8 Activities to Be a More Positive Person

How to be a positive person

Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

Initially for this series, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

In the following weeks, we covered the following blog topics: 12 Pieces of Advice to Think BiggerTake 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow7 Ways to Honor Your Body and 11 Activities to Create a Safe and Sacred Space.

Today is a special day – it’s the final day in the series.  Today, we get to contemplate 8 activities to enrich your life through positive energy.

Activity #1 – Gratitude

I begin every single day writing down 3-10 things I am grateful for.  I also think of 3-10 things before I go to sleep.

In my mid-20’s, I went through a number of very difficult life changes.  During that time, I really felt scared, anxious and depressed.  The best thing that helped me overcome my depression was gratitude (even when I didn’t feel like it).

My biggest learning during that time was that regardless of the obstacles you are facing, there are always positive things to focus on.

To exercise a gratitude practice helps keep those same feelings of fear, anxiety and depression in a manageable place.

Activity #2 – Compliment

Everyone has nice features.

If you notice something you admire, a pleasant detail or a trait you appreciate in someone else, be sure to tell them.

Many of us feel isolated and on our own island.  It’s hard to get outside the box and focus on anything else other than our own journey sometimes.

The value of connection is priceless and this can begin with something as simple as a compliment.

Even if it’s something simple that you forget you even said, others will remember you complimented that dress, their smile, the fact they are helpful, etc.

People will appreciate the fact you care and in the process, you surround yourself with more positive energy.

Activity #3 – Make Eye Contact

Nothing is so disrespectful as chatting with someone and looking around or checking your phone several times.  To give the person you are with undivided attention is a gift.

Don’t stare like a creepo, choose one eye and blink occasionally. Listen and respond to what they have to say.

With the exception of our own journey’s, which we seem to be obsessed with, there is so much to learn from others.

Taking the time to hear them out and spend a quality few minutes with someone by making eye contact not only makes them feel important but adds personal power to your day.

People-skills are going out of style at an alarming rate.  Along with grammar, punctuation and the ability to remember phone numbers.

This is great news for you – because it makes it that much easier to shine.

Eye contact will help you stand out.

Activity #4 – Bless Others

Sure, when they sneeze, a simple, “Bless you,” is an easy, unobtrusive way to acknowledge another person.

What if you tried something even a little more advanced?  Sending a note with a positive message to bless someone takes so little time yet is so rare.

Even silent in line in the grocery store, you can internally bless the people in front of you and behind you.  Bless the cashier.  The crew member.  The server.

It doesn’t matter who they are – everyone can use a blessing.  Perhaps even you can too, which is why I am thinking of you, right now, with a blessing in mind for you.

Activity #5 – Say, “Thank you.”

Common courtesy, yes.

Yet easy to overlook.

I make dinner for my husband most nights.  These meals are awesome.  He is good about thanking me, but sometimes he forgets.  I might have spent two hours on a meal, just to make him smile.  When he says, “Thank you,” it’s all I need and it means the world to me.

No one wants to be taken for granted.

That small gesture of gratitude will encourage the person to act in kind in the future.

Activity #6 – Cook Dinner For a Friend

Few things say, “I care about you,” like cooking a nice meal for someone (one of the main reasons I cook for my husband most days).

If someone is feeling discouraged or would enjoy some companionship, invite them over for dinner.

Sometimes people freak out about cooking, but I’ll tell you a secret.  Some meals are fantastic and so easy to prepare.  You only need a handful of these to really knock the socks off of someone.

Being able to cook is a resourceful skill to have.  If you’d like a couple recipe’s to get your started, send me a quick message and I’ll help you get started.

Activity #7 – Put Money in an Expired Parking Meter 

This falls under random acts of kindness.  It’s not necessary, but it is fantastic karma.  Allowing someone to skip out on that parking ticket that might be headed their way is definitely spreading positive energy around.

When we help others, particularly in small and simple, unexpected ways – we feel better about ourselves and our lives.

Activity #8 – Laugh

Who makes you smile?  What are your favorite YouTube videos?

Take five minutes to watch one of these or swap a few texts with someone who always brings a smile to your face.

