positive qualities. As human beings, we more often think about what we’d rather change about ourselves than what we love. We are all unique creatures, given gifts that no one else in the world has! Write down the things that you know are special about you, and write them in the first person (“I am…”)
  1. Consider the negative scripts that you wish to replace with positive ones. What goes through your head when you’re down? Do you have negative perceptions about your looks, intelligence, accomplishments or abilities? Time to replace that negative chatter with those positive qualities you listed in step one!
  1. Consider what positive goals you want to accomplish. There are specific goals that you want to achieve, right? As you continue to feel better about yourself, you’ll be more and more motivated to work towards these. Write them down.
  1. Order your list of goals and scripts. You may find that your list of scripts and goals have grown rather large. That’s great! You will want to work on a few of these at a time. Choose what is the most urgent and work on these first. When you see measurable improvement in an area, move down the list!
  1. Re-write and re-read your affirmations and goals daily. Make a habit of writing your goals and scripts daily – to the point where they’re the last thing you think of when you fall asleep and the first thing when you wake up.
  1. Combine your positive qualities (step 1) with your goals (step 3). What positive qualities did you affirm in step one that can help you achieve the goals that you’ve set? If you resolve to lose weight and have great focus, then you can combine these two to give yourself some momentum. Choose two or three affirmations to support your goals.
  1. Meditate on your affirmations. Get in a meditative state, whatever is most comfortable for you, close your eyes, and think about your affirmations. Feel the emotions that arise as you repeat the words and think about the future.
  1. Remind yourself of your affirmations. Write down your affirmations on notecards, a whiteboard, scrap paper, or Post-Its and place them around your home, work, and car; wherever you will see them. Each time you see the affirmation, think about what it means to you.
  1. Keep at it!
    Practice makes perfect. As you continue with your affirmations and begin to see real evidence of your making small changes, feel gratitude and keep going. You will begin to see bigger and bigger changes in your mood, feelings about yourself and others, and your life.

    Add to the Conversation:

    Do you have a positive affirmation that has helped you? Please share in the comments below!

 

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8 Ways To Compassionately Support Someone With Depression http://powerofpositivity.com/8-ways-to-compassionately-support-someone-with-depression/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=8-ways-to-compassionately-support-someone-with-depression http://powerofpositivity.com/8-ways-to-compassionately-support-someone-with-depression/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:36:42 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7130 Depression is an incredibly difficult thing for a person to go through. Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, emptiness, loss of interest, and even physical aches and pains like headaches and cramps, are a constant reminder for someone with depression that they are afflicted. If someone that you love has been diagnosed with depression, you ...

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Depression is an incredibly difficult thing for a person to go through. Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, emptiness, loss of interest, and even physical aches and pains like headaches and cramps, are a constant reminder for someone with depression that they are afflicted.

If someone that you love has been diagnosed with depression, you may indeed be feeling some of these things yourself. Please understand that it is important for you to be there for your loved one, and that they need your support.

Here are 8 ways that you can compassionately support someone with depression.

 

#1: Research and understand what depression is

This is very important; as it helps you understand what the body and mind actually experience during depression.

For example, many people do not know that there are at least nine major classes of depression. These classes all have various symptoms and some have different treatment measures.

Understanding depression, depression types, and treatment options will put you in a better position to understand the illness. With this understanding, you are far less likely to criticize, judge, or otherwise offend the person.

#2: Be there for them

After understanding the illness, you should be there for them. Be aware that your loved one’s mood may be not so good, and that they may also feel tired or irritable. It’s important not to take this personally, as these are just byproducts of the illness.

Again, be there for support – not for tough love, giving advice, or other ulterior motives.

Your presence is the most important thing here.

#3: Show them the good things in their lives

Here, don’t tell them how they should feel – like that they should be grateful, positive, enthusiastic, etc. Simply tell them they are loved or cared for, and that people are thinking about them.

If you are not a particularly emotional person – that’s okay! Simply send them a text message or send them a letter or card, or post to their Facebook page.

