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 Bigger, Take 3 Small Steps Every Day Toward Creating a Magical Life, 3 Ways to Let Go and Grow, 7 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?