Laughter and smiling makes a person more beautiful, both inside and out.  It is a stress-reducer and immediately uplifts your life.  Laughing takes a crappy day and flips it around to being the best day.

What are some ways you saturate your life in the positive zone?

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11 Activities to Create a Safe and Sacred Place

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Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

We then took a closer look at the Second Principle: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

Followed by the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.

Last week, we honored our bodies as a temple with 7 Ways to Honor Your Body.

Today we are looking to our environments.  Setting ourselves up for success begins with our environment.  Here are 11 Activities to enjoy while creating a safe, sacred place.

Activity #1 – Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Take a quick 10 minutes in the evening to finish the few extra dishes and wipe down the counters and the sink.

When you wake up and the fresh, clean kitchen greets you, it is a sacred place to prepare meals of love for yourself and your loved ones.

Activity #2 – Enjoy Animals

This is a fun one.

Kinship and compassion for animals creates such joy and harmony in life.  Their light spirits are predictable and endearing.

You don’t have to have an animal of your own, but if you do – take at least a few minutes each day to be present with them.  Chances are, you’re the highlight of their day as well.

If you do not have an animal, make a point to visit a dog park or a friends home where they have pets.

Animals have the power to enchant an atmosphere.

Activity #3 – Drink Wine

When I wasn’t pregnant, one of my favorite things was to enjoy a nice glass of wine while I prepared dinner for my husband.

Although I’ve been ‘dry’ for the past nine months, I still remember the way the simple glass would enhance my day.  By implementing this simple ritual, there was such joy and peace associated with it.  My cooking improved dramatically as well as I took extra time in preparation.

Activity #4 – Fresh Flowers

Walking into the house and seeing fresh flowers never fails to bring a smile to my face.  It makes any environment fresh with life.  Choose a color and flower variety that resonates with you and place them in a location you can see them often.

For a while, I had a number of small vases and placed a handful of flowers in each throughout our home.  It was delightful and so pleasant.  It made every surface in the house have a touch of magic.

Activity #5 – Make Art

“The aim of Art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle.

Art includes drawings, painting and sculptures, but also written works, such as poems and books.  Even cooking a meal is a form of art.

There are a handful of mental health benefits that go hand-in-hand with making art.  These include stress relief, mental stimulation and it encourages creative thinking.

Activity #6 – Always Have Music Playing

Music has a magical quality in it’s ability to plug emotion into an environment.  It also has the ability to stimulate and relax.

Here are some ways I utilize music in my day: While writing blogs, I always listen to stimulating music filled with acoustics and thought-provoking lyrics.  When writing books, I lean toward a mild trance which provides background noise but doesn’t require much thought.  While cleaning my home, I pop on high-energy music that makes me feel like dancing.  When my husband gets home, I have some mild celtic music or relaxing classical.  I listen to the same type of music while resting in a nice bath.

Which leads us to Activity #7.

Activity #7 – Take a Lavender Bath 

When I feel exhausted, tired and defeated, there is nothing like the comfort of a hot bath to ease my senses and put the world back in perspective for me.  A Lavender-Scented Bath Sea Salt not only promotes purifying aromatherapy but also muscle relaxation.

Treat yourself to a heaven sent experience… and sleep easy with a smile that will stay with you all night long.

Activity #8 – Burn Incense

Some people aren’t a huge fan of incense, but aroma therapy works wonders for others.  There is a spiritual aspect to burning incense that is very profound.

Take five minutes to light incense and honor yourself.

Activity #9 – Light Candles

Soft light creates a sacred ambiance in any area.  One of the best ways to utilize this subtle power is to light candles.  Scented candles work wonders as well.  There have been times when I have used candles alone to bring an experience to fruition.

For example, I wanted to travel to Tahiti.  I purchased a Tahitian Dream candle at Body and Bath works and took a few moments to light the candle and imagine what it would be like to visit Tahiti.

Within a few weeks, my fiance (at the time) and I planned a trip to Tahiti.  It was one of the best trips either of us (both of whom have traveled extensively) have ever taken.

Activity #10 – Keep Your Curtains Open

Natural light rejuvenates.  When I first wake up, I enjoy a cup of tea and watch the sunrise.  When I begin working in my office, I open my curtains to the backyard and allow the natural light to inspire my work for the day.