#4: Release judgement

This is very important and needs to be completely understood. Most people with depression are already ashamed and feel weakened; criticizing or judging them makes an unfortunate situation even worse, and could possibly isolate you from your loved one.

Judging and criticizing a chemical-based illness is pointless and potentially very damaging to the afflicted and the relationship. Remember, depression is not a personality flaw; it is a medical illness with years of scientific research.

Contrary to popular belief, they don’t pity themselves and many of them are strong people.

#5: Be gentle with yourself

When a very close family member or friend is going through depression, it can be very difficult to come to terms with the fact that there is only so much that one can do.

Depression is a battle, and it can be a very long one. In the heat of this battle, you are certainly going to feel helpless and perplexed at times. Remember, you can equip and support the troops as much as possible, but they are the ones that fight.

You cannot solve this problem or heal them of this disorder – this is for the doctor or the therapist to do. The best thing you can do is show unconditional love and support while lending a helping hand.

#6: Take care of yourself, too

Helping someone as they battle depression can be exhausting and trying, both mentally and physically.

If you are in a weakened or stressed state, how effective will you be for your loved one?

You should make sure that your own needs are being met and that you are taking care of yourself too. Make sure that you are getting ample sleep, good nutrition, and getting in some fun time for yourself.

#7: Encourage treatment

Some people with depression don’t even realize that they have it, much less seek any kind of treatment. Often, those that are affected often feel ashamed to admit that they are. Some feel that the ailment can be overcome with just willpower or with time.

The truth is that it’s rare for people to get better without some type of treatment.  This can be through a doctor/councilor, nutrition therapy, positive inspiration, or a combination of all.

With your knowledge of depression, you are well equipped to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression. Further, you are able to encourage them and discuss their options for treatment.

#8: Educate them

Here are some things that you can do to help…

- Discuss with the person what you’ve noticed and your concerns.

- Explain that you are more than willing to lend an ear if they want or need to talk.

- Explain that depression is a medical condition, caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. It   is not a sign of weakness or some kind of character flaw, and usually gets better with treatment.

- Discuss the various treatment types, including counseling.

- Offer to help set up and get them ready to take the next positive step.

Depression is a serious condition and needs to be treated ASAP. If your loved one is opposing treatment or shows troubling signs or behaviors, you should contact a doctor or other mental health professional for advice.

By compassionately supporting someone with depression you are better equipped to help your loved one through this difficult time.  You may even save their life.

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5 Things Successful People Do on Weekends http://powerofpositivity.com/what-successful-people-do-on-weekends/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-successful-people-do-on-weekends http://powerofpositivity.com/what-successful-people-do-on-weekends/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.powerofpositivity.com/?p=3197 “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy Have you ever wondered what Oprah does on the weekends? Even the most successful people in the world are, at the end of the day, only human. How they handle their downtime may give the rest of us a little insight into the way ...

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weekend-successful-jumping-beach“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy

Have you ever wondered what Oprah does on the weekends? Even the most successful people in the world are, at the end of the day, only human. How they handle their downtime may give the rest of us a little insight into the way successful minds work.

Here’s what successful people do on the weekends:

1. They unplug.

Even if only for a few hours, most of the uber successful and wealthiest people in the United States take time off from being connected to their work life. Although their reasoning may be slightly different than ours, there’s a big takeaway in this for all of us.

Turning off your cell phone for 24 hours will force you to be more present and take more enjoyment from the activities that you do engage in on the weekends. I’ve mentioned this before, and if it seems like I keep harping on this point, it’s because it’s important. You must put the phone down.

2. They don’t turn into sloths.

Sometimes, after an extremely busy and overwhelming work week, the urge to bellyflop onto the couch and stay there until Sunday night can be tempting. This is a bad idea because it can lead to a feeling of apathy and depression, leading you back to work on Monday with a giant case of the Blahs. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little extra rest on the weekends, but be sure to temper it with some stimulating activities as well,like going to see a show, having lunch with friends, or having a backyard barbeque.

