Are you aware of how your thoughts and beliefs are impacting your wellbeing? Our minds are so busy and overloaded with information that it can be hard to focus on the simple things in life like movement, the weather and gratitude. I recently shared my insight on how awareness can lead us on the path to happiness on my interview with David Clarke. Listen here.
In an earlier blog post, I shared an overview of major non-fiction book genres to help aspiring writers determine which genre their text should fall under. While non-fiction book genres are pretty straightforward, the lines are a bit more blurred with fiction. What’s the difference between these two main categories? Read on to find out.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
Fiction literature is pure fantasy, written from the mind of the writer and created solely using their imagination. Any facts or research in fiction writing can be loosely based on real life, but the events taking place in the novel are not true. Although fiction books can be based on these facts, the author often invokes creative license to change past events or embellish details as they see fit. On the other hand, non-fiction is always factual. Read on for a guide to the most popular fiction book genres.
“When you stimulate your mind creatively and productively, it will thrive, and your mind will reward you with a joy-filled enriched life.” –Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste
We all have the potential to be a creative, vibrant and artistic person, even the most analytical among us. Your creative mind is capable of unlimited expression and can serve as a vehicle to transform your life into the dream you’ve always wanted to live. Unleashing this hidden power that lives inside of all of us will bring you pride, a sense of accomplishment and lead you on the path to happiness. The simplest way to encourage your creative mind is to focus on your inner power, or “I Can Do It” power.
Your Inner Power: Mind over Matter
Quoted from generation to generation, “Mind over matter” is a mantra we hear over and over as we travel through the journey of life. It is repeated only because it is a truth. Repeat this affirmation to yourself as many times as it takes to sink in; you can rise above any challenge. This way of thinking is achieved when there is a harmonious balance between your two inner selves: your mental self and your emotional self.
Is your enemy outside yourself, or is it within? Although it’s hard to admit, we are in control of our feelings and choices. Instead of looking outside for quick and fast solutions, we need to look inward for our answers. The keys to finding lasting happiness are gratitude and choosing forgiveness. Learn my insight for overcoming this constant, lifelong process here on Eco Arts Living.
“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
Finding happiness may be a process, but you don’t have to wait to find it; it is something you are capable of experiencing right here and right now! When you’re having a bad day and life is getting you down, achieving happiness may be equivalent to the highest mountain you’ve ever climbed. Luckily, there are several tactics you can employ to change your mood and transform your attitude. How can you hack your way to happiness? Read on for my insight.
6 Strategies to Hack Your Way to Happiness
- Eat Your Vegetables
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” – B.K. S Iyengar
The way your body functions internally can have a large impact on your mental state of being. Eating lots of healthy and nutritious food will not only make you feel healthier and happier, but it will boost your immune system, reduce depression and improve your mood. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in folate, which helps produce dopamine (a happiness chemical) in the brain.
“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar
At one point or another, we all experience some level of social anxiety. Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations or around those we don’t know well is perfectly normal, and there is hope for overcoming it. Instead of running from your fears, you can find empowerment and inner strength by facing them head on.
What is Social Anxiety?
Unlike general anxiety, which is characterized as a discomfort, fear or paranoia of the world around you, social anxiety is a subset of anxiety that is triggered through interactions with others. Many who suffer from social anxiety describe a fear of being judged or scrutinized and often report feeling alienated by those around them. Here are three tips for moving forward.
Happiness is like the air we breathe; it’s all around and in abundant quantities, but can feel very elusive and is hard to grab onto. When you aren’t feeling happy, it may seem like everyone around you is having the best day in the world and you have no idea how to harness the power for yourself. Happiness is a state that you can live in every day; read on for the guide to finding yours within.
The Complete Guide to Gaining True Happiness
Most of the goals and resolutions we create for ourselves often have to do with increasing our happiness, but knowing where to start can be like taking a shot in the dark. Here are some signs that it’s time to invest in your own happiness.
6 Signs You Should Invest in Your Happiness
- You Feel “Stuck”
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut while everyone else is moving forward? Instead of belittling or feeling sorry for yourself, you should use this as an opportunity to take stock of your life and try and pinpoint why you feel that way. Maybe your career isn’t going forward like you planned or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been on a date. Use this feeling to propel yourself into seeking true happiness instead of remaining stuck.
I frequently speak about the importance of self-love for finding happiness in my conversations with radio hosts and in my most recent book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste. Self-love is something that can seem elusive, but you know it when you feel it. It’s a deep appreciation for the unique quirks that make you, you. It’s the lack of doubt you feel when moving forward with your convictions. It’s knowing when to say no, and knowing when to say yes. Self-love is found first by fostering courage and toughness from within.
Find Your Mental Power
Finding inner strength begins with mental power. To achieve this, you must be consistently clear about your desires with others, but most importantly, with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable in any given situation, it’s important you recognize this sign from your mind and listen to it. When you trust your brain and its ability to make decisions for the good of yourself, you will find that it is your closest friend who can reassure you, comfort you, and give you the strength needed to enter the world like a force of nature. I like to call this inner power, “I Can Do It” power.
Surely you know the plot, direction and content of your book, but do you know what genre it falls under? There are hundreds of categories and subcategories that books can be labeled as; just imagine yourself standing amongst the shelves of a library. To best determine what genres you want to read and write, it’s important to first know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
Fiction is literature that is purely fantasy, created from the imagination of the writer. Although fiction books can be based on facts, they often embellish details and use creative license to change past events as the author sees fit. Non-fiction, however, must be factual and not based on fantasy. Non-fiction writing is very broad, with many subcategories; read on for a guide to the most popular non-fiction book genres.
I believe it’s a joyful experience to free yourself from judgment; have you ever tried to relate to others first as a human before thinking of them as a member of a race, creed or religion? I recently discussed self-love and love for others with Robbie Cornelius on NSOL Radio and the experience was both emotional and incredibly inspirational. Listen to the interview below to learn how managing your fear, removing prejudice and avoiding negative stimulation in your life can free your spirit and help you to be truly happy with who you are.