Activity #11 – Have a full Bookshelf

What are your favorite books?  Do you have a bookshelf?  I have a stack of books on my side table next to my bed.  Many books I only read once and I pass on to someone else.  The books I have loved and read over and over again (once a year or so), I have in the stack.

One day I hope my library of books I read again and again grows to 150.  As an avid reader, I’m always reading something – but very few are those I read again and again.

Please enjoy implementing these 11 activities to create a safe and sacred place.  Join me next week with the final post of Creating a Magical Life series.  The topic will be: 9 Activities to Saturate Your Life in Positive Energy.

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7 Ways to Honor Your Body

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Last month, we began exploring tips to help you create a magical life outside of work.  The purpose of this series is to create a stress-free, debt-free lifestyle, full of meaning and purpose, family, friends and fun.

During the first week, I did a Webinar, called 7 Principles to Create a Magical Life Outside of Work.

For week two, we broke down the First Principle, sharing 12 Pieces of Advice to Think Bigger.

We then took a closer look at the Second Principle: Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life.

Followed by the Third Principle, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow.

Today we honor the temple that gets us where we need to be.  Yes, your body is a temple.  You exist on a physical plane.  It doesn’t matter how well things are going – if you feel like crap, things could be better.

Let’s look at 7 Ways to Honor Your Body.

#1 – Decorate it

When I feel down in the super dump, the quickest way I can turn it around is to throw on a nice dress and some lip gloss.  Do the same and you will find others will smile and compliment you.

Even if you don’t feel like it, looking as though you feel good will make a difference.  Nothing wrong (in this case) of faking it ’til you make it.

#2 – Enjoy Real Food

It’s easy to eat food that was processed in a plant rather than came from a plant.  However, your body isn’t designed for that.  Eat lost of raw fruit and vegetables and try to incorporate many different colors.

Besides, learning to cook a few things is a very attractive characteristic in a person.

#3 – Drink Water

Where I live, the temperature has been hot, surpassing 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

I typically drink half my body weight in water – that’s my daily goal.  However, on three occasions I went into pre-term labor with my pregnancy (this is not good, although now that I’m in my ninth month, we can roll with it).

The recommendation from my care provider was to increase my water intake to sixteen (16!) glasses of water per day.  Now that’s tough but reinforces the importance and value of drinking water.

It flushes your system, helps digestion, hydrates babies when your pregnant and contains zero calories.

Water is amazing when you think about it.

#4 – Be Clean

Hygiene is one of those basic skills that demonstrates you care about yourself.

On a basic level, it’s so important to love yourself.  Part of loving yourself is to ensure your basic needs are taken care of.  Food, water, shelter and hygiene.

Negligence in this area repels both companionship and opportunities for advancement.

Take extra care to ensure your hair isn’t flaky, your teeth are brushed and your sweat glands are under control.

#5 – Smell Nice

Although along the same lines as #4, it takes things a step further.  Sometimes it’s something as simple as your shampoo that will make you smell good.  Other times, you might delight in a little perfume.

Either way, it’s important to smell nice.  Don’t drown yourself in cologne, but a small scent can enhance the way others feel about you and interact with you in a positive way.

#6 – Wear Soul-Enhancing Clothes

There are millions of styles and types of clothes.  Which do you find most comfortable?  Which make you feel your best?

As a minimalist, I try to keep my wardrobe very limited.  Although I don’t multiple closets of clothes, I have plenty to wear.  It all fits well and brings me joy.  This connects me with my soul.

Best of all – I’m comfortable in my own skin.

What is your style?  What clothes do you find most comfortable?  What clothes make you feel your best?

#7 – Stay in Shape

In order for your body to work for the duration of your life you have to move.

You don’t need to run triathlon’s (although that’s pretty inspirational if you do)

Finding a few activities you enjoy works wonders.  Whether it’s a combination of, hiking and yoga or dancing and swimming or snow-shoeing – you honor your body and yourself by getting up off the couch and moving.

To get the most out of life – honor your body.

 

Which of these 7 ideas will you implement first?

 

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