3. They connect with family.

Even our kids are now tethered 24/7 to some kind of digital device. It’s not life support, so get them into the

habit of unplugging along with you and teach them how to stay engaged in life. It’s an important skill that’s not being taught anymore.  Reconnect your kids with the world, and with you.

4. They don’t do housework.

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Using weekends to catch up on cleaning and laundry will negate the unwinding that you need in order to thrive Monday through Friday. Instead, the most successful people are good at managing their time during the week, enabling them to fit chores into smaller time-slots on weekday

evenings. This frees up the entire weekend for pleasure.

5. They don’t let Monday scare them.

I have heard my sons complain on more than one occasion, “It’s Sunday; the weekend is almost over!” This type of thinking will put you in a foul mindset, and can take away from a potentially fun afternoon and evening. Instead of fretting about what is to come on Monday, enjoy the remainder of your free time by staying unplugged and focused on friends and family.

*BONUS*

6. Most importantly, successful people rarely work on the weekends.

“Instead of fretting about what is to come on Monday, enjoy the remainder of your free time…”

While this isn’t a hard and fast rule, more and more success stories are happening to those people who know how to balance their time wisely. Re-charging your batteries on the weekends is critical to your ability to make good decisions during the week. If toting your cell phone (even if you turn it off) causes you undue temptation to check in on work, simply leave it at home while you enjoy life.  Make it clear that during the weekends, you are off the clock and will be busy dedicating your time to unwinding, relaxing, and re-charging.

How do your weekend habits match up to those of some of the world’s most successful people? 

Let us know in the comments below!

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Optimism: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

There are three frames of mind where you’ll most often find yourself: optimistic, pessimistic, and apathetic.

Optimism is the feeling or belief allowing the ability to perceive and understand challenges as impermanent and surmountable. In short, optimistic people seek the best outcome in each and every situation.

Contrast this with pessimism. These individuals often perceive challenges as insurmountable roadblocks that make it either impossible or extremely difficult to move forward. Sadly, pessimism takes the prize as the leading cause of broken dreams.

Finally, there is apathy – a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. Total, complete indifference is probably the only thing worse than pessimism. Why? Because there is no effort, passion, fight, or struggle to be seen in apathetic people.

Now, if we are honest with ourselves, we can admit to feeling all three of these mindsets at some point in our lives. There’s a good chance that we are feeling one of these mindsets right now. The truth is we all need to feel more optimistic and a little more hopeful in our daily lives.

Here are some good reasons to be more optimistic. . .

4 Reasons Optimism is the Ultimate Success Formula

Reason #1: More people will trust and respect you.

Co-workers, friends, family, and those you interact with will see your positivity and optimism and immediately respect and admire you for it. Trust and respect are two things that no amount of money or power can earn, and are huge factors in your quest for success and happiness.

Reason #2: People will be drawn to you.

When’s the last time you saw a Debbie Downer receiving admiration and praise? Not that you need constant approval from people, but you at least want to seem approachable and likeable. Right?

Optimists have magnetic energy, and people love that.

Reason #3: It is vital to success in anything.

Optimism is irreplaceable for success in business and in life, as optimists are incredibly resilient and strong individuals. They are seen as reliable, trustworthy, respectable, and confident individuals. Obviously, this has a tremendous impact both on what you believe you’re capable of and what others believe you are capable of. People want to know that you believe in yourself before they believe in you.

Reason #4: You are mentally and physically healthier.

When the Mayo Clinic, the top hospital in the United States, is publishing work on the health benefits of positive thinking and optimism, it’s a BIG deal.

Indeed, the organization has reported the following benefits to positive thinking and optimism: increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower rates of distress, greater resistance to illness, better coping with stress, lower risk of death from heart disease, and better overall mental and physical wellbeing.

In conclusion: be more optimistic! Granted, it can be very difficult at times – but it’s doable. It all starts with self-talk, or the endless stream of thoughts running through your mind. There are many, many ways to induce more positive thinking into your thoughts– meditation, prayer, rest, exercise, and on and on.

Just find what works best in activating your optimistic brain and stick with it.

Stay optimistic, friends!

Join the Conversation: Why do you stay optimistic?

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