Interview on Inner Success Radio

I think one of the best things you can do is believe in yourself! If you aren’t finding light from inside, it will be hard to find happiness. For details on how you can become the best, most successful self you can be, listen to my interview on Inner Success Radio, where I talked with hosts Charles and Demetrius!

http://www.innersuccessradio.com/session42/

 

4 Reasons Why Friendships are Key to Happiness

Take a moment to think about the friendships in your life. Are you reminiscing about the laughter, fun times and happiness you’ve shared with others? I recently wrote an article about true friendships and ways you can recognize them; I truly believe a strong bond between individuals is one of the most important keys to happiness. Why are friendships so crucial? Read on for four reasons.

Friendships are the key to happiness.

Friendships are the key to happiness.

Why Do We Need Friends? 4 Reasons

  1. Friendships Bring Us Comfort

Strong friendships have the power to bring us comfort, serenity and an enormous sense of well-being, as well as the opportunity for adventure and childlike experiences. When we are part of a solid friendship, we begin to feel like we belong and are special to someone. With friends, there is someone journeying through life with us who listens, cares, understands and appreciates us without judgments.

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Finding Holiday Happiness: Your Unlimited Mind’s Outstanding Power

Are you seeking a new way to find happiness? Try leveraging the outstanding power of your unlimited mind! Since we’ve entered the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up the distractions of consumerism, delicious food and tasty winter beverages that are readily available everywhere; during these months I encourage you to also make working on your personal development, happiness and gratitude a top priority.

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What is Your Unlimited Mind?

Your unlimited mind is your brain at the highest ideal; it’s something to be worked toward in order to live a fruitful, fulfilling and meaningful lifetime of happiness. Understanding your mind and what makes it work helps to keep it alive, exuberant and dynamic. As you grow in this appreciative understanding of your inner psyche, you will develop increased mind power, creativity and the ability to focus without distractions. You will also discover unlimited resources for creative expression. I like to think of my unlimited mind as the navigator of my life journey, and every choice I make is for its benefit.

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Where to Turn for Inspiration and Motivation

Now that we’re well into the fall season, the darker days and impending frightful weather can put a damper on our spirits. If you’re feeling less chipper than usual, where can you turn to get motivated and find inspiration? Read on for four tried and true resources.

Get inspired with these resources.

Get inspired with these resources.

Inspiration and Motivation: 4 Resources to Turn To

  1. Close Friends

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts we can experience in life; the selfless loving of another person as you share life experiences and help each other learn from mistakes is a trait that makes us uniquely human. When your spirits are low, leaning on a friend can help you find strength, even in the darkest situations.

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Interview on Butterflies of Wisdom

We have all experienced challenges in life, and how we deal with these hurdles is one way to choose between a lifetime of happiness and one of despair. I enjoy reaching out to as many people as I can and offering words of hope and inspiration; I recently had an interview on Butterflies of Wisdom radio show which discusses these topics, in addition to insight into finding reasons to laugh and be more grateful. Listen to it here!

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Finding Power and Strength in Lasting Friendships

Throughout your lifetime, chances are you’ve had some great friendships that stick with you in your memory; hopefully, you are still friends with those individuals. A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life; having supportive people around you who help you endure hardships, celebrate victories and lend an honest ear is supremely important to lasting happiness.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

What is a True Friendship?

Friendship is the creation of soul-to-soul love and caring; it enters into one’s emotions, feelings and actions. Without losing their identity, a friend is able to give love, honesty, playfulness, dreams, visions, understanding and compassion to another. It lasts forever; true friends are enduring in time, steadfast, loyal and committed to each other through the various and unpredictable ups and downs of life.

Friendship requires the food of mental stimulation, emotional happiness, adventure, shared experiences and good old-fashioned fun. It includes both relaxation and healthy laughter, and a shoulder to cry on during tough times. A friend is not:

  • Competitive
  • Careless
  • Envious
  • Judgmental
  • Rude
  • Taken for granted
  • Selfish
  • Un-reciprocated
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Transform Your Life Through Gratitude: 7 Solutions

As I shared previously in my article, Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters, gratitude has the power to transform your worldview, and in turn, your whole life can change for the better. It can lead you on the path to happiness, help you to love yourself more and improve the quality of your current relationships. Sometimes practicing gratitude is difficult due to circumstances beyond your control; that’s why I encourage you to read on for seven practical and actionable tips to help you make a change.

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Make gratitude part of your daily routine!

Being Grateful is a Choice

Did you know that being grateful and thankful for the things you have is a conscious choice? However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. According to the New York Times, “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily.”

These ordinary situations can be negative, but they can also be positive, and often as inconsequential as getting a closer parking spot, having the perfect amount of milk for your breakfast cereal or emptying your email inbox. When tasks appear hard or time consuming, it can be easier to get hung up on how annoying the task may be, rather than feeling overwhelming gratitude as soon as the task is complete. Sometimes all it takes is a change in the way you view the situation, and gratitude can come much more easily.

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Have Hope: 3 Ways to Improve Your Outlook on Life

Life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to; people, relationships and situations can change just like the seasons. As humans, we are naturally resistant to these changes and are hesitant to accept shake-ups, so it can sometimes be difficult to accept new routines when life begins to morph. When these changes are especially negative, it can cause even the best of us to lose hope in the future. These three strategies can uplift your spirits and give you the hope it takes to hold on.

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Always have hope!

3 Ways to Feel More Hopeful

  1. Get Out of the Rut

When we feel hopeless, we are less likely to have the motivation to try and become more hopeful, which leads us to lose even more hope; it is a Catch-22. Being stuck in this endless loop can cause depression, low morale and negative health problems. All of us have felt like there’s no hope at some point in our lives; it’s a completely normal feeling. To combat this, try shaking up your life and your routines. You don’t have to make huge changes to make a huge difference; your efforts can be as simple as taking a different route on your morning commute, picking some new music for the drive or trying a new beverage in place of your usual morning coffee.

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Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Do you make a daily habit of gratitude? Expressing and recognizing what you’re grateful for is something you should be doing more often than just during the Thanksgiving season; the happiest people make gratitude a daily habit and something they practice over and over again. True gratitude isn’t a destination; it’s a journey. Read on for a guide to being grateful: what it is and why it matters.

Being grateful makes you happy!

Being grateful makes you happy!

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is about more than just saying grace before dinner out of habit or saying thank you to your spouse for helping clean up; while those are wonderful things to do, true gratitude is much deeper. As Angeles Arrien shared with Gratefulness.org:

“Of all the universal themes that have been transmitted through perennial wisdom, the expression of gratitude continues to be the glue that consistently holds society and relationships together; its opposite – ingratitude – contributes to societal dissolution and separation…Gratitude’s stabilizing and healing effects, which have been researched from multiple standpoints—cultural, psychological, physical, spiritual, even financial—have made it abundantly clear that the benefits of living a grateful life are irrefutable.”

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Article About Inner Peace on Everyday Power Blog

I frequently talk about the power of your mind to control your happiness, but did you know that you can manage your emotions to find inner peace? Sometimes the stresses of life and the fear of judgement from others can hold us back, making us feel stuck or out of control. I recently shared my insight and tips for calming your inner fears and achieving a lifetime of happiness on the Everyday Power blog. Find out what I think the five best pieces of advice are here.

http://everydaypowerblog.com/2016/08/02/manage-your-emotions-to-find-inner-peace/

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