5 Small Changes That Can Lead to Big Gains

You don’t have to completely overhaul of your life in order to start fresh. Little changes can add up and have a huge impact on the way you experience life. In order to make progress, just take things one step at a time. To help you get started, here are five manageable tips to consider.  

Eat One Healthier Food Item. You may not be ready to overhaul your entire diet. But what about making a few small changes that develop into new habits? For instance, consider replacing one of your typical snacks with something healthier. Try buying a bag of baby carrots and hummus instead of that big bag of potato chips. You can take it even one step further by placing a sticky note in the cabinet where you normally keep the chips, telling yourself to look in the fridge for those carrots. Once this is a new habit, add in another change--like exchanging fruit for something filled with empty calories. Not only will you feel better, but you may even begin craving healthier foods.

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Turn Your Spark Into a Blaze

If you’re not passionate then you’re wasting your time.
–Unknown

When life feels ho-hum and hum-drum, it is time get out there and stir things up a little bit! Find what excites and inspires you. Figure out the thing you are most passionate about.

The following is a collection of ideas that can help you dig deeper, past the surface of a typical day, and into where your passions could lie. Take a glance at the list in whatever way you like and then try out some of the activities that you connect with. Even if it feels a bit silly or cheesy, go ahead and be vulnerable with yourself. Take a risk to find which spark of inspiration could be the very thing that grows into a huge blaze of passion for you!

Spend more time with art. Get a membership to the art museum. Find an art school in your area and visit their gallery or attend regular shows. Download the DailyArt app that gives you a piece of art to look at each day, complete with a bit of art history as...

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Create a Life You Love

Everyone has a rough day every now and then. But when your life seems to continue for an extended period of time, it may be time to do something about it. If things in your life are not moving in the right direction, you might feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. You may feel stuck. You might feel trapped. But in reality, you have the power to change it!

When it comes to the circumstances in your life and the things happening around you, you always have three choices. You can remain a victim to the situation, tolerate it, or change it. 

The concept of change can be scary. Many people would rather stay in somewhat unpleasant situations than risk something that could possible be even more unpleasant. The new situation might also be the best thing that has ever happens in your life. If you don’t leave behind your unhappiness, you’ll just never know what great things might be just around the corner. 

If something needs to change and you...

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Fill Your Tank By Finding What You Love

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
-Oprah Winfrey
 

Exhausted? Feeling overwhelmed? Running on empty?

Much of our crazy-busy lives today are filled with activities, things to do and general all-round busy-ness. Many people get to the end of the day and feel like they have spent all of their energy—and sometimes they aren’t even sure what they have accomplished!

If you tend to spend all of your time doing things to please other people, helping everyone else with their projects or pouring into others without leaving time for yourself, then now is definitely time for you to start refilling your own tank!

Filling your tank doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to just quit your job or stop taking care of your family. What it means is that you many need to pay a little bit more attention to the “gas gauge” of your heart before you run on empty for so long that you get burned out. Take some time for you by...

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Find Joy and Live for the Moment

Live for the moments you can’t put into words. –Unknown

Many of us are stressed out and frazzled, wishing that we could find more experiences of happiness and joy to make our lives complete. The great news is that you have the power to live into more joyful moments—simply by being more aware and intentional about your life.

Discern Your Joy

Close your eyes for a moment and think back to a recent time where you experienced pure joy. Or if you can’t think of any joyful moments recently, think back further. Can you think of one moment that brought you a deep amount of joy?

When you’ve got your joy moment, consider what was going on inside of you when you experienced that joy. What was going on around you? What were the factors that made that moment so wonderful? Was it the people you were with? Something you accomplished?

Remember, you don’t have to be able to explain this type of experience to anyone but yourself, but we are aiming to get at the...

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Four Tips to Make Life Fulfilling

Life is too short to suck and is meant to be fulfilling. You can either get through the day or choose to live for the day. If you want to live a life that you really love, surround yourself with people who inspire greatness and bring out your very best. Instead of just maintaining status-quo, consider these four tips to make life fulfilling!

Stop being a nay-sayer. If you think and say that you can’t do something, you certainly will be right! Especially if you don’t even try. But if you spend your time aiming higher, gravitating toward the “yeses” instead of the “nos”, you’ll discover that you’re most often in a place of possibility instead of in a place of negativity.

Position yourself as a learner. Let’s face it—it’s great to feel like the smartest person in the room. Everyone likes to be an expert at some time or another. But, when you always position yourself in this way, you aren’t giving yourself much...

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Who Do You Think you Are?

Much more important than the expectations and opinions of others is understanding who you are. This is not about what your name is, what your job is or what your roles are in relationship to others. This is about being willing to look at yourself objectively, determine that you have value, and take a look at what your purpose is in life. This is about coming to terms with who you are—not who others think you are.

When you discover who you are, you can find freedom from the constraints of others’ opinions and expectations. You can discover wisdom that helps you make decisions on how to move forward. And you can experience less inner conflict as your actions match up more effectively with your identity.

But how can you find out exactly who you are?

Well, the simplest way is by walking down the path of self-reflection. For some people, this may feel a bit uncomfortable at first. Many people avoid self-reflection because looking in that proverbial mirror might...

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Heeding the Advice of Others

It doesn’t take much more than a slight change of circumstances in your life—or a major crisis—before voices from far and near begin telling you what they think you should do. Usually in an effort to be helpful, people you know (or random strangers on the street) are all-too-eager to dish out guidance, instructions and recommendations.

Maybe it’s something big like changing jobs or sending your kid to college, or something smaller like redecorating your kitchen. As soon as word gets out that something is changing in your life, the advice starts flowing.

In many instances, the advice includes what others define as "success" and include the things that make them happy. It also includes what they think is possible, achievable and can include their own fears and limitations.

However, too much advice ringing in your ear can become noisy and confusing. Of course, you want to take the good advice and leave the rest behind. But how can you know the difference?

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Life Getting You Down? Learn the Skill of Resilience

Have you ever met one of those people whose life seems to be absolutely ideal? Someone who never seems to encounter difficulty or struggle in any way? (You know, the folks whose lives are so great that you secretly want to hate them!)

However much it may seem like nothing goes wrong for these people-with-perfect-lives, that’s simply not true. No one has a perfect life. These seemingly perfect-people-you-want-to-hate encounter struggle and difficulty the same as everyone else. They get flat tires. They get cavities. Their pet ferrets run away.

So what’s the difference between these seemingly perfect people and “normal” people?

The difference is the way they handle life’s challenges.

The difference is resilience.

Resilience is all about being flexible or malleable. Being able to recover when things don’t go as expected. Resilience is a quality that allows a person to experience difficulties and then get up, dust off, and move forward.

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Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks on 9-11, gratitude was one of the most frequently expressed emotions in America. Why was that? Because times of crisis often call out of people their better angels, their higher selves. The Roman philosopher Cicero called gratitude the queen of all virtues. That seems an apt description: Virtue met vice in the wake of those horrific attacks.

But did you know that gratitude can make you happier? There’s been lots of research into the benefits of adopting an “attitude of gratitude” over the past two decades. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the book “The How of Happiness” lists eight of them in this blog post. Even her first three are compelling: grateful thinking helps you savor life; it bolsters self-esteem and self worth; and it helps you cope with stress and trauma. 

A psychology professor who has been at the forefront of gratitude research, Robert Emmons, says the evidence is mounting of the psychological,...

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